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.

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