Democratic Republic of Congo is one of the best destinations to enjoy gorilla safaris from. Gorilla safari expeditions in Congo can be organized for you by the local tour agencies like Eco Tours Congo. Enjoy gorilla safaris in Congo take place in two national parks, namely Virunga National Park and Kahuzi Biega National Park which protect two different types of the gorillas, the rare endangered mountain gorillas and eastern lowland gorillas respectively.
Travelers can go to Congo for gorilla safaris at any time of the year though the safaris are most interesting in the dry months. DR Congo has experiences two rainy seasons, short rains (seasons) begin from October to November well as the long rains start from mid-March to the end of May, and its rains come from the tropical rain forests. The dry months are therefore from June to September and then December to February, and these are the best months to go for gorilla trekking expeditions in Congo.
Therefore, most of the travelers tend to visit Democratic Republic of Congo for gorilla safaris in the dry months and the most busiest month is December, whereby travelers move in large amounts and thus if you are to move in any of the dry months, especially December, you are highly advised to book earlier such that you don’t miss out your dearly gorilla safari as the gorilla permits are sold on first come and first serve basis.
A Congo gorilla permit for both eastern lowland gorillas and mountain gorillas is sold at US$ 400, it will purchased for you by one of the local agencies that you will have chose to do all your safari’s bookings.
Though traveling in dry seasons is more interesting, the government of Congo has also made sure that travelers who move in the rainy season enjoy the gorilla safaris at reduced prices. The rain season sabotages people’s travels but that does not mean that travelers don’t completely travel since this season is combined with both rainfall and sunshine. On most occasions, the sunshine comes out no sooner had the rains finished to fall and most safari activities are able to be carried out without any remedy.
During the rainy season (October to November and March to May), most of the Parks’ accommodations reduce their rates to attract more tourists to book with them and this is an added advantage since even the gorilla permits are reduce by 50% to attract more travelers to Congo. On normal days, the gorilla permit of Congo is sold at US$ 400 well as during the low season (rainy season), the permit is sold at only US$ 200.
More so, gorilla trekking permit still remains the cheapest even if you purchase it at its normal price of US$ 400 because other gorilla trekking countries like Rwanda and Uganda, the gorilla permits costs higher prices. A normal Rwanda permit is sold at US$ 1500 and its discount is given when you are to visit more than one park in the country where you will pay US$ 1050 or even a discount can be given to you when you are to have a seminar/conference in Rwanda and then go for the trekking of mountain gorillas and here you will pay US$ 1275. However for the case of gorilla trekking in Uganda remains constant all year round whereby you will pay US$ 600 for its gorilla permit in whichever season/month you will be traveling.
This all shows how gorilla trekking safaris in the Democratic Republic of Congo are more affordable as compared to gorilla trekking in other countries, thus the country being a perfect gorilla destination for all gorilla lovers more especially the low-earners who would not afford the gorilla permits in Uganda and Rwanda.
Besides enjoying the gorilla trekking expeditions at cheaper prices, trekkers in Congo will also have an opportunity to trek two gorilla types (eastern lowland gorillas and mountain gorillas) as Congo is the only country to protect these two gorilla types.