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10 Days Congo Mountain and Lowland Gorillas Safari

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10 Days Congo Mountain and Lowland gorilla safari

10 Days Congo Mountain and Lowland Gorillas Safari

Encountering both mountain gorillas and Lowland gorillas in the misty jungles of Democratic Republic of Congo is one of the greatest wildlife encounters in Central Africa, travelling to the dark rainforests of the mighty Congo is just one of the once in a lifetime travel expedition, Mountain gorillas are concentrated in Virunga national park meanwhile Lowland gorillas are concentrated in Kahuzi Biega national park.

Safari highlights

  • Trekking Lowland Gorillas
  • Trekking Mountain gorillas
  • Relaxation on the shores of Lake Kivu

Detailed safari itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kigali and transfer to your hotel for overnight

Upon arrival in Kigali international airport our tour guide will receive you and transfer you to your lodge in Kigali city centre for overnight.

Day 2: Drive to Gisenyi for overnight

After Lazily morning breakfast you will start your drive North towards Volcanoes national park enroute to Gisenyi which is the bordering town to Goma in the DR Congo located on the shores of Lake Kivu, upon arrival you will check in to your lodge for relaxation and overnight.

Day 3: Cross the border at Goma in to Dr Congo and transfer to Virunga national park

After morning breakfast you will be transferred to the border to clear immigration at both Rwanda and Congo side after clearance you will drive to Virunga national park arriving in time for relaxation and overnight.

Day 4: Gorilla trekking experience in Virunga national park

After morning breakfast you drive to the Virunga park headquarters for your Mountain gorilla trekking briefing by the park rangers after the briefing you will start your trek in to the misty jungles of the Virunga, upon locating the mountain gorillas you will spend 1 hour with them and later drive back to the lodge for overnight.

Day 5: Cross back to Rwanda and drive to Cyangugu for overnight

After Lazily morning breakfast you may visit the Senkwekwe gorilla orphanage and after you will transfer to the border for clearance, after crossing to Rwanda you will drive a long lake Kivu to Cyangugu which the second border town on Lake Kivu bordering DR Congo’s Bukavu where Kahuzi Biega is located, upon arrival you will check in to your lodge for relaxation and Overnight.

Day 6: Cross the border at Bukavu in to DR Congo

After morning breakfast you will transfer to the border for immigration clearance, after clearance you will transfer to Bukavu town for relaxation and overnight.

Day 7: Gorilla trekking experience in Kahuzi Biega national park

After an early morning breakfast you will drive to Kahuzi Biega national park, upon arrival you will be taken through a lowland gorilla trekking briefing, after the briefing you will then start your trek in to the rainforest in search of the gentle giants, upon locating the Lowland gorillas you will spend 1 hour with them and then return to the park for a debrief after you will drive to Bukavu for overnight.

Day 8: cross the border back to Rwanda and transfer to Lake Kivu in Karongi

After Lazily morning breakfast you will transfer to the border for immigration clearance, after you will drive to Karongi on the shores of Lake Kivu for relaxation and overnight.

Day 9: Fullday relaxation at the shores of Lake Kivu

You will spend the whole day relaxing at the shores of Lake Kivu, optional activities like Boat cruise can arranged with your guide directly.

Day 10: Drive to Kigali for your departure flight

After morning breakfast you drive to Kigali, upon arrival depending on your flight schedule you will be transferred to the Airport for your departure flight.

Trip includes

  • Airport transfers
  • Accommodation
  • Vehicle, Guide and fuel for both Rwanda and Congo
  • Mountain gorilla permit for Virunga
  • Lowland gorilla permit for Kahuzi Biega
  • Enroute meals and drinking water
  • Congo Tourist Visa

Trip excludes

  • International flights
  • Rwanda tourist Visa
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for guides and hotels
  • Personal expenses like donations, shopping etc.
When to book this safari package

We recommend booking this trip at least 9 months in advance to allow us secure the gorilla permits but Last Minute Enquiries can be made through info@wildernessexplorersafrica.com

Best time for gorilla trekking in Congo

Dry season is the best time to travel to Democratic Republic of Congo due to the bad road conditions; this is usually from May to September.

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