Congo Gorilla Trek and Chimpanzee Habituation

Wildlife and Primate Safaris

The safari starts and ends in Kigali, upon arrival at Kigali International Airport, you will be warmly welcomed at arrivals by our representative and your driver guide. Here you will be briefed on your tour and then transferred to the DR Congo border and assisted to cross the border and transfer you to your accommodation. Arrival to your lodge freshen up. Dinner and overnight stay at your accommodation preference: Mikeno lodge

On the second day, after an early breakfast depart to the starting point for your gorilla trekking safari experience. After completing the park customs, we embark on a once in a life time experience of tracking mountain gorillas. These massive primates are extremely rare, with less than 800 living today. You will get within meters of the family, and be privileged to spend an hour amongst them. A visit with a mountain gorilla family is a life changing experience. Mountain gorillas are highly intelligent, good natured, and fascinating to observe. The silver back’s powerful presence is awe-inspiring, yet his calm clearly earns him the title, “gentle giant”. People are equally struck by the tenderness and care that mothers show their young. And then, of course, there are the juveniles who spend most of every waking hour at play and never cease to make visitors smile. Dinner and overnight at your preferred accommodation: Mikeno lodge

On the third day, early breakfast eaten en-route this morning as you again head out to the park headquarters to start your briefing for your Chimpanzee Habituation Trek. Chimpanzees along with the DR Congo Bonobo are our closest genetic relatives and no doubt you’ll recognize a few traits.

In 2014 Congolese team trained by Frankfurt Zoological Society began habituating chimpanzee group living in the forests around park headquarters of Rumangabo, tourists and other visitors staying at Mikeno Lodge can join the habituating team on their daily visits to the chimpanzees.

In the very early, the day begins with a group of ranger/trackers leave their camp at 4:30 am to locate where the chimpanzees spent the previous night, tourists and other visitors set off at 5:00 am to trek the chimpanzees, the number of tourists are limited to 4 people and time to spend with the chimpanzees is restricted to 3-4 hours for habituation. Any tourist/visitors who doesn’t feel well at the time of scheduled tracking, for example when you have a cold, fever, diarrhea, or persistent sore throat, let us know in time your money will be refunded like the way we do it on the gorillas. Chimpanzees are extremely susceptible to human illnesses. Chimpanzees have died after being exposed to human respiratory viruses and other common ailments, Chimpanzee tracking permit in Congo costs USD100 per person per day. It’s now possible tourists and visitors to Congo undertake Chimpanzee habituation in Virunga Mountains, chimpanzee tracking and habituation is done on any day any date in the forest near the headquarters of the park in the area called Rumangabo. After spending 4 hours with these intelligent primates head back to your lodge for freshen up.  Your driver/guide will be ready to transfer you to the border and you connect back to Kigali.


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