14 Day Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda and Congo Tour

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HIGHLIGHT

If you are really wanting to experience what the great lakes region of Africa have to offer, it is recommended to embark on this tour. This is the ultimate tour that allows you to visit 4 different countries of Africa. You will see 5 different lakes, (lake Tanganyika, Lake Kivu, Lake Victoria, Lake Edward and Bunyonyi,) Two different waterfalls, and 3 different museums Including the Kigali genocide memorial center where you will get to know what happened in Rwanda during the Genocide of 1994 a year in Which 1 million people was killed within 100 days. You will also get to experience what Africa is all about with nature and species. Some types of Birds and and Primates like the famous Mountain Gorillas, Chimpanzees, Angolan acrobatic Colombus monkeys and much more.

You will also climb the famous Nyiragongo volcano in Congo, Experience culture of the people and be entertained by Intore dancers and Burundi Drummers, You will also enjoy a game drive in Queen Elizabeth home of a variety of animals like Elephants, Buffaloes, mongoose among others. Every day is filled with entertainment and adventure.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival at Bujumbura airport- 

At your arrival you will be welcomed by our Driver and local guide – transfer to the Hotel- Briefing- After Lunch we visit the mausoleum of Prince Louis Rwagasore, a hero of the independence of Burundi. We then climb to the “Belvedere” on the top of the hill, a dominating point of Bujumbura, offering a unique view over Lake Tanganyika- Be Entertained by le ’’Les tambourinaires du Burundi’’ or Burundi Drummers. Overnight in Bujumbura. Mid Hotel: Keza/ Top: Club du lac Tanganyika

  • Main destination: Bujumbura
  • AccommodationKeza Hotel
  • Meals & drinks: Breakfast, Drinking water
  • 20 min drive

Day 2: Kalera Waterfalls and Burundi National Museum- 

After an early breakfast– Drive ten kilometers south to visit “la pierre de Stanley et Livingstone” the commemorating stone of the place where the famous explorers Stanley and Livingstone rested during their attempt to find the source of the Nile; After we drive to Gitega to visit the Burundi National Museum before returning to your hotel for dinner and overnight in Bujumbura. Mid Hotel: Keza. Top: Club du Lac Tanganyika.

  • Main destination: Gitega
  • AccommodationKeza Hotel
  • Meals & drinks: Breakfast, Drinking water
  • 4 hours Drive

Day 3: Early morning transfer to Nyungwe Forest ,Canopy Walk 

After Lunch, you will embark on a  nature walk in the forest to explore Nyungwe’s unique features including waterfalls and orchids in the high altitude swamps. While hiking and walking on The Canopy, you may see a variety of primates and bird species found only in this amazing park – back from the Forest at Lunch time. After lunch Transfer to Butare where you will visit the Historical Museum of Rwanda- Overnight. ( Mid Hotel: Ibis hotel /the only option)

  • Main destination: Nyungwe Forest
  • AccommodationGisakura Guest House
  • Meals & drinks: Breakfast, Drinking water
  • 3 hours Drive

Day 4: Transfer to Kigali Visit the Genocide memorial site

Transfer to Kigali, After Lunch you will Visit The Rwanda Genocide Memorial center. At This Genocide Memorial you will understand what happened in Rwanda in 1994 a year in which 1 million people died within 100 days, If times allow us you will also Enjoy a short city tour of Kigali. Kigali was founded in 1907 as small colonial outpost by Dr Richard Kant, the first German colonial resident of Rwanda. The city has made tremendous progress since 1994 genocide. Considered one of the safest and friendliest of African capitals, Kigali is blessed with a moderate high altitude climate. It is inhabited by approximately 1 million people who now enjoy the benefits of peace. You will be pleasantly surprised at how comfortable it feels to be among the gentle people of Rwanda who will be delighted to welcome you to their beautiful, exceptionally friendly country.

  • Main destination: Kigali
  • Accommodation: Okapi Hotel
  • Meals & drinks: Lunch & dinner, Drinking water
  • 5 hours Drive

Day 5 Transfer to Goma, Visit Ibyawacu Cultural center

After Breakfast, at 8:00am Drive to Goma in Congo town, stopover in Musanze for lunch at Muhabura and be Entertained by Intore dancers Performances at Ibyiwacu cultural 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 fibre, 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.

  • Main destination: Goma
  • Accommodation: Bungwe Guest House
  • Meals & drinks: All Meals, Drinking water
  • 4 hours Drive

Day 6 Tracking Gorillas in Virunga National park

Our safari guide will pick you at 6.00 am 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.

  • Main destination: Virunga National Park
  • Accommodation: Bungwe Guest House
  • Meals & drinks: All Meals, Drinking water
  • 2 hours Drive

Day 7 Nyiragongo Volcano Trekking

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.

  • Main destination:  Nyiragongo Volcano
  • Accommodation: Virunga Shelter
  • Meals & drinks: All Meals, Drinking water
  • 30 min Drive

Day 8 Back From the Volcano and Transfer To Kisoro

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. Transfer to Kisoro In Uganda.

  • Main destination: Kisoro
  • Accommodation: Virunga Hotel
  • Meals & drinks: All Meals, Drinking water
  • 3 Hours Drive

Day 8 Transfer To Lake Bunyonyi in Uganda

After morning breakfast visit pygmies and drive to Kabale in Uganda’s highest town (2000 m), with beautiful, lush scenery along the way. We will stay at Lake Bunyonyi, Africa’s deepest crater lake (900 m). Bunyonyi means “place of little birds”, so you can expect to view interesting and unique bird-life. After lunch you will take a guided walk to visit the locals in the community, go canoeing on lake Bunyonyi. Return back to the Lodge for your Dinner and overnight.

  • Main destination: Lake Bunyonyi
  • Accommodation: Creater Bat Lodge
  • Meals & drinks: All Meals, Drinking water
  • 2 hours Drive

Day 10 Lake Bunyonyi and Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Morning after Breakfast Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park- The road winds up into the forested hills and the views are breathtaking- and you have plenty time to admire them because some stretch are unsurfaced that you can only drive very slowly. It passes through deep-farmed valleys. The drive is reminiscent to what one would experience driving through central Europe- indeed this region of Uganda is often referred to as “Little Switzerland.” arrive at Lunch time, After Lunch Relax at Your Hotel. Dinner and overnight.

  • Main destination: Queen Elizabeth Park
  • Accommodation: Engiri Lodge
  • Meals & drinks: All Meals, Drinking water
  • 4 hours Drive

Day 11 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.and at 5 pm you will Go For an evening Game Drive In the National park. Diner and overnight.

  • Main destination: Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Accommodation: Engiri Lodge
  • Meals & drinks: All Meals, Drinking water

Day 12 Chimpanzees Tracking and Transfer to Kampala

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 Kampala the Capital city of Uganda, arrive late evening and Transfer at your Hotel. Dinner and overnight.

  • Main destination: Kampala
  • AccommodationKenRock Hotel
  • Meals & drinks: All Meals, Drinking water
  • 6 hours Drive

Day 13 Visit the source of the Nile River in Jinja

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 Triangle Hotel for lunch. In the afternoon, you will Visit the source of the might Nile river and go for a boat cruise and explore the River, taking in all its beauty. The cruise lasts about 1 hour and you will return to kampala, arrive well in time for dinner and Overnight.

  • Main destination: Jinja
  • AccommodationKen Rock Hotel
  • Meals & drinks: All Meals, Drinking water
  • 2 hours Drive

Day 14 Shopping and Transfer at Entebbe airport

Morning After Break fast, at 9:00 am Go for Shopping. Visit Lake Victoria when Transferring to The Airport, personal Good bye and  transfer you at Entebbe airport for Departure Flight..

  • Main destination: Entebbe Airport
  • AccommodationNot Included
  • Meals & drinks: Breakfast, Drinking water
  • 40 min Drive

What is Included and Excluded in The cost

Included

  • Park fees
  • Gorilla permits
  • All activities (unless labeled as optional)
  • All accommodation
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Meals (as specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinking water (on all days)

Excluded

  • International flights (from/to home)
  • 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)

Available departure dates

January 17th,/ February 3rd / March 26th/ April 20th/ May 10th/ June 2nd/ June 16th/ July 22nd/ July 6th/ August 5th/ August 25th/ September 17th/ October 5th/November 10th / November 30th/ / December 22nd

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