Instantly recognisable by their short, jet-black fur, the eastern lowland gorilla – also known as Grauer’s gorilla – is native to the mountain forests of DR Congo. This is the largest primate species alive today, measuring up to 168 cm when standing upright. If you get lucky, a tour will allow you to see generations of gorillas in one troop, from fluffy infants clinging nervously to their parents, to burly silverbacks protecting their groups from danger.
Join a gorilla trekking safari tour at the Kahuzi-Biega and Maiko National Parks in the north east to see these handsome beasts relaxing in their natural habitat. Experienced guides will lead you through the dense foliage to the gorilla troops, while you catch glimpses of other exciting species, such as forest elephants and leopards, along the way.
The slightly smaller mountain gorilla is easily distinguished by its much longer and shaggier coat. They prefer hanging around the volcanoes and mountains of Central Africa. Expeditions to spot these primates deliver sweeping vistas over the flourishing landscapes as well as amazing sightings of the noble animals themselves.
In DR Congo, Virunga National Park is home to six troops of mountain gorillas. Rising early, these hiking tours bring you face-to-face with these endangered families as you wind your way up the mountainous landscapes. You can also visit the Senkwekwe Gorilla Orphanage on site, where rescued gorillas play and explore in protected surroundings.
They might not be gorillas, but bonobo chimpanzees are a must-see when you’re in DR Congo. After all, this is the only country in the world where you’ll see these fascinating creatures in the wild. Get up close and witness their highly intelligent way of life in their natural surroundings.
Visit Lola Ya Bonobo in the west of the country, near the Congo River, to see the native bonobos. As the only dedicated sanctuary in the world, it’s here that conservationists work hard to save the endangered chimps from harm, before releasing them into the wild once they’ve recovered.
Gorilla spotting gives you a once-in-a-lifetime chance to observe the lives of some of the planet’s most beautiful and fascinating animals. Book your flights to DR Congo with flydubai and prepare for a trip you’ll never forget
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