Tour Overview

rwanda-dancersThis safari includes chimpanzee tracking in Nyungwe forest national park and the eastern lowland gorilla trekking that is combined with Nyiragongo Hike as well as gorilla trekking in Volcanoes national park. You will get a chance to visit the lowland gorillas in Kahusi beiga national park, hiking the Nyiragongo Mountain in Virunga National park, have a boat cruise on Lake Kivu and do gorilla trekking in Volcanoes national park.

Tour Highlights

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park

Early in the morning, you will be welcomed by the guide who will then transfer you to Nyungwe Forest National park, this is the only destination for chimpanzee tracking in Rwanda, you will have this drive between 6-7 hours and you will make some stops to visit the genocide memorials along the road and have lunch en route, you will arrive at Nyungwe national park in the evening hours.

Dinner and overnight at Nyungwe Forest Lodge/ Nyungwe Hill top Lodge/ Gisakura Guest House

Day 2: Enjoy chimpanzee tracking & Transfer to Bukavu

Have breakfast early in the morning, later on drive for an hour to the briefing point in Nyungwe Forest national park to engage in Chimpanzee trekking, you will also be guided on the rules and regulations to be followed during the visit to these apes in the jungle, this activity is done between 2-4 hours and once they are found, you will have one hour to spend with them as you take photos as well as films. After the trek, return to the lodge for your lunch and later on drive and cross to Bukavu from Rusizi 1 border and later drive to Bukavu town.

Dinner and overnight at Orchid safari Lodge/ Far Horizon/ Panorama Hotel

Day 3: Gorilla trekking in Kahuzi Biega National Park

Very early in the morning, you will take a simple drive of 1:30 minutes journey and head to the Khuzi biega national park headquarters to have a briefing about the eastern lowland gorilla trekking dos and donts and you will be entertained by the cultural performances and get a chance to learn about the Congolese cultural performances and later on enter the forest to start searching for the lowland gorillas in the swamps, this can take between 2 to 5 hours for you to find the primates and this also depends mainly on their movement and once they are found, you will be given one hour to spend with them and also take photos and also watch them play and feed as well , you will return to the lodge after the trek.

Day 4: Drive to Goma

Have breakfast in the morning and take a boat ride from Bakavu to Goma, here you will be welcomed by another tour guide to transfer you from the Goma land site to Virunga National park to your hotel. The company can as well use boats depending on their schedule as well as the budget of the traveler.

Dinner and overnight at Lake Lac Hotel/ Mikeno Lodge

Day 5: Have Mount Nyiragongo Volcanic Hike

After your breakfast, you will be transferred to Kibati which is the starting point for the Nyiragongo hike and you should be there by 9:00am since the climbing activity lasts for over 6 hours depending on the size of the group as well as the speed of the hiking group. You will reach at the top and view the toplave crater of Nyiragongo Volcano.

Dinner and overnight at Nyiragongo Cabins Tented.

Day 6: Descend Nyiragongo & Drive to Gisenyi

You will be offered breakfast at the lodge and then start to descend downhill and then reach at the starting point at 11:00am and then drive to Goma and later cross the border to Rwanda and relax at the beach on Lake Kivu.

Dinner and overnight at Lake Kivu water front beach hotel/ Lake Serena/ Discover Youth Hostel Lake

Day 7: Have a boat cruise on Lake Kivu

Have breakfast in the morning and then take a boat cruise to pay a visit to the local villages and fishing villages on the lake Kivu, the boat cruise will last 3 hours and the optional include fishing that can be done on Lake Kivu using the modern fishing tools and the travelers need to know the company that he or she is optioning for fishing tours on Lake Kivu and we then arrange as required. After the boat cruise, return to the lodge for your lunch and then transfer to Volcanoes National park as you pass through the Congo Nile trails arriving in Musanze in evening hours and if time allows, you will visit the twin lakes in volcanoes National park and later check in to the hotel.

Dinner and overnight at Mountain Gorilla view Lodge/Villa Da Gorilla/Hotel Muhabura

Day 8: Do Gorilla trekking & Transfer to Kigali

Early in morning, wake up for breakfast and after have a 30 minutes’ drive to volcanoes National park headquarters for briefing about the gorilla tracking dos and don’ts as well as the group allocation which is done by registering your passport by the tour guide and after enter into the car and you will be driven to the starting point for gorilla trekking and after, you will enter the forest to start searching for the mountain gorillas with in the wild. This takes 2-6 hours to find them and once you find them, you will be given 1 hour to interact and take photos, watch them play as well as feeding. After, return to the lodge for lunch and later proceed to Kigali airport for your flight back home.

END OF SAFARI

Tour inclusions

  • Chimpanzee trekking permits
  • Eastern lowland gorilla permits
  • Nyiragongo hike permit
  • Boat cruise on lake kivu
  • Water transport if opted
  • Rwanda permits
  • Drinking water
  • Meals
  • Ground transport
  • Services of a professional guide

Tour exclusion

  • Flight to Rwanda
  • Rwanda visa
  • Porters
  • All personal items not listed in the itinerary above