3 Amazing Wonders of Congo: Car Rental Congo.
As the team of experts at Car Rental Congo having explored the magic DR congo in deep on various adventures, there are things that are recommended to all travelers visiting Eastern congo not to miss as they can not be found anywhere else in the world.
We have Ranked Eastern Kivu as the most visited destination in the entire country of the democratic republic of congo at low prices compared to the Kinshasa side.
When it comes to gorillas, DR Congo is the home to both the mountain gorillas & Eastern Lowland Gorillas. Look no further than selecting Congo for a gorilla safari.
In order to track the mountain gorillas in the Virunga National park, one has to obtain a gorilla tracking permit prior to travel and car Rental Congo Sarl does offer such services to travelers that have selected to book Transport and accommodation with Us.
The Gorilla trekking permit costs $400 for the mountain gorillas in Virunga or Eastern Lowland gorillas in Kahuzi biega.
Start Points for Gorilla Treks in Congo
- Virunga National park it begins from Jombe, Kibumba, and Bukima patrol posts
- Kahuzi Biega National park begins the Tshivanga visitor center which is the park headquarter.
Trekkers are led by the park ranger who is usually armed for security purposes. The hiking may take several hours depending on where the gorillas spent their previous night. When they wake up in the morning, they begin moving starting from their nest to search for fruits, roots and leaves according to season. Trekkers follow these trails until they get to where they are. It’s not easy to know in advance how long you will walk to find these great apes.
Facts About Gorillas in Virunga National Park
The mountain gorillas are found in Virunga national park. This park has 3 sectors and these are The Northern sector. This is bordered by Uganda and the defining feature here is the Rwenzori Mountain which is found over 5000 meters. The peaks of this mountain are snowcapped (this is one reason why it is also called the snowcapped mountain ranges of the Rwenzori). In the central section is also the Lake Edward, the Ishasha River valley and the plains of Bwindi. This section has a number of wildlife which includes buffalos, elephants, topi’s among others. The Southern sector is best known for the Mountain gorillas. They are mainly found at the base of the Mikeno Volcano which is also a dormant Volcano found at 4380 meters.
This park is surrounded by dense forests which also make it ideal for numerous species of monkeys and chimpanzees to survive. The measures include comprehensive monitoring and evaluation, community education, and the dedicated services of the wildlife rangers. About 10 gorillas were lost in the Virunga national park due to the chaos, murders, and civil wars that took place but the government and they are doing their best to offer the best security to both the local community and the tourists. This has reduced most risks and thus increase the number of visitors.
The Mikeno Sector of the park has several groups and these include Jomba, Bikenge, Bukima, Gatovu, Kibumba, and Rumangabo groups. Bukima group has 9 different families of gorillas that have been habituated and these include Bageni, Mapuwa, Kabirizi, Nyakamwe, Rugendo, Humba, Lulengo, Munyaga, and solitaires.
Below is the description for each group.
SB: Silverback BB: Blackback AD.F: Adult Female JUV: Juvenile
During the sunny season, the gorillas tend to move further into the forests in search of food. This makes it a long journey for the tourists who are doing the gorilla trekking to finally find the gorillas. The park, in conjunction with the government and ICCN, has resolved to buy more of the surrounding land from the local people who own land near the park, to plant more bamboo shoots and trees so that even when the sunny season is on, the gorillas wouldn’t go so far into the forest looking for the bamboo and other food. read more
Facts About Eastern Lowland Gorillas of Kahuzi Biega National Park.
They are found in Kahuzi Biega National park. This Park lies at the Albertine Rift Valley and the Congo Basin, Kahuzi-Biega National Park is an exceptional habitat for the Eastern lowland Gorillas and protection of the rainforest. In this park, there are 9 groups of gorilla families all together and out of these, 2 families are available for trekking. Briefing before the tracking takes place at the Tshivanga visitor center. Once you get to the gorillas, you are allowed one hour with them to take photos and videos while the moment lasts. There are 2 habituated groups of gorillas in this park and these are Bonanne and Chimanuka groups. Bonanne group has 9 members and Chimanuka group has 24 members.
The park seats on over 600,000 hectares of land with dense lowland rainforests and Afro-montane forests and bamboo forests with some small areas of sub-alpine prairies and heather on Mounts Kahuzi (3,308 m) and Biega (2,790 m). The Park also contains plant formations, rare worldwide, such as the swamp and bog altitudes and the marshland and riparian forests on hydromorphic ground at all altitudes. The flora and fauna in this exceptional diversity makes it one of the most important sites in the Albertine rift valley. It’s one of the richest regions (ecologically) in Africa and worldwide. This park has a diversity of mammals than any other place in the Rift valley region. It’s habitat for 136 species of mammals which includes the low land gorillas, chimpanzees, monkeys, and other extremely rare species of the eastern forests of the Congo. In 2003, the wildlife Conservation society established a bird list with 349 species of which 42 are endemic. read more
Located in the far west of the Virunga National park, it stands at 3470 meters/ 11,382 feet above Sea level.
The whole journey takes 5-6 hours to climb to the top of this mountain. The day begins with a briefing at the base of the mountain by the park officials and the hike begins at 2000ft. This is the easiest part of the hike that takes 45 minutes to an hour to get to the first stop. The whole journey has 4 resting points to get to the summit which 3470 meters. While at the top, one can view Nyamulagira Volcano.
The hike begins at 2000mtrs with the first segment being the easiest and the fifth segment being the hardest. It is steep and stretching all the way to the top of the volcano.
For anyone preparing to hike, please consider having some extras such as the following:
- Extra pairs of gloves. These will help you warm your hands as it is -0 degrees up at the summit.
- Extra pair of stockings. These can be for changing in case it rains while climbing.
- Extra pair of clothes. Preferably waterproof for example the fleece, rain jacket scarf
- A headlamp. This helps you especially at night in case you need to go out for easing yourself.
- Extra pair of hiking boots. These also are important in case it rains on your war up, you have something to change to.
- Some snacks e.g peanuts, cashew nuts, biscuits, etc would be useful at a certain point on the journey.
- Please consider having a porter to help you with carrying your backpack. The extra cost for this $24
Gorilla Trekking Congo, Rwanda & Uganda Tips: Car Rental Congo.
On 1st April 2021, the Virunga National Park congo was officially opened for travelers to start enjoying the most lovely safari activities of Gorilla trekking & Massive Climbing of Nyiragongo Volcano in Eastern Kivu of Congo. the re-opening of the Virunga following the reopening of Kahuzi biega in August 2020 has made car rental congo update clients to be observed when on gorilla trekking in Congo and the same rules apply even in Rwanda and Uganda where extra gorilla watching can be enjoyed.
While planning to track the Gorillas, one is advised to book the gorilla permits prior to travel. The Congo gorilla permits for both lowland and Mountain Gorillas costs ($400) per person and these national parks may be visited anytime in the year.
However, Gorilla trekking has some rules and regulations in Virunga National Park and Kahuzi Biega National Park to be followed during post covid 19 gorilla watching, and these include:
- Measurement of the Body Temperature
- Showing the PCR, passport.
- Gorilla trekking can only take place between 8 am and 7 pm.
- The minimum age to track is 15 years
- You are allowed to spend only one hour with the gorillas
- A maximum of 8 people is allowed to track a specific group of gorillas per day.
- You are advised to stay 5 to 7 meters away from the gorillas.
- Carry waterproof & warm gears for the cool conditions within the mountains since it sometimes gets wet within the forest and comfortable walking shoes are of great advantage.
- Smoking and snacking is not advised during tracking
- Avoid littering within the forest and keep the trash to yourself
- Always remain calm– Avoid direct eye contact in case the gorilla charges and stay calm until it moves away.
- Toilet manners: A ranger will be willing to dig a hole for you and after make sure it’s fully covered.