11 Day – Gorillas Safari in Uganda, Rwanda and Congo

Filed in Congo Tours, Rwanda Tours, Uganda Tours by on October 12, 2017 • views: 97

Overview

This tour Starts in Kampala and Ends in Kigali, While in this tours You will experience what Africa is all about with nature and species. Some types of Birds and and Primates like the famous Mountain Gorillas and Chimpanzees. You will also climb the famous Nyiragongo volcano in Congo, Experience culture of the people and be entertained by Intore dancers, You will also enjoy a game drive in Queen Elizabeth home of a variety of animals like Elephants, Buffaloes, mongoose among others.

Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe International Airport in Uganda

At Arrival at Entebbe Airport in Uganda, you will be welcomed by our Driver and Transfer in Kampala. Kampala is Uganda’s national and commercial capital bordering Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest lake. Depending on the time of your Arrival you have a short city tour to see Kampala’s Hills covered with red-tile villas and trees surrounding an urban center of contemporary skyscrapers and Visit the Lubiri Palace, the former seat of the Buganda Kingdom at Mengo Hill. Dinner and Over night at your Hotel.

Low Budget Accommodation: Namirembe Backpacker
Mid Range Accommodation: Silver springs Hotel
Luxury Accommodation: Kampala Serena Hotel
Meals & drinks: Dinner included + Drinking Water

Day 2: Visit Jinja and The Source of Nile

Have breakfast and your guide will be ready to transfer you to Jinja with a smooth drive through the famous Mabira forest and Lugazi as you take in the scenic landscapes characterized by tea and sugarcane plantations. Arrive Jinja and visit the source of the Nile River after which you will transfer to Jinja Nile Resort or Triangle Hotel for lunch. In the afternoon, go for a boat cruise and explore the River, taking in all its beauty. The cruise lasts about 2 hours. Then return to Kampala, arrive late in the evening at the Hotel well in time for dinner and Overnight.

Low Budget Accommodation: Namirembe Backpacker
Mid Range Accommodation: Silver springs Hotel
Luxury Accommodation: Kampala Serena Hotel
Meals & drinks: Dinner included + Drinking Water

Day 3: Transfer to Queen elizabeth National Park

Wake up in the Morning Take your Breakfast, At 8.00 am you will be met by our company driver guide at your hotel and depart for Queen Elizabeth national park. You will have lunch en route. Enter the park for an evening game drive where you will search for Warthogs, African Elephants, Topis, Cape Buffalo and many tropical birds. Diner and overnight.

Low Budget Accommodation: Engiri Lodge
Mid Range Accommodation: Park View Lodge
Luxury Accommodation: Mweya Lodge
Meals & drinks: All meals  included + Drinking Water

Day 4: Game Drive in Queen Elizabeth national Park

Have an early morning breakfast then go for a morning game drive within the park. Anticipate to see the famous big five including Buffalos, elephants, Lions and other mammals like Giant forest hog, Bush bucks, Kobs, Hyenas and water bucks. In the afternoon hours you will get ready for a launch cruise along Kazinga channel. You will appreciate the high scores of Elephants, Hippos, Buffalos and crocodiles. A number of bird species will also be seen along including the rare shoe bill. Diner and overnight.

Low Budget Accommodation: Engiri Lodge
Mid Range Accommodation: Park View Lodge
Luxury Accommodation: Mweya Lodge
Meals & drinks: All meals  included + Drinking Water

Day 5: Chimpanzees Trekking and Transfer to Kisoro

After a very early morning breakfast, head to Kalinzu Forest around 6-00 am for Chimpanzee tracking to meet man’s closet cousins in the wild. You will be amazed to see these primates as they play, swing on tree branches, fight for food etc. Later embark on an exciting road trip and Transfer To Kisoro (Lunch en route), arriving late evening, meet the Batwa pygmies, the oldest inhabitants of the Central African rain forest and share their culture.

Low Budget Accommodation: Virunga Hotel
Mid Range Accommodation: Travelers Hotel
Luxury Accommodation: Mgahinga Lodge
Meals & drinks: All Meals included + Drinking Water

Day 6: Cross the Border and Transfer To Congo

Take your Breakfast and Drive to Congo via Bunagana Border. Enjoy A nice Drive though the Congo country side up to Rumagabo the Virunga park Station, arrive at Lunch time and Relax. The Virunga National Park formerly named Albert National Park, is a 7,800-square-kilometre that stretches from the Virunga Mountains, to the Rwenzori Mountains, in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, bordering Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and Rwenzori Mountains National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda. The park was established in 1925 as Africa’s first national park and is a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site since 1979. The park is managed by the Congolese National Park Authorities, the Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature (ICCN) and the current park director since 2008 is the Belgian Prince Emmanuel de Merode.

Low Budget Accommodation: Bungwe lodge
Mid Range Accommodation: Ihusi Hotel
Luxury Accommodation: Kibumba tented Camp
Meals & drinks: All meals included + Drinking Water

Day 7: Mountain Gorillas trekking and Transfer To Goma

Our safari guide will pick you at 7.00am in the morning after taking your breakfast and drive to Virunga National Park station for registration and briefing about Gorilla trekking adventure. Later you will drive to the trekking start point at base of the Virunga Mountains accompanied by armed game rangers. You will move into the jungle in search of the amazing mountain gorillas. The trek might take between 2 and 6 hours depending on your trekking ability and the gorilla family you will visit. Our safari guide will wait for you at the base of the virunga volcanic mountain ranges until you finish trekking. Then you will drive to Goma the capital city of North Kivu Province in the DRC Congo. Dinner and Overnight.

Low Budget Accommodation: Bungwe lodge
Mid Range Accommodation: Ihusi Hotel
Luxury Accommodation: Kibumba tented Camp
Meals & drinks: All meals included + Drinking Water

Day 8: Hike Nyiragongo Volcano

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 6 hours, with en route view of some animals and birds along the trail. Admire the lava lake all evening, before retiring in the hut 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. You will get a backpack from us which includes; a lunch package, warm fleece and a sleeping bag. You will have a personal cook preparing a hot meal at the summit. You can hire a porter to carry your luggage at US$ 24 per porter to be paid on ground. The Nyiragongo is one of the world’s most active volcanoes. Recently erupted in 2002 creating a mass destruction of Goma city where the lava lakes can still be seen.

Low Budget Accommodation: Virunga Shelter
Meals & drinks: Dinner included + Drinking Water

Day 9: Back From The Volcano and Visit The Green lake in Mugunga

In the morning you will enjoy your breakfast with the breathtaking view overlooking the Nyiragongo crater before you descend. Back from the Volcano, arrive Around noon at base camp in kibati and Transfer back to your hotel in Goma. Goma is the capital city of North Kivu province in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is 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 lies only 13 to 18 km due south of the crater 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.

Low Budget Accommodation: Muhabura Hotel
Mid Range Accommodation: Le palme Hotel
Luxury Accommodation:  Mountain View Lodge
Meals & drinks: All Meals included + Drinking Water

Day 10: Intore Dancer at Ibyawacu Culture center and Kigali Genocide Memorial

Take Breakfast, Check out and Drive to Kinigi to be Entertained by Intore Dancers at Ibyiwacu culture center. The “Intore”, once the elite of the traditional Rwanda army, were not only trained as military but also in high jump and dance. They were known for their remarkable technique allowing them to jump over 2m40. The Intore became worldwide famous as dancers in 1958 when the World Expo was held in Brussels. Today Intore dancers are part of the rich Rwanda folklore. The warriors dance is a jewel of the choreographic heritage of Rwanda. Dressed with a mane made of sisal fiber, Tied up on ankles, little bells jingle on each step, giving the warriors dance a thrilling rhythm. Throughout the Intore ballet, physical confrontation turns into artistic rivalry and then at “the end” comes out into a vigorous hug of the warriors. This is the most artistic gesture of friendship mutual aid and protection. Take Lunch Transfer to Kigali where you will Visit the Genocide Memorial in The afternoon.

Low Budget Accommodation: Discover Rwanda Hostel
Mid Range Accommodation: Kigali Gorillas Hotel
Luxury Accommodation: Kigali Serena Hotel
Meals & drinks: Dinner included + Drinking Water

Day 11: Visit The Genocide Memorial and Transfer at the airport

Take breakfast and transfer you at the airport for departure flight, or u can choose to stay more days in Rwanda and Visit Nyungwe forest and king palace in Nyanza. At The Rwanda Genocide Memorial you will understand what happened in Rwanda in 1994 a year in which 1 million people died within 100 days.
Accommodation: Not included
Meals & drinks: breakfast included + Drinking Water

Cost: From 2000 USD per Person

Included: Park fees, Gorilla permits, All activities, All accommodation, A professional driver/guide, Ground transportation, All Taxes/VAT, Meals (as specified in the day-by-day section)
Excluded: International flights, Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour, Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.), Some meals (as specified in the day-by-day), Drinks

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