Tips for Gorilla Trekking in Central Africa

Tips for Gorilla Trekking in Central Africa

Visiting the Congo's Viruga National Park for gorilla trekking is an absolute highlight of a trip to Africa.

A safari to the Virunga Conservation Area in the Congo is an extraordinary adventure offering visitors something new and unique.

Virunga Conservation Area

The Virunga region is comprised of three parks that are great for encountering gorillas including Virunga National Park, Mgahinga National Park in Southern Uganda, and Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda.

Destination Congo offers travelers a chance to visit mountain gorillas in Virunga National Park and trek Eastern Lowland Gorillas in Kahuzi Biega Natonal Park or Western Lowland Gorillas in Odzala National Park in the Congo.

A Congo safari best suits travelers looking for something pristine, unspoiled or undiscovered. It's a true African adventure, exploring rarely seen culture and wildlife, with the option of also trekking up one of the world's most active volcanoes: Mount Nyiragongo.

Tips for Gorilla Trekking

Trekking with gorillas takes place in the mountainous regions of the Congo's Virunga National Park.  It's important to work on your physical fitness and be prepared for a long walk and some fairly strenuous hiking.  Your gorilla safari in Virunga can involve anything from thirty minutes to eight hours of walking in quite humid conditions, so if you are not fit, you may not be able to enjoy the experience to its fullest.

Be sure to pack the right gear for your trek.  This includes a pair of sturdy waterproof walking boots and a pair of long thick socks that can be tucked into your pants / trousers to avoid safari ants getting into places where they shouldn't. A light, cotton long-sleeved shirt that can protect your arms from thorny plants and bushes, as well as gloves that can protect your hands from stinging nettles are also recommended.  Be sure to also pack a waterproof backpack.

Make sure to take a no-flash camera.  The gorillas tend to feel threatened by the flash, so your guide will not allow you to use it.

Hydration is extremely important. It gets very hot and humid in central Africa, so be sure to hydrate and replace the water you lose through sweat.