GORILLA TREKKING IN VIRUNGA NATIONAL PARK

Virunga National Park will re-open to tourists on 15th February 2019

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Virunga National Park will re-open to tourists on 15th February 2019

After several months of no operation, Virunga National Park will re-open to tourists on 15th February 2019, the good news has been welcomed by many Congo safari tour operators and hotel owners whose businesses had been at halt. Eight months back on the 2nd of July 2018, the Virunga National Park management took a deeply difficult decision to close the park following insecurity within and around the park. When the chief warden of the park Mr. Emanuel De Merode announced the closure of the park till the end of last year, many park rangers had lost their lives in the conservation process amidst political unrests in the country. In a bid to find realistic measures of operation, the decision was worth making and by the 15th of February 2019 Virunga National Park will be opening again after putting up several measures to run the park activities.

Nyiragongo Volcanoes Congo

Mount Nyiragongo lava lake

Virunga National Park is a 3,000sq.mi park founded in 1925 making it Africa’s oldest national Park. The park is majorly prominent as the prime Congo gorilla trekking safari destination since it hosts the only Mountain Gorillas in West Africa and host to Mount Nyiragongo which is one of the active volcanoes in Africa. Virunga National park is situated in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s North Kivu province bordered by south western Rwanda and south western Uganda. Rwanda and Uganda though in East Africa, do share with Congo the Virunga massif (chain of 8 volcanoes) in which Virunga National Park is located with the conserved area in Rwanda known as Volcanoes National Park and in Uganda known as Mgahinga Gorilla National Park all being host to Mountain Gorillas.

Virunga National Park will re-open to tourists on 15th February 2019 with several safety measures set

As the park will re-open on the 15th February 2019 for both Congo gorilla trekking safaris and hiking trips to Mount Nyiragongo, the management of Virunga National Park is dedicated to ensuring the highest safety and security of all its visitors. Virunga Rangers have been trained at international standards for visitor protection, including close protection, communication, first aid and evacuation procedures. In addition, Park management oversees the security environment by maintaining close ties with local authorities, community leaders, embassies, UN agencies and NGOs. The park management also cautions all tourists on Congo tours to adopt the appropriate level of sensitivity to the local cultural and political environment as an essential element of their personal security and of those accompanying them throughout the trip.

New Congo safari packages to Virunga National Park as it re-opens to tourists on 15th February 2019

Virunga National Park has set up new packages for tourists to purchase for the smooth running of the park. In total, the packages are 7 however only 2 will be available for booking by the 15th of February 2019. Here is a highlight of the packages;

Nyiragongo volcano trek is a stand-alone Nyiragongo trek which takes two days with a night spent on the Volcano summit. This is only a hiking safari and will be available for booking on the opening date.

 Mikeno Mist package is a 4 days safari inclusive of a gorilla trek, three-night stay in Virunga, two nights in Kibumba Tented Camp and one-night stay on Nyiragongo volcano. The gorilla-hiking Congo tour will be available for booking by the opening date.

The Le Petit Virunga package, Virunga Classic, Great Ape package, Virunga Expedition package and the Rutshuru Expedition package have all been planned though not available for booking as of yet.

This is really good news for tourists who have always wanted to hike mount Nyiragongo combining it to either their Uganda gorilla trekking safari or gorilla trekking safari in Rwanda. Choose the package of your choice and contact a trusted Congo safari tour operator for details and good preparations.

 

 

 

 

 

8 Days Gorilla safari Congo Mount Nyiragongo hiking trip/Congo Gorilla trekking safari tour

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8 Days gorilla safari Congo Mount Nyiragongo hiking trip/Congo gorilla trekking safari tour

Overview of the 8 days gorilla safari Congo Mount Nyiragongo hiking trip/Congo gorilla trekking safari tour

Your 8 Days Gorilla safari Congo Mount Nyiragongo hiking trip is a Congo gorilla trekking safari tour and a hike to Mount Nyiragongo which is one of Africa’s most active stratovolcanoes. Taking you off the beaten track the safari features both mountain and lowland gorilla trekking since Congo is the only country in the world where both mountain and lowland gorillas exist. During the safari, you undertake lowland gorilla trekking at Kahuzi Biega National Park in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, mountain gorilla trekking at Virunga National Park and a hike and descend to Mount Nyiragongo also within Virunga National Park.

Arriving at Kigali international airport, your Congo safari starts with a pick up at the airport then transfer for a Kigali city tour where after you are driven to a lodge/hotel in Kigali where you spend the night. From Kigali city the next morning, you are transferred to Bukavu in Congo arriving in the evening then eastern lowland gorilla trekking the next day at kahuzi Biega National Park. Continuing with your safari in Congo, you are driven to Goma town for mountain gorilla trekking at Virunga National Park on the fifth day. After gorilla trekking, the next day you hike Mount Nyiragongo then descend the next day. After the descend, you are driven to Rwanda’s Lake Kivu where you relax before a drive back to Kigali international airport for a departure flight.

Highlights of the 8 days gorilla safari Congo Mount Nyiragongo hiking trip/Congo gorilla trekking safari tour

Day 1: On arrival at Kigali international airport, you meet a knowledgeable safari guide for a drive to Kigali town for a city tour then after retire for the night at a lodging facility in Kigali.

Day 2: From your hotel after breakfast, your driver guide picks you up for a transfer to Congo’s capital of Bukavu in Eastern side of the country on a 7-8hours drive.

Day 3: Early this morning after breakfast you are driven to Kahuzi Biega National Park for lowland gorilla trekking that takes about 2-6hours.

Day 4: From Bukavu, you are transferred to Goma town close to Virunga National Park.

Day 5: After breakfast, you are driven to Virunga park for mountain gorilla trekking which takes about 2-6hours.

Day 6: In the morning, you are driven to Kibat station for a hike to Mount Nyiragongo summit spending the night at the summit of the volcano.

Day 7: From Mount Nyiragongo summit, you descend to the Kibat then after be driven to Lake Kivu in Rwanda where you relax after the hike.

Day 8: In the morning, you can involve in water sports at lake Kivu then after embark on the transfer back to Kigali international airport for a departure flight.

Day by day detailed itinerary of the 8 days gorilla safari Congo Mount Nyiragongo hiking trip/Congo gorilla trekking safari tour

Day 1 of the 8 days gorilla safari Congo mount Nyiragongo hiking trip/Congo gorilla trekking safari tour

After clearance from the Kigali International Airport staff, you meet your driver guide meets you, gives a briefing on the safari then after embarks on a drive to Kigali town. Just about 13km from the airport, you go for a Kigali city tour to the Genocide memorial center of which you learn about the history of Rwanda. You then continue with the drive on this short Rwanda safari through the town to a lodging facility in Kigali town where you spend the night.

Day 2 of the 8 days gorilla safari Congo Mount Nyiragongo hiking trip/Congo gorilla trekking safari tour

Using a 4×4 safari vehicle, your driver guide picks you up for a drive out of the land of a thousand hills to Congo. You are driven southwards to Cyangugu boarder for a crossing to Bukavu in Congo with lunch taken en route. Arriving in the evening you check in, have dinner and spend the night in Bukavu town.

Day 3 of the 8 days gorilla safari Congo Mount Nyiragongo hiking trip/Congo gorilla trekking safari tour

8 days gorilla safari Congo mount Nyiragongo hiking trip

In the morning, you have a cup of coffee at your lodging facility then after be transferred to Kahuzi Biega National Park for a Congo gorilla trekking safari experience. On arrival, you get a briefing from the park rangers on the Congo gorilla trekking etiquette taking about 30 minutes. After then, you get into the jungle for gorilla trekking alongside park rangers and 7 other trekkers spending about 2-6hours in search of the lowland gorillas. Only a single hour is spent in the presence of the lowland gorillas as you take memorable pictures and share a moment in the wild with the gorillas, you might learn something from their way of life.  After the trek, you return to the park headquarters where you meet your driver guide who transfers you back to your lodging facility where you spend the night.

Day 4 of the 8 days gorilla safari Congo Mount Nyiragongo hiking trip/Congo gorilla trekking safari tour

From Bukavu at a lodging facility where you spent the night, you are picked up by your Congo tour guide after breakfast for a drive to Goma. You arrive in the evening spending the night at a close accommodation in Virunga National Park’s Bukima sector where you have dinner and spend the night as you prepare for mountain gorilla trekking the next day.

Day 5 of the 8 days gorilla safari Congo Mount Nyiragongo hiking trip/Congo gorilla trekking safari tour

8 days gorilla safari Congo mount Nyiragongo hiking trip

Following morning breakfast at the foothills of Virunga, you will be driven by your safari guide to the park headquarters in Virunga national park. On arrival at the park trek start point, you are briefed on the Congo Gorilla trekking etiquette and gorilla family allocation that starts at 8:00am then after you get into the forest along with 7 other Congo gorilla trekkers and an armed park ranger. The actual trek 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 who will transfer you back to your lodging facility.

Day 6 of the 8 days gorilla safari Congo Mount Nyiragongo hiking trip/Congo gorilla trekking safari tour

8 days gorilla safari Congo mount Nyiragongo hiking trip

After breakfast, your driver guide will transfer you to Kibat station where the hike to the summit of one of the world’s 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 7 of the 8 days gorilla safari Congo Mount Nyiragongo hiking trip/Congo gorilla trekking safari tour

From the summit of Mount Nyiragongo, you will descend back to the park headquarters in Kibat. The descend may last only 3 hours depending your hiking ability where after you meet your driver guide waiting for you at the station for a transfer to Rwanda’s Lake Kivu. Crossing from Congo to Rwanda, you arrive to the largest lake in Rwanda, relaxing at the shores of the lake where you spend the night at a close accommodation.

Day 8 of the 8 days gorilla safari Congo Mount Nyiragongo hiking trip/Congo gorilla trekking safari tour

In the morning, you opt to relax or undertake water sports that happen at the lake. Here you can opt to swim, bike along the shores of the lake, visit nyamirundi island and many more. You later on have lunch, refresh and check out of your lodging facility as your driver guide transfers you to Kigali international airport for a departure flight.

End of the 8 days gorilla safari Congo Mount Nyiragongo hiking trip/Congo gorilla trekking safari tour

Gorilla trekking is one of the best safari activities in Africa but many haven’t yet trekked both the mountain and lowland gorillas. For mountain gorilla trekking you can also opt for a Rwanda Gorilla Safari to Volcanoes National Park or a Uganda gorilla trekking safari to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park all within the same massif.

Take the less visited trails and discover what many will with time wish to visit then you can confidently sit back and say I was there.

 

GORILLA TREKKING IN VIRUNGA NATIONAL PARK

7 Days gorilla trekking safari Congo mount Nyiragongo hiking tour

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Overview of the 7 days gorilla trekking safari Congo mount Nyiragongo hiking tour

The 7 days Congo gorilla safari & mount Nyiragongo hiking tour is a 7 days unbeaten track tour to the hidden gem of Africa for mountain and lowland gorilla trekking alongside a hike to Mount Nyiragongo. The lowland gorilla trekking is encountered at Kahuzi Biega National Park in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, mountain gorilla trekking at Virunga National Park (an opportunity to trek 2 different species of gorillas). The hike and descend to mount Nyiragongo (one of Africa’s most active stratovolcanoes) is undertaken within Virunga National Park.

Starting and ending at Rwanda’s Kigali international airport the trip starts with a pick up, Kigali city tour and transfer to a lodging facility in Rwanda.  The next morning, you are transferred to Bukavu in Congo arriving in the evening then eastern lowland gorilla trekking the next day at kahuzi Biega National Park. From here, you continue to Goma for mountain gorilla trekking at Virunga National Park on the fifth day. You then after hike and descend mount Nyiragongo before departure at Kigali international airport on the seventh day.

Highlights of the 7 days gorilla trekking safari Congo mount Nyiragongo hiking tour

Day 1: Upon arrival and clearance at Kigali international airport, you meet a knowledgeable Congo safari guide for a drive to Kigali town for a city tour then after retire for the night at a lodging facility in Kigali.

Day 2: After breakfast, your driver guide picks you up for a transfer to Congo’s capital of Bukavu in Eastern side of the country on a 7-8hours drive.

Day 3: Early morning after breakfast you are driven to Kahuzi Biega National Park for lowland gorilla trekking that takes about 2-6hours.

Day 4: From Bukavu, you are transferred to Goma town close to Virunga National Park.

Day 5: After breakfast, you are driven to Virunga park for mountain gorilla trekking.

Day 6: In the morning, you are driven to Kibat station for a hike to Mount Nyiragongo summit spending the night at the summit of the volcano.

Day 7: You descend from Mount Nyiragongo then after be transferred back to Kigali international airport for a departure flight.

Day by day detailed itinerary of the 7 days gorilla trekking safari Congo mount Nyiragongo hiking tour

Day 1 of the 7 days gorilla trekking safari Congo mount Nyiragongo hiking tour

When you arrive to Rwanda’s Kigali International Airport (the closest airport to Congo with daily flights), you are cleared by the airport staff then after you meet your safari guide for a drive to Kigali town. Just about 13km from the airport, you go for a Kigali city tour to the Genocide memorial center of which you hear about the history of Rwanda. You then continue with the drive on this short Rwanda safari through the town to a lodging facility in the town where you spend the night.

Day 2 of the 7 days gorilla trekking safari Congo mount Nyiragongo hiking tour

After having a relaxed breakfast at the land of a thousand hills, you are picked up using a 4×4 safari Landcruiser by your guide for a drive to Congo.  You are driven southwards to Cyangugu boarder for a crossing to Bukavu in Congo with lunch taken en route. Arriving in the evening you check in, have dinner and spend the night in Bukavu as you prepare for lowland gorilla trekking the next day.

Day 3 of the 7 days gorilla trekking safari Congo mount Nyiragongo hiking tour

Early this morning, you have a cup of coffee at your lodging facility then after be transferred to Kahuzi Biega National Park for a Congo gorilla trekking safari experience here. On arrival, you get a briefing from the park rangers on the Congo gorilla trekking etiquette then after you get into the jungle for gorilla trekking alongside park rangers as you spend about 2-6hours in search of the lowland gorillas then a single hour in the presence of the gentle giants as you take memorable pictures of these elusive species. After the trek, you return to the park headquarters where you meet your driver guide to transfer you back to your lodging facility where you spend the night.

Day 4 of the 7 days gorilla trekking safari Congo mount Nyiragongo hiking tour

From Bukavu at a lodging facility where you spent the night, you are picked up by your Congo tour guide after breakfast for a drive to Goma. You arrive in the evening spending the night at a close accommodation in Virunga National Park’s Bukima sector where you have dinner and prepare for mountain gorilla trekking the next day.

Day 5 of the 7 days gorilla trekking safari Congo mount Nyiragongo hiking tour

7 7 days gorilla trekking safari Congo mount Nyiragongo hiking tour

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, allocation of a gorilla family to trek along with 7 other Congo gorilla trekkers. The actual trek 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 who will transfer you back to your lodging facility.

Day 6 of the 7 days gorilla trekking safari Congo mount Nyiragongo hiking tour

After breakfast, your driver guide will transfer you to Kibat station where the hike to the summit of one of the world’s 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 7 of the 7 days gorilla trekking safari Congo mount Nyiragongo hiking tour

On this last day of your Congo gorilla trekking tour, 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 for the end of your trip.

End of the 7 days gorilla trekking safari Congo mount Nyiragongo hiking tour

 

 

6 Days Congo gorilla trekking safari/6 days gorilla trekking tour in Congo & mount Nyiragongo hiking

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Overview of the 6 days Congo gorilla trekking safari/6 days gorilla trekking tour in Congo & mount Nyiragongo hiking

The 6 days Congo gorilla trekking safari or 6 days gorilla trekking & mount Nyiragongo hiking tour in Congo is a hiking, mountain and lowland gorilla trekking tour in Congo. The safari features lowland gorilla trekking in Kahuzi Biega National Park in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, mountain gorilla trekking at Virunga National Park and a hike to one of Africa’s most active stratovolcanoes. There 2 gorilla species and in just a single tour, you have the chance to trek both of them.

With a start and end of the trip at Rwanda’s Kigali international airport the trip starts with a transfer to Bukavu in Congo arriving in the evening then eastern lowland gorilla trekking the next day at kahuzi Biega National Park. From here, you continue to Goma for mountain gorilla trekking at Virunga National Park on the fourth day. You then after hike and descend mount Nyiragongo before departure at Kigali international airport on the sixth day.

Highlights of the 6 days Congo gorilla trekking safari/6 days gorilla trekking tour in Congo & mount Nyiragongo hiking

Day 1: A professional driver guide picks you up for a transfer to Congo’s capital of Bukavu in Eastern side of the country on a 7-8hours drive.

Day 2: Early morning after breakfast you are driven to Kahuzi Biega National Park for lowland gorilla trekking that takes about 2-6hours.

Day 3: From Bukavu, you are transferred to Goma town close to Virunga National Park.

Day 4: After breakfast, you are driven to Virunga park for mountain gorilla trekking.

Day 5: In the morning, you are driven to Kibat station for a hike to Mount Nyiragongo summit spending the night at the summit of the volcano.

Day 6: You descend from Mount Nyiragongo then after be transferred back to Kigali international airport for a departure flight.

Day by day detailed itinerary of the 6 days Congo gorilla trekking safari/6 days gorilla trekking tour in Congo & mount Nyiragongo hiking

Day 1 of the 6 days Congo gorilla trekking safari/6 days gorilla trekking tour in Congo & mount Nyiragongo hiking

On early morning arrival at Kigali International airport or from a lodge in Kigali, you are picked up using a 4×4 safari Landcruiser by a knowledgeable Congo safari guide for a drive to Congo.  You are driven southwards to Cyangugu boarder for a crossing to Bukavu in Congo with lunch taken en route. Arriving in the evening you spend the night in Bukavu as you prepare for lowland gorilla trekking.

 Day 2 of the 6 days Congo gorilla trekking safari/6 days gorilla trekking tour in Congo & mount Nyiragongo hiking 6 days Congo gorilla trekking safari

6 days Congo gorilla trekking safari

Very early this morning, you have a cup of coffee at your lodging facility then after be transferred to Kahuzi Biega National Park for a Congo gorilla trekking safari experience here. On arrival, you get a briefing from the park rangers on the Congo gorilla trekking etiquette then after you get into the jungle for gorilla trekking alongside park rangers as you spend about 2-6hours in search of the lowland gorillas then a single hour in the presence of the gentle giants as you take memorable pictures of these elusive species. After the trek, you return to the park headquarters where you meet your driver guide to transfer you back to your lodging facility where you spend the night.

Day 3 of the 6 days Congo gorilla trekking safari/6 days gorilla trekking tour in Congo & mount Nyiragongo hiking

6 days Congo gorilla trekking safari

From Bukavu at a lodging facility where you spent the night, you are picked up by your Congo tour guide after breakfast for a drive to Goma. You arrive in the evening spending the night at a close accommodation in Virunga National Park’s Bukima sector where you have dinner and prepare for mountain gorilla trekking the next day.

Day 4 of the 6 days Congo gorilla trekking safari/6 days gorilla trekking tour in Congo & mount Nyiragongo hiking

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, allocation of a gorilla family to trek along with 7 other Congo gorilla trekkers. The actual trek 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 who will transfer you back to your lodging facility.

Day 5 of the 6 days Congo gorilla trekking safari/6 days gorilla trekking tour in Congo & mount Nyiragongo hiking

6 days Congo gorilla trekking safariAfter breakfast, your driver guide will transfer you to Kibat station where the hike to the summit of one of the world’s 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 6 of the 6 days Congo gorilla trekking safari/6 days gorilla trekking tour in Congo & mount Nyiragongo hiking

On this last day of your Congo gorilla trekking tour, 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 for the end of your trip.

End of the 6 days Congo gorilla trekking safari/6 days gorilla trekking tour in Congo & mount Nyiragongo hiking

 

Nyiragongo Volcanoes Congo

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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