About DR Congo. The Democratic Republic of Congo is one of the popularly listed exciting destinations to go for a visit in the African continent, it’s geographically located in the Central part of the African continent sharing borders with South Sudan and the Central African Republic in the North, Congo Brazzaville in the West, Angola in the South West and Zambia in the South plus Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania in the East.
The Democratic Republic of Congo is among the list of countries which contribute a part to the high boosting of Africa’s great Wildlife offered, it receives a high percentage of tourists per year and the reason for the high numbers of tourists received is the habited mostly wanted species of Gorillas.
The Democratic Republic of Congo is listed among the top three countries which provide habitat to the species of Gorillas and what makes it to be unique from the other two destinations is that it provides habitat to two unique species of Gorillas which include shy endangered ground-dwelling Mountain Gorillas and Eastern Lowland Gorillas.
The Democratic Republic of Congo is characterised by a poor air transport system, therefore all visitors particularly tourists from different countries of the World to the Democratic Republic of Congo land in Rwanda at Kigali airport and transfer from there up to the Goma border where you cross from up to the suburbs of Democratic Republic of Congo visiting major places of interest including National Parks, Sanctuaries and other adventure sites.
Reaching the Goma border from Rwanda’s Kigali, there are three documents required from you for permission entry to the Democratic Republic of Congo, these documents include a valid passport, a tourist entry visa which costs $100 USD per person and a valid yellow fever vaccination card.
A tourist visa for the Democratic Republic of Congo is always applied for in advance before you’re travelling dates, you cannot apply for this Visa on arrival as it’s done for neighbouring countries like Uganda and Rwanda. You always apply for this Visa through a local tour operator for ease of getting it.
Gorilla trekking is one of the most attractive activities which attracts tourists from different countries of the World, it involves meeting with the species of shy endangered Gorillas in the Jungles. This activity is usually done in a group of eight people plus a ranger guide and armed officers.
Where to for Gorillas? Looking forward to a visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo for the species of Gorillas, it’s not that you will go on finding them everywhere but rather there are two exceptional National Parks gazetted for habiting these Democratic Republic of Congo’s Gorilla species and these include Virunga National Park and Kahuzi Biega National Park.
Virunga National Park is geographically located in the Eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo stretching from Virunga Mountains in the South to the Rwenzori Mountains in the North; it’s nearing Volcanoes National Park of Rwanda, Queen Elizabeth National Park and Rwenzori Mountains National Park of Uganda.
This Park is ranked to be the oldest National Park in Africa formerly called the Albert National Park; it’s among the three National Parks which make up the Virunga Massif. Virunga National Park is characterised by thick tropical rainforests, Savannah, Grasslands, Shrubs, Bogs, Montane forests, Alpine forests, bamboo forested areas and swampy characterised areas.
Virunga National Park is popularly known for the shy endangered Mountain Gorillas although it provides habitat to different other Wildlife species which include Wild animals like Elephants, Buffaloes, Okapi and more, Primates like Chimpanzees, Colobus monkeys, Red tailed monkeys, Baboons, Vervet, Mangabey and more, reptiles like snakes, geckos, chameleon and more plus different bird species which are recorded sightable.
Kahuzi Biega National Park is another secret to go while in the Democratic Republic of Congo, it’s also located in the Eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo near Bukavu town also situated near the Western bank of the Lake Kivu and Rwanda border.
This Park is characterised by thick tropical rainforests, Montane forests, Savannah grasslands and Woodlands, Shrubs, different tree species, bogs, marshes, bamboo forested areas and swampy areas which provide habitat to different Wildlife species recorded on the Democratic Republic of Congo’s list.
Kahuzi Biega National Park is popularly known for the Eastern Lowland Gorillas although it provides habitat to other Wildlife species including Wild animals, primates like Colobus monkeys, Red tailed monkeys, baboons, Vervet, Mangabey, wild chimpanzees, black and white Colobus and more, reptiles include Snakes, geckos, chameleons and more.
This Democratic Republic of Congo’s amazing must-visit destination is also ranked to be a good and better site for bird watching recorded with different African bird species including endemic species and non-endemic species.
Gorilla trekking in the Democratic Republic of Congo requires a permit which issues permission and this permit costs $400 USD per person
What to Pack for Congo Gorilla Safari? Some of the most essential things to pack for a Gorilla trek in Congo include protective wearing gear like strong hiking shoes, insect repellents, long-sleeved shirts and trousers, nose capes, huts and sunglasses, gloves, shocking’s, head shocks, umbrellas, waterproof bags and jackets.
Other things to pack include Cameras for taking photos and videos, mobile phones, laptops, tablets, enough pocket money, novels if you like reading and more