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This 8 Days Congo Safari Tour is perfect for adventurous people who want a complete tour in Eastern DR Congo. Track both lowland and the Mountain Gorillas in Kahuzi-Biega N.P. and Virunga N.P, climb the Nyiragongo volcano and see the large lava lake at the crater and end with a relaxing stay at Tchegera island in Lake Kivu. Contact us to book this tour.

8 Days Congo Safari Tour

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Climb the active Nyiragongo volcano
  • Lowland & Mountain Gorilla permit (included)

Day 1: Welcome to Rwanda!

Your driver/guide will be at Kigali Airport to pick you up upon your arrival, marking the start of the 8 Days Congo Safari Tour. Depending on your arrival time you may be able to visit some of Kigali’s craft markets to browse amongst the pottery, carvings, batik, weaving, sculpture, musical instruments, leather, and fabrics on offer. Prepare to use your haggling skills!

Day 2: To Bukavu in DR Congo

Today you will meet with your tour leader who will guide you during your entire tour in DR Congo. You will drive through the rolling hills of Rwanda to the border town of Bukavu. If you used our Visa services you Visa approval will be ready at the border and you will receive your Congolese Visa in your passport on arrival.

You will stay in into your preferred hotel. You will not expect this stylish accommodation on the shores of Lake Kivu. It is the perfect starting place for tomorrow’s activity.

Day 3: Lowland Gorilla tracking

Early in the morning, you will depart for your first Gorilla tracking of this tour. The Eastern Lowland Gorillas (Gorilla berengei graueri) live in a small national park called Kahuzi-Biega National Park. The national park is named after the 2 extinct volcanoes, Kahuzi, and Biega which dominate the park with summits at around 2600 meter above sea level.

One of the last remaining groups of Eastern Lowland gorillas can be seen here. There is an estimation that there are only 250 individuals remaining in this national park. The Gorillas live at an altitude between 2100 to 2400 meters above sea-level.

The lowland Gorilla should not be confused with their relatives the Mountain Gorillas. The main difference in appearance is the size and type of hair. The Eastern lowland gorilla or Grauer gorillas are the largest gorillas in the world! Kahuzi-Biega is the last remaining protected area where these magnificent creatures leave and are on the UNESCO world heritage list.

During your tracking, you will be able to approach the gorillas at short range. You will spend one hour with them and you are able to take pictures but without flash.

Besides the habitat of the Lowland Gorilla’s, Kahuzi-Biega is also an important endemic bird area with an impressive list of 349 species of which 42 are endemic species. If that is not enough, the stunning landscapes will provide unique photo moments.

Depending on what time you finish your Gorilla tracking you can go for the optional activity of visiting the Lwiro Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Centre.

After the amazing encounters with the Lowland Gorillas, you will drive back to Bukavu. Here you can relax or do an optional activity like a boat ride on Lake Kivu or take a stroll along the lakeside. In the evening you will enjoy a lovely meal at your preferred hotel

Day 4: To Virunga National Park.

The 8 Days Congo Safari Tour take you to explore the wonders of Virunga National Park. The driver will take you to Bukavu harbor where you will board the private boat to Goma. On arrival in Goma you will go on a small city tour to see the old cathedral ruined by the latest eruption of the Nyiragongo volcano. You can still see how close the lava came to the city. There is a volcanic observatory in Goma to monitor especially the Nyiragongo volcano.

The driver of Virunga national park will be waiting to take you to Virunga National park. The Virunga N.P. is the oldest national park in Africa and it is the most varied region on the entire continent and home to the endangered Mountain Gorillas and Chimpanzee. It boasts the only glacier in Africa with its Rwenzori Mountains and has typical savanna grassland near Lake Edward and the Rwindi plains.

The Virunga N.P. is the oldest national park in Africa and it is the most varied region on the entire continent. Home to the endangered Mountain Gorillas and Chimpanzee. It boasts the only glacier in Africa with its Rwenzori mountains and has typical savanna grassland near Lake Edward and the Rwindi plains.

Day 5: Mountain Gorilla Tracking

Today is an exciting day and the second tracking of this tour. Today you will stand eye-to-eye with the Mountain Gorilla.

Virunga National park is a UNESCO world heritage site and the oldest national park on the continent! It is a diverse protected area with the peaks of the Rwenzori mountains, erosion valleys, active volcanoes, forest, and even savanna areas.

This national park has been hidden from the public for a long time due to civil war and unrest in Eastern Congo. At this moment it is fully operational and the perfect place to track the mountain gorillas in the wild. Starting at the headquarters in Rumangabo you will go for a challenging hike in search of these gentle giants.

Your track will be an exciting journey along forested slopes, entwined vines, bushes and bamboo before you eventually reach the gorillas’ current location. Your guide will point out signs of previous gorilla activity, including dung, nests and chewed bamboo shoots. Once the gorillas have been located, you will be allowed a maximum of one hour with them. Coming face-to-face with a mountain gorilla is a humbling and emotional experience. This is a fantastic and privileged opportunity to get up close and personal with Congo’s own ‘Gorillas in the Mist’.

Note: Adequate Wild African Safaris purchases the permits in advance but is unable to reserve a specific gorilla group as it is for the head-ranger to decide this!

Visit the Senkwekwe Gorilla Orphanage

When you are back from the Gorilla tracking you can choose to visit the Senkwekwe Gorilla orphanage which is located in Rumangabo next to Mikeno lodge. Each of the four gorillas living at the center was victimized by poachers or animal traffickers, and likely witnessed family members being murdered. Thanks to the financial support of individuals around the world – and the loving care provided by their human caregivers – the orphans now lead happy and secure lives in their forested enclosure. Please note that you will not be interacting with the Gorilla’s but you can see them from a distance playing and their how their caregivers take care of them. This activity is for free.

Tonight you will sleep into your preferred hotel

Day 6: Nyiragongo Volcano

Your driver will take you to the Kibati starting point on the foot of the Nyiragongo volcano. You will start hiking at 10 AM in the morning. You will have your own porter to carry your backpack and your personal items, we will hire a cook to prepare your meals on top of the crater rim and as well hire a sleeping bag if you don’t have one.

The Nyiragongo is one of the world’s most active volcanoes and has the world’s largest lava lake. This stratovolcano recently erupted in 2002 but is predictable and therefore safe to climb. The volcano’s forested lower slopes are home to a variety of animals, including monkeys and bushbucks.

In the late afternoon, you will reach the top with an extraordinary view of the crater filled with a sea of lava. You are one of the few to admire this spectacle. After a nice hot meal prepared by your personal cook.

At night you can see the sea of lava in the crater which gives spectacular pictures! You will sleep in one of the cabins on the crater rim. These cabins are very basic at the moment.

Day 7: Relaxing at Tchegera Island

Around noon you will be at the base camp of the Nyiragongo(Kibati). After this amazing experience, it is time to relax. Your driver/guide will take you to Goma harbor where you will take a short boat ride on the lake to Tchegera Island.

The tented camp offers spectacular views of the lake and four volcanoes. On clear nights, Nyiragongo and Nyamulagira volcanoes add to the drama by turning the night sky red with their glowing lava. There is also an abundance of birdlife on the island. You can choose to relax on the beach or explore other parts of the island in a sea kayak or by paddleboard.

Day 8: Departure

Today is, unfortunately, your last day with us.

After a day of relaxing, you will go back to Goma by boat. Your driver/guide will be waiting for you at Goma harbor and cross over the border to take you back to Kigali for your international flight  back home.

You don’t want the fun to end? You can continue your tour in the region with one of our extensions.

This is the end of the 8 Days Congo Safari Tour.

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