"I HAD THE PARK & GORILLAS ALL TO MYSELF !" Parc National de Virunga by DAO
Parc National de Virunga Travel Guide: 22 reviews and 84 photos
Why did you go see the Gorillas in the DRC? OK. Actually friends and family asked “DRC? Are you crazy?”
The reasons (plural) I decided on DRC were:
• I had not visited the DRC before
• I wanted to see the Mountain Gorillas
• Saving money would be helpful
• Few people have visited there and the DRC pages on VT need new info
• I had arranged an economical and safe Tour Guide to get me there
In recent years the Parc National de Virunga has been plagued by armed rebel groups, poachers and even volcanic eruptions. Right now it’s not. You also get to go very close to an active volcano before you see the Gorillas. Something you cannot do in Uganda and Rwanda which jointly share the park. The permits are also $100 cheaper than the other 2 countries. And the best reason:
I WAS THE ONLY TOURIST IN THE PARC NATIONAL DE VIRUNGA THE WEEK I VISITED
I did not know this would happen ahead of time. It was apparent when they asked me to sign into the Visitor’s Book. That meant it was just me, my 2 Ranger escorts and the Humba Family of Gorillas. There were 12 of them. I had a friend who saw the Gorillas in Rwanda and the visitors outnumbered the Gorillas they saw on the day.
So all that bad press keeps the crowds away. Also if you visit here, your fees support the protection efforts of the Rangers in the DRC as well.
If you have any questions about this fantastic adventure – please email me!
Happy to help,
Your visit helps to provide him, his parents, brothers and sisters with a future to live in the wild.
- Pros:CHEAPEST GORILLA PERMIT
- Cons:GOMA IS CORRUPT AND YOU NEED A YELLOW FEVER CERTIFICATE
- In a nutshell:NO OTHER TOURISTS - JUST YOU AND THE GORILLAS !
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