Explore Virunga National Parks mountain Gorillas in only 1 Day in Congo with both tour and destination expert. Signup a one day budget gorilla tour to virunga national park in Congo,the tour can be kicked off from both when coming from Uganda and Rwanda.
In Uganda the tour starts early in the morning from Bunagana at the boarder of Uganda and Congo, 10 kms from kisoro town when coming from Rwanda the tour starts in Goma in north kivu province and heads to virunga park in Bukima, At the end the end of the tour you will be dropped off at a place of your interest either in Buganana at the boarder at Uganda or Gisenyi at Rwanda boarder.
A 1 DAY GORILLA TREKKING
The venture will start with pick up from the place of destination by our safari guide early in the morning at 6:00 am at your place of destination in kisoro or Goma and drive you to Virunga National Park, Arrival will be at 7:30 am followed by both registration and briefing about gorilla trekking adventure then it will be followed by a drive to the trekking start point at Virunga National Park, you will be accompanied by game rangers to the jungle in the search of the jungle giants in their natural habitats in a group of 8 maximum.
The trek will take around 2-6 hours depending on your trekking and health abilities plus the distance at which the gorilla family you are trekking has distanced it self,our guide will wait for you at the base of virunga volcanic mountain ranges until you finish your trekking then you will be driven back to either kisoro are Gisenyi hotels depending on your choice.
Mountain Gorilla Permits.
English Speaking Guide
Flight to Congo
Porters during the gorilla trekking.
All personal expenses not listed in the itinerary above
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Since June 2018 one of worlds oldest, largest and most biologically diverse national park was closed in Democratic Republic Of Congo.This arose after the insecurity saga that happened in Virunga national park that rose great fears among tourists especially in the Eastern Province.
The incident led to the death of Mrs Rachel Masika Baraka a female park ranger and kidnapping two British tourists, Bethan Davies and Robert Jesty, plus the Congolese driver of their vehicle during their tour of the 3,000 square mile park, where they hoped to spot Virunga’s famous mountain gorillas amidst dense jungle vegetation.
This was a great disappointment not only to virunga National park staff but also Tourists in Congo ,tour companies among others, because this park has 8 gorilla groups for trekking and other activities like Nyiragongo volcano climbing, nature walks, scenic viewing, chimpanzee trekking and bird watching among others which were done there and But to a great disappointment there was need to revise the old and implement the new strategies to promote security in the park as the major reason why Virunga park was closed
BUT how ever to a great surprise Virunga national park has been RE-OPENED, The park was opened in February to resume its normal operations and activities this is indeed a great chance to those that have been waiting to tour Democratic Republic OF Congo’s oldest national park Virunga National Park
Activities and attractions in Virunga national park
For potential travelers planning safaris to Congo, Virunga national park offers a variety of tourism activities and attractions. Gorilla watching is the most done activity in the park followed by Nyiragongo volcano climbing. Other activities in Virunga national park include nature walks, scenic viewing, chimpanzee trekking and bird watching among others. A single gorilla permit in Congo costs $450, which is fairly cheap compared to $600 in Uganda and $1500 in Rwanda. Virunga national park is therefore a best gorilla destination for budget gorilla safaris.
gorilla families in virunga
As said already, Virunga national park is a home to all these families and have gone through the training process and are familiar with human presence. The Congo gorilla families are Rugendo family, Munyaga gorilla family, Kabirizi gorilla family, Humba gorilla family, Lulengo family, Mapuwa gorilla family, Nyakamwe gorilla family and Bageni gorilla family. Each family is visited by a group of eight people a day for an hour.
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Lake Bunyonyi is one of the endowed water body with fresh waters, moderate temperatures and ever changing climate from cool temperatures in mornings to warm in the evening, the beautiful scenery that is characterized by the flourishing green terraced hills and the breathtaking 29 Islands that are scattered transversely in the central part of the water
The name Bunyonyi means “little birds” and the lake is found in the South Western part of Uganda lying between Kisoro and Kabale and is close to the Rwandan border. It is Uganda’s deepest lake with a varying depth between 44m and 900m, a width of 7km and 25km long. With this Lake Bunyonyi is also said to be the second deepest lake in Africa lying on an altitude of about 1962meters above sea level.
Activities that can be done at lake Bunyonyi include;
Bird watching in Lake Bunyonyi
In accordance to its very name birds are a must watch. It has an enormous assemblage of bird species which makes bird watching a key activity. This lake is home to over 200 species of birds that have been recorded. Cruising into the Nyombi swamp will enable you to see a collection of assorted bird species. These comprise of the home based species as well as those that have crossed over from International borders particularly during winter seasons in those countries. Some of the birds you get to see include; the herons, weaver birds, the grey crowned cranes, egrets, levillant cuckoo and the slender-billed baglafetch among countless others.
Canoeing and boat rides in Lake Bunyonyi
Canoe is a mean used on water to move around the several islands along Lake Bunyonyi ,along the Canoe you get to know the story behind each of them take for example the Akampene (Punishment Island) where the Kiga brought their unmarried girls whom they found pregnant, these would be forsaken and left for dead. You can make a selection of renting your own canoe or opting for a guided tour on a motorized and or non-motorized canoe. The choice is yours! Alternatively, the night rides are said to be more spectacular and fascinating for the reason that the waving waters, the alluring sound of the crickets and singing night-time birds make the journey nonetheless electrifying.
Swimming in Lake Bunyonyi
Being a free lake from Bilharzia Bunyonyi is in good condition for this health rewarding activity, Putting aside the fact that Bunyonyi has fresh waters that are serene and lucid, Another assuring advantage for the swimmers out there is that it is free of any kind of dangerous wildlife like the man eating crocodiles and hippopotamus. However, all good things come with a caution or even still, a price to pay especially to the inexperienced swimmers out there, beware of the depth lest you be trapped under.
Hiking and Nature walks in Lake Bunyonyi
Hike around Lake Bunyonyi on foot with orwithout local guideswho can be hired to lead you to explore through the highlands of Kigezi or even on the islands while on foot where you are sure to have yourself a stunning sight of the landscapes and a variety of wildlife like the zebras, monkeys, forest tree plantations and otters that can be spotted in the waters among others. You can also go hiking through the ancient Echuya Forest with an expert tour guide.
Community walks in Lake Bunyonyi
There is beauty in knowing about a place but the true beauty is in getting to know about the people living there because these are the heartbeat of that place and who knows how life without them would be like. Check out the many settlements and get insights about the lifestyle and cultures of the locals who will probably be easy to identify by their kangas (multi-colored wear). What’s more, you can visit the Batwa, a tribe of pygmies who are the original inhabitants of the country. These survive on inviting tourists into their community because they are facing the consequences of dispossession of their land by the government to build the Echuya Forest Reserve. Here they get to perform traditional folk songs and dances for their guests.
Cultural Heritage and Historical beliefs in Lake Bunyonyi
You cannot say you have been to Bunyonyi if you haven’t found your way to any of the black smith sites. Here, you can have souvenirs made for you by the gifted locals who use it as a way to earn a living. Also get a chance to see the way the locals make their farm equipment from the hoes to the machetes and many more. In addition, you can get to stopover at the Bakiga Cultural Museum, a replica of a complete Bakiga homestead built in 2002 by Festo Karwemera a known elder of Kabale and a famous fighter for the language and culture of the Bakiga. There is also a village called Bufuka where tourists are welcome to experience the cultures of the Bakiga and the Batwa. While there, they can get to join in on the proceedings of the locals like weaving, dancing and singing. There are also some shrines and local medicine men on the hills of Kagalama that will further reveal to detail more about the historical beliefs of the local people.
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Kidepo valley National park is situated in the semi arid valleys between Uganda’s boarders with Sudan and Kenya. The park was gazetted in 1962 and it has quite a number of bird species over 475 birds, hosts over 77 mammal species and it is 700km from Kampala. Kidepo is Uganda’s most isolated national park, but the few who make the long journey north through the wild frontier region of Karamoja would agree that it is also the most magnificent, for Kidepo ranks among Africa’s finest wildernesses. From Apoka, in the heart of the park, a Savannah landscape extends far beyond the gazetted area, towards horizons outlined by distant mountain ranges.
Various activities that are done in Kidepo valley National park which include the following
Hiking and Sightseeing in Kidepo valley National park
Hike through the Savannah land scape at Kidepo valley National park, move around the Lamoj Mountains which are only a couple of kilometers from the Headquarters of the Park. Visitors may as well go to see the marvelous Kidepo River Valley covered with Borassus palm forest; its broad flat bed is dried out through the biggest part of the year. From the Kidepo Valley, also you can visit Kanangorok Hot Springs that are situated just 11 km from the Kidepo river valley.
Hike through the mountains as well as the Savannah landscape of this park and enjoy the fresh breath and an amazing view . The Narus valley that is found within the South West part of this park, the rocky Napore Nyagia mountain range which all together form the western boundary. Splitting it from Kidepo Valley in the north-east are the stunning Natira plus Lokayot Hills. Then to the north in South Sudan are Lotukei Mountains as well as the Morungole range which represents the southern border of this park.
Game viewing in Kidepo valley National park
Kidepo national park is also endowed with various wild animals that are worth a visit, Come and see different animal species ways of life, their habitants, hunting skills, mating among others. The various viewable species in Kidepo National Park include: The Hunting dog, Bat-eared Fox, Cheetah, Striped Hyena, Caracal, The aard Wolf, elephants, oribi, burchell’s Zebras, Jackson’s hartebeests, Bush pigs, Bohor reed buck, warthogs, Rothschild giraffes, Defassa water bucks, Cape buffaloes, Elands, Bush duskier, Bush bucks, Lions, Side-striped jackals, Leopards, Black-backed jackals, Various small cats as well as spotted hyenas.
Bird Watching in Kidepo valley National park
Birding as an activity is amazing, earing to bird songs,watching feathered creatures in their different habitats, The activity is more enticing especially with a recording gadget like cameras so as not to miss out any memory. The park is renowned for its exceptional variety of birds, Out of the Fifty eight recorded birds of prey, fourteen are thought to be specifically endemic to the Kidepo as well as the Karamoja region. Included in these are: the pygmy Falcon, Varreaux’s Eagle plus the Egyptian Vulture, in addition to many other species.
Cultural Performance at Kidepo valley National park
Not only will you enjoy performance but different people in communities will give you detailed information about cultural groups around kidepo national park,share different ideas among others. The nearby local communities possess teams of cultural entertainers that are normally accessible to offer performances on request. These performers have a wide range of traditional dances as well as songs for example the Emuya of the Nyangia as well as the Naporre ethnic groups along with Larakaraka plus Apiti dances performed by the native Acholi people.
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Trekking mountain gorillas in Gorilla Trekking Sectors is an amazing and a diversified activity in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park because unlike other national parks in Uganda Bwindi comprise of 4 sectors in the south, north and east. Never the less each sector is different from the other in terms of location, accessibility, altitude and the trekking experience.
These different gorilla families have been habituated in each Gorilla Trekking Sector in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and no gorilla group can be trekked in both sectors. However despite the different locations of these sectors, connecting from one sector to another is easy and quick.
Trekking gorillas in Bwindi can be done in any of the gorilla trekking sectors but the experience is undeniably memorable. Also enjoy the uniqueness of each sector some travelers have visited both sectors on different occasions hence providing them with in-depth understanding of each sector and its distinct features. Altogether Bwindi shelters over 480 mountain gorillas, which is half of the world’s total population.
The four Gorilla Trekking Sectors that make up Bwindi impenetrable forest national park include;
Buhoma Gorilla Trekking Sector
It is located in the northern part of Bwindi, Buhoma is currently the most visited sector of the national park compared to other sectors. The ease of access from kabala town and kihihi airstrip make Buhoma the best part of Bwindi to visit at all times.
Being the first sector where gorilla tourism was first done when Bwindi’s oldest gorilla family Mubare was habituated in 1992 just a year after the establishment of Bwindi forest into a national park. The sector is close to Queen Elizabeth national park via ishasa sector a home to the famous tree climbing lions hence an added advantage for travelers unlike other sectors in the Far East and south.
Buhoma is a home to different families that is mubare family habituated in 1992, Habinyanja habituated in 1997 and Rushegura habituated in 2000 all available for trekking. Buhoma has an interesting history being a forest sector where first group of travelers toured in 1993 when gorilla tourism had just been introduced.
Further more Buhoma is known for the most luxury lodges, which provide excellent food and sleeping services to travelers. These loges include Mahogany springs, Bwindi forest lodge and Buhoma lodge among others. The First-class lodges are one of the reasons for the popularity of Buhoma sector compared to other sectors of the park.
Besides gorilla trekking, travelers to the sector enjoy memorable time with the community like the Batwa and Bakiga communities who reside at the edge of the forest, hiking trails which include Munyaga trail, Waterfall trail, Rushura trail, River lvi trail and Muzabajiro loop trail among others. Also, Buhoma is good for bird watching being a shelter for several bird species that can be is a home to rare bird species such as Blue Turaco and many others.
Nkuringo Gorilla Trekking Sector
Also in southern Bwindi, Nkuringo is a home to Nkuringo family available for trekking. At times, Bushaho Gorilla family crosses from Rushaga to Nkuringo sector is located on higher altitudes which make it strenuous to hike to see the gorillas. The sector is therefore recommended for the young travelers and the physically fit that can manage strenuous hikes. Interestingly the summit of the sector provide travelers with clear and close views of the Virunga volcanoes in Uganda and Rwanda which make it district and worth visiting. Accommodation in Nkuringo sector include clouds mountain gorilla lodge for luxury, Nkuringo safari lode for budget and Nkuringo gorilla camp for mid-range. Cultural visits to Bakiga communities is also a not miss for travelers in Nkuringo sector.
Rushaga Gorilla Trekking Sector
The sector is located in southern part of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park, Rushaga is a home to 5 gorilla families which make it best for gorilla trekking. Rushaga is easily accessed from kisoro hence the nearest to connect from Kigali via Chanika border. The habituated gorilla families include Busingye, Bweza, Nshongi, Mishaya and kahungye all available for trekking. Also, Rushaga offers gorilla habituation and two families named Bushaho and Bikyingi are currently going through training. More still, Rushaga offers cultural visits to Batwa communities, forest walks and bird watching among other activities. Accommodation in Rushaga includes gorilla safari lodge, gorilla valley lodge, Ichumbi lodge, Bwindi jungle lodge, Chameleon hill lodge and gorilla safari camp among others. These provide luxury, mid-range and budget accommodation services to travelers at affordable prices. Additionally, Rushaga is a home to lake Mutanda hence an opportunity for travelers to a boat cruise at the lake hence an added advantage.
Ruhija Gorilla Trekking Sector
Ruhija sector is located in Eastern part of Bwindi forest national park and is a home to Kyaguriro family, Bitukura family, and Oruzogo family all available for trekking. Ruhija stands at 2,350 meters above the sea level hence one of the coldest areas in Bwindi. For those interested in hiking, Ruhija offers the most strenuous and adventurous hiking trail to Rwamunyonyi peak hence a not miss. While in Ruhija expect to meet other primates such as elephants and several monkey species, which make your stay in the area interesting. Lodges in Ruhija include Bakiga lodge, gorilla mist lodge, Ruhija gorilla resort and Ruhija gorilla safari lodge, which all provide luxury and budget accommodation services to travelers at fair prices.
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Musanze Cave Safari Rwanda is totally unavoidable venture for now to tour or visit Rwanda and hesitate to leave it out. Musanze caves were officially recognized as Tourism ASSET in Rwanda in 2013 and have since then become a must visit in Rwanda for a complete safari package.
are located in Ruhengeri Northern Province of Rwanda in Musanze town. The cave is 2 kilometers long and was formed as a result of Cenozoic volcanic rocks. The caves were formed from lava basaltic layers from mount Bisoke and Mount Sabinyo. Musanze cave lies on the volcanic region where layers flows dating from 60 million years ago have created the great western arm of the East African rift valley which is one of the largest geographical features on earth.
Besides having 31 entries Musanze caves provide striking views of green vegetation and an ideal place for photo , Various breeds of bats found inside the caves and the caves illustrates a picture of a house with several rooms and corridors which is very thrilling to explore. Musanze caves entrance exceeds ten kilometers wide with the inside having several side passages, its located at the mountain slopes of volcanoes national park therefore an appropriate place to visit after gorilla trekking in the park
The Musanze caves not only acts as an asset but also very important to the local people in this area because they use it as a hiding place during the political chaos or war times in Rwanda, the cave floors are paved with stairs to make it easier for tourists to walk in the caves.The Musanze caves are also an important historical site to the geographers and geologists as they give understanding of the geological and geographical formation of the planet.
There are guides who will lead your tour to the caves, giving you information on how the rocks were formed upto the present day. The caves have got well established tourists walkways and trails leading you through the 2 kilometer cave.
Musanze Cave Safari can be supplemented with further tours like visiting the Buhanga Eco Park which was the coronation place for the Rwandan kings and also visit the twin lakes of Burera and Ruhondo, Tourists can decide to do gorilla trekking and have an unforgettable encounter with the gentle giants of the jungle.
Musanze caves can be accessed in 90 minutes drive from Kigali the capital of Rwanda and can be visited all year round but the best time is during the dry season of Jun to September and December to February.
Game Drive Safaris
are ventures that involve driving through the park while viewing various animals species under the supervision of a game ranger who gives detailed information of any animal of your request. It is basically done in game tracks that are very suitable and well maintained for tourists or visitors to have a wonderful and amazing venture in game parks
The best timing for game drives is in the morning hours where more high chances of viewing most animals while leaving their habitats.Game drives can also be carried out in the late afternoon as the animals are constructing their homes and here you can also see many animals. This is an interesting activity that tourists enjoy as they take photographs of different animals that are unique and some that are only found in Uganda.
various wild animals that can be viewed include the elephants, leopards, giraffes, zebras, antelopes, buffaloes, lions, cheetahs, baboons, birds, Uganda Kob and so many other animals. This is done in different National Parks like Kidepo Valley, Murchison Falls, Queen Elizabeth, Lake Mburo, and Semuliki among others. uganda being endowered with wild animals in abundancy makes game drive safari a beautiful amazing and wonderful experience one has to see
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Mount Bisoke is one of the peaks of virunga mountain ranges among the 8 volcanoes of the Virunga conservation region of East and Central Africa. The mountain stands at 3,711 meters high with a crater lake and beautiful vegetation that give beautiful scenery at the top. Hiking mount Bisoke is basically a 1 day tour or hike that requires good fitness and good health
is among the peaks of the Virunga mountain ranges found along the border of Democratic republic of Congo and Rwanda located besides the Parc National de Vulcans in Ruhengeri Northern Province of Rwanda. The hike in mount Bisoke necessitates one to move along steep slopes that are densely closed with the equatorial rain forest and some alpine meadows for around 4 hours to conquer the peak and 2 hours to slope down, however the experienced hikers take only 3hours to reach the top and 1 hour to slope down and this means hiking to the top of this mountain bisoke and back is a one day activity.
The hikes starts with a briefing followed by the hiking activity itself that starts at 8:00am, A porter can be taken or hired along if you like one and the hiking gears are provided at the park.
A hike on mount Bisoke is not that tough but may be very hectic for the inexperienced hikers since the mountain is on a high elevation that necessitates climbers to have a lot of energy to climb and to walk through the whole excursion. Climbing to the top of this mountain can be a whole day adventure depending on your speed and the stops you make to the top but at the end of the day you will realize that the hike is worth the efforts.
Hiking mount Bisoke is among the exciting hiking adventures one can engage in on their next safari to Rwanda because it is not so tough though it requires some average level of fitness and good health. At the top of mountain Bisoke it really rewards with an incredible scenery over the vegetation and stunning views of Virunga massif.
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Gorilla Trekking in Democratic Republic of Congo is an exiting activity that can be both carried out in mountainous areas of Virunga and lowlands of Kahuzi Biega National Park.This makes it only country that has both low and high land gorillas.
Gorilla Trekking in Democratic Republic of Congo mainly takes place in Virunga National Park which is a habitat to over 250 habituated mountain gorillas and is home to 8 habituated gorilla families available for tracking all year round. It also shares with Mgahinga National Park in Uganda and Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. All 3 countries are directly inter joined by the Virunga massif. Congo today is a very safe and secure compared to its past events and the destination is currently taking visitors to visit Eastern part of Congo rich with some of the best spots to visit in Africa.
Gorilla Permits for Gorilla trekking in Democratic Republic of Congo are very low and affordable compared to others it costs $400 Per Person which today stands as the cheapest option to see gorillas in their natural habitant. Uganda’s gorilla permits goes for $600 while Rwandas gorilla permits goes for $1500 Per Person. Congo gorilla trekking offers a cheaper alternative for tourists to meet the rare mountain gorillas and fulfill a life time adventure. Its possible for a visitor to visit gorillas in Congo on just a 2 day itinerary program from Gisenyi crossing through Goma city.
Despite being a gorilla attraction center, Democratic Republic of Congo is also a land of diversity with various attractions like the world’s largest active lava lake of the Nyiragongo volcano where Hiking tours to the top of mount Nyiragongo are done daily with overnight at the top of the Volcano.
For an amazing tour the following are necessary
Virunga offers moderate hikes when trekking in the jungle forest with through bushes, trees and vines You need a walking stick (s) available at the part offices, good hiking boots, plan for rain, long sleeve shirt is useful when walking in the forest parts, park at least 3 L of water, a snack, long pants, long socks which you tuck in your pants to prevent insect bites), gloves because if lots of thorns in the forest, hire a porter (available at starting point), take cash to tip the guides.
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