14 Day Pygmy Tour and Congo River Boat Trip

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Dancing with pygmies

Dancing with pygmies

During This 14 day Tour in Congo (DRC), You will  See some of the world’s rarest sights including the; lowland and mountain Gorillas, Lake Kivu the highest lake in Africa, the active Nyiragongo volcano and its spectacular lava lake, the UNESCO World Heritage Okapi Wildlife Reserve with its rare wildlife, tracking and overnight camp in a Pygmy village, canoe ride down the mighty Congo river and visit to Kinshasa and a nearby Bonobo chimp reserve.

Day 1: Arrive in Kigali and Short city Tour

Meet our Driver at Kigali airport at your arrival and Transfer to Your Hotel for Overnight. If time allows you will do a short city tour of the town. Your guide will take you on a tour of the new and vibrant capital city of Kigali. Visit the genocide memorial site in Gisozi to understand what happened in 1994, a year in which 1 million Tutsis were murdered within 100 days. Survivors and others whose families were murdered in Rwanda’´s genocide 1994, Gisozi Memorial site is a places of dignified remembrance for loved ones lost. It is also a place of reflection and learning for the wider community, Both in Rwanda and internationally. Dinner and Overnight.

  • Accommodation: Kigali Serena Hotel
  • Meals & drinks: Dinner (Breakfast & lunch not included) + Drinking water

Day 2: Visit Nyanza and Butare, Transfer to Bukavu in Congo

Drive to Bukavu at 8:00 am, with a stop in Nyanza at The King palace and Butare before crossing to Congo. You will be stopping at The National museum of Rwanda, which is the finest ethnographic museum of East-Africa. It reflects well the time spirit at the end of 19th Century when the East-African Kingdoms came in contact with the first Europeans. The rich insights about Rwanda’s traditional life and culture and the subsequent development during history will contribute to a better understanding of African history. Arrive late at your Hotel in Bukavu. Bukavu is a city in eastern Congo, lying in the south-eastern extent of Lake Kivu, west of Cyangugu in Rwanda, and separated from it by the outlet of the Ruzizi River. It is the capital of the South Kivu province. Kahuzi-Biéga National Park, a World Heritage Site and home of the Eastern Lowland Gorilla, is close to the city and can be accessed from the road to Kavumu. The park headquarters at Tshivanga is located 31 kms from Bukavu.

  • Accommodation: L’Orchids Safari Club
  • Meals & drinks: All meals included, Drinking water

Day 3: Low land Gorillas Trekking in Kahuzi Biega

After early Breakfast – transfer by our tourist car to the National Park to begin the trekking. Trekking for 2 to 3 hours in mountainous jungle area of Kahuzi Biega National Park, to find the large lowland gorilla family. The species here are Eastern Lowland Gorilla, very different from the more famous Mountain Gorillas found in the Virunga National Park. Unlike the chimpanzee-like lowland gorillas found in Gabon and Congo Brazzaville, The Kahuzi Biega gorillas are large, about the size of the mountain gorilla, so you definitely won’t be disappointed. Late in the afternoon you will be transferred to your hotel in Bukavu.

  • Main destination: Kahuzi Biega National Park
  • Accommodation: L’Orchids Safari Club
  • Meals & drinks: All meals included+Drinks not included

Day 4: Day 3: Transfer to Goma by speed Boat, Visit The Green lake

Early Morning after break fast at your hotel transfer you at the port where a boat is waiting for you. After presenting your ticket, Board a motor launch in Bukavu across Lake Kivu to Goma. This cruise will pass by many islands and provide great views of misty rainforest, terraced plantations, and steep cliffs that border Africa’s highest elevation lake. Visit The Green lake in Mugunga and Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.

  • Main destination: Goma
  • Accommodation: Ihusi Hotel
  • Meals & drinks: All meals included +Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 5: Mountain Gorillas Trakking in Virunga National park

Very early in the morning, you will depart from Goma and Drive up to the Virunga national park station where you will be briefed about the dos and don’ts while you are with the Gorillas. After the briefing, you proceed for the memorable adventure of gorilla tracking. This rather strenuous but unforgettable adventure will take you through thick and muddy environment, and may take you 2-4 hours to locate the amazing apes, depending on their movements. After a maximum period of one hour with the Gorillas, you descend to the headquarters where the driver will transfer you to Goma for Dinner and overnight.

  • Main destination: Virunga National Park
  • Accommodation: Ihusi Hotel
  • Meals & drinks: All meals included+Drinking water

Day 6: Nyiragongo Volcano Hiking

After your breakfast, you will move from the hotel, and do some shopping in the supermarket before transferring to Kibati Village where you start you hiking experience. Start the hiking and arrive at the top in the afternoon. This will take you 5-8hours, with enroute view of some animals and birds along the trail. Admire the lava lake all the evening, before retiring in the tent on the rim of the giant crater high above the active lake. The climb up to and down from Nyiragongo is strenuous and often in hot conditions, but the path is relatively easy and not excessively steep.

  • Main destination: Mount Nyiragongo
  • Accommodation: Virunga Shelter
  • Meals & drinks: All meals included+Drinking water

Day 7: Back From Nyirago volcano, transfer to Goma

After breakfast at 7am, there is an opportunity for pictures and a further exploration of the crater rim. Return back down the mountain (3-4 hours) to Kibati village, Relax at the shore of Lake kivu in Goma and Overnight. Goma is the capital city of North Kivu province in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. Located on the northern shore of Lake Kivu, next to the Rwandan city of Gisenyi, the lake and the two cities are in the Albertine Rift, the western branch of the East African Rift system. Goma is situated just south of the active Nyiragongo Volcano. The recent history of Goma has been dominated by the volcano and the Rwandan Genocide of 1994, which in turn fuelled the First and Second Congo Wars. The aftermath of these events was still having effects on the city and its surroundings in 2010.

  • Main destination: Goma
  • Accommodation: Ihusi Hotel
  • Meals & drinks: All meals included+Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 8: Transfer from Goma To Kisangani

After Breakfast transfer to The Airport for your Flight to Kisangani, Arrive late in Afternoon and Go for a short city tour. Kisangani is a city lying at the central heart of Africa’s great rain forests. It’s the 3rd largest city in the Congo, and the provincial capital of Tshopo. Kisangani is the nation’s major inland port after Kinshasa, an important commercial hub point for river and land transportation and a major marketing and distribution centre for the north-eastern part of the country. It has been the commercial capital of the northern Congo since the late 1800s. Kisangani was founded by Henry Morton Stanley in 1877. Memorable sites include the Tshopo River Falls and the Wagenia Fisheries where Fishing is carried out by means of a complex structure set among the rocks: lianas attached to cross poles act as stretchers for the nets submerged in the foaming water. The fishermen use pirogues (traditional dugout canoes), twisting between rapids and rocks. Dinner and Overnight.

  • Main destination: Kisangani
  • Accommodation: Centre D’Acceuille Rwenzori
  • Meals & drinks: All meals included+Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 9: Boat Ride On The river Congo

After Break Fast, Set off with pic nic food, for a cruise down the Congo River in a motorized wooden canoe. This is the traditional form of transport to move people and goods down the length of the Congo River from Kisangani to Kinshasa – 1200 km down river. Wind past pockets of lush green secondary forest, semi-deciduous secondary rain forest, climax forests with Brachystegia, laurentii flora and marshland forest, inhabited by colorful bird life and animals. You’ll also have the chance to explore the “Rive Gauche”, the left bank of the Kisangani river with its crumbling port and railway station. Back Late in The after Noon, visit what we couldnt visit the previuos day, Transfer to Your Hotel for dinner and and Overnight.

  • Main destination: Kongo River
  • Accommodation: Centre D’Acceuille Rwenzori
  • Meals & drinks: All meals included+Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 10: Driver To Epulu in the Ituri Forest

After Breakfast Drive 6 hours to Epulu a Village Located in the Ituri Rain Forest and the Head quater of the Okapi Wildlife Reserve. The reserve takes its name from the Okapi, a rare animal found only in Congo. Although the okapi bears striped markings reminiscent of the zebra, It is most closely related to the giraffe. The okapi is a shy and reclusive forest dweller and is the only living relative of the giraffe. Almost impossible to see in the wild, the Epulu Research Program station is where to see okapi up close. Dedicated staff look after a dozen captive okapi. 45 pygmy trackers bring in 35 different types of forest leaves each day, which are combined into 20kg bundles for each animal. The health, Feeding and care of each okapi is carefully monitored. It is a unique view into a program run by incredibly dedicated staff. Arrive in The afternoon take lunch and walk in the village to interact with Local people. Dinner and overnight.

  • Main destination: Okapi Wildlife Reserve
  • Accommodation: Epulu Guest HouseBudget
  • Meals & drinks: All meals included+Drinking water

Day 11: Hike into The Forest to Meet Pygmies in the Jungle

After Breakfast visit Okapi and Set off with your expert guide, park ranger, and porters, to Meet Pgmies and learn their way life. The Bambuti pygmies are primarily hunter-gatherers, foraging for food in the forest. They have a vast knowledge of the forest and the foods it yields. The Bambuti pygmies live in villages that are categorized as bands. Each hut houses a family unit. At the start of the dry season, they leave the village to enter the forest and set up a series of camps. This allows the Bambuti to utilize more land area for maximum foraging. These villages are solitary and separated from other groups of people. Their houses are small, circular, and very temporary. The walls of the structures are poles that are placed in the ground. At the top of the poles a vine is woven to keep them together. Large leaves are also used in the construction of the huts. Overnight in tents in bamboutis village.

  • Main destination: Okapi Wildlife Reserve
  • Accommodation: Budget campingIn or near the park
  • Meals & drinks: All meals included+Drinking water

Day 12: Go Hunting with Pygmies and Back To Kisangani

Early Morning Go Hunting with Pygmies, The Bambuti pygmies are primarily hunter-gatherers, foraging for food in the forest. They have a vast knowledge of the forest and the foods it yields. The Bambuti use large nets, traps, and bows and arrows to hunt game. Women and children sometimes help out by trying to drive the animals into the nets. Both sexes gather and forage. Each band has its own hunting ground, although boundaries are hard to maintain. We will be permitted to follow such a group into the forest and experience the way they hunt. Back To epulu take Lunch and Transfer To Kigani. arrive late in the evening, dinner and overnight.

  • Main destination: Kisangani
  • Accommodation: Centre D’Acceuille Rwenzori
  • Meals & drinks: All meals included+Drinking water

Day 13: Flight From Kisangani To Kinshasa

Take your flight from Kisangani to Kinshasa today. The flight duration is approximately 1hour. Kinshasa is the capital and largest city of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The city is located on the Congo River. Kinshasa ties with Johannesburg for the status of the second largest city in sub-Saharan Africa and the third largest in the whole continent. It is the second largest francophone city in the world after Paris. The city was founded as a trading post by Henry Morton Stanley in 1881 and named Léopoldville in honor of King Leopold II of Belgium. It is a major cultural and intellectual center for Central Africa, with a flourishing community of musicians and artists. It is also the country’s major industrial center, processing many of the natural products brought from the interior. Explore the city of Kinshasa with your expert guide and private vehicle. A city with a chequered past and thousands of stories. Dinner and Overnight.

  • Main destination: Kinshasa
  • Accommodation: Hotel Royal
  • Meals & drinks: All meals included+Drinking water

Day 14: Visit Bonobo chimpanzees and Transfer At the airport

After BreakFast Visit Lola Ya Bonobo. Founded by Claudine Andre in 1994, Lola ya Bonobo is a chimpanzee sanctuary just outside of Kinshasa. Lola ya Bonobo means ‘paradise for bonobos’ in Lingala, Lola ya Bonobo is home to 52 bonobos who live in 30 hectares of primary forest. The Bonobo is endangered and is found in the wild only in Congo. Along with the Common Chimpanzee, the Bonobo is the closest extant relative to humans. Since the two species are not proficient swimmers, it is possible that the formation of the Congo River 1.5–2 million years ago led to the speciation of the Bonobo. They live south of the river, and thereby were separated from the ancestors of the Common Chimpanzee, which live north of the river. This 2-3 hour walking tour will allow you to see baby Bonobos under the care of the sanctuary staff, and adult Bonobos in the wild making sex every second. Back and Transfer to The airport for Depature.

  • Main destination: Lola Ya Bonobo Sanctuary
  • Accommodation: End of tour (no accommodation)
  • Meals & drinks: Breakfast & lunch Drinking water

COST: START FROM 3800 USD

The Above Cost Includes: Park fees, Gorilla permits, Chimp permits, All activities, All accommodation, Camping equipment, A professional driver/guide, All transportation, All flights during the tour,All Taxes/VAT, Roundtrip airport transfer, Meals (as specified in the day-by-day section) Drinks (as specified in the day-by-day section) and Sleeping bag

Not Included in The Cost: International flights (from/to home), Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour, Bath towels,Tips. Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc), Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees, Some meals (as specified in the day-by-day)

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