This 5 day Rwanda and Congo tour gives you a lifetime experience tracking the lowland gorillas and mountain gorillas. You will track the mountain gorillas in Volcanoes national park Rwanda, before proceeding to track the lowland gorillas in DR Congo.
Day 1: Transfer from Kigali to Volcanoes National Park
Our guide will meet you at your lodge/hotel in Kigali, brief you about your upcoming safari before transferring to Volcanoes National Park. There is an optional tour of Kigali city you can opt for before transferring to volcanoes national park, home of the mountain gorillas. Overnight at Dinner at Gorillas view Hotel (Luxury)/La Palme Hotel (Deluxe) / Muhabura Hotel (Budget).
Day 2: Gorilla Trekking
Early morning after your breakfast, you will take a short drive to the headquarters of Volcanoes National Park where you will be briefed by the park warden about your gorilla trekking activity. Gorilla trekking is a very interesting activity, which can last between 2-3 hours. The terrain is rough and at times muddy therefore the hikers have to be physically fit. Upon meeting the gorillas, you will stay with them for 1 hour before heading back to your accommodation facility for lunch. In the afternoon you will take a community walk around neighboring communities of the forest, interact with the local people and learn about their way of life.
Day 3: Transfer to Bukavu – DR Congo
Wake up early, have breakfast at your hotel and hit the road with your tour guide driving towards the Cyangugu border to cross to DR Congo. You will visit the national museum in Butare, the king’s palace in Nyanza and the genocide site and enroute lunch in Butare, the second largest city after Kigali. You will have clear views of Lake Kivu, Rwanda’s largest fresh water lake. Arrive in the evening for dinner and overnight at Coco lodge (luxury), Orchid safari lodge(Mid range), Horizon Hotel (Budget).
Day 4: Lowland Gorilla Tracking
Rise and go for your second gorilla trekking activity. This day you trek the lowland gorillas of the DR Congo which are found in Kahuzi Biega National Park. You will also go for the routine briefing and thereafter proceed for the memorable adventure of tracking the lowland gorillas in Kahuzi Biega National park. The lowland Gorillas stay in bigger families as compared to mountain gorillas. After tracking, you will go for a nature walk in the Kahuzi Biega National Park and visit Tshibati waterfalls, Bukavu town, Mbayo tea plantations, the research center and the surrounding traditional homes. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 5:Transfer back to Kigali
In the morning after your breakfast, you will be driven back to Kigali crossing through Cyangugu border. Reach Kigali late in the afternoon for drop off at hotel or airport. End of Safari.
|Gorilla Tracking Permits||Air fares|
|Park ranger fees||Personal insurance|
|Goverment taxes||Personal expenses|
|Ground Transportation 4×4 Safari Vehicle|