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Democratic Republic of Congo Safari

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The Democratic Republic of Congo safari (DRC) is certainly an almighty adventure for those willing to charter new territory and discover truly magical moments in Africa’s wilderness.

Mountain gorilla trekking, climbing an active volcano, chimpanzee trekking and hikes in the Rwenzori Mountains.

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DRC Gorilla Trekking

A visit to the Virunga Mountains is like going home. You are visiting the most fertile forest mountains, home to mountain gorillas. Here, you’ll trek for a few hours depending on where the mountain gorillas spent the previous night and once with them, a precious hour can be spent watching.

You will need to wear surgical masks provided to safeguard the health of Virunga’s gorillas. Children must be 15 years of age or older again for safety. Permits are at their cheapest in the DRC, just US$400 per adult. See our to a holiday in the Democratic Republic of Congo here.

Nyiragongo Volcano Treks

The DRC is home to a stunning stratovolcano that features the world’s largest lava lake. You can trek to the summit and with an average fitness, it should take you 4 to 6 hours. Beginning at 1,989 metres above sea level, you ascend to 3,470 metres in a short time so altitude sickness can be an issue for some.

The volcano’s forested lower slopes are home to chimpanzees, monkeys and bushbuck to name a few species. The summit rim is devoid of vegetation and sometimes lightly covered with snow. From the rim you can look down into the lava lake and at night time, it is a spectacularl orange colour whilst hot gases explode and rumble through the molten lava.

Like all of Africa’s mountain climbs and treks, you will need full rain and cold weather gear and temperatures at the summit are regularly below freezing. You arrive at the summit sweating from the steep climb and this warmth quickly disappears, giving way to cold.

We arrange packed meals, gear rental and other conveniences to help ensure a successful summit. You sleep on the volcano in huts build vicariously close to the edge. It is all part of the adventure. We organise your trekking permit, overnight accommodation in the shelter and catering.

Rwenzori Mountain Treks and Climbing

Vierung National Park is home to some other brilliant treks and climbs. Rwenzori is also known as Mountains of the moon and at its peak, reaches 5,109 metres. Here you will see the largest glacier left on the African continent. The landscapes and biospheres are impressive with bamboo forests, alpine meadows, lakes and snow capped peaks. You may get to see forest elephants, Okapi, chimpanzees and lots of different bird species.

The best time for Rwenzoris is January to March and June to August.

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Chimpanzee Trek

In the 1980s, the Frankfurt Zoological Society began working to habituate a group of chimpanzees living in the Congo forest around the park headquarters in Rumangabo. There are around 32 chimpanzees and you have the unique opportunity to leave very early in the morning to trek and find the chimps. Group size is just 4 people and you get an hour with the chimpanzees.

Tchegera Island

Every African adventure holiday should end with some time out and in the DRC, Tchegera Island is ideal. There is a camp on the island that offers a great escape from the hectic pace of Goma and the challenge of your climbing and trekking. It’s right on the northern shore of Lake Kivu and you get views of the lake and four impressive volcanoes. When nights are clear, you witness Nyiragongo and Nyamulagira Volcanoes and their glowing lava that turns the night sky red. Relax after your Democratic Republic of Congo Safari here on the beach or head off to explore the island in a sea kayak or paddle board. It’s a great finale to a DRC safari.

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