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.

 

 

 

 

 

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