BOOKING INFORMATION FOR GROUPS VISITING CONGO WITH PINNACLE SAFARIS - Gorilla tracking information, transport, visas and fees

Travel to Eastern Congo for gorilla tracking has continued normally since March 2009.

At the moment, the only tourist activities we offer in Congo are:
- Gorilla Trekking: one or two days
- Nyiragongo Live volcano visit (via Gisenyi in Rwanda)
- Visiting Idjwi Island to see the fishing villages
- See other communities in Eastern Congo (by road, via Rwanda or Uganda)

Plans are under way to introduce tours to Kausi-Biega National Park and other parks to our visitors.

Gorilla tracking information for groups tracking Congo: Trackers do not stay overnight in Congo. As there are no suitable facilities and accommodations there yet, our visitors must stay the previous night in Uganda, prior to tracking. On the tracking day, they assemble at a Kisoro hotel (usually Virunga hotel) by 6.00Am and are then transported to Congo for the tracking. Visas should have been obtained a day earlier, and the visitors should have been briefed by our Liaison Officer in Kisoro then (the money you pay for Congo gorilla tracking includes transport in Congo, and the permit fees). The Ugandan-registered vehicles stop at the boarder, and a Congolese-specially-licensed vehicle takes the tourists into Congo, and also brings them back to the boarder after tracking. From the boarder the Ugandan cars take over for the rest of the tour - to other parts of Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi or other African destination. 


1. Gorilla tracking procedures in Congo:          

The cost of a gorilla permit to Congo is US$500. This includes the permit, escort and transport in Congo but does not include the visa fees at $50 per person; and another $50 to return to Uganda (if one did not purchase a multiple entry visa to Uganda from your countries of origin). Once payment is received from you, permits are paid for in advance, and the permit tickets are collected at our Liaison Office in Kisoro a day before tracking.   
2. The amount of money to pay for the vehicle per person depends on the number of people in the car. The more the number of people in car, the cheaper it is per person. Our safari vehicles take between 4-8 people depending on which car you have booked. The Coaches normally take a maximum of 15+1 people with their luggage; that is, if the jump-seats are not used.   

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3. Daily charges for transport      
- EURO 120 per day for the Coach transport in Uganda (it seats 12-18 people with their luggage)
- EUR 130 per day for the coach in Rwanda, Burundi or Congo (only if a Ugandan-registered vehicle is used to enter Congo for Congo tours).       
- EURO 90 per day for the luggage van if required by any group in Uganda.
- EURO 90 per day for a smaller car that takes 7-9 people with limited luggage.
- EURO 100 per day for smaller car that takes 7-9 people with limited luggage in Rwanda, Burundi or Congo.
- EURO 180 for the Coach transport in Congo
- The above costs are per day and include vehicle hire and driver's allowance only. Costs do not include fuel, vehicle park entrance, vehicle ferry crossings, vehicle boarder crossings, driver/guide's park/activity fees in Rwanda.

The vehicle and driver are usually used between morning and 6.00pm. Vehicle and driver should not be used beyond 21.00pm of any day in Uganda, Rwanda, Congo and Burundi and upcountry places, vehicle should not work beyond 19h00. In Congo and Burundi, vehicle and driver should not work beyond 18.00pm

4. For clients who enter Entebbe and fly out from Kigali, note that there is a charge for an empty leg for car returning to Kampala (Uganda) which is 600km from Kigali. The charge for this empty leg is Euro 260 for coach and fuel. From Burundi the charge is Euro 350 or its equivalent in USD for coach and fuel.  

5. OLD Dollar bills before the year 2004 are NOT accepted in Uganda, Rwanda and Congo.    

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6. Gorilla permit fees:      
With effect from January 01, 2017 gorilla permits will cost as follows:   

Uganda Gorillas USD 600 + USD 50 Administration fees, Community fees, and ranger fees.  Total USD 650   

Congo   USD 500 includes transport in Congo, permit, Administration fees, Community fees, and ranger fees.  Total USD 500        

PNV, Rwanda USD1,500+ USD 50 Administration fees, Community fees, and ranger fees. Total USD1,550

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ChimpanzeeUnless otherwise stated, prices quoted include a safari car for the itinerary stated, accommodation on a shared basis and meals (in Kampala/Kigali/Bujumbura bed and breakfast only and on safari full board), 1 boat/launch trip, park fees, chimpanzee permits and one gorilla permit. At the time of booking, the client(s) will need to pay for all gorilla permits needed in full otherwise a deposit equivalent to 30% of the cost of a safari paid, whichever is higher. Prices do not include airfares to Uganda/Rwanda/Burundi/Congo, entry visas and airport taxes, all personal expenditure such as tips, telephone calls, laundry and drinks. For single rooms, the supplement (SRS) has to be paid.