Congo Gorilla & Tchegera Holidays

Gorilla trekking is one of the top activities that attract most of the tourists to Democratic Republic of Congo annually. The most popular gorillas in Congo are the mountain gorillas which can be trekked from VIRUNGA NATIONAL PARK, in eastern Congo, though the country is also a home to the eastern lowland gorillas which are found in KAHUZI-BIEGA NATIONAL PARK, still in the eastern parts of Congo.

The mountain gorillas can only be found in two destinations, namely; BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST NATIONAL PARK in south-western Uganda, and in the VIRUNGA MASSIF, which includes three national parks (Virunga national park in Congo, Volcanoes national park in north-western Rwanda, and Mgahinga national park in south-western Uganda).

In all the three countries hosting mountain gorilla safaris in Congo quite cheaper than the other two countries since its gorilla permit can be got at a cost of only US$ 400. On the other side, the Uganda and Rwanda gorilla permits cost US$ 600 and US$ 1500 respectively, thus Congo gorilla safaris being more affordable.

Apart from Democratic Republic of Congo which has both the eastern lowland gorillas and the mountain gorillas, Rwanda and Uganda reside only the mountain gorillas hence gorilla trekking in Congo being more enjoyful because you will have an opportunity to experience both gorilla types and thus getting out of Congo with superb memorable escapades.

Gorilla trekking, in all gorilla trekking national parks, is done in groups of eight (8) individuals and it is only one hour that trekkers are given to spend with the gorillas and enjoy this lifetime experience.

During the tracking of gorillas, trekkers are advised to minimize their voices, not to litter in the Park, not to smoke and eat from the Park, not to use flashlight cameras while taking photographs of the gorillas, and while viewing the gorillas still trekkers are emphasized to keep a certain distance of at least 7 meters away from the primates.

The activity of gorilla trekking takes place between 08am to 7pm where guests will first be briefed before going in for the trekking and therefore all trekkers are expected to reach the Park headquarters before 08am in order to attend the briefings and meet their park rangers.

Though trekkers spend only one hour with the gorillas, the experience achieved from that one hour is of a lifetime and there are many interesting and unbelievable behaviors that you will enjoy from the gorillas. In need of experiencing the gorilla safari expeditions in Congo, you are reminded to book for your safari in advance such that you don’t get disappointments and for proper organizations.

Your permit can be got and purchased for you if you contact one of Africa’s most reliable and best tour agencies such as the ECO TOURS CONGO. All of the above mentioned tour agencies will ensure that you get the most fascinating and successful safari in Africa if at all you contacted one of them.

Virunga comprises of over 200 mountain gorillas and there are 8 habituated gorilla families that guests will enjoy during the trekking, all trekked in the Bukima sector. Gorilla trekking in the DR Congo includes hiking deep into the mountain jungles to observe a gorilla family in the wild. Trekkers will be led by guides and national park rangers who keep records of the gorillas for conservation purposes and help protect them from poachers. They can determine the general area where a gorilla family will be and are skilled in tracking them.

Tchegera holiday

Tchegera islands camp is an appropriate base for the gorilla trekkers in Virunga national park. The camp is of course one of its kind, this magnificent tented camp sits on the exposed ridge of a collapsed volcanic caldera in the middle of Lake Kivu. The handful of safari-style Meru tents sit directly on the black sandy shores, with small verandas under canvas. From here you can sit back and enjoy the splendid views or watch birds and butterflies amongst the trees, which offer shade and privacy. Inside the tents are simple, spacious and clean with flushing loos, bucket showers and power from a generator.

Like most safari camps, communal meals are served in the main mess tent – a light and airy canvas room, surrounded by wooden decking, beyond which lies the beach. In the night, the camp turns into its own, as hurricane lamps add atmosphere. A campfire on the beach is the perfect place to watch the glow of the Nyiragongo volcano in the distance, under a full moon reflected in the lake. Around 15 minutes boat ride from the harbor of Goma, croissant-shaped Tchegera Island sits smack bang in the middle of Lake Kivu, a collapsed volcanic caldera which is now partly submerged in shimmering blue water.

Return your heart rate to normal with a few days here after gorilla trekking in the Virunga because the island is a real haven of tranquility and with nothing but the eight tents of Tchegera Island Camp, you can expect peaceful nights and the most wonderful kind of silence in the stunning natural surroundings.

This tiny horseshoe-shaped island may not seem like a prime attraction compared to the forested hills of Virunga National Park to the north, but Tchegera’s relatively isolated location in the waters of Lake Kivu make it an ideal place to escape to after making your way through the bustling lakeside cities of Goma or Bukavu.


How to Book Congo Gorilla Permit 2019

Welcome to Democratic of Republic Congo that is found in the Central Africa and it is the only central African country and one of the three countries which protect the rare endangered Mountain gorillas. Virunga National Park is the only Park in Congo which inhabits the rare endangered Mountain gorillas and the Park protects over 200 gorillas. A gorilla permit costs US$ 400 and the following are some of the ways how a Congo gorilla permit can booked:

Look for good tour companies to help you in purchasing the gorilla permit on your behalf. Most of the tour companies are in Rwanda and Uganda though Democratic Republic of Congo also has some but as long as you get the tour companies in those three countries they will help you in booking the gorilla permit such that you explore the rare endangered mountain gorillas in Congo. It will be difficult for you to purchase the gorilla permit in Congo since you will be far from Congo and thus you will need the assistance of any tour company.

The tour companies are designated to help you through booking for you the tourist activities in various Parks in Congo and all over East African Parks of which the best tour companies include the Nature Adventure Africa Safari Limited. The Nature Adventure Africa Safari Limited will book for you a gorilla permit and then transfer you from the airport and many other things relating to your tour.

Therefore, you need to consult the Nature Adventure Africa Safari Limited if you want to book a discounted Congo gorilla trekking permit and for other bookings including the vehicle you will use during your gorilla safari. Through using this tour company, you will send emails to its professional tour consultant Konde Moses who replies eventually after receiving your emails and he is so professional and friendly to his clients thus you will have a great interaction with him and hence grabbing yourself a Congo gorilla permit.

After identifying the tour company, you are to use in your tour, you are then emphasized to pay at least a certain deposit with your tour company such that you ensure the company that you are serious with your tour. Remember that a Congo gorilla permit costs US$ 400 thus you are emphasized at least to pay 30% or 40% of that cost.

Advance booking is also very essential since many tourists travel to Congo for the gorilla safaris, therefore if you delay to book for a gorilla permit for your gorilla tour in Congo, you may miss out your tour because you might find when all the gorilla permits have been purchased for that particular month you may have planned to visit Congo thus delaying your tour or also you may find when all tour companies are booked and all the vehicles are booked.

This is due to the fact that mountain gorillas are only found in three countries yet the global population is too huge because the world comprises of very many countries and very many people who always move from their countries for the gorilla safaris in Congo and other two countries (Uganda and Rwanda) which also keep the mountain gorillas.

Therefore, due to the scarcity of these mountain gorillas all over the world, you are emphasized to book earlier especially in high seasons of June to October and December to January where many tourists move from their countries for gorilla tours in Central and East Africa which are the only places where these endangered primates are found.

Therefore, after grabbing yourself a Congo gorilla permit, you will then go to Virunga national park in Congo and enjoy over 200 mountain gorillas which exist in the Park plus other animals such as elephants, buffaloes, giraffes, Okapis and others which are also found in the Park.

Bwindi Gorilla Safari and Lake Bunyonyi Holiday

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is ranked among the most visited parks in Uganda, despite of the fact that the park is found far away from Kampala the capital city of Uganda, many visitors cannot miss traveling to this park due to the unique primates found here. Bwindi is located in the southwestern Uganda and it is 8-9hours drive from Kampala. Bwindi is another Switzerland of Uganda due to the mist that is received around the hill sides and within the forest, the park is rich in biodiversity with over 120 mammals plus several other primates such as baboons and chimps.

Traveling to Bwindi for gorilla safari is another interesting activity that should not be missed out on your safari package; Bwindi only has got enough gorillas that are visited by almost 80 visitors per day. The park has got fourteen gorilla groups located in different sectors including Nkuringo, Rushaga, Ruhija and Buhoma. All these gives you a reason as to why you should enjoy the trek minus congestion on a single group hence enabling you to have a great experience while in the wild.

For only USD 500 for foreign residents and USD 600 for foreign non residents, you can obtain a wonderful trekking permit that will enable you access these gentle creatures in their natural habitat, gorilla trekking take 4-5 hours depending on where they nested the previous night, after seeing the gorillas, visitors are allowed to use one hours to take photos, experience the gorilla movements and how the silver backs lead the entire family. You will see how the young gorillas entertain the group.

After nice experience rangers will lead you back to the park headquarters where you will receive a certificate of appreciation from the park management thanking you for supporting wildlife conservation campaigns. After this great day of trekking deep in the forest, one cannot just leave this region minus visiting the great lake around the area that’s Lake Bunyonyi a lake of wonders. Lake Bunyonyi is found in the districts of Kisoro and it is an attractive feature for the people from gorilla tracking and other activities around the region.

Visitors to the lake may engage in many activities that are supported at the lake including,

Fishing, this is an interesting activity to many visitors who are curious more about fishing, fishing gears and equipments can be hired from the local service providers around the lake or you can come along with yours in case of a planned trip. You can sail on the blue waters as you enjoy fishing of the various fish species including tilapia and other fish species. By chance after hooking your fish you will enjoy it after roasting it in the evening hours as you take some beers from the bars at your lodge of stay.

Swimming, the major reason to stay around this water body is having some swim in this cold water, this is the second deepest lake in Africa and therefore when you are swimming, you have to swim with care and you do not have to go very far away from the shoreline. Swimming here can be your pleasure and therefore it is one of the best activities done to relieve stress after a long day trekking in the rolling hills of Bwindi.

Visit the Akampene Island, this is an historical island around Lake Bunyonyi, this island is also known as a punishment island where girls who got pregnant before marriage were thrown and left to starve from, this was accompanied with an assumption that parents couldn’t get any form of dowry from them, these were left to starve and those who attempted to swim back to the main land died on their way. The only way to survive death was when those men who couldn’t afford to pay bride price came to rescue you from the island.

Honey moon holidays, the place around the lake is very fascinating for honey moon holidays due to the conducive environment; this is another place for hiding from stress and enjoying the wonderful holiday after your wedding. Here you will get to interact with the different local people around the villages who will take you through their traditional culture and the different cuisines, traditional dances are performed including folk songs hence making your holiday a nice one with new adventurous environment.