8 Day Congo Virunga gorilla safari, Rwanda Volcanoes gorilla trekking and Mount Nyiragongo lava volcanoe hike. This is a fantastic East Africa safari exploring the very best of Rwanda and Congo. Tour starts and ends in Rwanda.
DAY 1: KIGALI CITY TOUR – KISORO UGANDA
Our company tour guide shall pick you on arrival at the Kigali international airport or from your hotel early morning. Depending on pick up time, you will have a half day tour of Kigali city, a nice way to learn and get familiar with Rwanda. The tour will take you to visit the Gisozi genocide memorial site, local markets and later have lunch then drive to Kisoro crossing to Uganda via Cyanika border into Kisoro town with beautiful views of Lake Mutanda and the rolling hills of the Virunga. Dinner and overnight in Kisoro Travelers rest house or Kisoro tourist hotel
DAY 2: VIRUNGA GORILLA TREKKING
Set off early after breakfast at your hotel, driving to Bunagana border crossing into Congo. Drive to the Virunga National park head offices for briefing before your gorillas adventure. Trekking for mountain gorilla in Congo usually last 2 – 4 hours depending on the movement of the gorillas. A head guide will escort you into the forest plus an armed guard in search for your gorilla group. Once you meet the gorillas, you are allowed 1 hour with the gentle giants.
Later cross back to Kisoro for Dinner and overnight at the hotel of Day 1.
DAY 3: TRANSFER TO KIBATSI VILLAGE FOR MOUNT NYIRAGONGO HIKING
Have your breakfast at your hotel and be ready to transfer to Kibatsi village where you’ll have a head trail of Nyiragongo Volcano. The hike starts by 9:30am. Nyiragongo is an active volcano that shows signs of erupting. Hiking this mountain takes about 5 to 6 hours. Overnight at the campsite located at the Nyiragongo volcano rim.
DAY 4: DESCEND NYIRAGONGO – TRANSFER TO LAKE KIVU
After descending Nyiragongo, you will drive back to Lake Kivu for relaxing and Dinner and overnight.
DAY 5: BOAT RIDE – TRANSFER TO VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK
Breakfast at the lodge and enjoy a beautiful boat ride along to lake Kivu, Rwanda’s largest fresh water lake. In the afternoon transfer to Volcanoes national park. Dinner and overnight at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (Luxury), Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge / La Palme (Mid-range) or Muhabura Hotel (Basic).
DAY 6: GORILLA TREKKING – IBYIWACU CULTURAL VILLAGE
Wake up early for a quick cup of coffee at your hotel and with a packed snack from your hotel, drive to the Kinigi park headquarters for briefing about gorilla trekking do’s and don’ts. These are important rules set to protect the health of both visitors and mountain gorillas. You have a chance to decide to go for a hard, medium or simple trek depending on your physical ability.Trekking for gorilla in Rwanda usually last 2 – 7 hours depending on the movement of the gorillas. A head guide will escort you into the forest plus an armed guard in search for your gorilla group. Once you meet the gorillas, you are allowed 1 hour with the gentle giants. After trekking descend back to the park head offices where you will meet you guide to drive you to your hotel and have lunch. In the evening, go out for a cultural experience at the Ibyiwacu cultural village. Dinner and overnight at Hotel of Day 1
DAY 7: GOLDEN MONKEY TRACKING
Just Like Trekking for gorillas, golden monkey tracking and Dian Fossey tomb hike takes place at Volcanoes national park, starting with briefing at the Kinigi headquarters and then driving to the trekking head trail where you begin your hike. Return to your hotel and have lunch and in the afternoon transfer back to Kigali for drop off at either airport or hotel.
DAY 8: TRANSFER TO KIGALI FOR CITY TOUR – DEPARTURE
Morning breakfast at your hotel and return to Kigali for a Kigali city tour, visiting other outstanding tourist attractions around the city and later you will be transferred to the airport for your scheduled flight.
End of Tour
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