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8 Days - Uganda Congo Gorillas, Mount Nyiragongo hiking

Trip Highlights

We take you to explore the Democratic republic of Congo and its beauty. This tour is exclusive for travelers looking at gorilla trekking in Virunga national park and hiking mount Nyiragongo starting in Kigali and back to Kigali Rwanda.

Day 1 - Arrival at the Airport

On arrival at the Entebbe International Airport, you will be received by one of our company representative who will welcome you and then drive you to your Hotel found in Kampala where you will have dinner and spend the night. Options are: Hotel Rutch, Minister Village Hotel, Cassia Lodge, Kampala Serene Hotel, or Hotel Africana

Day 2 - Kampala City Tour

After your breakfast, you will go for a full day City Tour in Kampala to visit the various cultural heritage sites such as the Makerere Universityone of Africas oldest Universities,  Kasubi Tombs, Bahai Tempe, Namugongo Martyrs shrine and the Uganda Museum, as well as the National Theater for a cultural experiences. Dine and spend the night at Hotel Rutch, Minister Village Hotel, Cassia Lodge, Kampala Serene Hotel, or Hotel Africana.

Day 3 - Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park

Following breakfast at the Hotel within Kampala, you will drive toLake Mburo National Park found in western Uganda. Along the way, you will stopover at Kayabwe Uganda Equator for an informative talk and also take some photos. You will continue to the park through Masaka and arrive in time to have lunch in the park. In the afternoon you will have a boat ride on the beautiful Lake Mburo where you will see different animals such ascrocodiles and hippos. Dine and overnight at Arcadia Cottages, Mihingo Lodge, or Mantana Luxury tented Camp.

Day 4 - Game drive and transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park

After breakfast, you will go in the park to search for animals such as Zebras, Impalas, Elands and various savannah species. Among the bird species here are the African Fin foot, Bush Shrike among others. Later drive to queen Elizabeth National Park. Arrive in the Park just in time for lunch. In the afternoon, go for the Launch cruise on the Kazinga Channel where you will have an opportunity to see variouswild animals up close including gianthippos playing in the water just a couple of feet away from your boat, and buffaloesloiter in the shallow waters. Thesechannel shores are as well home to a great profusion of birds such as thesaddle billed stork, pink backed pelicans and the malachite kingfishers, among others. At the end of this great adventure, you will return at leisure for dinner and the overnight rest at Ihamba Safari Lodge, or Mweya Safari Lodge, or Simba Safari Camp.

Day 5 - Game drive and proceed to Lake Bunyonyi

After a delicious breakfast, you will go for a game drive in the morning within the Kasenyi area. You will search for various animals including Lions, Spotted Hyenas, Buffaloes, Leopard, Antelopes, Elephants and Kobs plus the hard to findhuge forest hogs. Head back for some refreshments at the lodge before transferring to Lake Bunyonyi through Kabale also referred to as the Switzerland of Africa due to its amazing topography dominatedby hills plus highlands.  Dine and overnight rest at Bushara Island Camp, or Arcadia cottages, or Bunyonyi overland camp.

Day 6 - Transfer to Rwanda

When you finish breakfast, you will cross the national border of Uganda -Rwanda at Gatuna and drive to Volcanoes National Park found in Rwanda.  On arrival, you will explore Ruhengeri town before driving to your lodge where you will relax, dine and spend the night; options:Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge, or Kinigi Guest House, or Mountain Gorilla View Lodge.

Day 7 - Gorilla tracking in Volcanoes National Park

Following breakfast, you will head to the Park headquarters where you will be allocated to a Gorilla group. There you will be shortly briefed about the mountain Gorilla tracking rules. After this the guide and ranger will accompany you as you search the forest for these giant Apes. Slowly you will search the Volcano Virunga Hills and the verdant Valley for the gorillas and this activity is in some way tiring but on coming face to face with the Gorillas, all the exhaustion you went through will come to pass as you will have an hour in their presence observing and taking photos of them.  Later you will return to your lodge to rest and ponder on the memorable gorilla experience.  You will visit the twin lakes of Ruhondo and Burera in the evening for a cultural experience.Dine and overnight rest at Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge, or Kinigi Guest House, or Mountain Gorilla View Lodge.

Day 8 - Transfer to Kibuye on Lake Kivu

In the morning you will have breakfast, and drive to Kibuye town which is found on the Eastern Shores of the beautiful Lake Kivu.  On arrival at Kibuye, you will enjoy Lunch and later in the afternoon, take a boat ride on Lake Kivu to discover the Island of Napoleons Hat and as well transfer to Gisenyi town using a boat. On this boat ride you will get a chance to enjoy the breathtaking views Congos Nyiragongo Volcano. Dine and overnight rest at Kivu Serena Hotel, or Bethanie Hotel, or Kibuye Guest House or even Palm Hotel.

Day 9 - Transfer back to Kigali and departure

Following breakfast, you will be drive to Kigali for a brief city tour to visit the different Genocide memorial sites, lively markets and Local schools. Later you will be transferred to the International Airport for your departure flight.

End of Safari

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Cost for this trip

Price inclusions

  • Chimpanzee permits
  • Gorilla permits
  • Golden monkey permits
  • Hike to top of the falls
  • Entrance fees to all parks and ecological sites
  • A professional English speaking guide.
  • 4x4 Land cruiser vehicle and all ground transfers
  • Fuel
  • Drinking water in the vehicle
  • Nature walks and wildlife / game viewing
  • Accommodation and meals
  • All activities as per your itinerary

Exclusions

  • Visas and all international flights
  • Tips
  • Souvenirs
  • Travel insurance cover
  • Any item of personal nature, including drinks, laundry, cigarettes, alcohol etc
  • Any other activity not mentioned in the itinerary

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