DR Congo primate safari holiday
Description of DR Congo primate safari holiday
This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
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PlanetWe are wholly committed to the protection of the Virunga ecosystem and the many species that are dependent on this area. We are also fully cognisant of the deep and persistent threats that affect Virunga and the wildlife the park supports. We are one of the few operators that not only offer the chance to visit Virunga's southern sector, where most great apes are found, but also the central plains (where lion, elephant, buffalo and much more can be seen) and the Watalinga Forest, where okapi are still present. We are keen to impress upon our clients just how important Virunga is for many species, including gorillas and chimpanzees. Therefore, we insist that clients conduct themselves appropriately on gorilla and chimpanzee treks. In particular, guests must never come into contact with these animals, and due to the extreme susceptibility these animals have to human-borne viruses, any guest showing symptoms of illness will not be permitted to visit any family of apes.
The environment in southern Virunga is fragile. We therefore ask clients to take extreme care when visiting to limit their water usage and avoid any damage to flora and fauna. It is unfortunately necessary on some gorilla treks to remove plants that block our path, but this is kept to a minimum wherever possible.
PeopleIt is one of the most admirable aspects of the conservation work done in Virunga that communities have long benefitted from ecotourism here, despite periods of protracted instability around the park. In fact, when violence has reached critical levels in the past, park management has actively protected hundreds of people and saved countless lives. We are keen to support this direct action with our visit, and we insist that all of our local partners employ Congolese people. This helps to ensure that local communities continue to see a real benefit to ecotourism, which entrenches the strong relationship between park management and local people. Guests should therefore expect that drivers, rangers, guides, cooks and housekeeping staff throughout their tour are Congolese.
We ask that clients are always polite and respectful in all dealings with local people. The Congo is a relatively under-touristed part of Africa, and with less exposure to international ecotourism, standards of service can sometimes be lower than elsewhere on the continent. We are working hard to provide this experience to local guides and rangers, but occasionally we may fall short. Provided guests approach this tour with a sense of humour and understanding, this promises to be the trip of a lifetime.
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