Silver back mountain gorilla in Bwindi NP

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Nyiragongo volcano trek-the new Congo safari package

Nyiragongo volcano trek-the new Congo safari package

On the 15th of February 2019, Virunga National park is opening again for Congo safaris to the park after about eight months of not operating. There has been a new face created for the park as it plans to re-open and this includes new packages that tourists can undertake at the moment. In total, 7 packages have been created however, only 2 are available for booking by the 15th of February 2019 as Virunga National Park re-opens.  The Nyiragongo volcano trek is one of the packages and here I explain to you the details of the package;

The Nyiragongo package is a stand-alone Nyiragongo trek (it’s a Congo tour wholly meant for a hike to Mount Nyiragongo). If you decide to take the Nyiragongo volcano trek, you will arrive in Goma (capital of the North Kivu province in the Eastern DRC), overnight on the volcano summit and return to Goma the following morning.  Mount Nyiragongo within Virunga National Park stands at an altitude ranging from 1,984 meters (6,510 feet) to 3,470 meters (11,385 feet). This is one of the active stratovolcanoes in Africa with its current eruption in May 2002.

Nyiragongo volcano trek

Taking the first leg of the trek

All trekkers should be at the Grande Barriere border crossing by 7:00am and check-in with Virunga tourism office by 8:00am on the morning of the scheduled trek. During check-in, guests will be provided with a volcano trek permit that must be presented before climbing, you can leave some of your luggage at the station especially if your drive after the descend is out of Congo. After check-in is complete, guests will be transported to Kitabi Ranger Post which is the starting point for the Nyiragongo volcano trek.

 

Nyiragongo volcano trek

Summit cabins at sunset

The ascent up the volcano starts at around 10:00am with most climbing groups reaching the summit by 5:00pm. The trek is split in to five legs, so you get four rest stops of about 20 minutes each as you regain your strength. Arriving at the summit, you will spend the night on the crater in small summit cabins just enough for your rest through the cold night. If you need help with your luggage, hiring a porter at a fee is the best option.

After having great views and taking memorable pictures of the lava at the summit, you have breakfast and then start the descend back to Kibati. You start the descend by around 6:00am getting through the steep rocky trail. On arrival at the bottom, you meet your Congo safari driver guide for a transfer to your next destination.

In this package, safari costs include a Volcano trek permit, transport to and from Kibati Ranger Post and one-night stay on Nyiragongo summit

Excluded in this package is the Nyiragongo backpack, porter fees, gratuities and anything of a personal nature.

Extra tips to know before you book a Nyiragongo Volcano trek

At the summit it’s 5,000 times colder than you may think so carry really warm clothes to take you through the night.

The trek is a bit tough since you keep going higher and higher but it is really doable.

Anything can happen, you may not see anything during the night especially when it gets cloudy in the night. Just don’t read anything before you go for the hike because your story could be different so just go have an experience of your own. If there is anything that would require cancellation of the trek, the park officials will communicate to your tour operator.

Plan for payment of some extras like a porter, a wooden walking stick, a meal and sleeping gear. You will definitely need them. You may also need to some money to tip your ranger guide for the extra-ordinary work they do to see you get through the trek.

Incase of altitude sickness, don’t forget to carry your medication.

Get a yellow fever immunization certificate and a Congo safari visa at least 2 weeks before traveling to the country for the trek, these are mandatory.

At the summit, never get too close to the edge, not even for the perfect shot because this is hot lava surrounded with sliding rocks, don’t be the victim.

Don’t bother attempting to fly a drone over the volcano because it will definitely get into waste because of the ash in the air.

If you really don’t need to be in a big crowd, a void making your booking for the weekends because they are the busiest times of the week.

Get travel insurance before you start your safari.

Virunga National Park is also home to the Mountain Gorillas of West Africa where many go for Congo gorilla trekking safaris an activity which is just as memorable as a hike to the summit of Mount Nyiragongo.

 

Take the extra ordinary path and hike for a once in a lifetime experience that may probably one of the bravest acts of your life.

Congo’s Virunga National Park to re-open on 15th February 2019

Congo’s Virunga National Park to re-open on 15th February 2019

After eight months since the management of Virunga National Park took a profoundly difficult decision to close the park, Congo’s Virunga National Park to re-open on 15th February 2019 for tourism. The 3,000sq.mi park founded in 1925 is Africa’s oldest national Park renowned as the prime Congo gorilla trekking safari destination since it hosts the only Mountain Gorillas in West Africa. Virunga National park is situated in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s North Kivu province bordering south western Rwanda and south western Uganda. Rwanda and Uganda share with Congo the Virunga massif (chain of volcanoes) in which Virunga National Park is located with Rwanda having a park known as Volcanoes National Park and Uganda having Mgahinga Gorilla National Park all being host to Mountain Gorillas.

Gorilla trekking in virunga National Park

Gorilla trekking in Virunga National Park

Saturday 2nd June 2018 was the day when the chief warden of Virunga National Park, Emanuel De Merode, released an official statement announcing the closure of the park till the end of that year. While making his statement Mr. Emanuel De Merode stated that;

For Virunga to be safely visited, much more robust measures are needed than in the past. This will require a very significant investment, and makes it impossible for us to re-open tourism this year.”

 

 

This decision came following several killings and kidnaps that had occurred in the country especially leading to the loss of lives of park rangers making Congo safaris unsafe within the North Kivu province. By June 2018, at least 12 rangers had been killed in clashes with militia and smugglers within Virunga in the last 10 months making it one of the bloodiest periods in the park’s history.

Is Virunga National Park safe for tourists as it plans to re-open by 15th February 2019?

Many of you have been asking when is Virunga National Park Congo re opening for tourism? This is now answered, and surely the next question is whether the park is safe;

Either for a Congo gorilla trekking tour or a hiking trip to Mount Nyiragongo (one of Africa’s most active stratovolcanoes) the park management is taking all measures to make sure tourists are safe.

As the park is set to re-open on the 15th February 2019, the management of Virunga National Park is dedicated to ensuring the highest safety and security of all its visitors. Virunga Rangers are trained at international standards for visitor protection, including close protection, communication, first aid and evacuation procedures. In addition, Park management oversees the security environment by maintaining close ties with local authorities, community leaders, embassies, UN agencies and NGOs. The park management also cautions all tourists on Congo tours to adopt the appropriate level of sensitivity to the local cultural and political environment as an essential element of your personal security and of those accompanying you throughout your visit.

Yes, the park is going to re-open and for the many tourists who have been longing to tailor either their Uganda gorilla trekking safari or gorilla trekking safari in Rwanda then you can start planning now. Choose the package of your choice and contact a trusted Congo safari tour operator for details and good preparations.

 

 

 

 

13 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari Congo Mount Nyiragongo Hiking Trip

13 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari Congo Mount Nyiragongo Hiking Trip

Overview of the 13 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari Congo Mount Nyiragongo Hiking Trip

The 13 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari Congo Mount Nyiragongo Hiking Trip is a wildlife and gorilla trekking safari in Uganda, a hike and descend to Mount Nyiragongo in Congo and golden monkey trekking in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park. Arriving and departing in different countries, you arrive at Entebbe International Airport in Uganda, where you go for wildlife viewing at Lake Mburo National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park then gorilla trekking at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. In Congo you go for a hiking tour to Mount Nyiragongo in Virunga National Park. Continuing to Rwanda, you go for golden monkey trekking in Volcanoes National Park the depart via Kigali International Airport.

On arrival at Entebbe international airport, you meet a safari driver guide who transfers you to a lodging facility in Kampala. From here, you are driven to Lake Mburo National Park where you undertake a game drive and boat cruise before continuing to Bwindi Impenetrable National Par. At Bwindi, you go gorilla trekking then continue to Queen Elizabeth National Park. After a game drive and boat cruise at Queen Elizabeth National Park you then cross over to Congo for a hike and descend from Mount Nyiragongo. After hiking in Congo, you are then driven to Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park where you go for golden monkey trekking after which you depart via Kigali International Airport in Rwanda.

Highlights of the 13 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari Congo Mount Nyiragongo Hiking Trip

DAY 1: On arrival at Entebbe international airport, a knowledgeable driver guide transfers you to a lodging facility in Kampala.

DAY 2: From Kampala, your driver guide picks you up for a transfer to Lake Mburo National Park with a stop at the equator line.

DAY 3: In the morning, you go for an early morning game drive at Lake Mburo National Park then after continue then an evening boat cruise in the evening.

DAY 4: After breakfast, your driver guide will pick you up for a transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

DAY 5: Before 8:00am, you are driven to a specific gorilla trekking sector of Bwindi for gorilla trekking that lasts about 2-8hours.

DAY 6: Early morning, you have breakfast then experience the Batwa culture in Bwindi where after you are driven to Queen Elizabeth National Park in the evening.

DAY 7: You undertake a morning game drive then after undertake an evening boat cruise along the Kazinga channel that joins lakes Edward and George.

DAY 8: In the morning, you have breakfast then after be transferred to the Democratic Republic of Congo.

DAY 9: After breakfast, you hike Mount Nyiragongo in Virunga national park and spend the night at the mountain summit.

DAY 10: You descend from Mount Nyiragongo and rest for the other whole of the day at your lodging facility.

DAY 11: Early morning you have breakfast then be driven to Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda.

DAY 12: After a relaxed breakfast, you go for golden monkey trekking in Volcanoes National Park then relax at the lodge in the evening.

Day 13: You depart via Kigali International Airport.

Day by day detailed itinerary of the 13 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari Congo Mount Nyiragongo Hiking Trip

Day 1 of the 13 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari Congo Mount Nyiragongo Hiking Trip

On arrival at Entebbe International Airport which is Uganda’s international airport, you meet a professional  driver guide ready to take you through your trip. After meeting and greeting, you then get into your 4×4 safari vehicle for a drive to a hotel/lodge in Kampala-Uganda’s capital where you spend the night and relax from jet lag.

Day 2 of the 13 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari Congo Mount Nyiragongo Hiking Trip

The equator line in Uganda

Early morning after you have had breakfast at your lodging facility, your driver guide picks you up for a drive to Lake Mburo National Park. After 80km from Kampala, you make your first safari stop at the equator line in Kayabwe where you spend about 30 minutes taking photographs in the middle of the Northern and Southern hemispheres, you can even take pictures with one leg in one hemisphere and the other on another hemisphere.  Continuing with your Uganda wildlife safari drive, you have lunch en route then arrive for an evening boat cruise on Lake Mburo. In the evening, you retire for the night at a booked accommodation in Lake Mburo National Park.

Day 3 of the 13 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari Congo Mount Nyiragongo Hiking Trip

Early morning, you have a hot cup of coffee then go for a morning game drive in this famously known as the whispers of the wild park. Sighting the early risers, you have a chance to sight animals like the Elephants, Kobs, antelopes and many more. After about 2-4hours game drive, you return to your lodging facility for lunch. In the evening, you go for a nature walk through the park then return for the night at your lodging facility.

Day 4 of the 13 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari Congo Mount Nyiragongo Hiking Trip

You have your last breakfast at Lake Mburo Park then after get into your 4×4 safari vehicle for a drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The drive takes you to the scenic highlands of Kigezi in western Uganda with a great difference with central Uganda where you started your trip from. The drive lasts about 7 hours on about 319km with lunch taken en route to Bwindi. Arriving in the evening you check in, have dinner and spend the night at a close accommodation in Bwindi impenetrable national park.

Accommodation options:

Luxury/up-market: Chameleon hill lodge

Mid-range/standard: Gorilla mist camp

Day 5 of the 13 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari Congo Mount Nyiragongo Hiking Trip

 Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari Congo Mount Nyiragongo Hiking Trip

This day you definitely go and see the mountain gorillas, after breakfast in your beautiful lodging facility, you will be driven to a specific gorilla trekking sector of Bwindi for your Uganda gorilla trekking tour experience. Briefing and gorilla family allocation start at 8:00am with the park rangers who will go with you to the jungle for about 2-8hours in search of the mountain gorillas. You will trek alongside 7 other trekkers on gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda. After spending 1 hour in the presence of the gentle giants you will return to the park headquarters where you will receive your gorilla trekking certificate, meet your driver guide who will drive you to your lodging facility for relaxation, dinner and an overnight.

Accommodation options:

Luxury/up-market: Chameleon hill lodge

Mid-range/standard: Gorilla mist camp

Day 6 of the 13 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari Congo Mount Nyiragongo Hiking Trip

From your lodging facility in Bwindi, you have breakfast then after go for a Batwa cultural tour among the Batwa in Buhoma. The experience depending on your preference can last from 1-4 hours as the former inhabitants of the Bwindi impenetrable national park demonstrate to you their previous lifestyle. This include, dancing, hunting skills, construction and all other aspects of their daily life within the jungle that they called home. After the experience, you are driven to Queen Elizabeth National Park arriving in the evening for check in, dinner and an overnight stay at an accommodation in Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Accommodation options:

Luxury/Up-market: Mweya safari lodge/Katara Lodge

Mid-range/standard: Enganzi Lodges/Park view safari lodge

Day 7 of the 13 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari Congo Mount Nyiragongo Hiking Trip

Early morning, you have a cup of coffee then after be driven for a morning game drive at Queen Elizabeth National lasting about 2-4hours as you spot several wildlife species. Here you possibly sight lions, elephants, leopards, kobs and many other wild species including bird species. In the afternoon after lunch, you go for a launch trip/boat cruise on the 45km long channel that joins lakes Edward and George and home to Africa’s largest concentration of hippopotamuses. After a bout 2 hours on the boat, you take a mini en route evening game drive to your lodging facility where you spend the night.

Accommodation options:

Luxury/Up-market: Mweya safari lodge/Katara Lodge

Mid-range/standard: Enganzi Lodges/Park view safari lodge

Day 8 of the 13 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari Congo Mount Nyiragongo Hiking Trip

This morning, you have a relaxed breakfast (the last in Uganda) then bid farewell to Uganda as you are driven to Virunga national park in Congo. Using a 4×4 safari vehicle, your driver guide will ensure you cross the border and get into Congo. Arriving in the evening, you check in, have dinner and relax at an accommodation in Virunga National Park.

Accommodation options:

Luxury/Up-market: Orchids’ safari club hotel/Mikeno lodge/Lulimbi tented camp

Mid-range/standard: Mountain gorilla view lodge

Day 9 of the 13 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari Congo Mount Nyiragongo Hiking Trip

Early morning after breakfast, your driver guide will transfer you to Kibat station where the hike to the summit of one of the world’s most active stratovolcanoes. The hike to the summit usually takes about 6 hours depending on your energy levels. Also known as the “braves cake”, the hike is an amazing adventure past beautiful flora and fauna species to the lava lakes. During the hike you will be helped with luggage carrying and cooking at the summit by porters who can be hired at the park headquarters. The night is spent at the summit cabins as you take memorable pictures and watching the beautiful lava lake at sunrise.

Accommodation option: Mount Nyiragongo summit cabins

Day 10 of the 13 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari Congo Mount Nyiragongo Hiking Trip

You descend from the summit of Mount Nyiragongo early morning after breakfast along with porters helping with the luggage till the park headquarters in Kibat. Your driver guide will be there waiting for you at the station and transfer you back to your lodging facility where you will have a meal, relax and rest for the rest of the day.

Accommodation options:

Luxury/Up-market: Orchids’ safari club hotel/Mikeno lodge/Lulimbi tented camp

Mid-range/standard: Mountain gorilla view lodge

Day 11 of the 13 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari Congo Mount Nyiragongo Hiking Trip

This is your last morning in Congo therefore you bid farewell to Congo and get back to your 4×4 safari vehicle for a drive out of the country to the neighboring Rwanda. The drive takes you to Volcanoes National Park spending a night at an accommodation facility close to the park. Volcanoes National Park is the only Rwanda safari park where you can trek golden monkeys unless if you decide to do so during a Uganda gorilla safari to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.

Day 12 of the 13 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari Congo Mount Nyiragongo Hiking Trip

In the morning you have an early cup of coffee then after start the drive to Volcanoes National Park also the Rwanda Gorilla trekking safari destination where you go for golden monkey trekking. You get into the jungle alongside armed rangers in search of the beautiful golden monkeys spending about 2-4hours. After meeting these beautiful species of the wild, you return to your lodging facility where you spend the evening in relaxation.

Day 12 of the 13 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari Congo Mount Nyiragongo Hiking Trip

Its your last day on this tour so you will wake and have the last breakfast in the land of a thousand hills then embark on the drive to Kigali International Airport for a departure flight. Depending on your departure time, you can take a Kigali city tour to the Gisozi Genocide Memorial Center which is a museum where the details of the history of Rwanda are stored especially those of the 1994 Rwandan genocide. You take your departure flight at the Kigali International Airport.

End of the 13 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari Congo Mount Nyiragongo Hiking Trip

 

 

 

 

 

12 days Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari Congo Mount Nyiragongo Hiking Trip

12 days Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari Congo Mount Nyiragongo Hiking Trip

Overview of the 12 days Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari Congo Mount Nyiragongo Hiking Trip

The 12 days Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari Congo Mount Nyiragongo Hiking Trip is an 11 days wildlife and gorilla trekking safari in Uganda, a hike and descend to Mount Nyiragongo in Congo and relaxation at Lake Kivu in Rwanda. Taking you to three countries, you arrive at Entebbe International Airport in Uganda, where you go for a game drive at Lake Mburo National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park then gorilla trekking at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. In Congo you go for a hiking tour to Mount Nyiragongo in Virunga National Park then after continue for adventure at Lake Kivu in Rwanda departing at Kigali International Airport.

On arrival at Entebbe international airport, you meet a safari driver guide who transfers you to a lodging facility in Kampala from where you are driven to Lake Mburo National Park the next day. The next morning, you go for a morning game drive at Lake Mburo Park then after be driven to Bwindi impenetrable national park. Arriving in the evening, you spend the night at an accommodation in Bwindi impenetrable national park as you plan for a Uganda gorilla trekking safari experience the next day. After breakfast on day 5, you have breakfast then go for Batwa cultural experience before transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park arriving in the evening. The next morning you undertake a morning game drive then after have an evening boat cruise on the 45km long kazinga channel. On morning of day 8, you have breakfast then be driven out of Uganda to Virunga national park in Congo where you spend the night at a close accommodation for a hike and descend to Mount Nyiragongo on the next 2 days. After the descend, you relax at the shores of Lake Kivu, take a Kigali city tour the next day before departure at Kigali international airport.

Highlights of the 12 days Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari Congo Mount Nyiragongo Hiking Trip

DAY 1: On arrival at Entebbe international airport, a knowledgeable driver guide transfers you to a lodging facility in Kampala.

DAY 2: From Kampala, your driver guide picks you up for a transfer to Lake Mburo National Park with a stop at the equator line.

DAY 3: In the morning, you go for an early morning game drive at Lake Mburo National Park then after continue then an evening boat cruise in the evening.

DAY 4: After breakfast, your driver guide will pick you up for a transfer to Bwindi impenetrable national park.

DAY 5: Before 8:00am, you are driven to a specific gorilla trekking sector of Bwindi for gorilla trekking that lasts about 2-8hours.

DAY 6: Early morning, you have breakfast then experience the Batwa culture in Bwindi where after you are driven to Queen Elizabeth National Park in the evening.

DAY 7: You undertake a morning game drive then after undertake an evening boat cruise along the Kazinga channel that joins lakes Edward and George.

DAY 8: In the morning, you have breakfast then after be transferred to the Democratic Republic of Congo in the afternoon.

DAY 9: After breakfast, you hike Mount Nyiragongo in Virunga national park and spend the night at the mountain summit.

DAY 10: You descend from Mount Nyiragongo and rest for the other whole of the day at your lodging facility.

DAY 11: Early morning you have breakfast then be driven to Lake Kivu in Rwanda where you relax at the shores of this pristine lake.

DAY 12: After a relaxed breakfast, you are driven for a Kigali city tour then to Kigali international airport for a departure flight.

Day by day detailed itinerary of the 12 days Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari Congo Mount Nyiragongo Hiking Trip

Day 1 of the 12 days Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari Congo Mount Nyiragongo Hiking Trip

On arrival at Entebbe International Airport which is Uganda’s international airport, you meet a professional  driver guide ready to take you through your trip. After meeting and greeting, you then get into your 4×4 safari vehicle for a drive to a hotel/lodge in Kampala-Uganda’s capital where you spend the night and relax from jet lag.

Day 2 of the 12 days Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari Congo Mount Nyiragongo Hiking Trip

12 days Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari Congo Mount Nyiragongo Hiking Trip

Early morning after you have had breakfast at your lodging facility, your driver guide picks you up for a drive to Lake Mburo National Park. After 80km from Kampala, you make your first safari stop at the equator line in Kayabwe where you spend about 30 minutes taking photographs in the middle of the Northern and Southern hemispheres, you can even take pictures with one leg in one hemisphere and the other on another hemisphere.  Continuing with your Uganda wildlife safari drive, you have lunch en route then arrive for an evening boat cruise on Lake Mburo. In the evening, you retire for the night at a booked accommodation in Lake Mburo National Park.

Day 3 of the 12 days Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari Congo Mount Nyiragongo Hiking Trip

Early morning, you have a hot cup of coffee then go for a morning game drive in this famously known as the whispers of the wild park. Sighting the early risers, you have a chance to sight animals like the Elephants, Kobs, antelopes and many more. After about 2-4hours game drive, you return to your lodging facility for lunch. In the evening, you go for a nature walk through the park then return for the night at your lodging facility.

Day 4 of the 12 days Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari Congo Mount Nyiragongo Hiking Trip

You have your last breakfast at Lake Mburo Park then after get into your 4×4 safari vehicle for a drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The drive takes you to the scenic highlands of Kigezi in western Uganda with a great difference with central Uganda where you started your trip from. The drive lasts about 7 hours on about 319km with lunch taken en route to Bwindi. Arriving in the evening you check in, have dinner and spend the night at a close accommodation in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Accommodation options:

Luxury/up-market: Chameleon hill lodge

Mid-range/standard: Gorilla mist camp

Day 5 of the 12 days Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari Congo Mount Nyiragongo Hiking Trip

12 days Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari Congo Mount Nyiragongo Hiking Trip

This day you definitely go and see the mountain gorillas, after breakfast in your beautiful lodging facility, you will be driven to a specific gorilla trekking sector of Bwindi for your Uganda gorilla trekking tour experience. Briefing and gorilla family allocation start at 8:00am with the park rangers who will go with you to the jungle for about 2-8hours in search of the mountain gorillas. You will trek alongside 7 other trekkers on gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda. After spending 1 hour in the presence of the gentle giants you will return to the park headquarters where you will receive your gorilla trekking certificate, meet your driver guide who will drive you to your lodging facility for relaxation, dinner and an overnight.

Accommodation options:

Luxury/up-market: Chameleon hill lodge

Mid-range/standard: Gorilla mist camp

Day 6 of the 12 days Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari Congo Mount Nyiragongo Hiking Trip

From your lodging facility in Bwindi, you have breakfast then after go for a Batwa cultural tour among the Batwa in Buhoma. The experience depending on your preference can last from 1-4 hours as the former inhabitants of the Bwindi impenetrable national park demonstrate to you their previous lifestyle. This include, dancing, hunting skills, construction and all other aspects of their daily life within the jungle that they called home. After the experience, you are driven to Queen Elizabeth National Park arriving in the evening for check in, dinner and an overnight stay at an accommodation in Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Accommodation options:

Luxury/Up-market: Mweya safari lodge/Katara Lodge

Mid-range/standard: Enganzi Lodges/Park view safari lodge

Day 7 of the 12 days Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari Congo Mount Nyiragongo Hiking Trip

12 days Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari Congo Mount Nyiragongo Hiking Trip

Early morning, you have a cup of coffee then after be driven for a morning game drive at Queen Elizabeth National lasting about 2-4hours as you spot several wildlife species. Here you possibly sight lions, elephants, leopards, kobs and many other wild species including bird species. In the afternoon after lunch, you go for a launch trip/boat cruise on the 45km long channel that joins lakes Edward and George and home to Africa’s largest concentration of hippopotamuses. After a bout 2 hours on the boat, you take a mini en route evening game drive to your lodging facility where you spend the night.

Accommodation options:

Luxury/Up-market: Mweya safari lodge/Katara Lodge

Mid-range/standard: Enganzi Lodges/Park view safari lodge

Day 8 of the 12 days Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari Congo Mount Nyiragongo Hiking Trip

This morning, you have a relaxed breakfast (the last in Uganda) then bid farewell to Uganda as you are driven to Virunga national park in Congo. Using a 4×4 safari vehicle, your driver guide will ensure you cross the border and get into Congo. Arriving in the evening, you check in, have dinner and relax at an accommodation in Virunga National Park.

Accommodation options:

Luxury/Up-market: Orchids’ safari club hotel/Mikeno lodge/Lulimbi tented camp

Mid-range/standard: Mountain gorilla view lodge

Day 9 of the 12 days Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari Congo Mount Nyiragongo Hiking Trip

Early morning after breakfast, your driver guide will transfer you to Kibat station where the hike to the summit of one of the world’s most active stratovolcanoes. The hike to the summit usually takes about 6 hours depending on your energy levels. Also known as the “braves cake”, the hike is an amazing adventure past beautiful flora and fauna species to the lava lakes. During the hike you will be helped with luggage carrying and cooking at the summit by porters who can be hired at the park headquarters. The night is spent at the summit cabins as you take memorable pictures and watching the beautiful lava lake at sunrise.

Accommodation option: Mount Nyiragongo summit cabins

Day 10 of the 12 days Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari Congo Mount Nyiragongo Hiking Trip

You descend from the summit of Mount Nyiragongo early morning after breakfast along with porters helping with the luggage till the park headquarters in Kibat. Your driver guide will be there waiting for you at the station and transfer you back to your lodging facility where you will have a meal, relax and rest for the rest of the day.

Accommodation options:

Luxury/Up-market: Orchids’ safari club hotel/Mikeno lodge/Lulimbi tented camp

Mid-range/standard: Mountain gorilla view lodge

Day 11 of the 12 days Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari Congo Mount Nyiragongo Hiking Trip

From Congo, you are driven by your safari guide crossing the Congo-Rwanda border to Lake Kivu. You relax at the shores of this pristine lake where you spend the night at the luxurious Lake Kivu Serena Hotel.

Day 12 of the 12 days Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari Congo Mount Nyiragongo Hiking Trip

After relaxed breakfast at your lodging facility, you will embark on a road trip back to Kigali international airport for your departure flight. When you arrive in Kigali you can visit some craft shops for craft purchase before the driver takes you to the airport for departure.

End of the 12 days Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari Congo Mount Nyiragongo Hiking Trip

Having a safari in 3 countries just planned once is one of a kind and for all these countries, they are the only ones that have mountain gorillas in the world which means you can undertake a Congo gorilla safari to Virunga National Park or Rwanda gorilla trekking safari to Volcanoes National Park.

 

 

 

 

 

10 Days Rwanda wildlife tour Congo gorilla trekking safari

Overview of the 10 days Rwanda wildlife tour Congo gorilla trekking safari

Your 10 days Rwanda wildlife tour Congo gorilla trekking safari is actually a 10 days gorilla safari in Congo, mount Nyiragongo hiking trip and Rwanda wildlife safari on a game drive and boat cruise. The tour features lowland gorilla trekking at Kahuzi Biega National Park in Eastern Congo, mountain gorilla trekking at Virunga National Park in the north Kivu province, a hike and descend to mount Nyiragongo and Akagera National Park game drive and boat cruise.

The Rwanda-Congo safari starts on arrival at Kigali international airport with a pick up by your safari guide for a transfer to a lodging facility in Kigali.  The next morning, you are transferred to Bukavu in Congo arriving in the evening then eastern lowland gorilla trekking the next day at kahuzi Biega National Park. Continuing with your safari in Congo, you are driven to Goma town for mountain gorilla trekking at Virunga National Park on the fifth day. After the hike and descend on mount Nyiragongo you are driven back to Rwanda’s Akagera National Park where you undertake a game drive and boat cruise before departure at Kigali international airport on the last day of the safari.

Highlights of the 10 days Rwanda wildlife tour Congo gorilla trekking safari

Day 1: On arrival you are cleared by the airport staff at Kigali international airport, you meet a knowledgeable Rwanda-Congo safari guide for a drive to a lodging facility in Kigali where you spend the night.

Day 2: After breakfast, your driver guide picks you up for a transfer to Congo’s capital of Bukavu in Eastern side of the country on a 7-8hours drive.

Day 3: Early morning after breakfast you are driven to Kahuzi Biega National Park for lowland gorilla trekking that takes about 2-6hours.

Day 4: From Bukavu, you are transferred to Goma town close to Virunga National Park.

Day 5: After breakfast, you are driven to Virunga park for mountain gorilla trekking.

Day 6: In the morning, you are driven to Kibat station for a hike to Mount Nyiragongo summit spending the night at the summit of the volcano.

Day 7: You descend from Mount Nyiragongo then return to your lodging facility where you relax for the rest of the day.

Day 8: This morning, you wake up, have breakfast then after be driven back to Rwanda spending the night at a lodging facility close to Akagera National park.

Day 9: In the morning, you are driven to Akagera park for a morning game drive then after undertake an evening boat cruise at lake Ihema.

Day 10: After breakfast at your lodging facility, you continue for a Kigali city tour then after embark on the transfer back to Kigali international airport for a departure flight.

Day by day detailed itinerary of the 10 days Rwanda wildlife tour Congo gorilla trekking safari

Day 1 of the 10 days Rwanda wildlife tour Congo gorilla trekking safari

On arrival at Rwanda’s Kigali International Airport, you are cleared by the airport staff then after you meet your safari guide for a drive to Kigali town. After meeting and greeting, your guide helps you with the transfer to your safari vehicle for a drive to a booked accommodation facility in Kigali. On arrival you check in relax and spend the night here as you rest from jet lag and prepare for an adventurous exploration the next day.

Day 2 of the 10 days Rwanda wildlife tour Congo gorilla trekking safari

In the morning after breakfast at the land of a thousand hills, you are picked up by your driver guide using a 4×4 safari vehicle for a drive to Congo.  You are driven southwards to Cyangugu boarder for a crossing to Bukavu in Congo with lunch taken en route. Arriving in the evening you check in, have dinner and spend the night in Bukavu town.

Day 3 of the 10 days Rwanda wildlife tour Congo gorilla trekking safari

10 days Rwanda wildlife tour Congo gorilla trekking safari

In the morning, you have a cup of coffee at your lodging facility then after be transferred to Kahuzi Biega National Park for a Congo gorilla trekking safari experience here. On arrival, you get a briefing from the park rangers on the Congo gorilla trekking etiquette then after you get into the jungle for gorilla trekking alongside park rangers as you spend about 2-6hours in search of the lowland gorillas then a single hour in the presence of the gentle giants as you take memorable pictures of these elusive species. After the trek, you return to the park headquarters where you meet your driver guide to transfer you back to your lodging facility where you spend the night.

Day 4 of the 10 days Rwanda wildlife tour Congo gorilla trekking safari

From Bukavu at a lodging facility where you spent the night, you are picked up by your Congo tour guide after breakfast for a drive to Goma. You arrive in the evening spending the night at a close accommodation in Virunga National Park’s Bukima sector where you have dinner and prepare for mountain gorilla trekking the next day.

Day 5 of the 10 days Rwanda wildlife tour Congo gorilla trekking safari

10 days Rwanda wildlife tour Congo gorilla trekking safari

Following morning breakfast at the foothills of Virunga, you will be driven by your safari guide to the park headquarters in Virunga national park. Gorilla trekking starts at 8:00am after briefing by the park rangers at the park headquarters, allocation of a gorilla family to trek along with 7 other Congo gorilla trekkers. The actual trek lasts about 2-6 hours and only a single hour in the presence of the gentle mountain gorillas. After the trek, you will return to the park headquarters where you meet your driver who will transfer you back to your lodging facility.

Day 6 of the 10 days Rwanda wildlife tour Congo gorilla trekking safari

10 days Rwanda wildlife tour Congo gorilla trekking safari

After breakfast, your driver guide will transfer you to Kibat station where the hike to the summit of one of the world’s active stratovolcanoes. The hike to the summit usually takes about 6 hours depending on your energy levels. Also known as the “braves cake”, the hike is an amazing adventure past beautiful flora and fauna species to the lava lakes. During the hike you will be helped with luggage carrying and cooking at the summit by porters who can be hired at the park headquarters. The night is spent at the summit cabins as you take memorable pictures and watching the beautiful lava lake at sunrise.

Day 7 of the 10 days Rwanda wildlife tour Congo gorilla trekking safari

From the summit of Mount Nyiragongo, you will descend back to the park headquarters in Kibat (a descend that takes about 3 hours depending on your physical strength) where you meet your driver guide waiting for you at the station. On meeting with the guide, you are driven to a booked lodging facility where you refresh, have a meal and relax for the rest of the day.

Day 8 of the 10 days Rwanda wildlife tour Congo gorilla trekking safari

In the morning following breakfast at your hotel/lodge, you then embark on a drive to Rwanda crossing the border from Congo. Taking about 8 hours, you arrive in the evening have dinner, relax and spend the night at a lodging facility close to Akagera National Park.

Day 9 of the 10 days Rwanda wildlife tour Congo gorilla trekking safari

10 days Rwanda wildlife tour Congo gorilla trekking safari

You wake up to a warm cup of coffee in the land of a thousand hills then after embark on a drive to Akagera park for a morning game drive on a Rwanda wildlife safari. Here you have the chance to sight the big five wild animals of Africa’s wild (Buffaloes, Rhinos, Elephants, Lions and Leopards) in an amazing up-close drive. The game drive takes about 2-4 hours then after you return for lunch or have picnic lunch before going for an evening boat cruise on lake Ihema (Rwanda’s second biggest lake). In the evening, you are returned to your lodging facility where you spend the night.

 

 

Day 10 of the 9 days gorilla trekking safari Congo & wildlife tour in Rwanda

On this last morning of your tour, you have relaxed breakfast then after embark on a drive to Kigali for a city tour. On the tour, you visit the Gisozi genocide memorial center where you have a moment to learn about the history of Rwanda and the dark history of the 1994 genocide. After the city tour, you are driven to Kigali international airport

End of the 10 of the 9 days gorilla trekking safari Congo & wildlife tour in Rwanda

 

 

 

9 Days gorilla trekking safari Congo & wildlife tour in Rwanda/9 days gorilla tour Congo & mount Nyiragongo hiking trip

Overview of the 9 days gorilla trekking safari Congo & wildlife tour in Rwanda

Your 9 days gorilla trekking safari Congo & wildlife tour in Rwanda is actually a 9 days gorilla tour Congo, mount Nyiragongo hiking trip and Rwanda wildlife safari with a chance for both lowland and mountain gorilla trekking. The tour features lowland gorilla trekking at Kahuzi Biega National Park in Eastern Congo, mountain gorilla trekking at Virunga National Park, a hike and descend to mount Nyiragongo and Akagera National Park game drive and boat cruise.

The safari starts on arrival at Kigali international airport with a pick up by your safari guide for a transfer to a lodging facility in Kigali.  The next morning, you are transferred to Bukavu in Congo arriving in the evening then eastern lowland gorilla trekking the next day at kahuzi Biega National Park. Continuing with your safari in Congo, you are driven to Goma town for mountain gorilla trekking at Virunga National Park on the fifth day. After the hike and descend on mount Nyiragongo you are driven back to Rwanda’s Akagera National Park where you undertake a game drive and boat cruise before departure at Kigali international airport on the last day of the safari.

Highlights of the 9 days gorilla trekking safari Congo & wildlife tour in Rwanda

Day 1: On arrival you are cleared by the airport staff at Kigali international airport, you meet a knowledgeable Rwanda-Congo safari guide for a drive to a lodging facility in Kigali where you spend the night.

Day 2: After breakfast, your driver guide picks you up for a transfer to Congo’s capital of Bukavu in Eastern side of the country on a 7-8hours drive.

Day 3: Early morning after breakfast you are driven to Kahuzi Biega National Park for lowland gorilla trekking that takes about 2-6hours.

Day 4: From Bukavu, you are transferred to Goma town close to Virunga National Park.

Day 5: After breakfast, you are driven to Virunga park for mountain gorilla trekking.

Day 6: In the morning, you are driven to Kibat station for a hike to Mount Nyiragongo summit spending the night at the summit of the volcano.

Day 7: You descend from Mount Nyiragongo then after be driven to Rwanda spending the night at a lodging facility close to Akagera National park.

Day 8: In the morning, you are driven to Akagera park for a morning game drive then after undertake an evening boat cruise at lake Ihema.

Day 9: After breakfast at your lodging facility, you continue for a Kigali city tour then after embark on the transfer back to Kigali international airport for a departure flight.

Day by day detailed itinerary of the 9 days gorilla trekking safari Congo & wildlife tour in Rwanda

Day 1 of the 9 days gorilla trekking safari Congo & wildlife tour in Rwanda

Upon arrival at Rwanda’s Kigali International Airport, you are cleared by the airport staff then after you meet your safari guide for a drive to Kigali town. Just about 13km from the airport, you go for a Kigali city tour to the Genocide memorial center of which you learn about the history of Rwanda. You then continue with the drive to the town to a lodging facility in the town where you spend the night.

Day 2 of the 9 days gorilla trekking safari Congo & wildlife tour in Rwanda

In the morning after breakfast at the land of a thousand hills, you are picked up using a 4×4 safari Landcruiser by your guide for a drive to Congo.  You are driven southwards to Cyangugu boarder for a crossing to Bukavu in Congo with lunch taken en route. Arriving in the evening you check in, have dinner and spend the night in Bukavu town.

Day 3 of the 9 days gorilla trekking safari Congo & wildlife tour in Rwanda

9 days gorilla trekking safari Congo & wildlife tour in Rwanda

In the morning, you have a cup of coffee at your lodging facility then after be transferred to Kahuzi Biega National Park for a Congo gorilla trekking safari experience here. On arrival, you get a briefing from the park rangers on the Congo gorilla trekking etiquette then after you get into the jungle for gorilla trekking alongside park rangers as you spend about 2-6hours in search of the lowland gorillas then a single hour in the presence of the gentle giants as you take memorable pictures of these elusive species. After the trek, you return to the park headquarters where you meet your driver guide to transfer you back to your lodging facility where you spend the night.

Day 4 of the 9 days gorilla trekking safari Congo & wildlife tour in Rwanda

From Bukavu at a lodging facility where you spent the night, you are picked up by your Congo tour guide after breakfast for a drive to Goma. You arrive in the evening spending the night at a close accommodation in Virunga National Park’s Bukima sector where you have dinner and prepare for mountain gorilla trekking the next day.

Day 5 of the 9 days gorilla trekking safari Congo & wildlife tour in Rwanda

Following morning breakfast at the foothills of Virunga, you will be driven by your safari guide to the park headquarters in Virunga national park. Gorilla trekking starts at 8:00am after briefing by the park rangers at the park headquarters, allocation of a gorilla family to trek along with 7 other Congo gorilla trekkers. The actual trek lasts about 2-6 hours and only a single hour in the presence of the gentle mountain gorillas. After the trek, you will return to the park headquarters where you meet your driver who will transfer you back to your lodging facility.

Day 6 of the 9 days gorilla trekking safari Congo & wildlife tour in Rwanda

9 days gorilla trekking safari Congo & wildlife tour in Rwanda

After breakfast, your driver guide will transfer you to Kibat station where the hike to the summit of one of the world’s active stratovolcanoes. The hike to the summit usually takes about 6 hours depending on your energy levels. Also known as the “braves cake”, the hike is an amazing adventure past beautiful flora and fauna species to the lava lakes. During the hike you will be helped with luggage carrying and cooking at the summit by porters who can be hired at the park headquarters. The night is spent at the summit cabins as you take memorable pictures and watching the beautiful lava lake at sunrise.

Day 7 of the 9 days gorilla trekking safari Congo & wildlife tour in Rwanda

From the summit of Mount Nyiragongo, you will descend back to the park headquarters in Kibat (taking about 3 hours depending on your physical strength) where you meet your driver guide waiting for you at the station. You are driven for breakfast at a hotel/lodge then embark on a drive to Rwanda crossing the border from Congo. Taking about 8 hours, you arrive in the evening have dinner, relax and spend the night at a lodging facility close to Akagera National Park.

Day 8 of the 9 days gorilla trekking safari Congo & wildlife tour in Rwanda

9 days gorilla trekking safari Congo & wildlife tour in Rwanda

You wake up to a warm cup of coffee in the land of a thousand hills then after embark on a drive to Akagera park for a morning game drive on a Rwanda wildlife safari. Here you have the chance to sight the big five wild animals of Africa’s wild (Buffaloes, Rhinos, Elephants, Lions and Leopards) in an amazing up-close drive. The game drive takes about 2-4 hours then after you return for lunch or have picnic lunch before going for an evening boat cruise on lake Ihema (Rwanda’s second biggest lake). In the evening, you are returned to your lodging facility where you spend the night.

Day 8 of the 9 days gorilla trekking safari Congo & wildlife tour in Rwanda

This morning (the last for your tour) you have relaxed breakfast then after embark on a drive to Kigali for a city tour. This tour takes you to a visit on the Gisozi genocide memorial center where you have a moment to learn about the history of Rwanda and the dark history of the 1994 genocide. After the city tour, you are driven to Kigali international airport

End of the 9 days gorilla trekking safari Congo & wildlife tour in Rwanda

Though not home to lowland gorillas, adjacent to Virunga National Park, you can also trek mountain gorillas on a Rwanda gorilla safari to Volcanoes National Park and on a Uganda gorilla trekking safari to Mgahinga gorilla national park all within the same massif. Uganda, is blessed to have a second gorilla park which is actually home to the largest number of mountain gorillas known as Bwindi impenetrable national park.

 

 

8 Days gorilla trekking safari Congo & mount Nyiragongo hiking trip

Overview of the 8 days gorilla trekking safari Congo & mount Nyiragongo hiking trip

Your 8 days gorilla trekking safari Congo & mount Nyiragongo hiking trip offers 8 days off the beaten track tour to Congo for both mountain and lowland gorilla trekking alongside mount Nyiragongo hike. The tour features lowland gorilla trekking at Kahuzi Biega National Park in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, mountain gorilla trekking at Virunga National Park and a hike and descend to mount Nyiragongo (one of Africa’s most active stratovolcanoes).

With arrival and departure at Rwanda’s Kigali international airport the tour starts with a pick up, Kigali city tour and transfer to a lodging facility in Rwanda.  The next morning, you are transferred to Bukavu in Congo arriving in the evening then eastern lowland gorilla trekking the next day at kahuzi Biega National Park. Continuing with your safari in Congo, you are driven to Goma town for mountain gorilla trekking at Virunga National Park on the fifth day. After the hike and descend on mount Nyiragongo you are driven back to Rwanda’s lake Kivu where you relax before departure at Kigali international airport on the last day of the safari.

Highlights of the 8 days gorilla trekking safari Congo & mount Nyiragongo hiking trip

Day 1: Upon arrival and clearance at Kigali international airport, you meet a knowledgeable Congo safari guide for a drive to Kigali town for a city tour then after retire for the night at a lodging facility in Kigali.

Day 2: After breakfast, your driver guide picks you up for a transfer to Congo’s capital of Bukavu in Eastern side of the country on a 7-8hours drive.

Day 3: Early morning after breakfast you are driven to Kahuzi Biega National Park for lowland gorilla trekking that takes about 2-6hours.

Day 4: From Bukavu, you are transferred to Goma town close to Virunga National Park.

Day 5: After breakfast, you are driven to Virunga park for mountain gorilla trekking.

Day 6: In the morning, you are driven to Kibat station for a hike to Mount Nyiragongo summit spending the night at the summit of the volcano.

Day 7: You descend from Mount Nyiragongo then after be driven to Lake Kivu in Rwanda where you relax after your trip

Day 8: In the morning, you can involve in water sports at lake Kivu then after embark on the transfer back to Kigali international airport for a departure flight.

Day by day detailed itinerary of the 8 days gorilla trekking safari Congo & mount Nyiragongo hiking trip

Day 1 of the 8 days gorilla trekking safari Congo & mount Nyiragongo hiking trip

On arrival at Rwanda’s Kigali International Airport, you are cleared by the airport staff then after you meet your safari guide for a drive to Kigali town. Just about 13km from the airport, you go for a Kigali city tour to the Genocide memorial center of which you learn about the history of Rwanda. You then continue with the drive on this short Rwanda safari through the town to a lodging facility in the town where you spend the night.

Day 2 of the 8 days gorilla trekking safari Congo & mount Nyiragongo hiking trip

In the morning after breakfast at the land of a thousand hills, you are picked up using a 4×4 safari Landcruiser by your guide for a drive to Congo.  You are driven southwards to Cyangugu boarder for a crossing to Bukavu in Congo with lunch taken en route. Arriving in the evening you check in, have dinner and spend the night in Bukavu town.

Day 3 of the 8 days gorilla trekking safari Congo & mount Nyiragongo hiking trip

8 days gorilla trekking safari Congo & mount Nyiragongo hiking trip

In the morning, you have a cup of coffee at your lodging facility then after be transferred to Kahuzi Biega National Park for a Congo gorilla trekking safari experience here. On arrival, you get a briefing from the park rangers on the Congo gorilla trekking etiquette then after you get into the jungle for gorilla trekking alongside park rangers as you spend about 2-6hours in search of the lowland gorillas then a single hour in the presence of the gentle giants as you take memorable pictures of these elusive species. After the trek, you return to the park headquarters where you meet your driver guide to transfer you back to your lodging facility where you spend the night.

 

Day 4 of the 8 days gorilla trekking safari Congo & mount Nyiragongo hiking trip

From Bukavu at a lodging facility where you spent the night, you are picked up by your Congo tour guide after breakfast for a drive to Goma. You arrive in the evening spending the night at a close accommodation in Virunga National Park’s Bukima sector where you have dinner and prepare for mountain gorilla trekking the next day.

Day 5 of the 8 days gorilla trekking safari Congo & mount Nyiragongo hiking trip

Following morning breakfast at the foothills of Virunga, you will be driven by your safari guide to the park headquarters in Virunga national park. Gorilla trekking starts at 8:00am after briefing by the park rangers at the park headquarters, allocation of a gorilla family to trek along with 7 other Congo gorilla trekkers. The actual trek lasts about 2-6 hours and only a single hour in the presence of the gentle mountain gorillas. After the trek, you will return to the park headquarters where you meet your driver who will transfer you back to your lodging facility.

Day 6 of the 8 days gorilla trekking safari Congo & mount Nyiragongo hiking trip

After breakfast, your driver guide will transfer you to Kibat station where the hike to the summit of one of the world’s active stratovolcanoes. The hike to the summit usually takes about 6 hours depending on your energy levels. Also known as the “braves cake”, the hike is an amazing adventure past beautiful flora and fauna species to the lava lakes. During the hike you will be helped with luggage carrying and cooking at the summit by porters who can be hired at the park headquarters. The night is spent at the summit cabins as you take memorable pictures and watching the beautiful lava lake at sunrise.

 

 

Day 7 of the 8 days gorilla trekking safari Congo & mount Nyiragongo hiking trip

From the summit of Mount Nyiragongo, you will descend back to the park headquarters in Kibat where you meet your driver guide waiting for you at the station for a transfer to Rwanda’s Lake Kivu. Arriving to the largest lake in Rwanda, you relax at the shores of the lake where you spend the night at a close accommodation.

Day 8 of the 8 days gorilla trekking safari Congo & mount Nyiragongo hiking trip

In the morning, you opt to relax or undertake water sports that happen at the lake. Here you can opt to swim, bike along the shores of the lake, visit nyamirundi island and many more. You later on have lunch, refresh and check out of your lodging facility as your driver guide transfers you to Kigali international airport for a departure flight.

End of the 8 days gorilla trekking safari Congo & mount Nyiragongo hiking trip

Congo has 2 gorilla species (lowland and mountain gorillas) and this is the only chance for you to trek both species. Adjacent to Virunga National Park, you can also trek mountain gorillas on a Rwanda gorilla safari to Volcanoes National Park and on a Uganda gorilla trekking safari to Mgahinga gorilla national park all within the same massif. For Uganda, the country is blessed to have a second gorilla park which is actually home to the largest number of mountain gorillas known as Bwindi impenetrable national park named so because of the nature of the forest.

 

7 Days gorilla trekking safari in Congo/7 days Congo gorilla safari & mount Nyiragongo hiking tour

Overview of the 7 days Congo gorilla safari & mount Nyiragongo hiking tour

The 7 days Congo gorilla safari & mount Nyiragongo hiking tour is a 7 days unbeaten track tour to the hidden gem of Africa for mountain and lowland gorilla trekking alongside a hike to Mount Nyiragongo. The lowland gorilla trekking is encountered at Kahuzi Biega National Park in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, mountain gorilla trekking at Virunga National Park (an opportunity to trek 2 different species of gorillas). The hike and descend to mount Nyiragongo (one of Africa’s most active stratovolcanoes) is undertaken within Virunga National Park.

Starting and ending at Rwanda’s Kigali international airport the trip starts with a pick up, Kigali city tour and transfer to a lodging facility in Rwanda.  The next morning, you are transferred to Bukavu in Congo arriving in the evening then eastern lowland gorilla trekking the next day at kahuzi Biega National Park. From here, you continue to Goma for mountain gorilla trekking at Virunga National Park on the fifth day. You then after hike and descend mount Nyiragongo before departure at Kigali international airport on the seventh day.

Highlights of the 7 days Congo gorilla safari & mount Nyiragongo hiking tour

Day 1: Upon arrival and clearance at Kigali international airport, you meet a knowledgeable Congo safari guide for a drive to Kigali town for a city tour then after retire for the night at a lodging facility in Kigali.

Day 2: After breakfast, your driver guide picks you up for a transfer to Congo’s capital of Bukavu in Eastern side of the country on a 7-8hours drive.

Day 3: Early morning after breakfast you are driven to Kahuzi Biega National Park for lowland gorilla trekking that takes about 2-6hours.

Day 4: From Bukavu, you are transferred to Goma town close to Virunga National Park.

Day 5: After breakfast, you are driven to Virunga park for mountain gorilla trekking.

Day 6: In the morning, you are driven to Kibat station for a hike to Mount Nyiragongo summit spending the night at the summit of the volcano.

Day 7: You descend from Mount Nyiragongo then after be transferred back to Kigali international airport for a departure flight.

Day by day detailed itinerary of the 7 days Congo gorilla safari & mount Nyiragongo hiking tour

Day 1 of the 7 days Congo gorilla safari & mount Nyiragongo hiking tour

When you arrive to Rwanda’s Kigali International Airport (the closest airport to Congo with daily flights), you are cleared by the airport staff then after you meet your safari guide for a drive to Kigali town. Just about 13km from the airport, you go for a Kigali city tour to the Genocide memorial center of which you hear about the history of Rwanda. You then continue with the drive on this short Rwanda safari through the town to a lodging facility in the town where you spend the night.

Day 2 of the 7 days Congo gorilla safari & mount Nyiragongo hiking tour

After having a relaxed breakfast at the land of a thousand hills, you are picked up using a 4×4 safari Landcruiser by your guide for a drive to Congo.  You are driven southwards to Cyangugu boarder for a crossing to Bukavu in Congo with lunch taken en route. Arriving in the evening you check in, have dinner and spend the night in Bukavu as you prepare for lowland gorilla trekking the next day.

Day 3 of the 7 days Congo gorilla safari & mount Nyiragongo hiking tour

7 days Congo gorilla safari & mount Nyiragongo hiking tour

Early this morning, you have a cup of coffee at your lodging facility then after be transferred to Kahuzi Biega National Park for a Congo gorilla trekking safari experience here. On arrival, you get a briefing from the park rangers on the Congo gorilla trekking etiquette then after you get into the jungle for gorilla trekking alongside park rangers as you spend about 2-6hours in search of the lowland gorillas then a single hour in the presence of the gentle giants as you take memorable pictures of these elusive species. After the trek, you return to the park headquarters where you meet your driver guide to transfer you back to your lodging facility where you spend the night.

Day 4 of the 7 days Congo gorilla safari & mount Nyiragongo hiking tour

From Bukavu at a lodging facility where you spent the night, you are picked up by your Congo tour guide after breakfast for a drive to Goma. You arrive in the evening spending the night at a close accommodation in Virunga National Parks Bukima sector where you have dinner and prepare for mountain gorilla trekking the next day.

Day 5 of the 7 days Congo gorilla safari & mount Nyiragongo hiking tour

7 days Congo gorilla safari & mount Nyiragongo hiking tour

After your morning breakfast at the foothills of Virunga, you will be driven by your safari guide to the park headquarters in Virunga national park. Gorilla trekking starts at 8:00am after briefing by the park rangers at the park headquarters, allocation of a gorilla family to trek along with 7 other Congo gorilla trekkers. The actual trek lasts about 2-6 hours and only a single hour in the presence of the gentle mountain gorillas. After the trek, you will return to the park headquarters where you meet your driver who will transfer you back to your lodging facility.

 

 

Day 6 of the 7 days Congo gorilla safari & mount Nyiragongo hiking tour

7 days Congo gorilla safari & mount Nyiragongo hiking tour

After breakfast, your driver guide will transfer you to Kibat station where the hike to the summit of one of the world’s active stratovolcanoes. The hike to the summit usually takes about 6 hours depending on your energy levels. Also known as the “braves cake”, the hike is an amazing adventure past beautiful flora and fauna species to the lava lakes. During the hike you will be helped with luggage carrying and cooking at the summit by porters who can be hired at the park headquarters. The night is spent at the summit cabins as you take memorable pictures and watching the beautiful lava lake at sunrise.

 

 

Day 7 of the 7 days Congo gorilla safari & mount Nyiragongo hiking tour

On this last day of your Congo gorilla trekking tour, you will descend from the summit of Mount Nyiragongo back to the park headquarters in Kibat. Your driver guide will be waiting for you at the station and transfer you back to Kigali for the end of your trip.

End of the 7 days Congo gorilla safari & mount Nyiragongo hiking tour

Adventures are self made and if you don’t take the prize you never have any great memories. In a single safari, you have the chance to trek two of the gorilla species including the elusive mountain gorillas found only on three of the world countries. A side from Virunga National Park, you can also trek mountain gorillas on a Rwanda gorilla safari to Volcanoes National Park and on a Uganda gorilla trekking safari to Mgahinga gorilla national park all within the same massif. Uganda is blessed to have a second gorilla park which is actually home to the largest number of mountain gorillas known as Bwindi impenetrable national park named so because of the nature of the forest.

6 Days Congo gorilla trekking safari/6 days gorilla trekking & mount Nyiragongo hiking tour in Congo

Overview of the 6 days Congo gorilla trekking safari

The 6 days Congo gorilla trekking safari or 6 days gorilla trekking & mount Nyiragongo hiking tour in Congo is a hiking, mountain and lowland gorilla trekking tour in Congo. The safari features lowland gorilla trekking in Kahuzi Biega National Park in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, mountain gorilla trekking at Virunga National Park and a hike to one of Africa’s most active stratovolcanoes. There 2 gorilla species and in just a single tour, you have the chance to trek both of them.

With a start and end of the trip at Rwanda’s Kigali international airport the trip starts with a transfer to Bukavu in Congo arriving in the evening then eastern lowland gorilla trekking the next day at kahuzi Biega National Park. From here, you continue to Goma for mountain gorilla trekking at Virunga National Park on the fourth day. You then after hike and descend mount Nyiragongo before departure at Kigali international airport on the sixth day.

Highlights of the 6 days Congo gorilla trekking safari

Day 1: A professional driver guide picks you up for a transfer to Congo’s capital of Bukavu in Eastern side of the country on a 7-8hours drive.

Day 2: Early morning after breakfast you are driven to Kahuzi Biega National Park for lowland gorilla trekking that takes about 2-6hours.

Day 3: From Bukavu, you are transferred to Goma town close to Virunga National Park.

Day 4: After breakfast, you are driven to Virunga park for mountain gorilla trekking.

Day 5: In the morning, you are driven to Kibat station for a hike to Mount Nyiragongo summit spending the night at the summit of the volcano.

Day 6: You descend from Mount Nyiragongo then after be transferred back to Kigali international airport for a departure flight.

Day by day detailed itinerary of the 6 days Congo gorilla trekking safari

Day 1 of the 6 days Congo gorilla trekking safari

On early morning arrival at Kigali International airport or from a lodge in Kigali, you are picked up using a 4×4 safari Land cruiser by a knowledgeable Congo safari guide for a drive to Congo.  You are driven southwards to Cyangugu boarder for a crossing to Bukavu in Congo with lunch taken en route. Arriving in the evening you spend the night in Bukavu as you prepare for lowland gorilla trekking.

Day 2 of the 6 days Congo gorilla trekking safari

6 days Congo gorilla trekking safari

 

Very early this morning, you have a cup of coffee at your lodging facility then after be transferred to Kahuzi Biega National Park for a Congo gorilla trekking safari experience here. On arrival, you get a briefing from the park rangers on the Congo gorilla trekking etiquette then after you get into the jungle for gorilla trekking alongside park rangers as you spend about 2-6hours in search of the lowland gorillas then a single hour in the presence of the gentle giants as you take memorable pictures of these elusive species. After the trek, you return to the park headquarters where you meet your driver guide to transfer you back to your lodging facility where you spend the night.

Day 3 of the 6 days Congo gorilla trekking safari

From Bukavu at a lodging facility where you spent the night, you are picked up by your Congo tour guide after breakfast for a drive to Goma. You arrive in the evening spending the night at a close accommodation in Virunga National Park’s Bukima sector where you have dinner and prepare for mountain gorilla trekking the next day.

Day 4 of the 6 days Congo gorilla trekking safari

6 days Congo gorilla trekking safari

 

After your morning breakfast at the foothills of Virunga, you will be driven by your safari guide to the park headquarters in Virunga national park. Gorilla trekking starts at 8:00am after briefing by the park rangers at the park headquarters, allocation of a gorilla family to trek along with 7 other Congo gorilla trekkers. The actual trek lasts about 2-6 hours and only a single hour in the presence of the gentle mountain gorillas. After the trek, you will return to the park headquarters where you meet your driver who will transfer you back to your lodging facility.

Day 5 of the 6 days Congo gorilla trekking safari

6 days Congo gorilla trekking safari

After breakfast, your driver guide will transfer you to Kibat station where the hike to the summit of one of the world’s active stratovolcanoes. The hike to the summit usually takes about 6 hours depending on your energy levels. Also known as the “braves cake”, the hike is an amazing adventure past beautiful flora and fauna species to the lava lakes. During the hike you will be helped with luggage carrying and cooking at the summit by porters who can be hired at the park headquarters. The night is spent at the summit cabins as you take memorable pictures and watching the beautiful lava lake at sunrise.

Day 6 of the 6 days Congo gorilla trekking safari

On this last day of your Congo gorilla trekking tour, you will descend from the summit of Mount Nyiragongo back to the park headquarters in Kibat. Your driver guide will be waiting for you at the station and transfer you back to Kigali for the end of your trip.

End of the 6 days Congo gorilla trekking safari

For the perfect safari activities in Congo in just 6 days, this is the perfect tour for you.

 

10 Days Uganda gorilla trekking safari & Mount Nyiragongo hiking tour Congo/10 days Mount Nyiragongo hiking tour Congo

Overview of the 10 days Uganda gorilla trekking safari & Mount Nyiragongo hiking tour Congo/10 days Mount Nyiragongo hiking tour Congo

The 10 days Uganda gorilla trekking safari & Mount Nyiragongo hiking tour Congo is a 10 days gorilla trekking tour to Uganda’s Bwindi impenetrable National park, wildlife tour to Queen Elizabeth National park and Mount Nyiragongo hiking tour in Congo. Arriving in Uganda to Congo and then departing from Rwanda, your 10 days trip features an equator experience, gorilla trekking in Uganda’s Bwindi forest national park, Batwa cultural tour, game drive and boat cruise at Queen Elizabeth National Park, a hike and descend to Virunga National park’s Mount Nyiragongo.

Upon arrival at Entebbe international airport, you meet a safari driver guide who takes you to a prior booked accommodation in Kampala where you spend the night. The next morning, you are driven to Bwindi impenetrable national park with a stop at the equator in Kayabwe. Arriving in the evening, you spend the night at an accommodation in Bwindi impenetrable national park as you plan for a Uganda gorilla trekking safari experience the next day. After breakfast on day 4, you have breakfast then go for Batwa cultural experience before transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park arriving in the evening. The next morning you undertake a morning game drive then after have an evening boat cruise on the 45km long kazinga channel. On morning of day 6, you have breakfast then be driven out of Uganda to Virunga national park in Congo where you spend the night at a close accommodation for a hike and descend to Mount Nyiragongo on the next 2 days. After the descend, you relax at the shores of Lake Kivu, take a Kigali city tour the next day before departure at Kigali international airport.

Highlights of the 10 days Uganda gorilla trekking safari & Mount Nyiragongo hiking tour Congo/10 days Mount Nyiragongo hiking tour Congo

Day 1: On arrival at Entebbe international airport, a knowledgeable driver guide transfers you to a lodging facility in Kampala-Uganda’s capital.

Day 2: After breakfast, your driver guide will pick you up for a transfer to Bwindi impenetrable national park with a stop at the equator.

Day 3: Before 8:00am, you are driven to Buhoma gorilla trekking sector of Bwindi for gorilla trekking that lasts about 2-8hours.

Day 4: Early morning, you have breakfast then experience the Batwa culture in the Buhoma sector of Bwindi where after you are driven to Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Day 5: You undertake a morning game drive then after undertake an evening boat cruise along the Kazinga channel that joins lakes Edward and George.

Day 6: In the morning, you have breakfast then after be transferred to the Democratic Republic of Congo in the afternoon.

Day 7: After breakfast, you hike Mount Nyiragongo in Virunga national park and spend the night at the mountain summit.

Day 8: You descend from Mount Nyiragongo and rest for the other whole of the day at your lodging facility.

Day 9: Early morning you have breakfast then be driven to Lake Kivu in Rwanda where you relax at the shores of this pristine lake.

Day 10: After a relaxed breakfast, you are driven for a Kigali city tour then to Kigali international airport for a departure flight.

Day by day detailed itinerary of the 10 days Uganda gorilla trekking safari & Mount Nyiragongo hiking tour Congo/10 days Mount Nyiragongo hiking tour Congo

Day 1 of the 10 days Uganda gorilla trekking safari & Mount Nyiragongo hiking tour Congo/10 days Mount Nyiragongo hiking tour Congo

On arrival at Entebbe international airport which is Uganda’s national airport, a professional  driver guide welcomes you. After your Uganda safari and Congo tour briefing, you are driven to a prior preferred accommodation facility in Kampala for relaxation, dinner and an overnight stay as you rest from jet lag.

Day 2 of the 10 days Uganda gorilla trekking safari & Mount Nyiragongo hiking tour Congo/10 days Mount Nyiragongo hiking tour Congo

10 days Mount Nyiragongo hiking tour Congo

After breakfast by around 7:00am, your driver guide will be at your accommodation facility to take you on a road trip to Bwindi impenetrable national park. After about 80km from Kampala-Uganda’s capital you will stop at the equator line for 30minutes of photography, have lunch in Mbarara and then continue for dinner and an overnight at a close accommodation in Bwindi impenetrable national park.

Accommodation options: Chameleon hill lodge (Luxury), Gorilla mist camp (Mid-range)

Day 3 of the 10 days Uganda gorilla trekking safari & Mount Nyiragongo hiking tour Congo/10 days Mount Nyiragongo hiking tour Congo

10 days Uganda gorilla trekking safari & Mount Nyiragongo hiking tour Congo

After breakfast in your beautiful lodging facility, you will be driven to Buhoma gorilla trekking sector of Bwindi for your Uganda gorilla trekking tour experience. Briefing and gorilla family allocation starts at 8:00am with the park rangers who will go with you to the jungle for about 2-8hours in search of the mountain gorillas. You will trek alongside 7 other trekkers on gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda. After spending 1 hour in the presence of the gentle giants you will return to the park headquarters where you will meet your driver guide who will drive you to your lodging facility for relaxation, dinner and an overnight.

Accommodation options include: Chameleon hill lodge (Luxury), Gorilla mist camp (Mid-range)

Day 4 of the 10 days Uganda gorilla trekking safari & Mount Nyiragongo hiking tour Congo/10 days Mount Nyiragongo hiking tour Congo

10 days Uganda gorilla trekking safari & Mount Nyiragongo hiking tour Congo

From your lodging facility in Bwindi, you have breakfast then after go for a Batwa cultural tour among the Batwa in Buhoma. The experience depending on your preference can last from 1-4 hours as the former inhabitants of the Bwindi impenetrable national park demonstrate to you their previous lifestyle. This include, dancing, hunting skills, construction and all other aspects of their daily life within the jungle that they called home. After the experience, you are driven to Queen Elizabeth National Park arriving in the evening for check in, dinner and an overnight stay at an accommodation in Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Accommodation options: Mweya safari lodge/Katara Lodge (Luxury), Enganzi Lodges/Park view safari lodge (Mid-range)

Day 5 of the 10 days Uganda gorilla trekking safari & Mount Nyiragongo hiking tour Congo/10 days Mount Nyiragongo hiking tour Congo

10 days Uganda gorilla trekking safari & Mount Nyiragongo hiking tour Congo

Early morning, you have a cup of coffee then after be driven for a morning game drive at Queen Elizabeth National lasting about 2-4hours as you spot several wildlife species. Here you possibly sight lions, elephants, leopards, kobs and many other wild species including bird species. In the afternoon after lunch, you go for a launch trip/boat cruise on the 45km long channel that joins lakes Edward and George and home to Africa’s largest concentration of hippopotamuses. After a bout 2 hours on the boat, you take a mini en route evening game drive to your lodging facility where you spend the night.

Accommodation options: Mweya safari lodge/Katara Lodge (Luxury), Enganzi Lodges/Park view safari lodge (Mid-range)

Day 6 of the 10 days Uganda gorilla trekking safari & Mount Nyiragongo hiking tour Congo/10 days Mount Nyiragongo hiking tour Congo

This morning, you have a relaxed breakfast (the last in Uganda) then bid farewell to Uganda as you are driven to Virunga national park in Congo. Using a 4×4 safari vehicle, your driver guide will ensure you cross the border and get into Congo. Arriving in the evening, you check in, have dinner and relax at an accommodation in Virunga National Park.

Accommodation options: Orchids’ safari club hotel/Mikeno lodge/Lulimbi tented camp (Luxury), Mountain gorilla view lodge (Mid-range)

Day 7 of the 10 days Uganda gorilla trekking safari & Mount Nyiragongo hiking tour Congo/10 days Mount Nyiragongo hiking tour Congo

Early morning after breakfast, your driver guide will transfer you to Kibat station where the hike to the summit of one of the world’s most active stratovolcanoes. The hike to the summit usually takes about 6 hours depending on your energy levels. Also known as the “braves cake”, the hike is an amazing adventure past beautiful flora and fauna species to the lava lakes. During the hike you will be helped with luggage carrying and cooking at the summit by porters who can be hired at the park headquarters. The night is spent at the summit cabins as you take memorable pictures and watching the beautiful lava lake at sunrise.

Accommodation option: Mount Nyiragongo summit cabins

Day 8 of the 10 days Uganda gorilla trekking safari & Mount Nyiragongo hiking tour Congo/10 days Mount Nyiragongo hiking tour Congo

You descend from the summit of Mount Nyiragongo early morning after breakfast along with porters helping with the luggage till the park headquarters in Kibat. Your driver guide will be there waiting for you at the station and transfer you back to your lodging facility where you will have a meal, relax and rest for the rest of the day.

Accommodation options: Orchids’ safari club hotel/Mikeno lodge/Lulimbi tented camp (Luxury), Mountain gorilla view lodge (Mid-range)

Day 9 of the 10 days Uganda gorilla trekking safari & Mount Nyiragongo hiking tour Congo/10 days Mount Nyiragongo hiking tour Congo

From Congo, you are driven by your safari guide crossing the Congo-Rwanda border to Lake Kivu. You relax at the shores of this pristine lake where you spend the night at the luxurious Lake Kivu Serena Hotel.

Day 10 of the 10 days Uganda gorilla trekking safari & Mount Nyiragongo hiking tour Congo/10 days Mount Nyiragongo hiking tour Congo

After relaxed breakfast at your lodging facility, you will embark on a road trip back to Kigali international airport for your departure flight. When you arrive in Kigali you can visit some craft shops for craft purchase before the driver takes you to the airport for departure.

End of the 10 days Uganda gorilla trekking safari & Mount Nyiragongo hiking tour Congo/10 days Mount Nyiragongo hiking tour Congo

In just 10 days you can have a tour to both East and West Africa. Congo is also one of the three countries in the world that host mountain gorillas encountered on Congo gorilla trekking safaris in Virunga national park. Alongside mountain gorillas, there also lowland gorillas in Kahuzi Biega National Park that can also be trekked on Congo gorilla safaris.

There’s no better 10 days tour in Africa than one in both East and West Africa with all the amazing tour activities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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