The 13 Days Gorilla Trek Africa will take to the Rwanda, DRC Congo and Uganda for gorilla trekking safari and then hike the Mount Nyiragongo and then experience the wildlife in Uganda. This safari can be customized for individual or group travelers and staying in Eco – friendly safari lodges and exclusive camps.
Upon your arrival meet our guide at Kigali International Airport and transfer to Kigali Serena Hotel/Marriot Hotel/Mille Collines Hotel in Kigali for dinner and overnight, Meal plan: Dinner and overnight. B/B
Day1: Kigali transfer to Parc National des Volcanoes
Have breakfast, and then meet the guide take Kigali city tour visiting the Kigali genocide memorial. Lunch and after transfer to Parc National des Volcanoes. The 2 hours journey to PNV goes through the beautiful terraced hillsides that characterize much of Rwanda’s landscape. Dinner and overnight stay in Virunga Safari Lodge/Sabyinyo Silver Back Lodge/Mountain Gorilla View Lodge/5 Volcanoes Hotel Boutique. Meal plan: F/B
Day2: Rwanda Gorilla Trekking – Visit Iby’wacu Cultural Village
Wake up early and prepare for today’s incredible experience of Gorilla tracking. We shall assemble at Park Headquarters with packed lunch, attend a briefing on the ‘Dos’ and ‘Don’ts while with Gorillas. Tracking gorillas takes 2-7 Hours depending on their movements. You will stay with these giant apes for 1 hr. for observation and photographing. Lunch, after transfer to Iby’wacu cultural village and experience the Rwanda cultural performance from once the gorilla hunters and now ecotourism warriors, Dinner and overnight stay as above. Meal plan: F/B
Day4: Golden Monkey – Transfer Gisenyi
Early breakfast and after drive again to the park head office for briefing about the golden monkey which are another endangered primates in the Volcanoes and this takes half day. Lunch, after transfer to Gisenyi and relax at the shores of Lake Kivu, Dinner and overnight stay at Lake Kivu Serena Hotel. Meal plan: F/B
Day5: Goma – Hike Nyiragongo in Virunga National Park
Have breakfast, and then Hike Nyiragongo. Nyiragongo is a beautiful strato-volcano that features the world’s largest Lava Lake. The volcano’s forested lower slopes are home to a variety of animals, including chimpanzees, monkeys, and bush buck. Nyiragongo summit rim is largely devoid of vegetation and is frequently dusted with snow. From the rim, visitors can peer down into a churning lava Lake and see and hear hot gases exploding up though a mosaic of molten lava. Although predictable and therefore safe for tourists, Nyiragongo is greatly feared during eruptions. Because of the high silica content of its lava, Nyiragongo lava flows are extremely fluid. During the 2002 eruption, some of Nyiragongo lava flows were clocked at 100 km/hr (62 mph) and reached all the way to Lake Kivu.
Treks to the summit of Nyiragongo volcano begin at the Kibati patrol post, which is approximately 30 minutes by car from Goma. The patrol post is less than a one hour drive from the Mikeno Lodge in Rumangabo. Park rangers lead all treks and porters (unaffiliated with the park) are available for hire. The time required to reach the summit depends on the average fitness of each group, but typically takes 4 – 6 hours. Overnight at the top of Nyiragongo in Safari Camps, Meal Plan: F/B
Day6: Descend Nyiragongo – Virunga National Park
After breakfast, spend 2-3 hours on the top, after descend back to the base camp of Nyiragongo. Then transfer to Mikeno and overnight stay at Mikeno Lodge overlooking the Nyiragongo Mountain. Meal plan: F/B
Day7: Second Congo Gorilla Trekking
Have breakfast from the lodge and thereafter transfer to the park head offices for briefing and later go for the second gorilla trekking in the Virunga National Park. After return to lodge for relaxing as you view the Nyiragongo Mountain. (The best time to visit June-July as the little rain clears the mist a way to have clear view of the mountain). Meal plan: F/B
Day8: Virunga National Park – Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Have breakfast and early morning leave to Kisoro via Cyanika Boarder to Uganda; Bwindi Gorilla Park famous for its beautiful islands and prolific bird life, settle and relax and visit the beautiful Islands of Lake Mutanda. Dinner and overnight at Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge/Nkuringo Gorilla Camp/Lake Mutanda Resort. Meal plan: F/B
Day9: Third Gorilla trekking Expedition Uganda
After early breakfast, we shall proceed to park offices with packed lunch for a briefing about the ‘Dos’ and ‘Don’ts’ while with gorillas. Tracking can take 2-8 hours depending on their movements. Tracking involves walking up steep and densely forested hills before finally coming across the gorillas camouflaged in the vegetation. You will stay with these Giant apes for 1 hour for observation and photographing. Relax in the evening as we wait for dinner and overnight at Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge/Nkuringo Gorilla Camp/Lake Mutanda Resort. Meal plan: F/B
Day10: Bwindi Forest-Queen Elizabeth National park
Take breakfast and set off to Queen Elizabeth Park. The journey takes you through beautiful rolling hills and the Ishasha sector for -Tree-climbing-Lions in the south of Queen Elizabeth. Have lunch at Mweya safari lodge. Proceed to Mweya peninsula and then with time go to Kasenyi for an evening game drive to spot wildlife species. You will also see herds of elephants and buffaloes drinking water on the channel. The boat provides a clear platform for photographing. Dinner and overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge/Katara Lodge/Bush Lodge. Meal plan: F/B
Day11: Kyambura Gorge Walk & Boat Ride along Kazinga Channel
Have early breakfast and drive to Kyambura Gorge nearby to track the fast moving and elusive wild chimpanzees, one of man’s closest relations. Kyambura Gorge harbours the only family of habituated chimpanzees in Africa. Chimpanzee tracking safaris depart from Fig Tree Camp each morning at 08:00 Hrs. and in the afternoon at 13:00 Hrs. The chimp population is quite mobile and the walk is enchanting. Other primates include Red tailed monkeys, Vervet, Black and White colobus monkeys, olive baboons and Giant forest hog. After afternoon take boat ride along the Kazinga channel which connects Ramsar Lake George to Lake Edward and over this cruise expect to spot wildlife and birds at the banks of the River. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight above. Meal plan: F/B
Day12: Queen Elizabeth – Kibale Forest National Park
Queen-Elizabeth-National-Park Wake up early for a cup of tea or coffee and take a morning game drive to Kasenyi plains to catch up with early raisers and predators returning to their hideouts. You will be exposed to large variety of animals like Elephants, Buffaloes, Warthogs, and several Antelope species, Lion, leopard and many more. Return to your lodge for full breakfast and relax as we wait for lunch. Depart Queen Elizabeth for Kibale forest following the Rwenzori ranges. The journey will reward you with big game viewing en-route. Dinner and overnight at Kyaninga Lodge/Ndali Lodge/Mountain of the moon Hotel. Meal plan: F/B
Day13: Chimpanzee Tracking –Entebbe
Have early breakfast and assemble at Kibale Park headquarters for a briefing on chimpanzee trekking. The trek will expose you to other primates like Colobus Monkeys Giant forest hog, Vervet, red-tailed monkeys, the Grey Cheeked Mangabey, Olive Baboons, and over 350 bird species. Return for lunch; and after drive back to Kampala/Entebbe and dinner and overnight at Lake Victoria Hotel/Protea Hotel Entebbe/Bomah Guest House. Meal plan: Half Board, Breakfast and Lunch, no dinner
3 Days Murchison Falls National Park, game drive, boat cruise along River Nile, visit the top of the falls.
Day14: Optional Full day fishing-Departure
Have breakfast, after go for your fishing experience at Lake Victoria with the experienced fishing expert and in fishing boat equipped with the fishing equipment’s and this activity per person will cost extra $ 250 dollars extra and then after this experience embark your flight back home. Or Option visit the Ngamba Islands Chimpanzee Sanctuary visiting the orphaned chimpanzees.
The safari package includes:
Ground transportation by 4wd vehicles
Accommodation and meals as per itinerary
3 Gorilla permits, Rwanda, Congo and Uganda – one per person to be paid in advance
Kyambura gorge chimpanzee walk
Full day professional guide/driver
Fishing along Lake Victoria
The package excludes:
Expenses of personal nature like: Visa, drinks, laundry, tips to local guides while gorilla trekking, telephone, personal insurance and cigarettes.
What to wear/bring
Dress codes are informal. Daytime temperatures are generally warm, so bring lots of light clothing, supplemented by light sweaters for the cool evenings and heavier clothing for the higher altitudes especially Bwindi. When tracking gorillas layering your clothing is the best idea and we suggest: long sleeved shirts, cotton or gore tex trousers, strong walking shoes with ankle support, socks that you can tuck your trousers into, light gloves to protect your hands from thorns and nettles, a hat and sunglasses to provide protection against the sun and a waterproof jacket in neutral colors may come in handy in the moist mountains. Travel light and remember that soft-sided luggage is required. One medium sized duffel bag and one small day pack (carry-on) per person should be adequate. Laundry services are available at most accommodations. You should also pack some zip lock bags for spare clothing, cameras, binoculars and film. Please note that you are not allowed to use a flash when photographing Gorillas. It is a good idea to take along several different speeds of film (64 to 1000) as gorillas can be found in open sun or in the dark underbrush of the forest.