MOUNTAIN GORILLAS ARE ONES OF THE WORLD'S MOST ENDANGERED APES, FOUND ONLY IN SMALL PORTIONS OF PROTECTED AFRO-MONTANE FOREST IN SOUTHWEST UGANDA, NORTHWEST RWANDA & EASTERN D.R. CONGO.
Where does gorilla trekking take place in D.R. Congo?
Gorilla trekking takes place in D.R. Congo's Virunga National Park it’s estimated that there are 300 mountain gorillas currently living on the thick rainforest covered slopes of the volcanoes. Virunga National Park protects the D.R. Congo side of the transboundary protected area covering the Virunga massif. This connects up to Uganda’s Mahinga Gorilla National Park and Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park, creating an important wildlife corridor.
Which gorilla families can be tracked in D.R. Congo?
Of the 300 mountain gorillas in Virunga National Park, ten families have been habituated for tourism gorilla trekking, all living in the park's southern gorilla sector. These gorilla families that can be tracked are; Humba, Mapuwa, Kabirizi, Rugendo, Bageni, Baraka, Nyakamwe, Munyaga, Lulengo and Wilungula.
How are gorilla trekking permits secured?
We secure your gorilla trekking permits as part of our services when you book your D.R. Congo flying safari with us. Please note that gorilla trekking permits can book up far in advance, especially in high season. Your safari consultant will advise on availability based on your proposed travel dates.
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