Suspension of tourism in Virunga NP, DRC

Following an ambush 10km outside Goma in May 2018 in which a park ranger was killed and two British tourists were kidnapped (to be released two days later), the management of Virunga National Park has announced the indefinite suspension of tourism to the park until such time as the safety of visitors can be assured. … Continue reading Suspension of tourism in Virunga NP, DRC

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Online bookings for gorilla tracking and other tourist permits

Jeroen writes: I'm enjoying your Rwanda book, travelling there for the first time this Friday for 2 weeks, with Nyungwe, Kivu and Virunga planned. You might want to alert readers that RDB trekking/activities bookings are now all done online via the government's useful Irembo website (e.g. https://irembo.gov.rw/rolportal/web/rdb/mountain-gorilla-tracking). It's not the most easily navigable site but easy … Continue reading Online bookings for gorilla tracking and other tourist permits

Virunga Nation Park (DRC) trip report

For anybody thinking of crossing from Rwanda into the DRC to track gorillas, this detailed & up-to-date trip report on the ThornTree is well worth a read: https://www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree/forums/africa/democratic-republic-of-congo/trip-report-goma-nyiragongo-bukavu?page=1  

Gorilla tracking permit increases to US$1,500

The RDB yesterday made the following announcement: The price of a Gorilla Tracking Permit will increase from US$750 to US$1,500 for all visitors, effective immediately 6 May 2017. The price increase will not affect tourists who had already purchased their tickets prior to this announcement. A new exclusive package for tourists who wish to book an entire family … Continue reading Gorilla tracking permit increases to US$1,500