8 Days wildlife tour in Uganda & gorilla safari Congo

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Overview of the 8 days wildlife tour in Uganda & gorilla safari Congo

The 8 days wildlife tour in Uganda & gorilla safari Congo or else 8 days Queen Elizabeth wildlife safari Uganda & Virunga gorilla trekking tour Congo is a tour to Uganda and Congo. The safari features a game drive, boat cruise at Queen Elizabeth National park, chimpanzee trekking at kibale forest national park and gorilla trekking at Virunga national park.

Upon arrival at Entebbe international airport, you are driven in a comfortable 4×4 safari vehicle to a hotel/lodge in Kampala for a rest. In the morning, you are transferred to Kibale forest national park with a stop at the equator line for chimpanzee trekking the next day. After chimpanzee trekking, in the evening, you are driven to Bigodi wetland for a nature walk and bird sighting. The fourth day after breakfast, you are driven to Queen Elizabeth National Park where you do an evening boat cruise then a game drive and crater lake tour the next day. On the sixth day, you are driven to Congo where you do gorilla trekking at Virunga national park the next day before departure from Kigali international airport.

Highlights of the 8 days wildlife tour in Uganda & gorilla safari Congo

Day 1: On arrival at Entebbe international airport, a knowledgeable driver guide picks you up, gives a brief on the trip and transfers you to a hotel in Kampala for dinner and relaxation.

Day 2: Early morning, your driver guide picks you up and starts the road trip to Kibale forest national park arriving in the evening.

Day 3: By 7:00am, you will be at Kibale forest park headquarters for chimpanzee trekking, return for lunch and then go for a nature walk at bigodi wetland in the evening.

Day 4: After having relaxed breakfast, you are driven to Queen Elizabeth National Park where you do an evening boat cruise.

Day 5: Early morning, you go for a morning game drive in search for the early morning wild risers, you later have lunch then driven for a tour at the crater lakes.

Day 6: In the morning after breakfast, you are driven out of Uganda across the Uganda-Congo border to Virunga national park.

Day 7: You go for gorilla trekking in the morning by 8:00am then return to your lodge for relaxation in the evening.

Day 8: Early morning, you are driven out of Congo to Kigali international airport Rwanda for a departure flight.

Day by day itinerary of the 8 days wildlife tour in Uganda & gorilla safari Congo

Day 1 of the 8 days wildlife tour in Uganda & gorilla safari Congo

On early arrival at Entebbe international airport, you are picked up by your professional Uganda safari driver guide, briefs you on the trip and transfers you to a booked hotel or lodge in Kampala. Driving across the bustling capital of Uganda, its amazing experience as you have a glimpse of a city in Africa. Here you spend the night as you prepare for the road trip to the countryside the next day.

Day 2 of the 8 days wildlife tour in Uganda & gorilla safari Congo

After breakfast, your driver guide picks you up and starts the drive to Kibale forest national park. A stop is made at the equator line in Kayabwe for the equator experience. Arriving in the evening after about 6-7hours on a road drive, you check in, relax and spend a night at a close accommodation in Kibale forest national park that was prior booked.

Accommodation options include: Crater Safari Lodge (Luxury), Kibale Forest Camp (Mid-range)

Day 3 of the 8 days wildlife tour in Uganda & gorilla safari Congo

Early morning after breakfast, you are driven to Kibale forest park headquarters for chimpanzee trekking starting at 8:00am and lasting about 2-4 hours in the jungle. Being our closest relatives, taking time to visit the chimpanzees is one of the amazing things you can do on a Uganda wildlife safari. After chimpanzee trekking and spending a single hour with the chimpanzees, you return to your lodging facility for lunch and relaxation before you are driven to Bigodi wetland for a nature walk and bird watching since this is one the best Uganda birding safari destinations. In the evening you return to your lodging facility for dinner.

 8 days wildlife tour in Uganda & gorilla safari Congo

Accommodation options include: Crater Safari Lodge (Luxury), Kibale Forest Camp (Mid-range)

Day 4 of the 8 days wildlife tour in Uganda & gorilla safari Congo

After breakfast, your wildlife tour Uganda continues with about 2-3hours drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park. On arrival, you check in and have lunch at a prior booked hotel then go for an evening boat cruise/launch cruise along the 45km kazinga channel that joins Lakes George and Albert which hosts a huge number of hippopotamuses and crocodiles. Later on, you are then driven back to an accommodation in Queen Elizabeth National Park where you spend the night.

8 days wildlife tour in Uganda & gorilla safari CongoAccommodation options include: Mweya safari lodge (Luxury), Enganzi Lodge (Mid-range)

Day 5 of the 8 days wildlife tour in Uganda & gorilla safari Congo

By 7:00am, you will be in Queen Elizabeth park for a morning game drive that lasts about 2-4 hours offering an opportunity to sight early morning wildlife risers and with the big four (Buffaloes, Elephants, lions and leopards) being part of the sightings. After the game drive, you are driven to your lodging facility for refreshment and a meal then after be driven to the beautiful crater lakes in the evening as you sight several bird species around the lakes.

8 days wildlife tour in Uganda & gorilla safari Congo

Accommodation options include: Mweya safari lodge (Luxury), Enganzi Lodge (Mid-range)

Day 6 of the 8 days wildlife tour in Uganda & gorilla safari Congo

After a relaxed breakfast-the last one in Uganda, your driver starts a drive to Congo using your 4×4 safari vehicle. Arriving in the afternoon after about 3-4hours drive, you check in, refresh and have a meal at a 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 7 of the 8 days wildlife tour in Uganda & gorilla safari Congo

Be ready to have early morning breakfast then be driven to Virunga national park headquarters for Congo mountain gorilla trekking. Gorilla trekking starts at 8:00am after briefing by the park rangers and allocation of a gorilla family to trek along with 7 other Congo gorilla trekkers. The actual trek in the forest lasts about 2-6 hours and only a single hour in the presence of the gentle mountain gorillas. After the trek, you will return to the park headquarters where you meet your driver for a transfer back to your lodging facility.

8 days wildlife tour in Uganda & gorilla safari Congo

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

Day 8 of the 8 days wildlife tour in Uganda & gorilla safari Congo

After a relaxed breakfast at your lodging facility in Congo, 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 8 days wildlife tour in Uganda & gorilla safari Congo

Let nothing stop you from taking your trip from East Africa to West Africa planned just once, spend 8 days discovering the amazing wonders in Uganda, cross to Congo and leave via Rwanda.

5 Days Congo gorilla trekking safari Virunga & Mount Nyiragongo hike tour

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Overview of the 5 days Congo gorilla trekking safari Virunga & Mount Nyiragongo hike tour

This 5 days Congo gorilla trekking safari Virunga & Mount Nyiragongo hike tour offers you a 5 days Virunga gorilla safari Congo and Mount Nyiragongo hiking tour experience. Your private 5 days Congo gorilla safari features gorilla tracking in Congo and hiking mount Nyiragongo in Virunga national park crossing from Rwanda to Congo. This is one of the short safaris you can take to Congo and have the most out of the 2 popular Congo safari activities in a single park.

From Kigali international airport, your gorilla trekking safari in Congo starts with a pick up using a 4×4 safari Land cruiser by a professional Congo tour driver guide on the first day. You hike to the summit of Mount Nyiragongo the next day alongside porters who help carry luggage and prepare food. You spend a night at the summit of the active volcano then descend on the third day of your safari for relaxation at a lodging facility. On day 4 of your 5 days Congo gorilla trekking safari, you go gorilla trekking in Virunga national park for about 2-6hours then after return to your preferable lodging facility for dinner, relaxation and an overnight stay. Your driver guide will transfer you back to Kigali international airport for your departure flight on the last day of your safari.

Highlights of the 5 days Congo gorilla trekking safari Virunga & Mount Nyiragongo hike tour

Day 1: After briefing at arrival, you will be driven past the Virunga landscape to Congo where you rest close to Virunga national park.

Day 2: At a round 9:00am you start the hike to mount Nyiragongo summit starting from Kibati station then spend a night in one of the shelters at the summit.

Day 3: You descend from Mount Nyiragongo then return to your lodging facility for rest.

Day 4: By 8:00am, after an early morning breakfast, you go for gorilla trekking in Virunga national park.

Day 5: After a relaxed breakfast, you then be returned to Kigali international airport for a departure flight.

Day by day itinerary of the 5 days Congo gorilla trekking safari Virunga & Mount Nyiragongo hike tour

Day 1 of your 5 days Congo gorilla trekking safari Virunga & Mount Nyiragongo hike tour

When you arrive at Kigali international airport, your driver guide will be waiting for you to take you through your 5 days Congo safari. After briefing, you will be driven past the beautiful Virunga massif landscape in Rwanda to Congo. After crossing the border to Congo using your prior secured Congo visa, you will have an overnight stay at a close accommodation in Virunga national park.

Day 1 accommodations for your 5 days Congo gorilla trekking safari Virunga & Mount Nyiragongo hike tour

Luxury: Orchids’ safari club hotel/Mikeno lodge/Lulimbi tented camp/

Mid-range: Mountain gorilla view lodge

Day 2 of your 5 days Congo gorilla trekking safari Virunga & Mount Nyiragongo hike tour

5 days Congo gorilla trekking safari Virunga & Mount Nyiragongo hike tour

Hiking Mount Nyiragongo

Early 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.

Day 2 accommodations for your 5 days Congo gorilla trekking safari Virunga & Mount Nyiragongo hike tour

Mount Nyiragongo summit cabins

Day 3 of your 5 days Congo gorilla trekking safari Virunga & Mount Nyiragongo hike tour

5 days Congo gorilla trekking safari Virunga & Mount Nyiragongo hike tour

Mount Nyiragongo summit cabins

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.

 

 

Day 3 accommodations for your 5 days Congo gorilla trekking safari Virunga & Mount Nyiragongo hike tour

Luxury: Orchids’ safari club hotel/Mikeno lodge/Lulimbi tented camp/

Mid-range: Mountain gorilla view lodge

Day 4 of your 5 days Congo gorilla trekking safari Virunga & Mount Nyiragongo hike tour

5 days Congo gorilla trekking safari Virunga & Mount Nyiragongo hike tour

Gorilla trekking in Virunga

Be ready to have early morning breakfast then be driven to Virunga national park headquarters for gorilla trekking. Gorilla trekking starts at 8:00am after briefing by the park rangers and allocation of a gorilla family to trek along with 7 other Congo gorilla trekkers. The actual trek in the forest lasts about 2-6 hours and only a single hour in the presence of the gentle mountain gorillas. After the trek, you will return to the park headquarters where you meet your driver for a transfer back to your lodging facility.

Day 4 accommodations for your 5 days Congo gorilla trekking safari Virunga & Mount Nyiragongo hike tour

Luxury: Orchids’ safari club hotel/Mikeno lodge/Lulimbi tented camp/

Mid-range: Mountain gorilla view lodge

Day 5 of your 5 days Congo gorilla trekking safari Virunga & Mount Nyiragongo hike tour

After a relaxed breakfast at your lodging facility in Congo, 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 your 5 days Congo gorilla trekking safari Virunga & Mount Nyiragongo hike tour

Adjacent to Virunga national park, one can plan a 5 days Uganda gorilla trekking safari or 5 days gorilla safari Rwanda to Bwindi impenetrable national park and Volcanoes national park respectively.

Have an amazing road adventure from East to West Africa as you feel the beauty in Africa in just a 5 days safari to Virunga national park.

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1 Day gorilla trekking safari in Congo Virunga national park

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Overview of your 1Day gorilla trekking safari in Congo Virunga national park

Your 1 day gorilla trekking safari in Congo Virunga national park is a short break safari to the only habitat to mountain gorillas in West Africa. Congo is blessed to have part of the only remaining mountain gorillas that of recent recovered to more than 1,000 in the Virunga massif where Virunga national park is situated. The park is popular for Congo gorilla trekking safari tours because its close to the border with Rwanda and Uganda and the amazing gentle giants that live there.

This 1 day gorilla trekking safari in Congo Virunga national park is suitable for Congo gorilla safari tourists who are already residing in Goma in eastern Congo north Kivu province which is the closest town to the national park. Virunga national park established in 1925 is the oldest national park in Africa and definitely one of the diverse regions a tourist on Congo gorilla safaris can tour. In just 1 day you will have an experience of an African jungle and meet the elusive mountain gorillas that remained existent in only 3 countries in the world. Within the Virunga massif is Volcanoes national park in Rwanda for Rwanda gorilla trekking safari tourists and in Uganda is Mgahinga gorilla national park for Uganda gorilla trekking safari tourists.

Details of your 1Day gorilla trekking safari in Congo Virunga national park

1 day gorilla trekking safari in Congo Virunga national parkYour professional Congo safari driver guide will pick you up from your place of residence as early as 6:00am after your breakfast and start the drive to the park headquarters. Upon arrival at the park headquarters, you will be briefed by the park rangers and this is the time when you are allocated a gorilla family to trek. The briefing starts at 8:00am as the rangers take you through the gorilla trekking etiquette for a Congo gorilla tour.

After briefing, you will head into the jungle with other trekkers and armed park rangers for about 2-5 hours depending on where the gorillas spent the previous night. After meeting the gorillas, you are allowed to spend only 1 hour at the presence of the mountain gorillas as you take your memorable pictures. After the trek you will return to the park headquarters where you will meet your driver guide for a drive back to your place of residence or lodging facility in Goma.

End of safari

Spend just a single day in Africa’s oldest national park trekking gorillas and you wont regret. Its worth discovering something new in one day than doing anything else

 

 

 

 

 

5 Days Congo gorilla safari Virunga & Uganda wildlife safari in Queen Elizabeth

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Overview of the 5 days Congo gorilla safari Virunga & Uganda wildlife safari in Queen Elizabeth

This 5 Days Congo gorilla safari Virunga & Uganda wildlife safari in Queen Elizabeth national park is a 5 days  Virunga national park gorilla trekking safari in Congo and Queen Elizabeth National Park wildlife safari in Uganda. This safari offers you a chance to tour East and West Africa in a single trip featuring the equator experience in Uganda, game drive and boat cruise in Queen Elizabeth National park Uganda and gorilla trekking in Virunga national park Congo. This safari starts Upon arrival at Entebbe international airport in Uganda and ends in Kigali international airport Rwanda.

Your professional Uganda safari guide will be there waiting for you at Entebbe international airport and upon arrival you will be briefed about the safari and then start the drive to Queen Elizabeth national park. You will stop at the equator crossing in kayabwe for a great experience as you cross from the northern hemisphere to the southern hemisphere. There after you continue with the drive in your 4×4 safari vehicle for dinner and an overnight stay at a close accommodation in Queen Elizabeth National park as you prepare for a game drive and boat cruise on the next day. On the third day of your trip, you will cross the border from Uganda to Congo where you will have dinner and an overnight at a close accommodation in Virunga national park. After a rest, the next day you will do gorilla trekking in Virunga national park before departing from Kigali international airport in Rwanda.

Highlights of the 5 days Congo gorilla safari Virunga & Uganda wildlife safari in Queen Elizabeth

Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe international airport and drive to Queen Elizabeth National park. You will stop at the equator for a discovery experience.

Day 2: You will do a morning game drive and then an evening boat cruise at kazinga channel in Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Day 3: Your driver guide will transfer you across the Ugandan border to Virunga national park in Congo. This drive features a lot of beautiful sightings.

Day 4: After a hearty break fast, you will go for your Congo gorilla safari experience at Virunga national park.

Day 5: After a relaxed breakfast in Congo, you will be driven to Kigali international airport for your departure flight.

Day by day itinerary of the 5 days Congo gorilla safari Virunga & Uganda wildlife safari in Queen Elizabeth

Day 1 of your 5 days Congo gorilla safari Virunga & Uganda wildlife safari in Queen Elizabeth 

5 Days Congo gorilla safari to Virunga national park and Uganda wildlife safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park Your professional driver guide will be at the airport to warmly welcome you to Uganda. After meeting and greeting, your driver guide will brief you about the safari then start the drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park (398km) for your Uganda wildlife safari experience. At Kayabwe, 80km from Kampala you will stop for an equator experience as you discover why you weigh 3kg less at the equator line, it’s a memorable experience. The drive is approximately 7 hours without stops therefore early arrival is recommended. When you arrive at the park you will check into your booked  accommodation in Queen Elizabeth national park for dinner and an overnight stay.

Day 2 of your 5 days Congo gorilla safari Virunga & Uganda wildlife safari in Queen Elizabeth 

5 Days Congo gorilla safari to Virunga national park and Uganda wildlife safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park Your driver guide will be ready to drive you to the park headquarters for an early morning game drive before 7:00am. The morning game drive starts at 7:00am since it’s the time the park entrance gates open. The game drive lasts about 2-4hours after which you return to your hotel or lodge for a meal and relaxation. This is the best time for wildlife photography as the predators and prey are at the best time of action. After about 2 hours of relaxation, you will drive to the Kazinga channel for the evening boat cruise that starts at 2:00pm. The boat cruise is one of the best activities on a safari in Uganda as you cruise past numerous crocodiles and hippopotamuses.

Day 3 of your 5 days Congo gorilla safari Virunga & Uganda wildlife safari in Queen Elizabeth

5 Days Congo gorilla safari to Virunga national park and Uganda wildlife safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park After your last breakfast from your hotel or lodge in Uganda your driver guide will start the road trip to Virunga national park in for your gorilla trekking safari in Congo. You will drive through the ishasha sector where you can sight the elusive tree climbing lions. The drive to Virunga national park is about 100km with an estimate drive time of 3 hours since it includes a border crossing. Upon arrival at your booked accommodation in Virunga national park, you will relax and have an overnight stay.

Day 4 of your 5 days Congo gorilla safari Virunga & Uganda wildlife safari in Queen Elizabeth

5 Days Congo gorilla safari to Virunga national park and Uganda wildlife safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park Get ready to wake up before 8:00am to go for gorilla trekking. Briefing is done at the park headquarters before 8:00am and it is during this time that you will be reminded of the gorilla trekking etiquette and then after you head to the jungle with the ranger in search of the gorillas. Each 8 tourists trek a single gorilla family. The activity is strenuous and therefore require some bit of physical fitness as you hike the forest though the group treks at the pace of the slowest trekker. Gorilla trekking lasts about 2-5 hours and only one hour can be spent gazing at the curious, playful and joyful gentle giants. After trekking, you will meet your driver guide at the park headquarters who will transfer you back to your hotel for a rest.

Day 5 of your 5 days Congo gorilla safari Virunga & Uganda wildlife safari in Queen Elizabeth 

Every amazing thing comes to an end, on this 5th day, you will wake up to your last breakfast in Congo then drive to Kigali international airport in Rwanda. This road trip of about 7 hours offers the best chance to sight beautiful sceneries of the Virunga massif which is also a place for Uganda gorilla safaris and gorilla safari Rwanda tours. Depending on the time of arrival in Kigali and flight departure you can do a Kigali city tour then head to the airport to your departure flight either to your next destination or back home.

Congo is blessed to be one of the three countries that host mountain gorillas alongside Uganda’s Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park and Rwanda’s Volcanoes national park. Virunga national park hosts 8 habituated gorilla families of which you will only spend a single hour with one of the families.

End of your 5 Days Congo gorilla safari Virunga & Uganda wildlife safari in Queen Elizabeth

How much fun can you have in just 5 days? You just cant explain it, Plan to safari Uganda, Congo and Rwanda in a single safari and have a great taste of Africa.

 

 

 

 

 

4 Days Congo gorilla safari in Virunga and Nyiragongo hike

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Overview of the 4 days Congo gorilla safari in Virunga and Nyiragongo hike

This 4 days Congo gorilla safari in Virunga and Nyiragongo hike is the best opportunity to trek the mountain gorillas in Congo and reach the summit of one of the most active volcanoes in the world. In these 4 days you will have a chance to trek mountain gorillas, hike mount Nyiragongo, tour Kigali and sight the best views of the Virunga mountain. The safari starts and ends in Kigali international airport in Rwanda since it is the nearest international airport to the park.

Virunga national park is the oldest national park in Africa and the only national park with mountain gorillas in West Africa. The park is the main Congo gorilla safaris destination since its close to the border with Uganda and Rwanda. Virunga national park is adjacent to Mgahinga gorilla national park in Uganda and Volcanoes national park in Rwanda for Uganda gorilla tours and gorilla safaris in Rwanda respectively. 8 habituated families of gentle giants are in the park with 8 tourists allowed to trek each family in a day.

Mount Nyiragongo in Congo is one of Africa’s recently active stratovolcano. Mount Nyiragongo lava lake has ever been known as the most voluminous lava lake. The mountain is about 3,470m high with two distinct lava benches one about 3,175m (10,417ft) and the other at 2,975m (9,760ft).  It’s a non-rivaled experience to hike this volcanic mountain on a Congo tour.

Highlights of the 4 days Congo gorilla safari in Virunga and Nyiragongo hike

Day 1: Arrival in Kigali international airport and transfer to Congo. In Kigali, you can stop at the Gisozi genocide memorial center in Kigali.

Day 2: You will do gorilla trekking in Virunga national park and do a community tour in the evening then transfer back to your hotel.

Day 3: You will take the challenging hike to mount Nyiragongo summit and spend an overnight at the summit.

Day 4: After an early morning breakfast, you will descend from Nyiragongo volcano and then transfer back to Kigali.

Detailed itinerary of the 4 days Congo gorilla safari in Virunga and Nyiragongo hike

Day 1 of your 4 days Congo gorilla safari in Virunga and Nyiragongo hike

4 days Congo gorilla safari in Virunga and Nyiragongo hike Meeting and greeting with your professional safari guide will be the first thing you do when you arrive at Kigali international airport for your safari. After briefing, depending on your time of arrival, you can do a Kigali city tour to Gisozi genocide memorial center where you will view photographs, video clips and artifacts of the 1994 Rwanda genocide. After lunch you embark on a 6 hours’ drive to Bukima in Virunga national park. You need a Congo Visa which is secured at Goma at the border of Rwanda with Congo. You arrive to your hotel in the evening for dinner and relaxation.

Day 2 of your 4 days Congo gorilla safari in Virunga and Nyiragongo hike

4 days Congo gorilla safari in Virunga and Nyiragongo hike After your morning breakfast at the foothills of Virunga, you will be driven by your safari guide to the park headquarters in Virunga national park. Gorilla trekking starts at 8:00am after briefing by the park rangers at the park headquarters. The actual trek lasts about 3 hours after which you come across the gentle giants and only 1 memorable hour is spent with the gorillas. After the trek, you can embark on a community tour then return to your hotel for relaxation and dinner.

Day 3 of your 4 days Congo gorilla safari in Virunga and Nyiragongo hike

4 days Congo gorilla safari in Virunga and Nyiragongo hike The day to get to the brave’s cake comes just after a rest from the gorilla trek. Your driver guide will transfer you to Kibat station where the hike to Nyiragongo summit begins. The hike to the summit usually takes about 6 hours depending on your energy levels. The hike is tiring but what awaits you at the top is the best of lava lake found nowhere else. During the hike you will see several bird species. The night is spent at the summit cabins with meals that can be prepared by the porters.

 

Day 4 of your 4 days Congo gorilla safari in Virunga and Nyiragongo hike

On this last day, you will descend from the summit of Mount Nyiragongo back to the park headquarters in Kibat. Your driver guide will be waiting for you at the station and transfer you back to Kigali international airport for departure back home or to your next destination. 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 tour

These 4 days can be the best ever safari days in two countries. Plan to visit Virunga national park and hike the very spectacular mount Nyiragongo.

4 Days Gorilla Trek and Nyiragongo Volcano Hike in Congo

3 Days gorilla trekking safari in Virunga National Park

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The world’s only remaining mountain gorillas are shared by three countries which are Congo, Uganda and Rwanda. The gorillas can be met on only on Congo gorilla safaris, gorilla safari Rwanda or Uganda gorilla safaris for each country. Virunga national park is the only home of mountain gorillas in Congo and this 3 days gorilla trekking safari in Virunga National Park is one of the safaris that can be planned to visit the gorillas.

A 3 days gorilla trekking safari in Virunga National Park offers the best Chance for tourists to encounter the endangered mountain gorillas within a short time. This short safari starts and ends in Kigali Rwanda. The safari starts and ends in Kigali Rwanda because it’s the closest international airport that has daily international flights. Goma international airport in Congo has international flights once a week on Saturday by Ethiopian airlines and the return flight is done after 7 days.

Virunga National Park is home to 8 habituated gorilla families situated in the North kivu province of Congo in the eastern side of the Democratic Republic of Congo bordering Uganda’s Mgahinga gorilla national park and Rwanda’s Volcanoes national park. A total of 8 tourists are allowed to trek each gorilla family each day.

3 days gorilla trekking safari in Virunga National Park

Gorilla trekking in Virunga national park

Requirements for your 3 Days gorilla trekking safari in Virunga National Park

  • You need a Congo tourist visa which can be secured in Goma
  • A valid yellow fever certificate
  • Congo gorilla trekking permit at USD450 per person

Highlights of the 3 days gorilla trekking safari to Virunga National Park Congo

Day 1: Arrival to Kigali international airport and transfer to Bukima in Congo’s Virunga National Park

Day 2: Do mountain gorilla trekking

Day 3: Return to Kigali and depart

Details of the 3 days gorilla trekking safari to Virunga National Park Congo

Day 1: Transfer from Kigali to Congo

Up on arrival in Kigali, you will meet the safari guide at Kigali international airport waiting to take you through your 3 days safari. After lunch you embark on a 6 hours’ drive to Bukima in Virunga national park. You arrive to your hotel in the evening for dinner and relaxation at an accommodation in Virunga national park most probably Mikeno lodge.

Alternatively, depending on your time of arrival, you can do a Kigali city tour to Gisozi genocide memorial center where you will view photographs, video clips and artifacts of the genocide.

Day 2: Mountain gorilla trekking in Virunga national park

The Congo gorilla trekking tour, is done on your second day after breakfast at your lodging facility. Gorilla trekking starts at 8:00am after briefing by the park rangers at the park headquarters. The trek could last about 3 hours after which you come across the gentle giants and only 1 memorable hour is spent with the gorillas. After the trek, you return back to your hotel for relaxation and dinner.

In the evening, you can do a community tour to understand the cultures of the people of Congo.

Day 3: Return to Kigali for departure

On the third day of your gorilla trekking safari to Virunga, you will have breakfast at your hotel before you embark on a drive back to Kigali. The drive back to Kigali takes you along beautiful sceneries. You have lunch in Kigali and visit some craft shops for craft purchase before the driver takes you to the airport for departure.

End of your 3 days gorilla trekking safari in Virunga National Park

This safari package can be customized by Congo gorilla safari tour operator in Virunga national park

Plan a safari to Congo today and you will have the best ever experience with the mountain gorillas in the jungle.

2 days Congo gorilla safari Virunga National Park

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Overview of the 2 days Congo gorilla safari Virunga National Park

This 2 days Congo gorilla safari Virunga National Park takes you gorilla trekking on a 2 days gorilla trekking tour to Virunga national park in Congo. This short Congo gorilla safari offers you a chance to look straight into the eyes of the only mountain gorillas in the world that survive in West Africa. On your 2 days gorilla safari in Congo, you will start the amazing journey from Kigali international airport where your professional driver guide will pick you up on arrival, brief you about the safari and drive past the beautiful virunga landscapes to Virunga national park in Congo. Upon arrival you will check in to your prior booked accommodation in Virunga national park chosen from either luxury, mid-range or budget depending on your preference. You will trek gorillas for about 2-6 hours on the second day of your safari and later be driven back to kigali international airport in Rwanda for your departure flight.

To meet mountain gorillas in Virunga national park, you need physical strength since gorilla tracking in Congo requires hiking to the 2,500-4,500m above sea level tropical jungle. For your trek, you will go along with an armed park ranger and 7 other trekkers starting at 8:00am after briefing at the park headquarters. The most memorable hour of the trip is 1 hour spent in the presence of the gorillas when you finally come to meet the gentle giants. For all your gorilla trip in Congo,  how to get to virunga national park and return to the airport for departure, your driver guide will comfortably transfer you in a 4×4 safari land cruiser.

Highlights of the 2 days Congo gorilla safari Virunga National Park

Day 1: Your professional driver guide will pick you up from Kigali international airport, brief you about the safari and start the drive to Virunga national park. You will spend the night at your hotel of preference in close to Virunga national park.

Day 2: After breakfast at the accommodation facility, your driver guide will transfer you to the park headquarters for gorilla trekking. After about 2-6 hours in the jungle, your driver guide will pick you up from the park headquarters and drive back to Kigali international airport for departure.

Day by day itinerary of the 2 days Congo gorilla safari Virunga National Park

Day 1 of the 2 days Congo gorilla safari Virunga National Park

Upon arrival in Kigali international airport, you will meet your professional Congo safari guide who will brief you on the safari and start the drive past the rolling Virunga hills to Congo.  Your driver guide will ensure you secure a Congo visa at Goma as you get in to the country and check in to your prior booked hotel in the evening. At the hotel, you will have dinner, relax and prepare for your Congo gorilla tour experience the next day.

Day 2 of the 2 days Congo gorilla safari Virunga National Park

2 days Congo gorilla safari Virunga National Park

On your second day of this Congo gorilla trekking tour, your driver guide will transfer you to Virunga national park for gorilla tracking. Be ready to get into the forest by 8:00am after briefing by the park rangers who will allocated you alongside 7 other trekkers a single gorilla family to trek. After about 4-5 hours depending on where you will find the gorillas, your trek will come to an end as you return to the park headquarters for a drive back to Kigali international airport. For all these hours, only 1 memorable hour is spent closely watching these amazing gentle giants at play.

End your 2 days Congo gorilla safari Virunga National ParkThe safari starts and ends in Kigali Rwanda because it’s the closest international airport that has daily international flights. Goma international airport in Congo has international flights once a week on Saturday by Ethiopian airlines and the return flight is done after 7 days.

Virunga national park borders Uganda’s Mgahinga gorilla national park and Rwanda’s Volcanoes national park  for Uganda gorilla safaris  and  Rwanda gorilla safaris respectively.

There’s no better chance to trek mountain gorillas in such a pristine country within a short period of time rather than taking this 2 days Congo gorilla safari.

Accommodation in Virunga National Park

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On a safari, it’s not about just getting where to rest, what to eat and warm bedding but a feel and touch of something different, something that’s incomparable and will always remain unique however much you travel. Virunga national park is Africa’s oldest national park and the popular Congo gorilla safari destination located in the North Kivu province within the Virunga massif. There are a number of lodges for accommodation in Virunga national park but Mikeno Lodge is one of a kind that will not leave the feeling of your safari the same.

Mikeno Lodge

Mikeno Lodge is a luxurious safari lodge within the forested hillside of Virunga National Park headquarters and the best start off point for a gorilla trekking tour in Congo or a mount Nyiragongo hike. The lodge is in between two major attractions of Congo, the mountain gorillas and one of the active stratovolcanoes in Africa.

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Mikeno Lodge

Amenities in Mikeno lodge

The lodge has twelve unique bungalows each with stunning views. The architecture of the lodge is fashioned with lava stones, mahogany and thatch nestled amidst the thick tropical forest.  Mikeno lodge is one of the best places where to stay in Virunga national park during a gorilla safari in Congo with a comfortable lounging area, fire place to cater for the cool evenings, spacious rooms.  The lodge has en-suite bathrooms hand furnished with stone carvings.

Around the lodge are beautiful decorations that combine a Congolese touch and classic simplicity with patterned rugs, soft stones and sleek wooden furniture.

At Mikeno lodge there’s a chance of seeing abundant bird species, baboons, chimpanzees, blue monkeys and colobus monkeys from your private deck.

How to get to Virunga national park from Mikeno Lodge for that gorilla trek can be planned by the lodge or a Congo gorilla safari tour operator.

Mikeno Lodge is part of the safari collection, a unique collection of luxury lodges and camps within Africa with one of the most popular accommodation for Kenya safari tourists.

Find a memorable accommodation and carry home beautiful memories after the trek.

 

 

How to get to Virunga national park

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How to get to Virunga national park by road

These road distances are from specific towns and international arrival airports

From Goma-base for Congo gorilla safaris

Virunga national park is 358km from Goma via Buhumba-Mukoka-Bikara-Kyondo road (the best route) with a drive time of 10h 49min.

Via Rutshuru-Ishasha-Kasindi road Virunga national park is 313km away with a drive time of about 9h 7min. This route includes boarder crossing and passing via Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth National park.

Ntungamo-Katunguru road is 461km lasting a drive time of 9h 40 min. This road includes crossing the Rwanda and Uganda border, be ready to cross by ferry too.

How to get to Virunga national park from Rwanda

It’s a 4 hours’ drive from Kigali to Gasenyi the nearest town to Goma, from here its 1and ½ hours to the park in Bukima sector. For this route you will have to spend a night in one of the hotels in Rwanda.

From Kigali (Rwanda’s capital), Virunga national park is 383km away via Kigali-Gatuna road then Ntungamo-Katunguru road in western Uganda. This road includes crossing a ferry.

How to get to Virunga national park from Uganda

From Entebbe International airport Via Mbarara-Kasese road, Virunga national park is 464km away with a drive time of 9h 9min. This route includes a ferry and Uganda-Congo border crossing at Mpondwe.

From Entebbe International airport, Kampala-Mubende-Fort portal road is 491km for 9h 7min. This route includes a border crossing. This route is favorable for those who are doing a Uganda wildlife safari before they head to Congo. Booking prior accommodation within the towns of western Uganda is necessary.

From Queen Elizabeth National Park, Virunga national park is 97.6km away taking a drive time of 2h 31min. The route includes a border crossing via Fort-portal Mpondwe road.

How to get to Virunga national park by air;

Direct flights to Goma are only possible once a week every Saturday from Ethiopia to Goma. You can fly in to Goma-Congo’s international airport with Ethiopian airlines then transfer by road to the park. Return flights after a gorilla trekking safari in Congo can only be done 7 days from the day you fly in; the most favorable option is going by road to Rwanda then take a flight from Kigali international airport. The fly in safaris are most favorable for tourists who take 7 days Congo gorilla safari and wildlife tour.

How to get to Virunga national park

Ethiopian airlines

Congo gorilla tour trips can be best organized by a good tour operator in the region who can help with all the safari preparations.

Don’t worry on how to get to Virunga national park, just choose the right itinerary that won’t need you to just have a long drive to Congo, contact a tour operator for help.

Gorilla Families in Virunga National Park Congo

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Virunga national park with mountain gorillas that are usually tracked on Congo gorilla safari tours is situated in Congo adjacent to Volcanoes national park in Rwanda and Mgahinga gorilla national park in Uganda. This is the oldest park in Africa and the only mountain gorilla trekking safari park in West Africa. Gorillas just like human beings live a social life, they have families and family hierarchy is followed. These families are also known as groups

Each family group is led by an older male gorilla known as the silverback. This is because of the silver fur that develops on their backs as they grow older. The silverback is responsible for family protection against all forms of danger and feeding.

Always witnessed on a Congo gorilla trekking tour, the silverback makes decisions on behalf of the entire gorilla family and will lead the family to their feeding and nesting points each single day. The gorillas’ nest in different locations each day.  The female mountain gorillas take charge of the young/baby gorillas till they are at an age that they are able to take care of themselves.

The eight Gorilla Families for a Congo gorilla safari in Virunga National Park

A gorilla family has more than 5-30 members. Virunga national park has a total of 8 gorilla habituated families each with a specific family leader and these include;

Rugendo Gorilla Family

With nine (9) gorilla members, Rugendo family is the oldest gorilla family in Virunga. They were habituated in 1989, the gorilla numbers are few because the family split in to two. The group formerly had 8 members but made 9 members after grabbing a sub adult member of Mapuwa group in June 2016. They include 3 Silverbacks. The group was formerly led by Silverback Rugendo but currently led by silverback Bukima.

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Mother gorilla relaxing as baby plays around

Humba Gorilla Family

Still in Bukima sector is a humble family group that many always wish to trek while on a gorilla safari in Congo. Humba Gorilla family has 16 members with two silverbacks. This family was formerly part of the Rugendo family till 1998 when Humba agreed with his father Rugendo to separate and form independent families. By the time Humba left, he went with 8 members including 3 babies, 1 black back, and four adult females. Senkwekwe who was also a leader in the family (a brother to Humba) was assassinated on 22nd July 2007 by unknown gun men.

Mapuwa Gorilla Family

The Mapuwa family lives in Jomba close to the Congo-Uganda border. It’s comprised of 22 members with 1 silverback under the leadership of Mapuwa.  Before 1998, Mapuwa was part of the Rugendo family and since then he has fought to expand his family. When Mapuwa left, he took along 2 adult females named Jicho and Mafaze. The group members have increased by continued births and grabbing of gorillas from other groups. In 2002, one of the strongest and well-known Silverback in Virunga was stripped of all his members. Mvuyekure is the dominant Silverback in the group of recent.

Kabirizi Gorilla Family

Comprised of 34 members, Kabirizi gorilla family is headed by Kabirizi silverback.  The family is found in Bukima sector close to Goma. The family was earlier named Ndugutse and later renamed after the death of the dominant silverback Ndugutse in 1997 during armed conflicts. Kabirizi took over leadership in 1998 after his habituation from the wild.

Lulengo Gorilla Family

Lulengo Family is comprised of 6 members living near Banagana close to the Congo-Uganda border.  This is one of the humble gorilla families to track on a gorilla Congo safari. Initially, the family was named Maseruka and later renamed Lulengo to commemorate the technical director of Virunga national park who died in the collapse of a land mine. Lulengo was born in the Rugabo Family which was the first Mountain Gorilla family to be habituated in the Mikeno Sector but later split to form an independent family.

Munyaga Gorilla Family

Still in Bukima sector, Munyaga family has a total of 7 gorilla members with 2 silverbacks. The Munyaga family was the last gorilla group to be opened to trekkers in 2008. This family was then headed by Silverback Munyaga who disappeared from the group around 2004, giving silverback Mawazo a chance to take over the group. Gasore is known to be the leader as per now. The group is known for an adult female Bilali who gave birth to twins who later died at infancy after joining from Rugendo group. Kadogo, the bold headed silverback is also a member of the Munyaga family.

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Silverback protecting his family

Nyakamwe Gorilla Family

The Nyakamwe gorilla family has 11 members. It is one of the newly habituated gorilla families in Virunga national park. The lead silverback of the group is Nyakamwe from which the group derives its name.

Bageni Gorilla Family

Being the currently largest gorilla family in Virunga national park, this is the best for a Congo gorilla trekking safari. The family comprises of 26 members and led by silverback Bageni. The group of recent has leadership struggles with silverback Kitagenda and Kanamaharagi fighting to take over leadership. The group could probably split in to two or three groups soon.

On a gorilla trekking safari in Congo, you don’t pre-determine which gorilla family to trek but try your luck and you could meet the most interesting gorillas of Virunga’s tropical jungle.

 

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