Congo Gorilla Trekking Safari Tour- Visit Congo Primates:
Find all the travel information related to congo gorilla trekking to help you plan a gorilla safari to either to Lowland Gorillas , Mountain Gorillas in the famous national parks of democratic republic of congo. The Eastern Lowland gorilla Trekking can only be done in Kahuzi Biega National Park & Maiko National Park which are all located in the rift valley basin in congo.
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Eastern Lowland Gorilla Trekking
The Eastern Gorilla tends to be larger than the Western lowland Gorillas and they are more enjoyed to be viewed by the trekkers in Africa, with the most differences between the two species include: longer,blacker hair for the Eastern; the head hair tends not to have red-chestnut tones as is usually the case with adult Western males; Eastern has a more developed sagittal crest along the midline of the skull, indicative of a more powerful jaw musculature; the saddle of silver hair tends to stand out more clearly against the darker hair and to be clearly delineated.
There are few if any absolute physical differences between the two recognized subspecies of Eastern Gorilla.
How are Mountain Gorillas different from the Lowland Gorillas.
The Mountain Gorilla that only viewed and tracked in the Virunga Massif and the famous bwindi national park located in south western Uganda. Mountain Gorillas tends to have very black and longer hair making it densely furred, with a broad face (larger cranium and wider facial skeleton), hairy brow-ridge, massive jaws as well as less rounded and more angular nostrils. Mitochondrial DNA comparisons confirm genetic divergence of the two eastern subspecies.
The gorilla’s large size and folivorous habits mean that the animals must spend long hours feeding everyday to maintain their body weight. Of all the great apes, the gorilla shows the most stable grouping patterns. The same adult individuals travel together for months and usually years at a time. It is because gorillas eat mainly foliage that they can afford to live in these relatively permanent groups. Foliage, unlike patchy fruit sources generally and especially the ripe fruits that the ape gut requires, is widespread and abundant.
Feeding of the Gorillas in Africa
The varied diet of the Eastern Lowland Gorilla includes a wide range of plants, fruits, seeds, leaves, stems
and barks as well as ants, termites and other insects. Seasonality in diet and habitat use is greater for
Grauer’s gorillas in low altitude forests than for mountain gorillas. Grauer’s gorilla eats more fruit than Bwindi’s
mountain gorilla . When fruit is scarce, Eastern Lowland Gorillas travel less and increase their consumption of herbaceous vegetation.
They also occasionally feed on ants, but insects are never more than a minor part of the diet.
Less is known about the social behavior, feeding ecology, life history and demography of Eastern Lowland
Gorillas, compared with the extensive data gathered on the Mountain Gorilla. As far as group structure is
concerned, gorillas form harems. It was once thought that gorilla groups contained only one adult male, but
around one third of groups in East Africa have been found to host two full-grown males. Adult females in any
one silverback’s harem are mostly unrelated, and the social ties that exist between them are weak.
In contrast to many other primates, it is the bond between each individual female and the silverback, rather
than bonds between the females that hold the group together. Upon reaching maturity, most males and
females leave the group in which they were born. The females usually join another group or a lone young
adult male, whereas the males remain solitary until they can attract females and establish their own groups
Securing the Gorilla Permit for Gorilla Trekking.
Gorilla Trekking permits in congo can be booked directly with the park offices or through a reliable & Trusted tour Operator recommended on this website.
To go gorilla trekking in Congo, you will be required to secure the gorilla trekking pass to enable access the jungles of either kahuzi biega national park, maiko national park, volcanoes national park, virunga national park, mgahinga national park & bwindi Impenetrable forest national park.
First time Experience to watch the Gorillas in Africa, ( what is it like to trek the gorillas)
You’ll never forget your first gorilla on the first sight of the eastern lowland gorilla & mountain Gorilla in the famous democratic republic of congo on the safari holiday to Kahuzi biega national park and virunga national park.
Tracking mountain gorillas in the wild is one of the most breathtaking experiences to be had in Africa and
the reason why most people choose to visit Rwanda and Uganda. Around 880 mountain gorillas live in the
mountainous regions of these countries and are split into family groups. In Uganda they are found in Bwindi
National Park and Mgahinga National Park, and in Rwanda they are found in volcanoes national park.
What to pack / bring while on congo gorilla trekking adventure
Boots – Essential. A good quality pair of hiking boots from a store like Kathmandu will serve you well. They’re expensive, but so are your ankles when they break. Don’t risk it with a cheap pair of sneakers.
Gloves – During the trek you might be grabbing trees, branches and vines, and your hands can get a bit scratched and generally beaten up if you’re not careful. Pack a tough old pair of gardening gloves. They’ll look lame, but you’ll be glad you brought them.
Light rain jacket – Bwindi and Virunga are both tropical rainforests, and there’s a good chance of rain almost the year-round. Pack a light-weight poncho or rain jacket that you can roll up in your bag and bring out if necessary.
Energy snacks – The trek to the mountain gorillas isn’t impossible, but it is tough. Energy snacks like nuts, dried fruit, chocolate or power bars are a great idea. Just remember to take any rubbish with you as you go.
Water – Avoid buying plastic water bottles while you’re in Uganda or Rwanda. They’re terrible for the environment. Bring a reusable canteen (preferably with a purifying filter built in) or a pack of filtration tablets. You’ll need to drink a lot during the trek.
Long pants and shirts – It’s best not to expose too much skin during the jungle trek, and remember to tuck your trousers into your socks – you really don’t want safari ants crawling up there.