9 Days Uganda gorilla trekking safari & Mount Nyiragongo hiking tour Congo/9 days Congo Mount Nyiragongo hiking tour

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Overview of the 9 days Uganda gorilla trekking safari & Mount Nyiragongo hiking tour Congo

The 9 days Uganda gorilla trekking safari & Mount Nyiragongo hiking tour Congo is a 9 days gorilla trekking tour to Uganda’s Bwindi impenetrable National park, wildlife tour to Queen Elizabeth National park and a hiking tour to Mount Nyiragongo. For this safari, arrival is in Uganda, continue to Congo and then depart from Rwanda with the  trip featuring an equator experience, gorilla trekking in Uganda’s Bwindi impenetrable national park, game drive and boat cruise at Queen Elizabeth National Park, a hike and descend to Mount Nyiragongo in Virunga National park.

Upon arrival at Entebbe international airport, you meet a safari guide who drives you to a prior booked accommodation in Kampala where you spend the night. The next morning, you are driven to Bwindi impenetrable national park with a stop at the equator in Kayabwe. Arriving in the evening, you spend the night at a lodging facility close to Bwindi impenetrable national park as you plan for a Uganda gorilla trekking safari experience the next day. After breakfast on day 4, you are driven from Bwindi forest national park to Queen Elizabeth National Park arriving for an evening boat cruise. The next morning you undertake a morning game drive then after be driven out of Uganda to Virunga national park in Congo where you spend the night at a close accommodation for a hike and descend to Mount Nyiragongo on the next 2 days. After the descend, you relax at the shores of Lake Kivu, take a Kigali city tour the next day before departure at Kigali international airport.

Highlights of the 9 days Uganda gorilla trekking safari & Mount Nyiragongo hiking tour Congo

Day 1: On arrival at Entebbe international airport, a knowledgeable driver guide transfers you to a lodging facility in Kampala-Uganda’s capital.

Day 2: After breakfast, your driver guide will pick you up for a transfer to Bwindi impenetrable national park with a stop at the equator.

Day 3: Before 8:00am, you are driven to a specific gorilla trekking region headquarters for gorilla trekking that lasts about 2-8hours.

Day 4: Early morning, you have breakfast then after be driven to Queen Elizabeth National Park where you undertake an evening boat cruise along the Kazinga channel that joins lakes Edward and George.

Day 5: You undertake a morning game drive then after be transferred to the Democratic Republic of Congo in the afternoon.

Day 6: After breakfast, you hike Mount Nyiragongo in Virunga national park and spend the night at the mountain summit.

Day 7: You descend from Mount Nyiragongo and rest for the other whole of the day at your lodging facility.

Day 8: Early morning you have breakfast then be driven to Lake Kivu in Rwanda where you relax at the shores of this pristine lake.

Day 9: After a relaxed breakfast, you are driven for a Kigali city tour then to Kigali international airport for a departure flight.

Day by day detailed itinerary of the 9 days Uganda gorilla trekking safari & Mount Nyiragongo hiking tour Congo

Day 1 of the 9 days Uganda gorilla trekking safari & Mount Nyiragongo hiking tour Congo

On arrival at Entebbe international airport which is Uganda’s national airport, a professional Uganda safari driver guide welcomes you. After your safari briefing, you are driven to a prior preferred accommodation facility in Kampala for relaxation, dinner and an overnight stay in one of the hotels in Kampala.

Day 2 of the 9 days Uganda gorilla trekking safari & Mount Nyiragongo hiking tour Congo

9 days Uganda gorilla trekking safari & Mount Nyiragongo hiking tour CongoEarly morning after breakfast by around 7:00am, your driver guide will be at your accommodation facility to take you on a road trip to Bwindi impenetrable national park. After about 80km from Kampala-Uganda’s capital you will stop at the equator line for 30minutes of photography, have lunch in Mbarara and then continue for dinner and an overnight at a close accommodation in Bwindi impenetrable national park.

Accommodation options: Chameleon hill lodge (Luxury), Gorilla mist camp (Mid-range)

Day 3 of the 9 days Uganda gorilla trekking safari & Mount Nyiragongo hiking tour Congo

After breakfast in your beautiful lodging facility, you will be driven to a specific sector of the park for your Uganda gorilla trekking tour experience. Briefing starts at 8:00am with the park rangers who will go with you to the jungle for about 2-5 hours in search of the mountain gorillas. The gorilla sector you trek depends on what your Uganda gorilla tour operator booked for you earlier and the gorilla family is allocated during time for briefing. You will trek alongside 7 other trekkers on gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda. After spending 1 hour in the presence of the gentle giants you will return to the park headquarters where you will meet your driver guide who will drive you to your lodging facility for relaxation, dinner and an overnight.

Accommodation options include: Chameleon hill lodge (Luxury), Gorilla mist camp (Mid-range)

Day 4 of the 9 days Uganda gorilla trekking safari & Mount Nyiragongo hiking tour Congo

9 days Uganda gorilla trekking safari & Mount Nyiragongo hiking tour CongoFrom your lodging facility in Bwindi, you have breakfast then after be driven to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Driving past the beautiful Kigezi landscape you arrive in the afternoon and depending on your booked accommodation facility, you check in, have lunch and then be driven to the Kazinga channel for a boat cruise. The 45km long channel joins lakes Edward and George and is home to Africa’s largest concentration of hippopotamuses. After a bout 2 hours on the boat, you take a mini en route evening game drive to your accommodation in Queen Elizabeth National park where you spend the night.

Accommodation options: Mweya safari lodge/Katara Lodge (Luxury), Enganzi Lodges/Park view safari lodge (Mid-range)

Day 5 of the 9 days Uganda gorilla trekking safari & Mount Nyiragongo hiking tour Congo

After a relaxed breakfast, you are driven for a morning game drive at Queen Elizabeth National lasting about 2-4hours as you spot several wildlife species. You later on bid farewell to Uganda then be driven to Virunga national park in Congo. Using a 4×4 safari vehicle, your driver guide will ensure you cross the border and get into Congo. Arriving in the evening, you check in, have dinner and relax at a close booked accommodation in Virunga national park.

Accommodation options: Orchids’ safari club hotel/Mikeno lodge/Lulimbi tented camp (Luxury), Mountain gorilla view lodge (Mid-range)

Day 6 of the 9 days Uganda gorilla trekking safari & Mount Nyiragongo hiking tour Congo

9 days Uganda gorilla trekking safari & Mount Nyiragongo hiking tour CongoEarly morning after breakfast, your driver guide will transfer you to Kibat station where the hike to the summit of one of the world’s most active stratovolcanoes. The hike to the summit usually takes about 6 hours depending on your energy levels. Also known as the “braves cake”, the hike is an amazing adventure past beautiful flora and fauna species to the lava lakes. During the hike you will be helped with luggage carrying and cooking at the summit by porters who can be hired at the park headquarters. The night is spent at the summit cabins as you take memorable pictures and watching the beautiful lava lake at sunrise.

Accommodation option: Mount Nyiragongo summit cabins

Day 7 of the 9 days Uganda gorilla trekking safari & Mount Nyiragongo hiking tour Congo

You descend from the summit of Mount Nyiragongo early morning after breakfast along with porters helping with the luggage till the park headquarters in Kibat. Your driver guide will be there waiting for you at the station and transfer you back to your lodging facility where you will have a meal, relax and rest for the rest of the day.

Accommodation options: Orchids’ safari club hotel/Mikeno lodge/Lulimbi tented camp (Luxury), Mountain gorilla view lodge (Mid-range)

Day 8 of the 9 days Uganda gorilla trekking safari & Mount Nyiragongo hiking tour Congo

From Congo, you are driven by your safari guide crossing the Congo-Rwanda border to Lake Kivu. You relax at the shores of this pristine lake where you spend the night at the luxurious Lake Kivu Serena Hotel.

Day 9 of the 9 days Uganda gorilla trekking safari & Mount Nyiragongo hiking tour Congo

After relaxed breakfast at your lodging facility, you will embark on a road trip back to Kigali international airport for your departure flight. When you arrive in Kigali you can visit some craft shops for craft purchase before the driver takes you to the airport for departure.

End of the 9 days Uganda gorilla trekking safari & Mount Nyiragongo hiking tour Congo

Congo is the hiking destination for this trip however,its also one of the three countries in the world that host mountain gorillas encountered on Congo gorilla trekking safaris in Virunga national park. Alongside mountain gorillas, there also lowland gorillas in Kahuzi Biega National Park that can also be trekked on Congo gorilla safaris.

You may not be able to travel through the world but you can visit 2 East African countries and 1 West African country in just 9 days and have amazing memories to carry back home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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