Safari in Congo

The Republic of the Congo's dense rainforests and expansive river systems present an intimate and thrilling safari experience. From trekking with the mighty mountain gorillas to cruising the winding rivers, each moment in the Republic of the Congo is a step into the unknown.

A Journey into the Congo: The Kusini Safaris Experience

The Republic of the Congo is a unique African safari destination renowned for its expansive and pristine wilderness due to its dense vegetation. Exploring this biodiverse haven offers unparalleled wildlife encounters found nowhere else on the continent. Moreover, the country's dedication to conservation and sustainable tourism guarantees that every visit contributes to safeguarding these majestic landscapes and their precious inhabitants.

Sustainable tourism in Congo focuses on minimising environmental impact, and Kusini Safaris supports conservation efforts with every safari using the Kusini Fund. There are many eco-friendly lodges and tours which adopt sustainable practices, such as waste reduction and energy efficiency, which are increasingly common. By choosing the Republic of the Congo for your safari, you support initiatives that protect endangered species and their habitats, and sustainable tourism practices ensure that your visit has a positive impact on the environment and local communities.

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The Republic of the Congo is a beacon of wilderness and biodiversity in Africa.

Offering a unique safari experience distinct from the more traditional savannah-focused safaris found elsewhere. This region has expansive and largely unspoiled landscapes, ranging from dense rainforests and vast wetlands to towering mountains and active volcanoes. Such varied ecosystems provide a sanctuary for a wealth of unusual wildlife, including some of Africa's most endangered and unique species. The Republic of the Congo's biodiversity is staggering. 

A safari in the Republic of the Congo also offers the unique opportunity to engage with local cultures. Community tourism initiatives provide insight into the traditions and ways of life of the country's diverse ethnic groups, adding a rich cultural dimension to your adventure.

Discover a Variety of Safari Experiences in Congo

The Republic of the Congo offers a range of safari experiences, from adrenaline-pumping gorilla treks to serene river expeditions. Whether you're a seasoned safari-goer or a first-time adventurer, the Republic of the Congo has something to offer.

Gorilla Trekking Expeditions

Gorilla trekking is the crown jewel of Congo safaris. Coming face-to-face with these gentle giants in their natural habitat is an experience that leaves a lasting impression on all who undertake it. The Republic of the Congo is renowned for safaris that include tracking western lowland gorillas, particularly in Odzala-Kokoua National Park.

Jungle Safaris and River Expeditions

Explore Congo's vast landscapes through jungle safaris and river expeditions. These adventures with Kusini Safaris offer a unique perspective on the country's wildlife and scenic beauty.

Birdwatching and Primate Trekking

Bird enthusiasts and primate lovers will find their paradise in Congo. The country's diverse ecosystems are home to spectacular bird species and numerous primates, making for unforgettable tracking experiences.

Top Safari Destinations in the Republic of the Congo

Odzala-kokoua national park: lowland gorillas and dense rainforests.

Odzala-Kokoua is the world's second-biggest rainforest, The Congo Basin and is a sanctuary for lowland gorillas and a myriad of other wildlife. The park's dense rainforests and clearings provide the perfect setting for intimate wildlife encounters and birdwatching.

Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park: Pristine Wilderness and Rare Species

For those seeking untouched wilderness, Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park is a must-visit. This remote park is home to forest elephants, bongos, and a variety of primates, offering a true adventure into the unknown.

Best Time to Go on a Safari in The Republic of the Congo

In the Congo Basin, the climate is generally equatorial, meaning interchanging between two main seasons, the dry season and the wet season. Both seasons offer advantages and unique experiences; the dry season is typically recommended for first-time visitors due to better wildlife viewing opportunities and easier travel conditions, while the wet season appeals to those interested in photography, bird watching, and experiencing the rainforest's vibrant life.

(May to September)

  • Optimal for wildlife safaris as animals are more accessible to spot near water sources. The weather is more pleasant for tourists, with less rainfall and humidity, making it the best time for trekking lowland gorillas.
  • With the drier landscapes and ease of navigation comes the opportunity to experience the wildlife, the endangered gorillas, elephants and various birds.

(October to April)

  • Take advantage of the landscapes as they turn luscious and green, offering beautiful scenery. It's the best time for bird watching, with migratory birds arriving during this time, including swallows, swifts, and bee-eaters, and for seeing newborn animals, including the baby forest elephants.
  • This season is ideal for enthusiasts interested in the rich plant life, bird species, and the dramatic waterfalls and rivers at their peak.

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Luxury Lodges and Eco-Camps

Congo's luxury lodges and eco-camps offer the perfect blend of luxury and nature for those seeking comfort amidst the wilderness. These accommodations are designed to provide an immersive safari experience without compromising on comfort.

Lango Lodge

Lango Baï is a natural clearing in the forest that's simply captivating. It has large deposits of minerals and is a popular spot for huge flocks of African green pigeons and African grey parrots, as well as for herds of forest buffalo during the day and forest elephants who visit during the night. For bird watchers, it's an excellent location to observe forest birds. Interestingly, these birds are not particularly wary of humans walking 3-4 meters above ground level.

Ngaga Lodge

Kamba African Rainforest Experiences offer an exciting opportunity for travellers to witness the natural beauty of the western lowland gorillas, forest elephants, bongos, and other species. The journey involves visiting three different lodges - Ngaga Lodge, Lango Camp and Mboko Camp - for 7, 10 or 11 nights. It is important to support eco-tourism in remote areas of Africa to ensure their preservation. Kamba African Rainforest Experiences (formerly known as Congo Conservation Company/CCC) aims to protect the Odzala-Kokoua National Park and Noubale-Ndoki National Park by promoting conservation through tourism. The company believes that tourism can become a valuable tool to protect these areas, and thus, plays an essential role as a conservation actor.

Adventure Activities in Congo Beyond Wildlife

Every activity you have in the beauty of this country will stay with you for a lifetime, whether you visit for educational and conservation efforts or as a thrilling honeymoon destination. A safari in the Republic of the Congo caters to adventurers seeking physical challenges and cultural enrichment.

Whitewater Rafting on the Congo River

Whitewater rafting on the Congo River provides an exhilarating experience, navigating through some of the world's most challenging rapids set against a backdrop of stunning landscapes. The Congo River, known for its powerful currents and voluminous flow, offers a unique adventure for thrill-seekers. You might even spot animals like crocodiles basking on the riverbanks or monkeys swinging through the trees.

Participants can expect to tackle intense whitewater sections, offering a mix of adrenaline-pumping action and moments to appreciate the river's natural beauty, and see impressive rock formations, cliffs, or unique geological features exposed by the water's force. This activity appeals to those seeking an adventurous way to connect with the raw power and scenic vistas of one of Africa's greatest rivers.

Cultural Visits to Local Communities

If you're looking to experience the Republic of the Congo's diverse cultural landscape, then visiting local communities is a fantastic way to do so. You'll get to immerse yourself in the daily lives, traditions, and practices of indigenous peoples and even participate in cultural rituals! Not only will this enrich your understanding of the country's cultural heritage, but it also supports the local economy and promotes cultural preservation. So, why not take a break from the natural wonders and give yourself a chance to connect with the Congolese people and their way of life?

Who is a Safari in The Republic of the Congo for?

A safari in the Congo is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure for those seeking unique and immersive experiences beyond typical wildlife viewings. This journey is perfect for those interested in exploring dense rainforests, navigating powerful rivers, and engaging with local cultures. The Republic of the Congo is a must-visit destination for anyone eager to explore one of the most biodiverse and less-travelled places on the planet. Witnessing endangered species and pristine landscapes offers an unparalleled opportunity, making it a perfect destination for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike.

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Republic of the Congo Safaris

Immerse yourself in the heart of the Congo Basin rainforest – a biological hotspot of global importance and the world’s second biggest rainforest, surpassed only by the Amazon. Within these dense rainforests, lowland gorillas peacefully reside while the forest bais open up sightings of forest elephants, forest adapted hyenas, bongos, and diverse birdlife. The Congo isn’t a well trodden safari destination with a well established tourist infrastructure. Long and uncomfortable journeys by planes, 4x4s and pirogues make this an experience not easily forgotten, but one that rewards the adventurous traveller.

The Congo Safari Experience

  • Immerse yourself in one of the oldest parks in Africa, Odzala-Kokoua, located in the heart of the world’s second biggest rainforests, the Congo Basin.
  • Track western lowland gorillas through the dense rainforest.
  • Meet pioneering gorilla researcher Dr Magda Berejemo and her team to learn about primate conservation.
  • Explore the Lekoli River by kayak or boat, looking out for mammals, primates and birds.
  • Walk through the forest and wade through streams and explore the rich mosaic of bais, rivers, marshes and swamps on foot.
  • Swim in the natural pools of Ngaga Stream.

Why Natural World Safaris for your Congo safari?

We originally started back in 2005 as World Primate Safaris. Our CEO and Founder Will Bolsover spent many years in the jungles of Central and East Africa, working in the gorilla parks. As well as our long history working in the region, we were invited to be one of only four official founding tourism partners worldwide for African Parks. In 2010, African Parks entered into a 25-year-long agreement with the Republic of the Congo’s Ministry of Forest Economy, Sustainable Development and Environment to protect Odzala-Kokoua National Park which is the primary destination for tourism in the region.

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The Ultimate Gorilla Safari

The safari of choice for primate enthusiasts, this epic journey will give you the chance to track both mountain gorillas and western lowland gorillas on six separate trekking excursions (with the possibility of a seventh trek added in for good measure).

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9 Day Western Lowland Gorilla & Bai Safari

Located in the north-west region of the Republic of the Congo, discover two unique camps inside the pristine Odzala-Kokoua National Park, and a third on a private concession bordering the national park. This is a lowland rainforest characterised by a network of bais, rivers, marshes and swamps. This vast and truly wild region, with its wide range of landscapes and habitat, is home to an incredible diversity of life. Forest elephant, leopard, bongo, forest buffalo, giant forest hog and hippo live alongside the greatest density of western lowland gorilla in Africa.

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How much does the congo cost.

Typically, expect to budget around £15,500 per person for a 9-day safari in the Congo. This will generally include charter flights to and from Brazzaville, two gorilla trekking permits and three camps in different locations.

Where to Stay in the Congo?

There are four main camps that we use in the Congo. In Odzala-Kokoua National Park, Lango Camp offers incredible views of the Lango Bai which attracts flocks of Green Pigeons and African Grey Parrots as well as Forest Buffalo and Forest Elephants. Another of our favourites is Naga Camp in the Ndzehi Concession, sitting amongst towering trees and open Marantaceae forest, is the home of the Western Lowland Gorilla research team. Read more about where to stay in the Congo.

When to Go to the Congo?

The Republic of Congo has an equatorial climate with high humidity levels year round. To track gorillas in Odzala National Park it is best to travel during the drier periods, between June and September, or December to February. Read more about when to go.

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Strong Roots is not just the name of Dominique Bikaba’s NGO, which he founded in 2009 and whose work earned him a Whitley Award (also known as the "Green Oscars" of the conservation world) in 2018. Born in Kahuzi-Biega National Park in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, it is to this region – his homeland – that Dominique has dedicated his life’s work.

What to Expect from a Trip to the Congo

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This is my third trip with NWS, their knowledge is unrivalled. I knew the Republic of Congo had western lowland gorillas, but hadn't considered booking a trip there until David recommended it. It was clear from the outset that David had travelled there numerous times and was truly passionate about this country. This passion and enthusiasm resulted in me booking this trip, which was a once in a lifetime experience. I have been on numerous safaris but none of them compare to this! You can tell that the animals are not used to seeing tourists all the time, which made this trip all the more unique. The staff at the lodges could not do more to make sure we enjoyed ourselves, and our guide Kerri, made sure we saw as much as possible! I can't wait to go back!

Our Destination Specialist, David was great. He was knowledgeable, helpful, affable, and prompt to respond. He is a pleasure to work with. The Odzala camps were terrific, and the food was the best we’ve had on any of our travels – in terms of quality, preparation, presentation, and the variety of the menu. We were blown away! The guiding was also superb. The entire experience was extremely well conceived and greatly exceeded our expectations. And, of course, your app is absolutely fantastic. Great client service, great guidance throughout the planning and travel stages, and great trip construction.

The trip was wonderful and ran smoothly. Everyone did a great job. NWS are very different and offer some exotic locales.

Republic of the Congo Safaris FAQs

Does the republic of congo have safaris.

The Republic of Congo offers diverse safari experiences , including Odzala-Kokoua and Nouabalé-Ndoki National Parks, where travellers can observe forest elephants, western lowland gorillas, and other wildlife in their natural habitats. The country's rainforests, savannas, and wetlands provide unique opportunities for wildlife viewing and cultural encounters, making it an appealing destination for those seeking a range of safari adventures.

How much does it cost to go gorilla trekking in the Republic of Congo?

Gorilla permits for gorilla trekking in the Republic of Congo (Congo-Brazzaville) are notably affordable, costing only $400 each. These permits are essential for gaining access to experience the incredible opportunity of gorilla trekking in the country. This affordability sets Congo's gorilla permits apart from other popular gorilla trekking destinations like Rwanda and Uganda, where the permits are considerably more expensive at $1500 and $600, respectively. This cost difference makes Congo an attractive option for travellers seeking a more budget-friendly yet equally rewarding gorilla trekking experience.

Can you visit the Republic of Congo rainforest?

Absolutely, you can explore the captivating rainforests of the Republic of Congo . With remarkable destinations like Odzala-Kokoua National Park and Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park, you have the chance to venture into pristine rainforest landscapes, encounter diverse wildlife including primates and birds, and experience the enchanting beauty of one of the world's most vital ecosystems. Guided tours and responsible travel practices will help you navigate and appreciate these remarkable rainforest environments while contributing to conservation efforts.

Is it safe to travel to the Republic of Congo?

The Republic of Congo is generally considered stable and safe for travellers compared to some neighbouring countries. Petty crime can occur, particularly in urban areas, so travellers should take standard safety measures such as securing belongings. Cultural sensitivity, adherence to local customs, and careful consideration of transportation options are recommended for a safe and respectful travel experience.

Are there crocodiles in the Republic of Congo rainforest?

Crocodiles can indeed be found in certain parts of the rainforests of the Republic of Congo. While rainforests are not typically their primary habitat, some rivers, water bodies, and wetland areas within or near the rainforest regions may provide suitable habitats for crocodiles. These crocodile populations are part of the broader biodiversity that thrives in the diverse ecosystems of the Congo rainforest. However, encountering crocodiles in the rainforest is not as common as in other types of habitats, such as rivers and marshes, where crocodiles are more prevalent. When exploring rainforest areas, it's important to follow safety guidelines and local advice to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

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How many languages are spoken in the Republic of Congo?

In the Republic of Congo there are more than 60 languages spoken. The country is linguistically diverse, with a variety of indigenous languages reflecting the rich cultural tapestry of its ethnic groups and communities. While French serves as the official language and is used in government, education, and media, many local languages are spoken among different ethnic groups across various regions of the country. Some of the major indigenous languages include Lingala, Kikongo, Mboshi, Teke, and Vili, among others. This linguistic diversity reflects the country's vibrant cultural heritage.

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The tropical rainforests are Africa’s last big wildness, and now tourists can finally visit them at Africa’s newest safari resort. Premier safari lodges have been established in and around Odzala National Park , allowing easy access to the Congo’s beautiful galleried jungle and teeming mud wallows. Although forest elephants and buffalo, two of the biggest attractions, can be seen in the jungle clearings, gorilla trekking is usually the highlight of a Congo safari .

Northern Republic of the Congo’s rainforests are home to a thriving population of western lowland gorillas in addition to the region’s spectacular environment and unique exotic animals. Congo safaris and gorilla hikes are still in their infancy and are best organized with the help of travel professionals; they are best suited for daring travelers who have been on multiple safaris before. Browse the itineraries we recommend for the Congo below, or get in touch with one of our African Travel Experts and they would be pleased to create a personalized route for you, either in isolation or in conjunction with other African countries .

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Congo travel tips from our experts.

  • Odzala-Kokoua National Park, with an area of 1,350,000 ha, is one of the oldest parks in the Congo, having been established in 1935.
  • There are more than 400 kinds of birds, 16 species of primates, and an incredible 4,400 types of plants in the park.
  • The western lowland gorilla, an endangered species, resides in this area.
  • UNESCO has designated the park as a Man and Biosphere Reserve.
  • It takes 2.5 hours to fly from Brazzaville to the Mboko Airstrip, from whence you can enter the park.
  • Planes from South Africa, Kenya, and France all land at Brazzaville’s international airport.

Congo Safari Packages: Our Top Picks

The Republic of the Congo (the Congo, or Congo-Brazzaville) is a small country along the west coast of Africa. This basin is drained by rivers like the Sangha, Mambili, and the mighty Congo, which give a route through the jungle to far-flung national parks like Odzala-Kokoua . The wilderness is especially prized and traditional ways of life are preserved in certain areas. The heavy forested landscape is characterized by swamps, bais, and rivers; this is ideal habitat for western lowland gorillas; and it is the remarkable wildlife interactions accessible here that are attracting more and more tourists to the Congo . The highlight for visitors is gorilla trekking, which should not be missed.

Despite its tumultuous history, the French colony of Congo-Brazzaville is presently seen as tranquil, stable, and fast developing. Brazzaville, the capital, is sometimes referred to as the “Little Paris of Africa” due to the abundance of art, fabric booths, flower markets, cafés, and the aroma of freshly baked baguettes wafting from the city’s many boulangeries.

Still, tourism has only been around for a short while. Its cities may not be up to five-star standards, but its wilderness areas and wildlife encounters are, thanks to its relative isolation for so long. The Congo is an amazing place to visit if you don’t mind getting your hands dirty.

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Luxury & Private Republic of the Congo Safaris

Luxury safaris in the Republic of the Congo offer an unparalleled experience exploring this unique African country. The Republic of the Congo (the Congo, or Congo-Brazzaville) is a small country near the west coast of Africa. Rivers such as the Sangha , Mambili, and the mighty Congo drain this basin and provide a means of exploration through dense forests and access to remote national parks such as Odzala-Kokoua .

In these regions—perhaps more than any other—wilderness is the highlight, and traditional cultures persist. Swamps, bais, and rivers characterize the heavily forested landscape, and make it prime western lowland gorilla habitat—and it’s the extraordinary wildlife interactions available here that make the Congo a growing tourist destination. Gorilla trekking is the highlight for travelers here and not to be missed.

What to expect on a luxury safari to Republic of the Congo

A former French colony, Congo-Brazzaville has had a troubled past but is now considered calm, stable, and rapidly developing. Dubbed the “Little Paris of Africa,” its French history is felt most in the capital city of Brazzaville with its vibrant streets lined with art, fabric stalls, flower markets, cafés and the smell of fresh-baked baguettes wafting from one of its many boulangeries.

That said, tourism is still relatively new. Travelers should not expect five-star amenities in the cities, but because it has been off-the-radar for so long, its wilderness areas and wildlife encounters are truly unforgettable adventures. If you can stand to get your hands a little dirty, the Congo won’t disappoint.

Republic of the Congo Travel Tips From Our Experts

  • French is the official language, so we recommend a private guide in the capital.
  • Brazzaville ‘s art scene is on the rise, making gallery visits a good way to explore the capital.
  • Odzala-Kokoua National Park is home to pioneering research of the western lowland gorilla.
  • Luxury & Private Safaris in Republic of the Congo: Travelers who need only five-star accommodation without the hiccups of a developing tourist industry will not like the Congo.
  • If you are not an active, hands-on traveler, or if you want the classic Out of Africa safari experience, the Congo is not a good fit.
  • Prepare to walk in Congo. Much of your experience will be active. Gorilla trekking , exploring the bais, night walks, and kayaking are mainstay activities. Game drives are possible, but the highlights are best accessed on foot.

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Is Republic of the Congo the right destination for you?

  • Republic of the Congo is best for adventurous travelers who prioritize unique and remote experiences over top-of-the-line luxury.
  • It is ideal for escaping the usual tourist circuits, and exploring outside of the typical safari game drive.
  • Experiences in the Congo are based primarily around walking, boating, and community interactions.
  • The country is also a must for those who want to track Africa’s western lowland gorilla.
  • For gorilla viewing, a medical requirements form must be completed by the guest’s doctor to confirm that they are free from measles, polio and tuberculosis, and in good health.

What is the Best Time to Visit Republic of the Congo?

Being just north of the equator, the climate at Odzala is fairly consistent throughout the year, hot and humid. Generally, there are four seasons, which are alternating dry and rainy. The dry seasons include November to February and June to August. These are the coolest, driest months in Odzala National Park, which make it our preferred travel time. Just keep in mind that rainfall still occurs and can be quite variable during the dry season.

The rainy seasons are from March to May and September to October. Temperatures tend to be hotter, and humidity high, and tropical rainstorms contrast with sustained periods of clear blue skies – creating beautiful light for photographers .

How much does a trip to the Republic of the Congo cost?

As a safari destination, the Republic of the Congo offers exclusive luxury in remote areas. Naturally, this exclusivity and luxury comes at a premium.

By utilizing scheduled charters in and out of Brazzaville, you can plan a trip that is as short as three nights (although longer is recommended to really explore the area). Monthly special offers are sometimes available for solo travelers.

While the country itself is relatively cheap, to maximize experiences in hard-to-reach locations, such as gorilla trekking in Odzala , we recommend budgeting a minimum of $15,000 per person for a seven-night journey.

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The best things to do in the Republic of the Congo

Our favorite way to experience the country is getting deep in the rainforest. Journey from camp to camp in Odzala National Park by vehicle , foot , or kayak , and learn all about the area’s wealth of history and ecological information.

Your guides can take you hiking through jungle trails, tracking gorilla on foot, or cover more ground by motorized boat . However you explore here, it’s all about getting out of the car and moving.

Touring Brazzaville with an expert guide and meeting the city’s sapeurs is one of the best things to do in the Republic of the Congo.

Wildlife in Congo

Western lowland gorillas are the highlight for most travelers in the Congo. With that in mind, you may also encounter other various primates including wild chimpanzee and the putty nose monkey. Forest elephants , bongo, forest buffalo , sitatunga, spotted hyena , red river hog, and even hippos can also be found.

Bird lovers will have the chance to spot the African grey parrot, the green pigeon, and other rare birds. The area also boasts over 400 species of butterflies!

If you decide to head to Sangha, you can trek mangabey, spend time with the onsite pangolin researchers, and possibly find the rare picathartes bird.

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Republic of Congo

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Not to be outshone by its ‘Big Brother’ ( Democratic Republic of the Congo – DRC ), the Republic of the Congo has claimed a spot in the top echelons of safari experiences in Africa. Three-quarters of the country is covered in the lush, dense Congo rainforest and bordered by the DRC,  Gabon , Cameroon, the Central African Republic, and Angolan enclave of Cabinda.

For those seeking to discover an alluring wildlife wonderland, the rich biodiversity of the “Second Lung of the World” is enclosed in a handful of national parks with Odzala, Conkouati, and the Lefini Faunal Reserve featuring most prominently. They offer encounters with unique species like the famed western lowland gorilla and hundreds of more species of different orders. The mighty Congo river glistens brightly across the country’s landscape. Originating in the highlands of the East African rift and crossing the equator twice, it snakes its way for more than 4,500 kilometres—making it the second-longest river in Africa and the ninth in the world—before ending in the Atlantic ocean.

Brazzaville stands proudly as the safe capital city of the Republic of the Congo. Here, visitors can explore the buzzing markets and purchase a variety of local souvenirs, as well as discover the country’s colonial history. International visitors to the Republic of the Congo are serviced by flights into  Brazzaville . Upon arrival, it is best to make use of pre-arranged transport and services by recognised operators as vehicle hire, with a driver, is expensive.


Despite  gorilla trekking  being the most popular attraction when planning a safari to the Republic of the Congo, the country has a variety of other activities on offer. Other natural wonders to marvel at include the Diosso Gorge that offers expansive views of the countryside, as well as the Loufoulakari Falls, situated at the confluence of the Congo Loufoulakari River. Some of the biggest tiger fish in the world can be reeled in at the Tiger Fish Congo Camp.

The capital of Brazzaville sometimes referred to as the ‘Little Paris of Africa’ provides an abundance of cultural experiences, from cheerful markets to delving deeper into the varied history. Travellers can also venture to Linzolo where the first Catholic Church was constructed by French priests in 1882. For a laid-back experience, an excursion to the seaside city of Pointe Noire is a must. Travellers can sip on a sundowner while taking in the sights and sounds of the Atlantic ocean.

It is in the Congo Basin, spanning the Republic of the Congo and five other countries in west equatorial Africa, that visitors will set eyes on the wild and wonderful creatures that are dependant on this natural phenomena for their existence. Unspoilt and genuinely wild safaris can be undertaken in Odzala National Park, Louana National Park, Conkouati Douli National Park, Nouabale-Ndoki National Park, and Lefini Faunal Reserve.

The most priceless of wildlife experiences are beyond question getting a glimpse into the unique world of the endangered western lowland gorilla. The posturing of the older yet still impressive silverbacks will be one for the memory bank.

During a trekking expedition, visitors are also bound to sight forest elephants and buffalos among the abundance of trees. More than 700 bird species and 892 different butterflies, of which 20 are endemic, sweep and dart across the skies of the Republic of the Congo. Closer to the country’s spectacular coastline, marine animals like whales, dolphins, and sea turtles are regularly spotted.

International tourism in the Republic of the Congo is seeing an upwards curve and there has subsequently been a marked improvement in accommodation facilities. Most of the more luxurious facilities, however, can still only be found in the larger towns. When venturing outside the concrete jungle, various eco-friendly camps have been developed.

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Since the average daytime temperature is in the mid-20s Celsius, the Republic of the Congo is a good safari destination all year round. The short dry season is from January to February, while May to September is regarded as the long dry season. This is the best time to visit Odzala National Park. Also, travellers should be aware that there are two wet seasons with the short rains occurring in March and April and the long rains between October and December.

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Since the average daytime temperature is in the mid-20s Celsius, the Republic of the Congo is a good safari destination all year round. Travellers should be aware that there are two wet seasons with the short rains occurring in March and April and the long rains between October and December.

What kind of accommodation can I expect in the Congo?

Do i need a visa for the congo.

Most travellers require a visa to enter the Republic of the Congo. Visas can be obtained from one of the diplomatic missions in the country of origin, while other visitors from visa-exempt countries can obtain a visa on arrival.

Should I get vaccinated before travelling to the Congo?

Travellers coming to the Republic of the Congo are advised, by the CDC, to get the following vaccinations: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, yellow fever, rabies, meningitis, polio, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR),

Is tap water drinkable in the Congo?

Travellers are advised to drink bottled water when visiting the Republic of the Congo, as access to clean drinking water is limited throughout the country.

Are safaris family-friendly the Congo?

While the Republic of the Congo is a safe travel destination, it might not be the best country for a family holiday. The recreation on offer caters more to adults, with fishing and jungle trekking high up on the list.

Do I have to have a certain level of fitness for a safari in the Congo?

Safari-goers coming to the Republic of the Congo for gorilla trekking should have a higher level of fitness. The safari experience requires heavy trekking through dense jungle and forest to spot these incredible primates.

Should I get travel insurance for the Congo?

Most tour operators and travel agents will recommend purchasing travel insurance before arriving in the Republic of the Congo. Most plans include emergency air evacuation if visitors are travelling to remote areas of the country. We advise that visitors talk to their travel consultants before travelling.

Do I need an international driving license and what side of the road do they drive on in the Congo?

Travellers opting to self-drive in the Republic of the Congo require an international driving permit.


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Congo Safaris and Wildlife Tours

The Democratic Republic of Congo is the second largest country in Africa. However, in terms of natural beauty and resources, it is second to none. The country is awash with dense tropical rain forest that harbor amazing wildlife – many of which are unique to the country. The shy Okapi, eastern lowland gorillas and bonobos are just a few examples. At the moment, the greatest draw are gorillas.

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The country’s shortcomings, insecurity and poor infrastructure has not stopped adventurous travelers from visiting. Some of the national parks are well managed and receive thousands of visitors each year. The Virunga National Park is one example of a well-managed park. The tourism infrastructure in Virunga is of very high quality and a traveler should expect an amazing experience. There has also been massive deployment of security forces and park rangers in Virunga and Kahuzi Biega National Park to protect the park resources.

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Virunga National Park: Virunga National Park was gazetted in 1925 to protect the unique flora and fauna including mountain gorillas. It is the oldest national park in Africa with amazing wildlife and physical features like volcanoes, vegetation cover, crater lakes, streams and rivers which flow within the dense forests. The park is also home to volcanoes, the rare okapi, forest buffaloes, African elephants, spotted hyenas, jackals and birds. Virunga national park was part of the greater Virunga conservation area which included Uganda and Rwanda. The area was split and divided amongst  the three countries forming the Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and Mgahinga National Park in Uganda among other wildlife sanctuaries. Congo remained with Virunga national park.

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Other attractions: The Democratic Republic of Congo is a vast country with a lot to offer that we cannot exhaust them all in this article. If you are planning to go on a Congo safari, you should also consider game viewing at Maiko National park close to Kinshasa. You could even take up the challenge of climbing mountains like Nyamuragira, Mikeno, Kahuzi or Biega. There are also amazing sightseeing opportunities if you can take a boat ride on water bodies like Lake Kivu and the River Congo. If you love exploring caves, then you can check out the mystical stone age caves of kakanda, dimba, matupi and Thysville. Let’s not forget to mention the beautiful waterfalls of Boyoma and Living stone or the amazing Okapi Wildlife Reserve.


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Congo Safaris Tours/ Congo safaris/ congo tours offers the best gorilla tours in Virunga & other safari packages to the best destinations in the Democratic Republic of Congo

The Democratic Republic of Congo is one of the top tourist destinations in Africa with quite a number of attractions that interest travelers from across the Globe. The main tourist attraction in Congo is the Gorilla Trekking experience dubbed congo gorilla trekking or congo gorilla safari which is done in Virunga National Park and also Kahuzi Biega National Park . These two national park hold quite a number of endangered gorilla species with Virunga National Park having the Mountain Gorillas and Kahuzi Biega National Park having the amazing Eastern Lownland Gorillas. Not only does Congo have gorillas for tour or for congo safaris, the Country boast of a diverse tourism industry with more wildlife species like Chimpanzees where a traveler can do chimpanzee trekking and chimpanzee habituation in Congo's Virunga National Park. The primates lovers can also spare some time and visit Senkwekwe Gorilla Orphanage which is located opposite to the Mikeno Lodge in Virunga to visit the orphaned gorillas and also they can visit Lwiro Chimpanzee Sanctuary in located 10km from the Kahuzi Biega National Park. In Lwiro chimpanzee santuary they can be able to visit the endangered chimpanzee species.

In the Virunga Region, Congo boasts of having the worlds most active volcano i.e. Mount Nyiragongo where travelers can go Hiking. Travelers are so fascinated by this hike to the lava crater at the top of mount Nyiragongo where they are able to see boiling lava and spend a night before they descend back to the foothills of the Mountain.

The Democratic Republic of Congo also has other national parks and reserves where travelers can go and visit different animals like Okapis, elephants, Rhinos, and many others. Congo Safaris tours / congo safaris / congo tours offers safari packages to all these destinations and a traveler can book with us to be able to be part of our amazing journey.

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The Great Ape - Virunga Safari Package (Hot Seller)

This is an interesting Virunga Safari pacakage that many travelers rush for when booking with us for Congo Safaris/ congo tours. This package gives a traveler a chance to go for double gorilla trekking in congo and the amazing part is that a traveler gets do chimpanzee trekking on day 4 for FREE (FREE Chimpanzee Trekking Permit). The package includes gorilla trekking permits , accommodation, transportation and more. Check full itinerary below:

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3 Days Kahuzi Biega National Park Safari (Discounted)

Kahuzi Biega National Park is one of the top national parks and is know for Eastern Lowland gorillas. This 3 Days Kahuzi Biega Congo safari is a short tour that takes a traveler to explore the amazing lowland gorillas. The trip includes gorilla permits, transportation and accommodation plus meals.

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Congo Safaris Tours are amazing packages that we organise though gorilla trekking in congo and Rwanda and Uganda is the top engaged in safari activity. Gorilla Trekking in Congo is done in Virunga National Park and Kahuzi Biega National Park though, there are some eastern lowland gorillas in Salonga National Park.

Other places where a traveler can be able to veiw gorillas is in Uganda in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga National Park . In Rwanda you can find them in Volcanoes National Park. Congo Safaris tours can also entail trips to Uganda and Rwanda's gorilla destinations.

Other primates activities that a traveler can engage in on the Congo Safaris Tours include the Chimpanzee trekking and Chimpanzee Habituation in Virunga. In Uganda and Rwanda Chimpanzee trekking can also be done. In Uganda Chimpanzee trekking can be done in Kibale National Park , Budongo Forest, Kalinzu Forest, and Kyambura Gorge. In Rwanda, Chimpanzee Trekking can be done in Nyungwe Forest National Park.

Therefore, when you book your Safari tour to Congo or simply congo tour , you can be able to also add activities in Uganda and Rwanda to spice up your East Africa Safari Tour.

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Congo Safaris are amazing tour packages that any traveler can decide to book just in case they are interested in gorilla trekking, mountain Hiking, cultural tours in Congo and other amazing safari activities.  The Democratic Republic of Congo is one of the most diverse and amazing countries to visit in Africa. Located in Central Africa, the country is named after the Congo River that flows throughout the country. The Congo has a total area of 2,344,858 square kilometers making it the second-largest country in the continent after Algeria. The country is bordered by up to 9 countries say Uganda , Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Zambia, Sudan, Central African Republic, Republic of Congo and Angola.

The Congo has a lot of attractions to offer to travelers, especially to travelers that love to discover and explore: the Congo has this untapped and wildness plus unmatched biodiversity that is very rear to find in most African countries, it is indeed a gem worth a visit. Notwithstanding the on and off volatile situation in the country, the country has a number of tourists that flock it. 

Travelers who go on Congo Safaris oftentimes go to do mountain gorilla trekking in Virunga National Park but there is a lot that the country has to offer including hiking the active volcano of Nyiragongo that has a lava lake at its peak, chimpanzee trekking, lowland gorilla trekking in Kahuzi Beiga National Park , game drives, among so many activities.

National Parks in the Congo

The national parks of the Congo offer a wildness that is unmatched in Africa. From the jungle forests of the Virunga National Park that are home to some of the rare and endangered primates like the mountain gorillas to the savanna plains of parks like Maiko National Park that offer splendid game viewing options, you will have a true African safari while on a Congo Safari.

Virunga National Park

This is the top destination in Cong o for one to enjoy their Congo Safaris tours . Virunga National Park that is formerly known as Albert National Park lies in the North-East of the Democratic Republic of the Congo bordering the Rwenzori Mountains of Uganda in the north and Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park in the East. The park includes part of Lake Edward , the Semliki River valley, parts of the Rwindi, Ishasha and Rutshuru valleys. Established in 1925, the Virunga National Park is Africa’s very first and therefore oldest national park and it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. The park is managed by the Congolese Institute of Nature and Conservation.

The Virunga National Park has a unique and active chain of volcanoes that are rich in the diversity of inhabitants. Some of the prominent volcanoes include the Nyiragongo mountain that has a lava lake at its peak, mount Sabinyo which is the oldest of all, Nyamuragira which is actually an active volcano and mount Mikeno. 

Attractions and Activities in Virunga National Park

Mountain Gorillas

Mountain gorillas are one of the most selling activities in most Congo Tours. Doing a Congo Safari without visiting these endangered mountain gorillas on a gorilla trekking experience in Virunga National Park renders your safari incomplete. With over 200 mountain gorillas, the Virunga National Park has eight habituated mountain gorillas that travelers can trek with the very largest and most common gorilla family being the Kabirizi that has up to 32 members.

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Irrespective of the gorilla group that you are trekking, gorilla trekking experience usually starts with a briefing at the park headquarters early in the morning. After the brief, trekkers embark on the hike to find these endangered mountain gorillas with the help and protection of the rangers. Once they are encountered, travelers are allowed up to one hour to be with them. Travelers are advised to keep in mind the gorilla trekking rules and regulations during the gorilla trekking experience. The hike back to the park headquarters is usually less strenuous but scenic. Gorilla tracking permits in Congo cost only $400 and they can be purchased at the park headquarters but because of the high demand for gorilla trekking, travelers are advised to book in advance to secure your permit availability.

Senkwekwe Gorilla Orphanage

Senkwekwe Gorilla Orphanage is the only orphanage center for mountain gorillas in the world that was started in 2010 after there was need to rehabilitate, treat and safeguard the mountain gorilla babies that were left behind after the killing of their elders by rebels in 2007 when the park was used as a hideout for rebels. The orphanage has since taken in a number of orphaned gorillas and also acts as a center for rehabilitation and treating of the hurt lowland gorillas from Kahuzi Beiga National Park that are rescued from poachers and animal traffickers. These are treated and then transferred to the Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Centre which is a center for the orphaned lowland gorillas. 

The Senkwekwe Gorilla Orphanage offers a rear opportunity for travelers to have an amazing time with these orphaned gorillas as they interact with them and learn of their behaviors. The gorillas in this orphanage are very welcoming and are very attached to humans as you will see them with their caretakers. The Senkwekwe gorilla orphanage is located in Virunga national park and travelers that would like to visit or volunteer could inquire at the park headquarters of availability.


Chimpanzees are another kind of primates that can be found in Virunga National Park . A Chimpanzee habituation experience in the Virunga will see you hiking the jungles of the park in search for these lively primates under the guidance of the researchers and the game rangers. They are oftentimes playful and noisy as they jump from one tree to another in search for food. Chimpanzee habituation was opened to tourists in 2014 and it starts very early in the morning at 5:30 when the chimps awake and start their search for food. Given their mobility, the chimpanzee habituation experience gives travelers a thrilling and more adventurous encounter. Chimpanzee habituation experience permits in the Virunga National Park cost about $100 only.

Nature Walks

The great diversity in plant and animal life of the Virunga National Park is unbeatable in the whole continent, it, therefore, makes nature walks an interesting and wonderful experience for travelers that they should not miss out on. Taking guided nature walks through secure sections of the park rewards travelers with magnificent scenery and views of landscapes with wonderful sights of volcanoes like the Nyiragongo. While on these nature walks, travelers should be on the lookout for the varied wildlife of primates, mammals, birdlife and a whole lot more.

Mount Nyiragongo 

This is stratovolcano whose summit has the world’s largest lava lake with boiling magma and the volcano stands at 6,500ft. Hiking the Nyiragongo for the sole purpose of viewing the lava lake has seen a great number of tourists visiting Virunga National Park. Treks to the summit of the Nyiragongo active volcano begin at Kibati which is about a 30 minutes’ drive from Goma. The rangers lead the hike to the summit and there are porters that can be hired to help you with your luggage such that you have a less burden of stuff while hiking.

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The hike to the top takes about a day and travelers get to spend the night at some shelters at the top of the volcano and then descend the next day which is actually faster as it takes only 3 hours at the very most. Travelers should carry heavy or warm clothes for the summit is very cold- don’t be deceived by the ava lake that it would be warm.

The Batwa Community

The Batwa pygmies are a community of people that were originally forest dwellers who majorly depended on the forest for their livelihood- they are the only known people that ever co-existed with the endangered mountain gorillas and all the other wildlife of the Virunga massif without tampering with them. They were however evicted from the national parks and relocated to nearby communities where they do live though unhappy for they found the jungles their home. The Batwa, therefore, share their life story and skills with those travelers that would like to through the Batwa cultural trail that sees them demonstrating their way of life say how they collected wild honey, hunting skills that they used, the fruits that they depended on plus the various plants that were medicinal to them. They also share on how they cooked and made a fire from just a stick, their dances, and very sad songs that they sing at the end of the trail will leave you mesmerized. Visiting them could prove worthwhile as the funds that are raised go to the education fund for the Batwa children.

Other mammals that can be found in Virunga National Park include the golden monkeys, red-tailed monkey, Dent’s Mona monkey, Central African red colobus, olive baboon, grey-cheeked mangabey, African bush elephants, hippopotamus, giant forest hog, waterbuck, common warthog and African bush elephants among so any others.

Kahuzi Biega National Park

After mountain gorilla trekking in Virunga National Park and the Nyiragongo hike to the lava lake summit, the next best tourist attraction that most tourists ask for in the Congo is the Eastern lowland gorillas and Lwiro Chimpanzee tracking in Kahuzi Biega National Park . Kahuzi Biega National Park is the only place that has the eastern lowland gorillas that can be trekked with Maiko National Park but does not give the option of trekking.

Kahuzi Biega National Park, with a size of 2,316 square miles, lies near the border of Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo just next to Lake Kivu in the town of Bukavu. Established in 1970, the park is one of the largest national parks in the country. The park was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the 1980s due to its vast forest and unique mammal species. The name Kahuzi Biega is got from the two dormant volcanoes found in the park edges- Mount Kahuzi and Mount Biega. 

The park is managed by the Congolese Institute of Conservation of Nature in partnership with the World Wide Fund and the Wildlife Conservation Society. These face a number of challenges among them the ever-volatile situations that the area faces.

About 137 mammal species and 350 bird species have been recorded to be in the park. The Eastern Lowland gorilla is the most sought after in the park, and these lowland gorillas can be found in two sectors of the park-the highlands and the lowlands. 

Major attractions of Kahuzi Biega National Park include the abundant flora that are best seen and experienced when on a nature walk, the wildlife of the park that includes primates, mammals, birds, butterflies and so many more are all attractions worth visiting. Mountain Kahuzi and Biega, waterfalls and a lot more are also worth a visit. The biggest attraction of the park, however, are the Eastern lowland gorillas that tourists travel all the way to visit.

Activities in Kahuzi Biega National Park

Kahuzi Biega is one of Congo’s hidden gems that is less visited and therefore remains relatively virgin with lush green forests, great mountainous landscapes, lakes, and rivers. It is another amazing place to enjoy one's Congo Safaris. The park, when visited, gives you a true African wilderness feeling. Some of the things that attract tourists to Kahuzi Biega are;

Eastern lowland gorilla trekking

This is the reason that most travelers visiting the park go to do. The Eastern lowland gorillas are larger than the mountain gorillas and are also near extinction due to poaching and animal trafficking plus the wars that sometimes wage in these areas. As of 2013, there were 145 eastern lowland gorillas recorded in the highland sector of the park which was a great decline from the 600 that were recorded in 1990.

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Eastern lowland gorilla trekking involves hiking through the dense tropical forest and highlands of Kahuzi Biega National Park in search for the near-extinct eastern lowland gorillas. The trek can take between thirty minutes to up to six hours and travelers are allowed only one hour with them once encountered in which time they are advised to observe the way of life of these gorillas. From the dominant silverback looking out for the safety of his family to the juveniles who play around and may even approach you. Travelers are advised to follow the instructions of the rangers and guides at all times. Permits cost only $400.

Mountain Hiking

The hike to Mount Kahuzi offers breathtaking views of the town of Bukavu and Lake Kivu while enjoying your Congo Safaris tour. Reaching the summit takes about four hours and three hours to descend. Mount Biega, however, takes only six hours to both ascend and descend. The vegetation of both mountains is different. Mount Bugulumiza, at 2400 meters is another mountain worth a climb as it gives awesome views of the surrounding landscape including the mountains of Kahuzi and Biega.

Lwiro Chimpanzee Sanctuary 

Located in the south east of the Congo, the sanctuary is close to the park. The center takes care of the orphaned chimpanzees and other small primates that lose their parents to poaching and animal trafficking mostly. The rehabilitation center has since its inception been named as the third most prominent site by the IUCN for its role played in the conservation of chimpanzees in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The sanitary currently protects approximately 105 monkeys of different species along with parrots, turtles, and porcupines. 

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Lwiro chimpanzee sanctuary is a haven for chimpanzee lovers as it is a place houses these chimpanzees that are slowly recovering from the trauma. Visiting the chimps here will give you an opportunity to get close to them in the field and also take part in their conservation. Volunteer opportunities are available where you can get to learn of primates.

Bird watching

Congo Birding Safaris are one of the most interesting activities and one can enjoy their best when exploring Lwiro Chimpanzee Sanctuary. Morning and evening birding schedules are scheduled every day where the birders have an opportunity to spot various bird species like the African green broadbill. Binoculars could come in handy. 

Nature walks

There are well-established trails that take travelers to see various sceneries and wildlife including primates and birds. Marais Musisi Trail and Tshibati waterfalls trails go through swamps, bamboo forests, and three different but beautiful waterfalls. 

Maiko National Park

Congo Safari tours keep getting better and better and when you visit Maiko National Park, you will experience the safari of a lifetime. Maiko National Park is one of the best conservation parks of the Eastern lowland gorillas that find the park a natural habitat. The park stretches to cover an area of 10,400 square kilometers and it extends into three-state provinces of Nord Kivu, Orientale and Mainema provinces. The park was created in 1949 and it inhabits unique wildlife species such as the Eastern lowland gorillas , the Okapi, forest elephants and the Congo peacock. The park is the right place for travelers that are after exploration of the jungle. Some of the tourist activities that Maiko National Park has to offer include;

 Wildlife viewing

The park has untampered vegetation cover that still gives any traveler a true wilderness impression. This impressive vegetation cover harbors a variety of animal species among them the forest elephants, the Okapis, Congo peacock, leopards, aquatic genet, the eastern chimps and lowland gorillas along with so many more you should discover when at the park. The variety and quantity of the wildlife in Maiko National Park makes a wildlife viewing safari amazingly unforgettable.  

Given the park’s impressive vegetation, nature walks are a must-do through clearly created trails. Nature walks are a good way to discover and learn of the park plus what it has to offer. Walking through the thickly forested wilderness of Maiko and on the river banks of River Oslo and Lindi, be keen to sight a number of wildlife and birds plus butterflies.

With the vegetation cover of the park, be sure to have a good sight of a number of bird species. Broadbills, Pitas, sparrows, turacos, egrets, kingfishers among so many other birds are what you should look out for. A good pair of binoculars is a must carry.

Maiko National Park has over 800 eastern lowland gorillas but gorilla trekking is not available. If a traveler would like to have an Eastern lowland gorilla trekking experience, Kahuzi Biega is the best place to do it from. Gorilla trekking was banned from Maiko after a gorilla attacked a tourist.

The Democratic Republic of Congo has a number of national parks that have a lot to offer much as they are untapped. Having a Congo Safaris planned out for you would see you discovering a lot more than you could imagine. 


  • Congo Safaris

Congo is one of Africa’s best-kept secrets. Remote in the best possible sense of the word, this is safari in the original sense of the word – a voyage into the unknown.

A journey of exploration and discovery that will whet even the most jaded of travel appetites. Congo is far from the beaten track – indeed, vast tracts of its pristine rainforest are far from any tracks at all. The very name ‘Congo’ conjures up powerful images of the heart of Africa, a place of marvels and wonder that few have ever visited.Calmer and much more stable than its larger namesake, (the Democratic Republic of Congo) the "Republic of Congo" is approaching a vital crossroads. Despite its sparse human population, pressure is mounting to fund development by exploiting its natural riches – particularly oil and timber. Ecotourism, although in its infancy, offers a viable alternative. Far-sighted conservationists have established a handful of sensitively designed and managed Camps in and around Odzala-Kokoua National Park in the north of the country.

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A gorilla permit in the Congo is the cheapest when compared to Uganda and Rwanda, at $400 per permit. If you are looking at spending a few days in the Congo on safari they start from around $1200 to $1300 per person per night sharing. The price is a bit more than most locations due to it's remoteness, but is all dependent on a the level of luxury and activities you would like to experience.

The Republic of Congo has the highest number of lowland gorillas (different from the mountain gorillas). Besides gorillas, the rainforests of the Congo Basin are also referred to as the second lung of the world (second only to the Amazon jungle), and this is also a very important biodiversity hotspot. You can also encounter chimpanzees, forest elephant, forest buffalo, hippo, the very rare bongo antelope and just over 100 other mammals. The plant and birdlife are also prolific.

Congo experiences a typical equatorial climate, but there is some variation between the southern and northern regions to bear in mind when planning a trip.

If you're visiting the capital Brazzaville and surrounds in the south it is best during the cooler drier months between May and September, while in the north around Odzala-Kokoua National Park it is best to visit in the dry months of January and February. The wet months can see temperatures reach 30°c and with the combined humidity makes it very uncomfortable.

One of the top highlights is most certainly Odzala-Kokoua National Park and trekking western lowland gorillas in this pristine and remote wilderness. Other highlights to look forward to include a nocternal forest walk, an afternoon cruise down the Lekoli River, swimming in the Likeni River, as well as a guided forest walk and vehicle safari. a real treat is to head to Sangha and trek to Mangabey and spend time with the pangolin researchers.


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6* Knowledge, brilliant comms, empathetic delivery and off the scale service delivery We needed help, it was our first trip to South Africa, our first safari and our first with Rob Morley and the team at TMA. From the very first WhatsApp to the last communication on our day of departure we always felt we had Rob ... Read more

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When Tailormade Africa is planning your expedition, rest assured you’re in safe & expert hands I heard of Tailormade Africa through a colleague who had used their services to not only plan their hike to Kilimanjaro but also to plan and manage the rest of their stay in Tanzania. Well before and throughout our entire ... Read more

Chris & his wife

Perfect holiday, immaculate planning, highly recommend to anyone I had been doing my own investigations for taking the family on Safari for my wife's 50th birthday for some 18 months before talking to Clyde through a mutual acquaintance. I wish i had met him 18 months prior ... Read more

Chris & his wife

Kellie & her family

Fantastic - you won't regret it! I booked our trip from Australia- and could not have been happier. Clyde and his team were always happy to jump on a call to discuss and emails were answered promptly. The trip itself was outstanding. Clyde's ... Read more

Kellie & her family

Emily & her husband

Magical Tailormade Africa organised our honeymoon in November 2022 - visiting Botswana for Safari, Cape Town and Zanzibar. We had a truly magical experience, which was down to the seamless communications with Rob ... Read more

Emily & her husband

Peter & his wife

Rob Morley was knowledgeable, efficient, understood what we wanted and planed an outstanding trip I got in touch with Rob Morley from Tailormade Africa after an Internet search. Their website presentation resonated with me more than other sites ... Read more

Peter & his wife

Hilary & her friend

Great personalised service! Great trip. Well planned with some excellent touches (such as being met as soon as we stepped inside the terminal at Kigali). Some good choices of accomodation in terms of lodges ... Read more

Hilary & her friend

Andy & his wife

Excellent selection of destinations and perfectly planned logistics Clyde and the team delivered on a promise, again! Not the first time we've used them and it will not be the last. From booking to arriving home the attention to detail ... Read more

Andy & his wife

Sam & her family

Best tour operator for bespoke safaris Clyde organised a bespoke trip in Botswana for a family holiday. The trip was extremely well organised and no issue occurred during the trip. Clyde kept in touch with us throughout ... Read more

Sam & her family

Michael & Christine

If you want excellent advice, service and value this is the Company to deal with We have dealt with Clyde at Tailormade Africa for many years and find his advice excellent. The itinerary produced is very easy to follow and nothing is too much trouble if some changes are requested. We have always ... Read more

Michael & Christine

Sam & Grace

Rob Morley was enthusiastic from the start to help us create a honeymoon we would never forget! Tailormade Africa and Rob Morley in-particular helped us create a honeymoon we will never forget! From start to finish Rob was attentive to our budget and everything we asked if from our trip to be included. His enthusiasm ... Read more

Sam & Grace

Jim & his wife

Tailormade Africa enabled us to achieve the trip of a lifetime My wife and I just completed a three week trip to Rwanda and Southern Tanzania and it truly was the trip of a lifetime. We had been keenly looking forward to it for a long time and it exceeded our expectations ... Read more

Jim & his wife

Jason & his wife

Created an excellent safari that was personalised to perfectly fit budget,interest and requirements Clyde and his team gave us lots of advice to tailor the safari to our needs. They were able to change certain aspects to fit in with our budget. The ground teams were excellent and everything ran smoothly. The lodges ... Read more

Jason & his wife

Sarah & her family

Expert, precision knowledge - putting us in exactly the right place +date for a mega river crossing! Clyde from Tailormade Africa spent time with us during the booking phase - answering questions and providing expert advice and insight into how to get the best out of our "wish list" safari to see migratory herds and a Mara river crossing ... Read more

Sarah & her family

Enda & his partner

Genuine experts who listened to us and built a personalised holiday that was perfect for us This was our first safari and, although we’ve travelled independently a lot, we wanted expert advice on what would give us the best experience. Clyde clearly has extensive knowledge and experience ... Read more

Enda & his partner

Debbie & her husband

An excellent operator with in-depth knowledge and experience of Africa. Rob Morley and the team at Tailormade ensured we had a very special experience in order to celebrate a significant milestone birthday. Most importantly he listened to the brief and succeeded in managing both our expectations ... Read more

Debbie & her husband

Awesome holiday in every detail We had an amazing trip to Botswana and Zimbabwe. Clyde's in depth knowledge and suggestions of camps to visit proved to be absolutely spot on, Shinde and Kwando Lagoon were exactly on the brief of what we were hoping to experience ... Read more

Ryan & Olivia

A trip to remember When travelling overseas, I am the type of person that wants to experience all that the country has to offer, the problem is, like with most overseas trips, you only have a limited of time to experience it all. This ... Read more

Ryan & Olivia

Tony & Jan

Excellent service and first class safari trip From day one Clyde was extremely helpful and knowledgeable. He arranged our safari at short notice and in terms of accommodation and guiding it worked seamlessly. We had originally thought of going to Kenya, but ... Read more

Tony & Jan

Glenda & her husband Noel

Excellent organisation and service My husband and I live in Australia. Following internet research into companies that specialise in Africa, we approached Tailormade Africa to organise our extensive, 6 week journey , through Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe ... Read more

Glenda & her husband Noel

Joanna & her husband

Exceptional organisation, wonderful trip to Tanzania My husband and I booked a trip to Tanzania through Clyde at Tailormade Africa, booking it only 2 months before we travelled. I enquired with several tour operators and received a few quotes before deciding on Tailormade Africa ... Read more

Joanna & her husband

Steve A & his partner

Excellent Planning, Perfect Vacation Clyde organized a fantastic safari for us in Zimbabwe. He took note of the countries and camps we had stayed in before and what wildlife we were interested in and tailored our trip accordingly. He had personal knowledge ... Read more

Steve A & his partner

Sandeep & his family

Wrapped up an "outstandingly organized" trip to Zanzibar / Serengeti in Tanzania Clyde organized a fantastic safari for us in Zimbabwe. He took note of the countries and camps we had stayed in before and what wildlife we were interested in and tailored our trip accordingly. He had personal knowledge ... Read more

Sandeep & his family

Amanda, her partner & friends

Extremely knowledgeable, efficient and good value. Clyde organized a fantastic safari for us in Zimbabwe. He took note of the countries and camps we had stayed in before and what wildlife we were interested in and tailored our trip accordingly. He had personal knowledge ... Read more

Amanda, her partner & friends

Christy & her family

Amazing experience, excellent organization! Tailormade Africa was perfect in all aspects. Rob Morley, thank you for making our experience an unforgettable one. We never had to worry about a thing ... Read more

Christy & her family

Paul & his partner

Indispensable advisor from start to finish We knew we wanted to travel in South Africa but had no idea! I gave 3 safari experts the same brief explaining what we wanted to do, what we liked and how flexible we could be. Clyde at Tailormade Africa was the only agent ... Read more

Paul & his partner

Susana & her partner

Highly recommend Tailormade Africa as they went above and beyond in creating an amazing experience We recently went on our honeymoon to South Africa and had the pleasure of traveling with Tailormade Africa and I can assure you they are an excellent tour operator! From the moment I inquired about the tour, ... Read more

Susana & her partner

Sandra & her partner

Very experienced team, every care taken, all meetings and collections on time couldn’t be better Gave Tailormade an out line of what we would like to see, also gave them a rough budget, they suggested a 4 day Safari in South Africa followed by a 4 day safari in Botswana which worked very well ... Read more

Sandra & her partner

Rita, Jack & Kate

Focus on enjoying your African Experience rather than logistics! We are a family of three; myself and my two adult children. We are very experienced travelers so I usually do all of the travel logistics. This time, we did three countries; luxury and rough, drive safari and boat safari ... Read more

Rita, Jack & Kate

Nigel & Lynda

Reliable, thoughtful, knowledgeable and committed Tailormade Africa know Africa and provide a superb level of service. They are proactive - contacting you if, for example, there is a problem with your schedule. They are also speedily reactive ... Read more

Nigel & Lynda

Aditi & a group of friends

Tailormade made our Tanzanian experience exciting and unforgettable From booking flight/acquiring visas to being dropped off to the airport at the end of our trip, Tailormade made our trip seemless and unforgettable. It was the first vacation I took where I didn't experience any problem or ... Read more

Aditi & a group of friends

Pepi & a group of friends

Rob fulfilled our desires during the planning process & while we were in Madagascar Rob of Tailormade Africa and the staff were impeccable in helping us plan our trip and augmenting our desires with their knowledge. They arranged for wonderful guides who gave us personalized service. It was a trip ... Read more

Pepi & a group of friends

Steve & his wife

Tailormade Africa truly is a unique company whose desire to ensure you are happy is unparalleled I formed my relationship with Rob Morley of Tailormade Africa after initially contacting him about travelling to South Africa for the 2022 Comrades Marathon. I mentioned to Rob that after running ... Read more

Steve & his wife

Carol & her partner

Up Close and Incredibly Awesome Clyde and Tailormade Africa delivered an incredible safari experience for us in July of 2021. Sometimes, writing a review directly upon return it's still a euphoria time...but even a year and more later, our time on safari ... Read more

Carol & her partner

Gill & her partner

Very knowledgeable and helpful in planning our itinerary We found Clyde to be very knowledgeable about our destination and very helpful planning our holiday. We felt we had the right amount of time in each place. He also suggested a wonderful destination for the end of our gorilla ... Read more

Gill & her partner

Leonid & his wife

Highly experienced in providing a top notch safari experience Not a glitch in the organisation of our 22 days safari through Botswana and Zimbabwe. Professionally managed from the first interaction with Taylormade Africa through to the flight back ... Read more

Leonid & his wife

Robert, his wife & some friends

Organized and knowledgeable From start to finish Clyde and his group walked you through the process of a once-in-a-lifetime trip. Clyde actually set up a time to talk on the phone to learn more about our travel group and what we wanted to see/expect ... Read more

Robert, his wife & some friends

June on her first safari

The safari was incredible The safari was incredible! and the entire experience was seamless and easy thanks to Tailormade. Our hotel lodgings were superb ... Read more

June on her first safari

HL & 7 friends

Our group of 8 had a phenomenal safari experience, exceeding all expectations We had an incredible safari experience in August 2022, entire trip arranged by Clyde at Tailormade Africa. The lodging accommodations, food, guides, hospitality and daily itineraries far exceeded ... Read more

HL & 7 friends

Claire & her family

Rob from Tailormade made the experience a once in a lifetime Rob was incredibly detailed and knowledgeable throughout the whole experience, from the initial call to really understand what we wanted which allowed him to come back ... Read more

Claire & her family

Nigel & his family

Amazing safari in Zimbabwe and Madagascar We had a truly amazing safari in Zimbabwe and Madagascar organized by Tailormade Africa. We had many discussions with Clyde ahead of the holiday to make sure he knew what we were looking for ... Read more

Nigel & his family

Tony & his wife

Superb all round I initially got in touch with Rob Morley at Tailormade Africa to arrange joining his Africa Marathons group to run the Comrades Marathon in South Africa, and mentioned that my wife and I were planning on a few days' R&R ... Read more

Tony & his wife

Rittu & Ali

Clyde from Tailormade Africa put together an epic once-in-a-lifetime trip that was par-excellence! Clyde and I started discussing our African safari trip over a year ago. My husband and I were thinking about embarking on a month-long trip to Eastern and Southern Africa to celebrate my milestone birthday. I had done some research ... Read more

Rittu & Ali

James & his wife

Top notch bespoke Safari Travel service. I can't say enough good things about Tailormade Africa. They arranged what I consider to be "once in a lifetime" travel experience for my wife and I. I really liked their process. It is very ... Read more

James & his wife

Julie & Family

Tailormade Africa have outstanding knowledge about their destinations and organise the most trips. We have travelled with Tailormade Africa on several occasions to lots of different destinations both with and without the family. Every time they have guided us to locations ... Read more

Julie & Family

Kara & Rory

Knowledgeable and personable- went above and beyond to give us the honeymoon of our dreams!!! We stumbled across Tailormade Africa by chance and we are so grateful that we did! We explored several mainstream travel agents when planning our African safari honeymoon and none of them were hitting the mark. After only one zoom call with Clyde at Tailormade Africa ... Read more

Kara & Rory

Seb & Lucy

Phenomenal. Can we go again already? Myself, and my now fiancé, have just got back from the trip of all trips embarking on a six day safari in Botswana. Just wow. There aren’t really enough words to express the incredible experience ... Read more

Seb & Lucy

Lynne S

No detail left unsorted I’ve recently returned from a 5 week trip around Namibia and South Africa. I gave Clyde quite a project as I wanted to experience the best of both of these countries in what was really quite a short time. Clyde ... Read more

Michael and Christine

Tailormade Africa provides magic - sit back and relax We have had the pleasure of another trip organised by Clyde. There is never any reduction in the level of attention and expertise when the itinerary is put together which is followed by the supervision ... Read more

Michael and Christine

Nerissa & Russell

Impeccable service and planning!! Rwanda & Tanzania Rob Morley and team at Tailormade Africa were fantastic to work with from start to finish! I vetted multiple safari travel agents and knew that when I spoke to Rob I had found the right one. Rob ... Read more

Nerissa & Russell

Baiba and Navi

Top class concierge travel facilitators! I worked with Clyde. I could not have asked for a better service. Besides making a fantastic safari itinerary, he made sure our trip was flawless in real time. He was our guardian travel angel always ... Read more

Baiba and Navi

Jason M

They live up to their name! Clyde at Tailormade Africa put together a wonderful custom trip to Zambia and Botswana for us six friends, three couples each with different prior experiences in the region and different priorities. And he did ... Read more

Tanya v M

Clyde Beaty, the PA's Safari Best Friend I did not go on Safari, but had to book it for my boss. I am a PA and I literally had to plan, what is a once in a life time trip for most, in 3 weeks, Without Clyde, I would not have managed it. Clyde literally held my hand, from ... Read more

Rosemary H

Tailormade has an incredibly deep understanding of travel in Africa. Tailormade has put together 3 trips to Africa for myself and my husband. Areas covered have been Rwanda, Tanzania, Botswana, Zambia, and Ethiopia. For each trip we have worked with Clyde Beaty, the founder of Tailormade, and ... Read more

George P & Mara M

Now is really the time to go to Africa. Frankly safer there than in the USA We travelled with apprehension about Covid and the testing,... I have never travelled with such support. Tailormade Africa knew first hand all of the lodges/camps, their high points and their issues. Each time we changed venue ... Read more

George P & Mara M

Sara G

Best Adventurous Honeymoon Ever!! Thank you, Rob!! I´m glad that you are reading this post because it means that there is a high chance that you will be in very good hands. I don't think that there are enough stars to describe our amazing experience with Rob from Tailormade Africa ... Read more

David S

Amazing Experience at Zimbabwe! Clyde and His Team at Tailormade Africa Organized a Fantastic Trip! Our 3 Safaris at Zimbabwe exceeded our expectations in every level! Clyde helped us (3 couples) organize the most amazing trip ever! Logistics were right on point, especially considering covid made it much more complicated. He always ... Read more

Caitilynn and Jack

Clyde the 'Travel Fairy' planned and executed the honeymoon of a lifetime! There aren't enough stars to accurately rate our experience working with Clyde and Tailormade. We came to Clyde from a friend's recommendation a month before our wedding wanting to leave for our honeymoon immediately ... Read more

Caitilynn and Jack

Wael J

COVID made safaris even more magical!!! This is my 5th time travelling with Tailormade Africa and Clyde struck gold again, sending me on yet another adventure of my life. Every time I go thinking I've seen it all and done it all, he just finds a way to top ... Read more

Anna and Wojciech S

Unforgettable! Tailormade Africa made it a trip of a lifetime! If I had to make a recommendation in one sentence – Tailormade Africa is THE place to make your African dreams come true! About planning ... Extremely personalized, great expertise and advice, impressed ... Read more

Anna and Wojciech S

Craig and Ingrid S

Enthusiastic and experienced - The only other thing I can say to someone considering a safari with Tailormade Africa - DO IT! We thought our safari days were over after 5 trips in 8 years. Then last year we saw Clyde’s rather eloquent write-up ... Read more

Craig and Ingrid S

Kathleen B

Tailormade Africa designed and facilitated our dream trip! Clyde at Tailormade Africa was a delight to work with. From our initial phone conversation, Clyde was able to capture the exact experience we were looking for. We didn’t want a group tour and nor did we wish to travel during the busy season ... Read more

Patrice R

Clyde's expertise and efficiency gave me the confidence to pursue my dream journey. Although I had had some experience travelling in southern Africa this trip was much more complicated than usual - five countries, many organizations, and the potential for logistical disasters ... Read more

Freddie M

An experience that surpassed all of our expectations! Rob (and TMA) organised a great holiday to South Africa a couple of years ago so when my girlfriend and I were discussing a trip to Africa, we didn't hesitate to get back in contact. After discussing budget and 'wish list', Rob came back with a couple of options and we decided to go for Uganda ... Read more

Linda M

Kind, attentive, knowledgeable I think Rob did a brilliant job, before, during and after the trip! Attention to detail, but beyond the work his sence of humanity - to sincerely offer assistance ... Read more

Richard W

Great advice and great delivery! From start to finish the attention to detail from Tailormade Africa was excellent. The pre-departure information was very extensive. Rob Morley and his team were responsive to some late alterations that we wanted to make ... Read more

Carolyn Mc

Trip of a lifetime, flawlessly planned with care My family of four worked with Clyde to create a true trip of a lifetime. Starting in South Africa, we made our way to Zimbabwe and then on to Tanzania to watch the wildebeest migration ... Read more

Julie L

Super efficient, planned to the finest detail, no stone left unturned The communications from Rob Morley from the initial enquiry and subsequent booking, right up to departure date, and during the trip were incredible. Even down to the meet and greet at Jo'burg ... Read more

Najah A

Amazing! We decided to go to South Africa on a relatively short notice and Clyde and his team put together a top notch itinerary tailored to us specifically ... Read more

Kathryn H

Exceeded my already high expectations! Clyde and the whole Tailormade Africa group exceeded my already high expectations for our trip to South Africa. Communications were extremely easy, and we were able to customise our tour to exactly what we hoped to do ... Read more

Mel & Liz H

One of the best holidays we have ever had. From initial discussions to getting off the plane when we arrived home, Tailormade Africa arranged everything we had requested in a most friendly and professional manner ... Read more

Mel & Liz H

Denise & Roy C

Thank you so much Rob for arranging this lovely safari! The drive to the reserve was spectacular and the setting for the tented camp was breathtaking and the sunrise was, WOW ... Read more

Denise & Roy C

Julie & Jeremy L

Tailormade Africa yet again did a great job putting together our recent trip. Their recommendations for where to go and choice of hotel/lodges was spot on. Everything worked seamlessly when we were there and everyone in our group had a great time ... Read more

Julie & Jeremy L

Andy & Christine C

Supportive, personal and straightforward. This whole South Africa holiday experience was, for us, an amazing one and these guys at Tailormade made it all so very easy. "You'll be met at Cape Town," they said and sure enough a man waiting to take us to the baggage reclaim and to our car ... Read more

Andy & Christine C


Fabulous experience on Safari in South Africa at Ngala and Tswalu. The safari experiences were excellent. Tailormade Africa was careful to assess our interests and desires and recommend alternatives for accommodations and experiences ... Read more


Tailormade Africa organised and delivered on an excellent itinerary for my holiday. My trip to South Africa came from an unplanned bid in a charity auction for Street Child of which Rob from Tailormade Africa had generously donated 3 nights stay in Cape Town ... Read more

Anne and Andrew B

Excellent service, demonstrating a high level of knowledge and experience, delivering top quality. Our experience throughout with Tailormade Africa was excellent. We felt that Clyde understood our requirements ... Read more

Anne and Andrew B

Sarah & Jonathon A

Unforgettable 6-week African Honeymoon! After some Internet research and getting ourselves very overwhelmed with 'where to start planning this trip to Africa?!' we came across Tailormade Africa. From our first email response from Rob, it was clear this was a different service to the others ... Read more

Sarah & Jonathon A

Tommy & Keri G

Clyde planned a trip of a lifetime that far exceeded our expectations. When we set out to plan our 3 week trip to Africa, we thought we knew where we wanted to go and when. After researching many companies to plan our trip ... Read more

Tommy & Keri G

Emma S

Rob was helpful, approachable, knowledgeable about South Africa. All the essentials were organised following informed consultation with us, personally and by email. The accommodation was well planned and very appropriate for our needs ... Read more

Chris & Tina

It was everything we had hoped for. I am 85 years old and my wife is 78. We have done a lot of travelling over the years. We decided we would make one last big trip before we got much older. We had always talked about going to South Africa and doing a safari ... Read more

Chris & Tina

Mike R

I thoroughly enjoyed my Tailormade Africa experience in Rwanda. The service was brilliant My guide (Aimable) was knowledgeable and friendly. The gorilla trekking experience was a once in a lifetime event that I will remember forever ... Read more

Arnie M

The safari we booked with Tailormade Africa was truly the best trip of our lives. We had a telephone conversation during which Clyde Beaty determined our interests. Clyde proved to be a superb listener and offered us a tour which met our needs perfectly. ... Read more

Sarah & Sanusi M

Exceptional expertise, knowledge and advice. It was clear from the beginning we were in safe hands The safari exceeded expectations on every possible level! All three locations, the people, guides, camps, travel, expertise, food, friendliness and everything else ... Read more

Sarah & Sanusi M

Geoff & Friends

17 Days of action-packed adventure in amazing Rwanda. My name is Geoff and along with friends Anita, David and Irene we gave Rob Morley of Tailormade Africa brief to include some hiking, kayaking, mountain biking and of course gorilla trekking ... Read more

Geoff & Friends

Trevor & Alison P

A memorable trip! We were delighted with the tailor made itinerary Clyde arranged to fulfil our long held wish to combine a journey on the Rovos Rail to Victoria Falls with a safari experience in Botswana ... Read more

Trevor & Alison P

Exceptional service with unparalleled level of attention to detail. Clyde at Tailormade Africa really takes the time to get to know you on personal level. Only once he's done that, he's able to recommend the right trip with the right budget. I highly recommend him ... Read more

Sue B & Bill Z

Tailormade Africa perfectly crafted every single amazing detail of our return trip to Botswana! We trust, respect and adore our friend Clyde Beaty, co-founder of Tailormade Africa ... Read more

Sue B & Bill Z

Dilini, Bhanu & Shalinda

Incredible experience and our best trip to date! This was our fourth trip to Africa and certainly our best to date. We started planning nearly two years in advance and Clyde was with us every step of the way sharing his personal experiences and ideas ... Read more

Dilini, Bhanu & Shalinda

Andrea B

We were completely satisfied with everything. Clyde was informative, knowledgable, personable and even called us at home in the US to discuss our requirements ... Read more

Sandra Fox

I found them willing to discuss which trips are suitable for my requirements. They are very aware of costs and the type of experience you want, I was looked after very well met off the plane, directed to my small aircraft, looked after in every camp ... Read more

Tricia O

Truly the Holiday of a Lifetime It was a great pleasure planning our holiday to Zimbabwe & Botswana with Clyde as he has a huge amount of expertise and an in-depth knowledge of the countries which we lacked and needed advice about and he was extremely eager to help us get things right ... Read more

Murray & Denise W

What an Amazing Nine Week Trip!! Right from the beginning, we were very impressed with their wealth of knowledge for our destinations (Madagascar, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Namibia) and how quickly they identified our needs and designed an itinerary that was within our budget. ... Read more

Murray & Denise W

Bailly N

Clyde and his team at Tailormade Africa were amazing, and provided the exact trip we wanted! Excellent communication from start to finish. We never felt pressured during the booking process and all contact was on our terms ... Read more


A holiday of a lifetime! From the outset, Clyde has been fantastic. He tried very hard to understand our brief and came up with suggestions that we would never have considered on our own. He was flexible and willing to make changes ... Read more

Anne & Mal B

We asked for a 'holiday of a lifetime' we got it and so much more. From the very first telephone conversation with Rob Morleyat Tailormade Africa, he understood who we were and what we wanted ... Read more

Anne & Mal B

Andy R

A very successful trip, with extremely high quality advice, planning and execution from TMA. Clyde jumped into action at very short notice, quickly understood our preferences and put together a carefully thought-out itinerary ... Read more


Everything from the planning to the holiday itself was seamless. Extremely helpful and communicative team...the support and organization was beyond expectations even throughout the trip. The Safari itself was excellent...clean and safe and very knowledgeable guides ... Read more


Impeccably organised trip! Clyde and the Tailormade Africa team really did a great job for us! Before our departure where we were given beautifully personalised dashboards of the trip to come. The flight to the Masai Mara was convenient and quick and our fantastic guide (and now friend) was waiting for us ... Read more

Catherine W & Diosmer R

We had an absolutely AMAZING time It exceeded all expectations. It's certainly a trip we will never forget, we didn't want to leave ... Read more

Catherine W & Diosmer R

Marie M

Overall it was a wonderful experience. A definitive bucket list vacation. Rob did an excellent job setting up our vacation. He was quick to answer emails and called several times to make sure our communication was complete ... Read more

John & Tracy S with their children

Communications were very good throughout the booking process with nothing being too much trouble. We originally planned to go to Madagascar ... Read more

John & Tracy S with their children

Michelle & Phil L

An unforgettable trip to Madagascar! This was our second time to Africa. Madagascar was different than mainland Africa and it exceeded our expectations! Rob's knowledge of Madagascar was valuable for all stages of planning ... Read more

Michelle & Phil L

Choose from three distinct areas, from the bustling markets and vibrant growing art scene in brazzaville to one of the oldest protected wilderness areas in africa, odzala-kokoua, there is so much more than just gorilla trekking to experience in the congo., key to areas.

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Odzala-kokoua national park.

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Etoumbi marks the point in northern Congo where the tarred road ends, and the adventure of exploring Odzala really begins. From here on in, you’ll be on a voyage of discovery that will leave you with wonderful lifelong memories.

safari on congo

Brazzaville is a fascinating melting pot of colonial history and vibrant Congolese culture. Its varied architecture represents Africa’s recent past in microcosm, but this is gradually being overtaken by a modern, optimistic and entrepreneurial spirit.

safari on congo

Odzala represents one of the last truly pristine and remote ecosystems in Africa. In the 80 years since it was established, it has gained a near-mythical status due to the fact that very few people have ever been there, and the incredible stories that those few intrepid explorers brought back.

Why Tailormade Africa?

Congo Safaris

Wildlife Specialists

With our well established, strong personal relationships with all of our ground operators, National Park Authorities and Conservation Management teams in the Congo, we are always kept up to date on the most recent information of wildlife & conservation projects, ensuring you get to see wildlife viewings like never before.

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Congo Safari Experts

Clyde & Rob are two of the most knowledgeable experts in the world on Congo safaris and have travelled extensively to most of Congo's National Parks, camps and lodges.

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Bespoke Congo Safaris

With Tailormade Africa, no two safari holiday itineraries are ever the same. The combination of our in-depth knowledge of the country and taking the time to get to know all of our clients' travel personalities ensures truly bespoke itineraries and a trip specifically tailored to you.

Experience Congo

One of Africa’s oldest protected areas, Odzala boasts the world’s highest density of western lowland gorillas, and many other charismatic species of bird, mammal and reptile in its 13 600km2. A vivid mosaic of habitats supports incredible biodiversity – several new species have been discovered there in recent years, and almost every day (and night) brings new discoveries. There are few places left in Africa where you know that your footprints are among the first, and that by placing them there, you are making a real and lasting contribution to the conservation of the globally significant rainforests of the Congo Basin. We love Congo for the chance it offers to intrepid explorers to have close encounters with habituated groups of gorillas and to spend time with the pioneering primatologists who have dedicated their lives to studying them.

In addition to the lowland gorillas, Odzala has eleven species of diurnal primate and megafauna such as forest buffalo and forest elephant. These more visible species share Odzala with a whole host of fascinating creatures, many of them unknown to the uninitiated. If you’ve ever wanted to see a bongo in the Congo, or a potto, anomalure or tree pangolin, then Odzala is a must-visit destination. Remember that palpable sense of excitement you felt the first time you set foot in Africa? Odzala is your chance to feel that way again, and discover much more than the 'normal' African wildlife.

Book Your Congo Safari Today!

We offer bespoke Congo safari holidays to travellers all over the world, from the UK to America. Unlike most safari operators, we specialise in bespoke trips based on a combination of your desires and our team’s expertise. They’ve travelled all of Africa, and know from experience how to craft the best safari experience for you. Contact Rob or Clyde today to start planning your next adventure in Africa!

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Democratic Republic of Congo is blessed with Virunga National Park having a number of  Gorilla treks.  Nyiragongo volcano  climbs are the name of the game here. Tracking mountain gorillas is rapidly becoming one of the world’s most rated wildlife encounters.

Congo is rich in natural resources. It boasts vast deposits of industrial diamonds, cobalt, and copper; one of the largest forest reserves in Africa; and about half of the hydroelectric potential of the continent.

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How much does a Congo safari cost? A night on Congo Safaris can cost from $100 to $1,500 per person.  An inexpensive Congo safari can be valued at $150 per person while midrange Congo safaris  can be valued at $400. Luxury/ upmarket safari lodges might possibly cost $1,500- $5,500 or more per night.

The Congo safari guide underneath gives a highlighted outline of the average cost of a Congo safari, it will also easily let you know how to select a destination that matches your budget.  Our website provides you with a diversity of trips ranging from 1 to 20 days therefore feel free to select the one that is suitable for your travel needs. READ MORE!

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This fully guided adventure is truly one of a kind, it combines wildlife, mountains, lakes, ancient forests, ancient people and congo gorilla trekking all in one of the world’s last real wildernesses.


Go gorilla trekking deep into the heart of the Congo. This ultimate wilderness adventure starts in the wild and remote Odzala-Kokoua National Park. This is a location that few people ever have the chance to visit. It is second largest rainforest left on earth and is an ideal place to begin your journey. Your search for the elusive western lowland gorillas, is aided by expert gorilla wildlife trackers. This wondrous and deeply moving experience, allows you to observe some of our closest living relatives up close. You will also get to explore a network of rivers and streams by kayak a viewing the abundant wildlife as you go. Combined with the ultimate Kenyan safari experience in the world famous Masai Mara, this trip offers an extraordinary adventure of a lifetime. For those with a sense of adventure, this ‘off the beaten track’ safari is well worth the effort.


Savings season, per person sharing*, * guide price based on two people travelling for 14 nights on a full board basis (b&b at radisson blu), including all internal scheduled flights and transfers. the price is correct to the best of our knowledge, but is intended to be a guide price and is subject to change at the time of confirmation..

Dec – Mar, Jun – Oct

From US$ 22,280 pp Fully inclusive


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I am very proud to become one of the pioneers of this Congo Gorilla Safari. It offers an exciting destination for the more daring traveller seeking a path less taken. For me, this trip was really a dream come true. To be so immersed in nature – just me and the forest is something I will never forget. I feel very lucky. Tourism is still a relatively new, yet a growing sector in the Republic of Congo and is a vital tool in helping conserve these incredible wildlife destinations.


Day 1/2/3: Ngaga Camp, Odzala Kokoua Day 4/5: Lango Camp, Odzala Kokoua Day 6/7:  Mboko Camp, Odzala Kokoua Day 8:  Radisson Blu M’Bamou Palace Hotel, Brazaville Day 9/10: Giraffe Manor, Nairobi Day 11/12/13/14: Sala’s Camp, Masai Mara Day 15: The Retreat at Giraffe Manor, Nairobi (Day Room)


  • Full board accommodation at Ngaga Camp, Lango Camp, Mboko Camp, Giraffe Manor and Sala’s Camp
  • Bed and Breakfast accommodation at Radisson Blu M’Bamou Palace Hotel
  • Scheduled internal flights
  • Return scheduled charter between Odzala and Brazzaville
  • Gorilla Trekking Permits
  • Camp activities including kayaking safaris, boat cruises, game drives
  • Guided walks and congo gorilla trekking
  • All transport between destinations and to/from activities, including 4×4 safari vehicles
  • Park and conservation fees


  • 15 years and above – Ngaga, Mboko and Lango Camps have a minimum age of 15 years
  • Adventurous travellers – be prepared to wade waist deep through clear forest streams and trek through dense rainforest
  • Those seeking remoteness – internet is available in the camps for emergencies, but is not a permanent feature!
  • People who enjoy a more physically active safari. Anyone in good health will have no problem participating in the activities at the camps and no previous experience is required. However, as a guide of what to expect, congo gorilla trekking excursions usually range in length between 1 and 8 km over undulating terrain. Including time spent with the gorillas, Guests may be out for anywhere between 2 to 8 hours

This ‘off the beaten track’ itinerary offers an immersive rainforest experience that is sure to satisfy your sense of adventure. Undoubtedly, tracking the western lowland gorilla is one of the main highlights – spending time observing the behaviour and interactions of the group, from the playful juveniles to the impressive and intimidating male silverbacks. Following this, simply experiencing the astonishing biodiversity of flora and fauna in a pristine rainforest ecosystem is also very special. Drifting down the river by boat, or exploring the wildlife in the network of streams and swamps by kayak and on foot, this journey will enlighten and astonish you. Staying at the legendary Giraffe Manor and experiencing a breakfast like no other, followed by exceptional sightings on the vast plains of the Masai Mara, will keep your appetite for excitement satisfied until the final moments of this trip.

The temperature in the Republic of Congo is fairly even throughout the year (averaging around 30°c)

Dec-Feb (short dry season) This is driest time of the year and the best time to visit Odzala for Gorilla trekking in Congo.

March – April (short rainy season) The wettest season and probably best avoided!

May – Sep (long dry season) This is another option for congo Gorilla trekking.

Sep – Nov (rainy season) Tropical rainstorms bring an impressive abundance of wild flowers and birds during these months, providing dramatic lighting and many photo opportunities.







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Congo Safaris

Our Congo safaris offers a unique primates and wildlife Africa safari adventures for tourists seeking unique safari holiday. Explore the best prices of Congo tour packages offering you safe tours to Virunga national park. Safety is an important question while planning to visit Congo, we only book tours crossing into Congo depending on current prevailing security situation in the areas we shall be visiting. Currently the country is safe to visit, and we are always on a watch for any issues that may arise and make sure to adjust your tour. Guided Congo tours offer so much to see from the 3-day Nyiragongo active volcano hiking and camping adventure to mountain gorilla trekking in Virunga national park, Kahuzi Biega national park offers lowland gorilla tours. We arrange tours to the Senkwekwe gorilla orphanage while in Congo and go chimpanzee tracking tours in Congo.

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Mountain gorilla trekking and lowland gorilla tours.

The D.R. Congo is a home to both the endangered mountain gorillas and the Eastern lowland gorillas making it a must visit gorilla safari destination in the world. Gorilla tours are the main highlights of all visits to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The main areas of interest for Congo safari holiday makers are Virunga National Park for mountain gorilla trekking and Kahuzi-Biega National Park for lowland gorilla trekking.

Virunga National Park is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and notably the oldest African National Park lying suitably along the Eastern part of the D.R. Congo. Virunga was officially founded as a National Park in Congo in 1925 and the main purpose was to shelter a portion of the 1063 mountain gorillas that are left on earth today. This makes it one of the four National Parks in the world where the highly endangered mountain gorillas can be viewed.

Virunga National Park is a vast protected area, occupying up to 7800sq.kms of land area and other than mountain gorillas, it protects diversity of other important wildlife species. These include warthogs, okapis, bird species etc.

Interestingly, Congo offers the most affordable gorilla safaris with gorilla permits costing USD450 per person compared to USD1500 for Rwanda and USD700 for Uganda. The cost of gorilla permits in Congo applies to both Kahuzi-Biega National Park and the Virunga National Park. Lowland gorillas in the D.R. Congo also thrive within Maiko National Park though this protected area isn’t open for gorilla trekking yet.

While on Congo safaris, the essentials for your gorilla trekking or the must haves include valid Congo gorilla permits, a good camera without flashlight, daypack-waterproof, rain jacket/coat/poncho, hiking boots-waterproof. You also need to have medical kit/first aid kit, long-sleeved shirt, passport, yellow fever certificate, trousers, a bottled water, snacks, insect repellents, visa and sunscreen.

Nyiragongo Volcano/Mountain

Nyiragongo Mountain is one of the top attractions in Congo that attracts most of the enthusiastic hikers on Congo safaris. Mount Nyiragongo is one of the stunning and powerful volcanoes in the world, standing on altitude range of 3470m within the Virunga National Park. Nyiragongo Volcano is part of the 8 Virunga Volcano chain set along the Virunga Region and offers the most thrilling hiking experiences to hikers or climbers on Congo safaris. Hiking to the top to witness its boiling lava crater on the summits takes from 4 to 6 hours though this may depend on the climbers’ physical wellness.

Lola Ya Bonobo Sanctuary

Located in Kinshasa, Lola Ya Bonobo is one of the best places and attractions worth exploring while on Congo safaris. The sanctuary shelters the highly endangered bonobos-the pygmy chimpanzees that thrive only in the D.R. Congo. Lola Ya Bonobo extends to cover an area of 30ha and shelters the orphaned bonobos. The bonobos are amazing creatures of their own and compared to some primates, they are relatively peaceful.

Other places to visit in the D.R. Congo

Garamba national park.

Garamba National Park is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and notably, one of the least National Parks in the D.R. Congo. The Park is most famous for its breathtaking endless savanna and grassland which offer Congo safari holidaymakers a chance to sight variety of wildlife. The Park’s wildlife species to look out for include giraffes, birds, rhinos, hippos, antelopes etc.

Salonga National Park

Salonga National Park in DRC features as the biggest rainforest Park and it is amazingly one of the few designated UNESCO Heritage Sites. The park boasts of its huge concentration of fauna and flora with important species including the slender snorted crocodiles, peacocks, forest elephants, the dwarf chimpanzees and others.

Major activities to do on Congo safaris

The top activities you should expect to engage in while on safari in Congo include gorilla trekking, game drives, visiting the greater River Congo, Lake Kivu; exploring the Boyoma and Livingstone waterfalls, climbing Nyiragongo/Nyamulagira, visit the Okapi Wildlife Reserve or explore the Stone Age Caves of Matupi, Kakanda, Dimba and Thysville.

When is the best time to visit Congo-Central Africa?

Tourists can visit Congo all year round. However, the best time to have excellent Congo safari holiday is during the dry season which occurs starting from December – March, June – October when rains are minimal and the ground is relatively drier. These are the best months of the year if you plan to go gorilla trekking in the Virunga National Park or in Kahuzi-Biega National Park in the D.R. Congo.

Cost of a Congo safari The cost of a safari in Congo varies depending on the days you plan to spend in the D.R.Congo and if you plan to go for budget, mid-range or luxury. A 4 days gorilla and Nyiragongo hike tour may cost you USD1600 per person and it includes midrange lodge for accommodation, gorilla trekking and Nyiragongo climbing experience etc. 6 days Virunga luxury safari may cost visitors about USD2200 per person and includes visiting mountain gorillas in the Virunga National Park, spending a night in a luxury lodge or tented camp. 3 days lowland gorilla tour in Kahuzi-Biega National Park costs about USD1200 and takes you through Eastern lowland gorilla trekking in Kahuzi-Biega National Park. 10 days primate safari in D.R. Congo may cost USD2700 per Person for midrange and covers Virunga National Park, Mount Nyiragongo, Bukavu, Kahuzi-Biega. Feel free to select any tours from the range we offer and we shall ably send you a quote. Contact us

Animals to see in Congo

The best animals to see on a Congo safari include; Mountain gorillas in the Virunga National Park or Eastern Lowland gorilla encounters in Kahuzi-Biega National Park. D.R. Congo is blessed with diverse animal species and they include among others okapis, African golden wolf, giraffes, buffaloes, leopards, bohor reedbucks, elands, oribis, lions, giant forest hogs, mongoose, African civet, cheetahs, bonobos and many more. Birds to look for on Congo safaris include flamingos, Congo peacock, lake lufira weaver, Congo bay owl, prigogine’s greenbul, Chapin’s babbler, bedford’s paradise flycatcher , etc.

Is Congo safe for tourists?

Congo is safe to visit for gorilla trekking in Virunga National Park but before you consider taking a trip, check with your embassy for current updates about on safety and security matter of the country. D.R. Congo isn’t safe in some areas due to civil unrest, armed conflicts but government and other agencies are committed to restore peace and stability in this extensive country.

Civil unrest in D.R. Congo are commonly experienced and areas to avoid include North Kivu, Ituri Province, Eastern D.R. Congo especially Kasai Oriental, Kasai-Central and Kasai that make up the Kasai Province. The Eastern Congo region and Kasai Provinces also experience ambush, armed robberies etc especially South Kivu, Haut Lomami, Tanganyika etc.

Vaccination requirements for Congo

Essential vaccinations into Congo include the yellow fever vaccine which requires the tourists to arrive with a copy of your vaccination card. The covid-19 proof of vaccination is also requires recently when crossing into Congo. Other routine vaccinations you can have: Malaria treatment while traveling in tropical countries, influenza, chickenpox, Zika, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis. Others include cholera, Hepatitis A and B, rabies, meningitis, measles. Please check with your local passport health clinic early to ascertain if vaccination is done in your locality.

Packing for a Congo safari

There are lots of things to pack on Congo  holiday but they differ depending on what you plan to do while there. If it is gorilla trekking, then the main items you should consider packing for a Congo safari include first aid kit, waterproof hiking/climbing boots, rain jacket or coat, camera that is free of flashlight, long sleeved shirts, insect repellents, toiletries, daypack, safari hat, sunglasses, gardening gloves, snacks, bottled water and a lot more.

Congo visa requirements and fees

Tourists require an up to date passport and visa before arriving into Congo. The Congo tourist visa costs USD105 for single entry and this is valid for 90 days, 30 days of stay. We normally help our clients to obtain their Congo visas when they book a safari into Congo. Congo visas must be obtained early through diplomatic missions except citizens from exempted countries or a country whose citizens can obtain Congo on arrival or those from countries without Congo embassy.

Other important requirements for entry to Congo include valid passports, health form, Negative covid-19 test. On arrival, masks are required to be put on while in public places.

Tipping on Congo safari and currency

Tipping on Congo safari can be done by cash and we encourage visitors to have their currencies exchanged into Congolese franc (CDF). In most safari destinations in D.R. Congo, there are tip boxes for visitors to place their tips. Tipping on Congo safari is done at someone’s own will and how much somebody tips all varies from one person to the other. How best you can tip on safari in D.R. Congo-here is the guide.

Trackers, rangers and porters-while on primate safari in Congo, visitors are led by an experienced park guide or ranger or two to ensure that safety and security while in the wild. A visitor can decide to tip the park trackers or guides for the service rendered and you can tip as an individual or as a group. Hotel and lodge service providers are among the people you can tip. You can tip waiters and waitresses, chefs, housekeepers, maintenance etc for the good service offered.

Safari driver guide-in order for you to reach your destination in D.R. Congo, a driver guide service is needed. The driver guides are among the group who usually benefit from tipping. Tipping driver guides, park guides, site guides, waitresses, waiters etc for the service rendered plays a great role in their lives though you may not see it. The tip you give lets them meet a number of basic needs back in their homes.

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Congo safaris : Intrepid traveler destination: Explore the Democratic Republic of Congo , gorilla trekking in search of either the mountain or lowland gorillas.

Known as a much more diverse region in Africa especially for the largest area of rainforest, Congo safaris take you off the beaten track in a destination less tampered by western civilization. Congo offers a great potential for travelers looking for a unique experience on an African safari with diverse flora and fauna species. Not really popular on the first time Africa safari travelers bucket list a Congo safari is a must do for hardy travelers with more exposure to the African pristine jungles. Here is what we love about Congo and why a tourist should choose to visit Congo;

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Congo gorilla safaris – Mountain and Lowland Gorillas /congo safaris

Congo gorilla safaris – Mountain and Lowland Gorillas Congo gorilla safaris are like no other in the world. This is the only destination where travelers can have the chance to trek both mountain and lowland gorillas.

Mountain gorillas are existent only in three of the world countries and Congo is part of them. Mountain gorillas can be trekked at Virunga National Park of Congo adjacent to Uganda’s Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and Volcanoes National Park of Rwanda. Virunga National Park has 8 gorilla families trekked by 8 tourists per group each morning.

Lowland gorillas are inhabited in the Kahuzi-Biega National Park . Relatively at a lower altitude than that of the Mountain Gorillas, lowland gorillas are a perfect option to trek for travelers not interested in hiking. These

Mount Nyiragongo - Congo Safaris

Mount Nyiragongo Mount Nyiragongo is an active strato volcano rising to an altitude of 3,470 m above sea level found within the Virunga ranges in Virunga National Park. A hike to the summit of Mount Nyiragongo is a great add on to a Congo tour with great views of the volcano. The main crater on the volcano is about two kilometers wide and usually contains a lava lake. Presently there two distinct cooled lava benches.

Nyiragongo Lava Lake has in recent history been known as the most voluminous with lava lake elevation recorded at about 3,250m above sea level.

Congo Wildlife safaris

Unique Wildlife Wildlife in Congo is mostly within the National Parks of Congo. Odzala-Kokoua National Park in northern Congo is a great eco tourism park with diverse wildlife and flora. Here wildlife like Elephants, Grimm’s duiker, lions, buffaloes, bongo antelopes, spotted hyenas, leopards and many more forest mammal species.

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The Democratic Republic of Congo has in the past years suffered civil unrest that has affected even the Congo safari parks. Virunga National Park has been one of the most affected destinations and this saw the closure of the park in 2018 for about 8 months reopening for tourists in February 2019.

During the period of park closure, the Congo government and park management were working towards tightening security in the park and ensuring well organized trips. When they felt the planning had been done, the park was then reopened.

To enable effective gorilla trekking safaris in Congo, several tour packages were tailored. Booking became easier but planning became more difficult since these safari packages depart on specific day.

Therefore the easiest way of now planning a safari to Congo is by contacting a tour operator on ground to choose a package that perfectly suits your travel needs, preferred dates and accommodation. For tourists tailoring trips from either neighboring Rwanda or Uganda, your tour operator will be able to fix dates exactly matching the packages by Virunga National Park management.

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4 Days Congo gorilla trek and Nyiragongo Volcano hike is a gorilla trekking safari and Mount Nyiragongo hiking trip to Congo’s Virunga National Park . Your 4 days Congo safaris tour is a private tour that can be planned all year round with 4×4 safari vehicle ground transfers. Read More

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Congo (DRC) Gorilla Trekking & Safari Tours

The name Congo evokes images of a vast tropical jungle cut through by the mysterious river for which it is named. Who hasn’t dreamed of setting foot there? Unfortunately, much of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the region’s largest country, is unsafe for travel. One exception is Kahuzi-Biega National Park, where eastern lowland gorillas can be tracked in the wild with relative ease as an outing from neighboring Rwanda. Elsewhere, Virunga National Park was open for mountain gorilla trekking and Nyiragongo volcano climbs for several years prior to closing in 2020, but it looks unlikely to reopen anytime soon.

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What are the main tourist attractions?

“The main attraction of Eastern DRC is gorilla trekking. The region is home to two subspecies of these endangered gentle giants. This includes the eastern lowland gorilla, which is endemic to the DRC (it occurs nowhere else in the world) and can only be tracked in Kahuzi-Biega National Park. Kahuzi-Biega is a short distance northwest of the city of Bukavu, which lies at the southern tip of Lake Kivu on the border with Rwanda. Tracking eastern lowland gorillas is just as rewarding as visiting the better-known mountain gorillas. Indeed, some might say it is actually more so, as they are even larger than their mountain-dwelling cousins, and low visitor numbers at Kahuzi-Biega make for a more adventurous and less-touristy experience. Eastern DRC is also an important stronghold for mountain gorillas. These live on the bamboo-covered slopes of the Virunga Mountains, a scenic volcanic range that extends into Rwanda and Uganda. Unfortunately, although mountain gorilla trekking is offered in the other two countries, the Congolese portion of the Virungas (protected in Virunga National Park) has been closed to tourism since March 2020 and is likely to remain off-limits for the foreseeable future. When Virunga NP does reopen for gorilla trekking, other activities are likely to include climbs of volcanic Mt Nyiragongo, which contains the world’s largest lava lake, and relaxing on Lake Kivu’s beautiful Tchegera Island.”

How does gorilla trekking in DR Congo compare to other countries?

“The gorilla trekking experience in Kahuzi-Biega (and when it reopens, Virunga NP) is very similar to what is offered in Rwanda and Uganda. The same one-hour time limit to spend with the gorillas applies. However, as visitor numbers are still very low, the Kahuzi-Biega experience feels more exclusive and the setting is more remote. The number of permits allocated per gorilla group is only four to six (less than the eight permits allocated per group in Uganda and Rwanda). A big difference between trekking in Kahuzi-Biega and doing the same activity in Uganda or Rwanda is that you will be visiting eastern lowland gorillas as opposed to mountain gorillas. Based on recent reports, trekking conditions are generally easier in DRC than in Rwanda or Uganda, and you are unlikely to have to walk for more than an hour to locate a habituated group. Last but not least, a gorilla trekking permit in DRC costs US$400 per person as opposed to US$800 in Uganda or US$1,500 in Rwanda.”

Is a DR Congo safari safe?

“Visiting Kahuzi-Biega has been considered safe for a few years now. In order to attract visitors to this park, security measures have been put in place to make a day or overnight return visit from Rwanda very straightforward and secure. That said, the DRC has a long history of political turbulence and unrest, and most other parts of the country, including Virunga NP, cannot be regarded as safe at the time of writing. Even where Kahuzi-Biega is concerned, the security situation might change, so check with your tour operator before booking.”

Can I extend my East African safari with a trip to Congo (DRC)?

“Most people don’t visit DRC as a stand-alone trip. Instead it makes a perfect extension to a classic safari in Kenya or Tanzania. A short flight from either gets you to Rwanda’s capital city Kigali. From there you can fly or arrange to be driven to the Rwandan border town of Kamembe (also known as Rusizi/Cyangugu), which lies on the Lake Kivu shore near the Congolese port city of Bukavu. Some operators offer gorilla trekking in Kahuzi-Biega as a day trip from Kamembe, while others will arrange overnight accommodations in Bukavu or closer to the park. A gorilla trek in DRC also slots well into an extended holiday in Rwanda, where you can go chimp trekking in Nyungwe National Park, which is very close to Kamembe and Bukavu. You can also enjoy a couple of nights in Akagera National Park, the country’s Big Five (lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino) destination. Wildlife densities in Akagera are not comparable to the most famous parks in East Africa, but this off-the-beaten-track destination is incredibly scenic and rewarding in its own right.”

How much will a DR Congo safari cost?

“Most visitors to Kahuzi-Biega opt for a 3-day gorilla trekking package out of Rwanda’s capital city Kigali. This typically costs US$1,200 to US$1,500 per person. Another possibility is a 4-day package that also includes chimp trekking in Rwanda’s Nyungwe National Park, which you pass through on the way between Kigali and Kahuzi-Biega. This will add around US$600 to the price. A variety of longer tours incorporating a visit to Kahuzi-Biega are also available.”

What is the best time of the year to visit DR Congo?

“The best time to visit Eastern DRC is during the Dry season from June to September. The area has a very wet climate and it can rain at any time, but June to September is drier and the forest trails tend to be less slippery. March to April and October to November are the peaks of the short and long rains. The drier period between the long and short rains, from December to February, is a great time to travel too. It shouldn’t be too wet and there are very few visitors around at this time. Whenever you visit, make sure you bring lots of waterproof clothing, and be prepared to get wet a few times.”

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WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Congolese authorities have released a Polish man who was sentenced there to life in prison on espionage charges, Poland’s foreign minister said Tuesday.

Radek Sikorski wrote on social media platform X that Mariusz Majewski was back in Europe. Sikorski posted a brief video of himself apparently talking to Majewski over the phone to welcome him back. He did not say where exactly Majewski was.

The 52-year-old was detained by Congolese forces in February and later faced a military court in the restive Central African nation, accused of spying. Last week he received a life sentence in prison. No details were released as to where he was held.

FILE - Poland's President Andrzej Duda gives a statement to the media in Warsaw, Poland, on Jan. 10, 2024, after the arrest of two politicians convicted of abuse of power who had taken refuge for hours in the presidential palace. The office of Poland's president says Abdrzej Duda has spoken on the phone with Congolese president in an effort to obtain the release of a Polish traveller sentenced there for life in prison on charges of sabotage. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski, File)

Poland’s Foreign Ministry protested Majewski’s innocence. Last week President Andrzej Duda spoke on the phone with Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi seeking to obtain Majewski’s release.

Poland does not have a diplomatic mission in Congo.

Last week, Polish Foreign Ministry spokesman Pawel Wronski said without elaborating that Majewski “is not a spy, he is a member of a travelers club” and was just following his “passion in life.”

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Wronski said it was due to a chain of coincidental circumstances and events that he found himself in Congo and his “behavior was the result of a lack of knowledge of local customs.”

Earlier this month, the Congolese army said it had foiled a coup attempt and arrested the perpetrators, including some foreigners. Several U.S. citizens are among those arrested.

FILE - Congo's President Felix Tshisekedi speaks during a press conference at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Tuesday, April 30, 2024. The office of Poland's president says Abdrzej Duda has spoken on the phone with Congolese president in an effort to obtain the release of a Polish traveller sentenced there for life in prison on charges of sabotage. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)

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