The Virunga national park is a world heritage site where dwells the rare Mountain Gorilla & most of the big game animals of Africa. It has the highest amount of biodiversity of any park in Africa and is It is the oldest African Park.
Itinerary - Virunga Mountain Gorilla Tour - 2 Day Overnight from Goma (Permit Included)
We work directly with the Virunga National Park Authority (visitvirunga.org) and ICCN to bring tourists and grant visas to incomers and provide secure transport and safari guides, and are a supplier and supporter of the Virunga lodges, staff, and conservation efforts, and supply about half of their operators too in the Congo with logistics and materials in the region. Our mission is literally to promote the park to you.
We can arrange everything from your before-and-after hotels to custom requests.
We have experience in many different situations in the region, in many different challenges and local circumstances, know all routes in and out and safety procedures, have guides and friends in the parks with deep education and experience in the wildlife and their movement, and have long standing contacts within the many different groups and cultures in the Kivus region. - Decades' worth.
This tour can start in Kigali, and we can arrange transportation and visa for all tourists with Virunga Park, and with pickup at all hotels and locations in Kigali.
Day 1: Arrival and Welcome
Welcome to your CTT Virunga Gorilla Tracking Tour. Start from Kigali today at your hotel and take the 3 hour drive to the frontier with the border where you will be granted a DRC Visa on arrival (we can also arrange it in advance at your home embassy to save time this day.) Our next DRC-based representative picks you up in Goma or Gisenyi, and you transfer over the afternoon to Bukima Lodge Patrol Post Campground (Tent rentals are available on request, or bring your own.)
After you comfortably check-in and set up, you have an option of a short tour, or just enjoy a rest and refreshment after a briefing from the local guide. You can also take a night walk. The staff will attend to your questions and evening campfire and offer drinks.
Overnight at The Bukima Patrol Post
Day 2: Virunga Park and Mountain Gorilla Tracking (Optional)
Early wake in Bukima where you’ll get a full panoramic view of the volcanoes where the mountain gorillas reside.
Take a three hour trek through the rainforest to share what is sure to be a memorable moment with the mountain gorillas in their natural environment in the Virunga National Park.
This activity will take most of the rest of the day. To safeguard the health of Virunga’s gorillas, visitors will be required to wear surgical masks (provided) when in the presence of gorillas. Time with the gorillas is strictly limited to one hour.
Upon return to the Bukima Patrol Post, you can either organize a transfer back to Goma with us and the park, or else stay and enjoy more activities inside Virunga or down in Kahuzi Beiga Park.
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Notes and Optional Additions:
-CTT Can arrange your roundtrip private transfer (RT) from anywhere in Kigali on Day 1 & 6 for $399 for a car with 3 people
-CTT Can arrange your visa for DRC on arrival at the park (at the Goma/Gisenyi border) or in advance in any DRC Embassy
-CTT Can arrange your volcano hike extension (2 days) for $300 per person.
-You must bring your own food and tent and sleeping bags for this tour, or you may rent gear through us in Kigali/Goma.
-Yellow Fever Vaccination is required for entrance into DRC, as well as any other mandatory vaccinations (Ask Us.)
-Virunga is visitable year-round and the park is currently open and safe for tourists.