The 2 Days Congo gorilla safari takes you to Virunga national park, home of the rare mountain gorillas in D.R. Congo. It entails hiking in Congo’s oldest and virgin impenetrable forest and Africa’s oldest conservation area which is also a habitat to more than 95 mammals, verdant vegetation and approximately 260 birds. The trip starts and ends in Kigali, Rwanda.
2 Days Congo gorilla tour itinerary
Day 1: Transfer to Virunga National Park
Leaving Kigali city early after breakfast, it’s roughly 6 hours’ drive through the beautiful Rwandan countryside to the ancient rainforests of Virunga National Park in eastern D.R. Congo. On the way, circumnavigate the northern shores of Lake Kivu, and admire the mountainous north -western region of Rwanda through terraced hillsides dotted with traditional settlements. Arrive at the picturesque accommodation on the outskirts of the forest in late afternoon or have an overnight in Goma city.
Day 2: Gorilla Trekking & Back to Kigali
As early as 6:00 am, you will have breakfast. With packed lunch, bottled water join your guide and drive to Virunga national park headquarters for pre-gorilla trek briefing. This is conducted by the park rangers, and they categorically inform you about the entire national park, resident gorilla families, trekking etiquette and allocation of respective gorilla families to track. By 8:30am, you proceed to the starting point of gorilla trek. From here, the hike into the forest begins; with a porter, ranger guide and tracker, the search for the allocated mountain gorilla family commences.
Gorilla trekking duration is highly unpredictable, however it usually takes between one to six hours, but dependent on the movement and location of the gorilla family you’re tracking. Some gorilla families stay very deep into the forest, while others can be easily found, so endeavor to inquire about the movements of gorilla families during briefing, and the ranger can allocate accordingly.
Associated with challenging jungles, slippery, rough and steep slopes, meeting and sighting these gentle giants brings back all the joy and it is worth every step of the hike taken. Other than gorilla trekking, Virunga national park offers chances of encountering other forest animals, such as buffaloes, elephants, bush pigs and numerous primates. Upon meeting the mountain gorillas, spend one hour photographing and observing their human-like behaviors, view mothers grooming their babies and Silverback offering utmost protection. Trek back to the lodge after this, have lunch and refresh. In the afternoon, return to Kigali international park for your departure flight.