5 Day Eastern Lowland gorilla & Nyiragongo Hike safari

Tour overview

lowland-gorillaThis is an eastern lowland gorilla tour with in Africa and it combines visiting the gorillas and Nyiragongo hike in Congo. The safari starts from Kigali international Airport or Kigali Hotel and also ends in Kigali with the visitations to the Kahuzi biega National Park for the eastern lowland gorilla trekking , which is south of Lake Kivu and Virunga National Park for the Nyiragongo hiking tour in Goma. This safari will once be combined with the Nyiragongo Hike that will reward you with the ultimate safari experience as well as an adventure of a lifetime.

Tour highlights

Day 1: Drive to Bukavu in DR Congo

Day 2: Tracking Lowland Gorilla tracking in Kahuzi Biega South Kivu

Day 3: Transfer to Goma

Day 4: Have a hiking tour to Nyiragongo Volcano

Day 5: Descend down to Goma –Rwanda

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Drive to Bukavu in DR Congo

Upon your arrival at Kigali International Airport, the company guide will pick you and drive you southwards to Cyangugu border on the way to Bakavu in DR Congo, have your lunch at Butale Ibis Hotel and then continue crossing to the boarder to Bukavu , and in case time allows , visit the genocide memorials that is located along Nyungwe road.

Dinner and overnight at Orchid safari Lodge/ Far Horizon

Day 2: Tracking Lowland Gorilla tracking in Kahuzi Biega South Kivu

Have an early morning breakfast and after drive to Kahuzi Beiga National Park in order to track the lowland gorillas, this drive from the Orchid safari Lodge is about 1 hour to the park headquarters for this true safari experience of lowland gorilla trekking in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In the briefing, the clients are entertained by the cultural dance as well as hot tea that is offered by the park. Tracking these lowland gorillas is very amazing since the lowland Gorillas differ from the mountain gorillas. The lowland gorillas stay in bigger families as compared to the mountain gorillas; you will actually not regret the safari efforts, once you meet the amazing Gorillas! After tracking these gorillas, you will return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 3: Transfer to Goma

Early in the morning, take a boat from Bukavu towards Goma, it’s usually a 5 hour boat and later on arrival, you will check inn at Lac Vic Hotel in Goma for your dinner and an overnight. Another alternative might be to be driven on road using Rwanda side and arrive in Goma in the afternoon, relax at the beaches along Lake Kivu with boat cruise on the lake.

Dinner and overnight at Lake Kivu Water Front Beach hotel/ Lake Kivu Serena/ Discover Youth Hostel

 Day 4: Have a hiking tour to Nyiragongo Volcano

Breakfast early in the morning and after set off to Kibati which is the starting point for the hike. These climbing adventures also take about 6-7 hours depending on the movement of the team involved and the number of the people on a particular trek.

Overnight at the top of the volcano tents / Cabins at the Summit

Day 5: Descend down to Goma –Rwanda

You will today descend to Goma and then arrive at Kabati in the morning at around mid-day, after the arrival, transfer to Goma for your lunch and later proceed to Gisenyi and drive back to Kigali.

END OF SAFARI

Safari inclusions

  • Eastern lowland gorilla permits
  • Nyiragongo Hike permit
  • Accommodations as per the itinearay
  • Drinking water
  • Enroute meals
  • Ground Transportation

Safari Exclusions

  • Flight to Rwanda
  • Congo tourist Visa
  • Rwanda visa
  • All the personal items

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