The Virunga National park is the oldest National park in Africa and found in the west direction of Goma which is the capital of North Kivu province. Here transport from the city to the park can be arranged by the management of Virunga National park. Gorilla trekking in the Virunga national park has some strict rules and regulations that are supposed to be followed by the trackers on their Congo gorilla safari expeditions.
These include; group size, the groups to track per day as well as the time allowed spending with the mountain gorillas. This sis also done to ensure the well being of these endangered animals. This is because the gorillas are susceptible to many human diseases due to the great closeness between the humans and the mountain gorilla. It’s only a maximum of eight individuals per day that are allowed to trek, this helps to reduce the spreading of diseases from humans to the mountain gorillas.
It’s only 15 years and over individuals allowed to trek. Gorilla trekking takes place during day time and it’s between 8:00qm to 7:00 pm. It’s strictly 1 hour allowed to spend with the mountain gorillas. You are advised to book with one of the best local tour operators and the Congo gorilla permits costs ($400) per person. The mountain gorillas in Virunga national park can be visited anytime during the year, however some paths are hard to navigate during the wet seasons of (May/April and November & October), in this season, Congo gorilla trekking permits are reduced to ($350) per person. Other months are okay for gorilla trekking tours since it’s a dry season.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is among the very few natural tropical rain forests still remaining in the whole world. Reasons to visit Bwindi Impenetrable National Park include trekking the endangered and rare mountain gorillas that only live in three countries of Rwanda in Volcanoes National Park, Virunga National Park in DRC and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Records has it that about 800 mountain gorillas do exist in the whole world but half of these live in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park giving you all the reasons to visit this national park. When compared with other gorilla national park, there advantages that make it much better and giving you reasons to visit Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has so many habituated mountain gorilla groups located in different regions of the forest. This means that it’s very possible to get gorilla permits when you decide to plan a gorilla tour to Bwindi. These regions include Buhoma in the north with 3 gorilla families, Ruhija in the East with four gorilla families and the rest of the gorilla groups are in the south of the forest. Bwindi gorilla permits cost USD600.00 per permit and allows you to spend one hour with the gorillas. In the low seasons of April, May and November, Uganda wildlife authority offers discounts on gorilla permits so if you wish to benefit from off season offers, please contact Encounter Africa safaris. With the gorilla permit at USD600, it makes Uganda as a less expensive country to visit for gorilla trekking and gives all the reasons to visit Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
Among the other strong reasons to visit Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is for you to participate in gorilla habituation experience. It’s only in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park that one can participate in gorilla habituation experience to spend for hours with mountain gorillas by paying only USD1500.00 for a permit. Encounter Africa safaris organizes gorilla habituation experience safaris to the southern part of Bwindi National Park all through the year.