Congo Safaris: Best Congo Gorilla(Trekking) Safari(s) Destination

Congo Safaris offers the best Congo gorilla trekking tour packages , which allows travelers to explore the Republic  of Congo(Congo Brazzaville) & Democratic Republic of Congo. A Congo Gorilla safari provides  ultimate chances to trek Mountain gorillas in Virunga National Park, Eastern lowland gorillas in Kahuzi Biega National Park, Western lowland Gorillas in Odzala-Kokoua National Park in the Equatorial rain forest of the Congo Basin.

A Congo Safari, does not only encompass gorilla trekking safaris, but also chimpanzee trekking or chimpanzee habituation at the foothill of Virunga National Park, while others can reach out to the orphaned chimpanzees, protected at Lwiro Chimpanzee sanctuary, set just 10km from Kahuzi Biega National Park. However, orphaned gorillas also take refuge in Senkenkwe Gorilla Ophanage, which is located face to face with Mikeno Lodge in Virunga.

Congo Gorilla trekking Safari Experience

Gorilla trekking safaris in Congo are distinctive: Like Uganda, & Rwanda,  Gorilla trekkers along with their guides walk straight into the forest from camp and begin tracking gorillas, which may take an hour to find them, which is far much different from other gorilla trekking destinations, which may require between 2-5 hours to trek and find them.

Unavoidable, Congo Gorilla Trekking Safari Tour Packages

Safaris in Congo are vivid encounters that permit you to acquire a more profound comprehension of the Congo’s biodiversity, natural life, culture, history, and conservation in probably the most remote corners on the planet. Browse For more Congo safari packages

Congo Safaris

3 Days
Eastern Lowland Gorilla Trekking

The 3 Days Eastern Lowland Gorilla trekking Safari is also a 3 day Kahuzi Biega National Park, allowing you to trek & Share an eye lock with the Eastern lowland or the Grauer’s Gorillas in their National haitat.

3 Days Mountain Gorilla trekking-Virunga National Park-Congo Safaris

3 days Virunga
Mountain Gorilla Trekking

Take 3 days on a mountain gorilla trekking experience in Virunga National Park. This 3 days Congo Gorilla trekking brings you up close with the mountain gorillas  at an affordable fee of $400 per person

western lowland gorillas in odzala national park

9 DayLuxury
Odzala Gorilla trek & Bai Safari

This 9 day Westlowland gorilla trekking & bai tour package explores different camps of Ngaga camp, Lango Camp & Mboko camp. The lowland rain forest is composed of bais, rivers, marshes and swamps, which together form a home to a wide variety of Wildlife.

Congo Brazaville or Republic Of Congo Safaris

A safari in the Republic of Congo immerses safari enthusiasts into the heart of Congo Basin rain forest, dubbed “The Wold’s second biggest rain forest”. The equatorial rain forest of the Congo Basin is home to the Western lowland gorillas, chimpanzees, forest elephants, buffaloes, hippos, unusually rare bongo antelope, and approximately 100 other mammal species. It’s also a paradise for birding with over 400 species that include the African grey parrot, great blue Turaco, giant kingfisher, and the very rare picathartes.

Gorilla safaris in the Republic of Congo(Congo Brazaville) also allows you to track these lowland gorillas for three days back to back  which allows you you to stay more times with the gorilla families and compare the unique differences in personalities and group behavior.

Apart from Gorilla trekking safaris, Congo Brazaville also offers an ultimate chances of  exploring the World’s second largest forest on foot in search for shy forest Five (Forest Five’ (forest elephant, forest buffalo, western lowland gorilla, bongo and giant forest hog) and more than 400 bird species. Otherwise, you can opt for a night guided walk, tracking nocturnal primates like palm civets, galago, flickering fireflies and the Central Potto.

Other activities to enjoy include: boat cruises  or go Kayaking on the Congo basin as you enjoy the magnificent sunset over the forest, as you lookout for forest elephants, antelope, buffalo, and charismatic monkeys going about their daily lives on the riverbanks. Not forgetting the local village visits to the native communities of the forest for an authentic interaction as well as meeting the Ba’Aka tribe.

Democratic Republic Of Congo Safaris

Congo SafarisThe Democratic Republic of Congo boasts of having the world’s Mountain gorillas in Virunga National Park, Eastern lowland Gorillas in Kahuzi Biega National Park and world’s most active volcano-Nyiragongo where tourists are able to climb to the Lava crater on its peak to see boiling lava, sleep over, then descend back to the foot slopes of the Mountain.

Besides Gorillas & Nyiragongo Mountain, the Democratic Republic Of Congo, encompasses other national parks, where travel entusiastes can visit to   catch sight of animals  among others: Okapis, Rhinos, Elephants.

Sadly, a significant part of the Majority of Democratic Republic of Congo, is considered unsafe for traveling, except for Kahuzi Biega National Park, where the Eastern Lowland Gorillas are open for trekking. Despite the fact that Virunga National Park was popularly open for mountain Gorilla trekking & Nyiragongo Volcano hiking, for many years in the past, before it was temporarily closed in 2020, but it is most likely to reopen anytime soon.

Luxury & Private Republic Of Congo Safaris

The Republic of Congo offers unrivaled Luxury & private safaris to explore this distinct African country. Located just close by West coast of Africa, lies the Republic of Congo also known as “Congo-Brazaville” or named “The Congo”.  The basin pours out to rivers including: Sangha, Mambili, and the mighty Congo, which is the major source of exploring through the rain forest, yet it also offers access to the secludes National Parks like Odzala-Kokoua.

Most likely than anywhere else, these regions are reputed for their wilderness, tolerating all the customary cultures. The dense forested topography is made up of Baise, Swamps & rivers, which together form a perfect home for Western Lowland Gorillas. The remarkable wildlife experience, is partly contributing to the faster development of the tourism sector in the Republic of Congo, with Gorilla trekking as the major highlight.

What to expect on a luxury safari to Republic of the Congo?

The Republic Of Congo, also called “Congo Brazzaville”,  was once unsettled French colony, but now appraised for being  peaceful, steady , and steadily progressing. Brazaville, its capital city, which is celebrated as “Little Paris Of Africa” features sparkling streets covered with art, fabric stalls, flower markets and the scent of  fresh-baked baguettes coming from one of its various boulangeries.

However, tourism  in the Republic of Congo, is still at infant stage. Adventure enthusiasts, ought not  to hope for a five-star facilities in the cities, but since it has been off-the-radar for such a long time, its uninhabited regions and wildlife experiences are truly memorable adventures. If you can withstand getting your hands a little dirty, then a Congo safari won’t disappoint.

Congo Wildlife Safaris

Despite the fact that Gorillas are the main backbone for all Congo Safaris, with Mountain & Eastern lowland Gorillas in Democratic Republic Of Congo, and Western Lowland Gorillas Odzala-Kokoua National Park, travelers still have the opportunity to catch sight of other wildlife like: Chimpanzees, Forest elephants, bongo, forest buffalo, sitatunga, spotted hyena, red river hog, and even hippos.

Congo is a paradise for bird watchers, which presents a plethora bird species including: African grey parrot, the green pigeon, and more than many species of butterflies.

What’s more, travelers also have the opportunity to trek Mangabey, have close contact with the onsite pangolin, as well as the rare picathartes bird

Where To Go On For A Congo Safari?

Virunga National Park

Virunga National Park is the Oldest National Park in the Democratic Republic Of Congo, which forms an international borderline with Uganda & Rwanda. The park was established in 1925 to shelter the Mountain Gorillas, and was marked a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The magnificent terrain & the biodiversity in Virunga National Park, makes it, an ideal spectacular tourist spot to visit in Africa.

Virunga National Park, boasts of 2 inescapable activities of Mountain Gorilla trekking & Nyiragongo Volcano hike, which stands out the major highlight for every traveler, yet other activities like Chimpanzee trekking & habituation, visiting the orphaned gorillas at Senkenkwe, and visiting Lwiro Chimpanzee sanctuary  would align.

Kahuzi Biega National Park

Kahuzi Biega National Park got its name from Mount Kahuzi and Mount Biega. Situated South of Lake Kivu, Kahuzi Biega national Park, is a UNESCO World heritage Site, which is famed for its habituated Eastern Lowland Gorillas. Despite the fact that, for along time, the Eastern Lowland Gorillas were being intimidated by poachers,  the government together with the conservationists have set measures, to protect them, hence their increase.

Eastern Lowland Gorilla trekking is not difficult, as compared to Mountain Gorilla trekking, because, it require neither distant nor steep mountain treks. Besides Kahuzi Biega National Parks Gorilla permits for trekking the Eastern Lowland gorillas are easily accessible. Aside from Gorilla trekking, there are are amazing opportunities of spotting wildlife like Elephants, chimpanzees, antelopes and numerous bird species.

Garamba National Park

Garambe National Park, though less famous, ,is a prominent UNESCO World Heritage Site, endowed with breathtaking views of endless African savannah & grassland. Among other animals like giraffes, hippos, rhinoceros, antelope and numerous bird species, call Garamba National Park, a home. Yet, the magnificent  population of huge mammals present in the park stand at a great risk of being poached. However, travelers visiting the park must be heedful about their safety, before visiting Garamba National Park, its has been for along time, a refuge for armed rebels & groups from the countries nearby, especial in the denser areas of the park

Lola Ya Bonobo Sanctuary

Explore Kinshasa to discover new endangered pygmy species of Bonobo, from Lola Ya Bonobo Sanctuary. The Bonobo are chimpanzee cousins that are only found in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Unlike the Chimpanzees, the Bonobos  quite calm, although many have been oppressed & hunted for their meat. The Lola ya Bonobo now protects orphaned infant Bonobos as well as keeping them from being sold to the outside markets

Salonga National Park:

Salonga National Park is most popular for  its diverse rain forest, yet also  UNESCO World Heritage Site. The floral & faunal diversity contributes to the major factor why Visitors can’t miss it. Otherwise, Visitors are expected to encounter peacocks, forest elephants, dwarf chimpanzee and the slender-snorted crocodile and more.

Lwiro Chimpanzee Sanctuary

Nestled just 4km form Khuzi Biega, in Bukavu, south of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Lwiro Chimpanzee sanctuary, is the only refuge, for orphaned & rescued chimpanzees. This place shelters chimpanzees that are just getting back to their feet, after prolonged trauma. This world’s third most celebrated site for the conservation of Eastern Chimpas by IUCN.  Lwiro Chimpanzee Sanctuary also acts as the best ground for visitor to get upclose with chimpanzees, as well as participate in their conservation program

Mount Nyiragongo Volcano

Nyiragongo Volcano in Virunga national Park, is a stratovolcano which is celebrated for its Largest Lava Lake in the World. Standing tall at a height of 6500ft, Mount Nyiragongo is an important icon of Goma City, which as attracted over thousands of tourists from the globe, to view the boiling lava on a 2 days Nyiragongo hike, which includes sleeping at the summit. However, its last eruption on the 22nd May, 2021, claimed 32 lives, with an absolute destruction of about 1000 homes. This led to its closure upto date, which also includes the Parks political instability.

Sekenkwe Gorilla Orphanage

Visit Senkenkwe Gorilla Orphanage, the world’s one & only recognized mountain gorilla orphanage that was established in 2010, to rehabilitate, protect & treat the mountain gorilla infants, who were abandoned, after their parents succumbed to death, as a result of the rebel attack. Since then, Senkekwe Gorilla orphanage has become a haven for orphaned gorillas, a rehabilitation and a treating center for injured gorillas, that have rescued from poachers & animal traffickers  in Kahuzi Biega National Park, although it also offers opportunities  for clients to get into close contact with orphaned gorillas.

Frequently Asked Questions About Congo Safaris

How Much Does The Republic Of Congo safari Cost

Normally, a budget plan of $19000 USD per individual for an all-inclusive 9 days in the Republic of Congo. This will by and large incorporate  charter flights to & from  Brazaville, 2 gorilla trekking permits and 3 camps in various locations.

Where to Stay in Congo Brazzaville or Republic of Congo?

The Republic of Congo has 4 fundamental camps. Lango Camp, in Odzala-Kokoua National Park, offers unimaginable views of the Lango Bai which attracts groups of Green Pigeons and African Gray Parrots as well as forest buffaloes & forest Elephants. One more of our top choices is Naga Camp in the Ndzehi Concession, sitting among transcending trees and open Marantaceae forest, is the home of the Western Lowland Gorilla research group.

When is The best time To Visit The Republic Of Congo

The Republic of Congo experiences Equatorial climate characterized by humid temperatures all year round. Yet the best time for Western lowland gorilla trekking in Odzala National Park is during the drier months/season which runs from June-September, or December-February.

Travel Advice About The Republic Of Congo

French is the Official language, which then calls for the need of a professional English speaking driver guide.

Brazzaville Art Painting gallery is continuously growing, making it the best way to experience the City.

The World’s famous Western Lowland Gorillas are found not anywhere else, than Odzala-Kokoua National Park, which is also the main research center.

The Republic of Congo is not for the faint hearted, because it can’t exude the expectations of luxury & private travelers who require 5 Star accommodations, without the setback of a growing  tourist hub.

The Republic of Congo boasts of active participation which requires walking, & hands-on experiences, such as gorilla trekking, night walks, Kayaking, which all together, would not be a healthy match for an epitome of a 5 star safari experience, despite the fact that, game drives can esily be attained.

Is Congo the right destination for you?

Congo is seldom visited by many  tourists due to over emphasized terrifying reports from the public media, which has intimidated most adventure enthusiasts from coming. Yes! the country has experienced  several political unrest from armed rebellion, corruptions & Poor governance structures. It is important that all  visitors must be heedful, when visiting places with the highest deployment of UN Peacekeeping Missions, yet some parts of the country is still very safe to be visited despite the claimed unsafe accusations due to the reasons below.

The republic of Congo is ideal for travel enthusiasts who prefer unusual & secluded experiences, more than the opulent tours and stepping out of the  normal safari game drive.

Most Congo safaris focus majorly on trekking, sailing, and cultural experiences.

The republic of Congo is the major hub for Africa’s Western Lowland Gorilla enthusiasts

All travelers visiting the Republic Of Congo for gorilla viewing, must obtains medical confirmation documents, which affirms safe from measles, polio and tuberculosis, but also healthy.

What are the best things to do in Congo?

The Republic Of Congo as well as the Democratic Republic of Congo has several attractions, which offers several inescapable things to do when exploring Congo for an unmatched Congo safari Experience. From Trekking Mountain Gorillas in Virunga, hiking Mount Nyiragongo, Visiting Senkenkwe gorilla Orphanage, visiting orphaned chimpanzees at Lwiro Chimpanzee sanctuary, Lake Kivu & Trekking the Eastern Lowland Gorillas in  Kahuzi Biega National Park in the Democratic Republic Of Congo.

While the Republic of Congo offers traversing by 4×4 from one camp to another or  trekking on foot through the dense forest in search for the Western Lowland gorillas; guided forest walks during the night to look for nocturnal animals such as palm civets, galago and flickering fireflies; swimming in crystal clear streams, Enjoy boat rides & Kayaking across the Congo basin & along its shores; head for authentic interactions with the Ba’Aka tribe and exploring key attractions including: the Poto-Poto textile market & painting School, Marche Plateau Ville, St. Anne’s Basilica, and Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza Memorial, not forgetting  an ultimate opportunity of meeting popular Sapeurs or La Sape-a subculture focused in Brazzaville and Kinshasa.