Chilla with Silverback Gorilla | Virunga, DRC Congo

Wed Dec 01 2021 at 02:00 am to Sun Dec 05 2021 at 03:00 am UTC+04:00

Dubai International | Dubai

Trekkup Dubai
Publisher/HostTrekkup Dubai
Chilla with Silverback Gorilla | Virunga, DRC Congo
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We will take you off the beaten trail and bring you inside equatorial wilderness as we search for gorillas, trek through the Congo jungle in National Park, and take in the views from relaxing island lodge on Lake Kivu. This version of our Congo adventure does not include the hike up the volcano.
Accompanied by Park Rangers we will traverse through the jungle to home of mountain gorillas. The length of the trek is entirely dependent on the gorillas, sometimes the guides can track them down in less than two hours, other times it takes much longer. Mountain gorillas are nomadic, travelling in families and staying in an area just long enough to clear it of food. They also don’t follow a clear path, you’ll realise when tracking them, they like to meander. On your first sighting, you may see mothers holding their babies, juvenile gorillas playing, or dominant silverbacks keeping an eye out for their family!
Moreover, we will find out why the locals call Tchegera the island of paradise, with the option to enjoy the lake with canoe, snorkel and paddleboard or simply take in the views of surrounding mountains. If we’re lucky, on a clear night you can see the glow of several nearby volcanoes!
Definitely a trip on the wild side with more relaxed approach to seek out gorillas in their habitat and enjoy pristine jungle in the heart of Africa!
Shoes must go on!
DAY 1 // TCHEGERA ISLAND
Meeting at Dubai Airport Terminal 1 at 02:00 AM for flight at 04:25 AM to Addis. Transit and fight to GOMA. Immigration clearance and drive towards Lake Kivu. We will take you to Tchegera island giving you a chance to unwind after a week at work and prepare for the weekend’s adventure. You’ll be able to relax and enjoy the tranquillity of Lake Kivu and its myriad of bird species. Activities on the island
include kayaking, paddle boarding and snorkelling or just relaxing on the lakeshore beach.
DAY 2 // Kibumba
Morning bird spotting and move on to Kibumba, located on the edge of
the Gorilla Sector, where you will settle into your accommodation and enjoy the jungle and nearby villages before an evening briefing on the
gorillas of Virunga with our community ranger Papa Augustin.
Short jungle and village walks. Obtaining of permits and rest in the tented camp.
DAY 3 // Gorilla Trekking
After jungle breakfast at the lodge, hike to Bukima forest and encounter Eastern Lowland Gorilla families in the wild. Treks usually require 1-2.5 hours of hiking each way, depending on location of the gorilla group being trekked and the difficulty of the terrain. After spending the allotted hour with the gorilla family group, you will make your way back to camp, enjoy a late lunch and have the rest of the day at leisure, including time for nature walks and bird watching.
DAY 4 // Villages
After breakfast, walk in the villages and back to Goma Airport to catch the return flight to Addis and connecting flight home.
Level of Difficulty:
Easy to Moderate, including jungle trekking.
Duration:
4 Days.
Room & Meals:
Comfortable tented lodges, meals included.
Approximate Cost:
7850 AED all incl. flights.
Specifically Excluded:
Any expenses related to visas, insurance, meals on transfers, cost of optional activities, PCR.
Visas:
Congo – we will facilitate visa on arrival, approximately 105 USD, add to cost.
PCR + Yellow Fever Vaccination certificate required for border crossings.
See yah in Congo! **
Piotr
0504848238
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