This tour is the ultimate tour for adventurers. Chimpanzee tracking in Nyungwe forest N.P. in Rwanda, one of the oldest forests in Africa! Tracking the Lowland Gorillas in Kahuzi-Biega National Park in Congo, Climbing the active Nyiragongo volcano and tracking Mountain Gorilla in Virunga National Park in Congo and in Bwindi National Park in Uganda. This tour is a unique experience to see all the highlights of Uganda, Rwanda and Congo.
This tour has been designed with your comfort and sense of adventure in mind. From the moment you are picked up at the airport, you will have a dedicated car and guide/driver at your disposal to transport you to all the exciting places in the program.
Day 1: Welcome to Rwanda
Your driver/guide will be at Kigali Airport to pick you up from your flight. 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! All activities and purchases today are at your own cost. Your accommodation is in a quite suburb of Kigali in the newly built Flame tree village. This hotel will make you feel right at home. Accommodation: Flame Tree Village. Meal Plan: No meals inclusive today
Day 2: Nyungwe Forest N.P.
In the morning you will meet your Green Rock Safaris leader who will be with you during your entire tour. Both Rwanda and Congo are French speaking countries and communication in English can be difficult. You will set off towards the famous Nyungwe Forest, one of the largest forests in East and Central Africa. The forest is abundant with flora and fauna including 13 primate species from colobus monkeys, mangabeys, blue monkeys and, of course, our cousins the chimpanzees. Nyungwe Forest is also a famous location for birders. With about 310 recorded bird species, 26 of which are endemic, this is one of the most important – and still little known – bird-watching destinations in Africa. In the evening, you will settle into your room at Top View Hill Hotel. The views are stunning and you will have a nice hot meal in the cozy restaurant. Accommodation: Top View Hill Hotel. Meal Plan: Breakfast & Dinner
Day 3: Chimpanzee Tracking
After a very early morning start, you will proceed to the chimpanzee tracking trail in either the Cyamudongo or Uwinka sections. The total population between the two groups is a healthy 80 individuals. This exciting up-close encounter with humans closest relative is indeed breath-taking and never forgotten. In the afternoon you are going for a special activity to track down the Ruwensori Black colobus and other rare monkey species that live in Nyungwe forest N.P. This is the only location in Africa where you’ll find “supergroups” of more than 400 Colobus monkeys in the wild. It is also one of the few places worldwide where you’ll see L’Hoest’s monkeys. Another rare animal you might also run into is the owl-faced monkey, an Albertine Rift endemic that inhabits Nyungwe’s southern forests. In fact, most of the monkey species found in the park are endemic.
Day 4: Bukavu in DR Congo
After a relaxed breakfast you will continue the journey to the heart of Africa, the Democratic Republic of Congo. This scenic route passed over the rolling hills of Rwanda and the shores of Lake Kivu until you reach the city of Bukavu. Your driver will take you to your accommodation for the night. Your English and French speaking tour leader will accompany you the entire trip. In the afternoon you have time to explore Bukavu with its old colonial architecture and impressive cathedral in the city centre. You can also just enjoy the lake view from your veranda. You will stay in a semi-luxury hotel called Orchids Safari club. This sleek and elegantly decorated hotel offers a mixture of contemporary and traditional African styles. You will not expect this stylish accommodation on the shores of Lake Kivu. It is the perfect starting place for tomorrow’s activity. Accommodation: Orchids Safari Club. Meal Plan: Breakfast
Day 5: 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. It is estimated 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 Gorilla’s. 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 live and is 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-lights. Besides the habitat of the Lowland Gorillas, 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 lake side. In the evening you will enjoy a lovely meal at Orchids safari club. Accommodation: Orchids safari club Meal Plan: Breakfast, packed lunch
Day 6: To Virunga National Park
Your driver/guide will take you to the harbour of Bukavu where you will board the day boat to Goma. This boat ride is a nice relaxing opportunity to see Lake Kivu and its small islands. Goma is a simple town in Congo but has some interesting sites you could visit. During the 2002 Nyiragongo eruption there were several places in the city that were completely destroyed several, including important buildings in the city. After a short city tour you will continue to Virunga national park where you will sleep at Mikeno Lodge. This is without doubt the most beautiful lodge in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Accommodation: Mikeno Lodge. Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 7: 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 an Eco-diverse 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’. When you are back from the Gorilla tracking you can choose to visit the Senkwekwe 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. Accommodation: Mikeno Lodge. Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 8: Nyiragongo Volcano
Your driver will take you to the Kibati patrol post on the foot of the Nyiragongo volcano. You will start hiking at 10:00hrs in the morning. You will have your own porter to carry your backpack and your personal cook will prepare your meal on top of the crater rim. Green Rocks Safaris will provide you with a backpack with a sleeping bag and warm fleece shirt. The Nyiragongo is one of the world’s most active volcanos and has the world’s largest lava lake. This strato volcano 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 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 huts on the crater rim. These huts are very basic at the moment. Accommodation: Nyiragongo Summit Shelter. Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 9: To Lake Mutanda
In the morning you will enjoy your breakfast with the breathtaking view overlooking the crater before you descend. Your driver/guide will drive you to Kisoro in the south-western part of Uganda. You will cross the border at Bunagana, then continue to Mutanda Lake resort where you will have lunch. Mutanda Lake Resort is spectacularly located on a private peninsula stretching into Lake Mutanda. With small islands dotting the surrounding lake and a backdrop of misty volcanoes in nearby Rwanda and DR Congo this setting never fails to impress visitors.
Day 10: Optional third Gorilla tracking
Optional third Gorilla tracking: Permit costs US$ 600 per person Bwindi Impenetrable Forest boasts both Mountain Gorillas and Chimpanzees – the only forest in Africa which can make this claim in fact. It also hosts five other species of primate, 113 species of mammal, over 200 butterflies and 360 birds. Today you can choose to go on your Third Gorilla tracking and see the Mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. You can also choose to relax at Lake Mutanda and enjoy the stunning view! Accommodation: Mutanda Lake Resort. Meal Plan: Breakfast, Packed lunch & Dinner If you don’t go on your third Gorilla tracking you have all day to unwind, relax, swim or do something else in this wonderful area. There are several optional activities you can do organize. All activities are at your own cost. Golden monkey tracking in Mgahinga N.P. Batwa trail in Mgahinga N.P. Climb the Mgahinga, Muhavura or Sabinyo volcano Bird watching tour on the Lake Village walk
Day 11: Departure
Today is your last day with Green Rocks Safaris. The driver/guide will take you to the airport in time for your international flight home. You don’t want the fun to end? You can continue your tour in the region with one of our extension. This is the end of what we hope was a wonderful tour through Rwanda, Congo & Uganda. Accommodation: Not included. Meal Plan: Breakfast
No. of Persons and Rates Per Person
US$ 5590 – 2 persons US$ 5190 – 3 persons US$ 4690 – 4 persons
- Transport in a 4 Wheel Drive land cruiser
- All fuel for the tour
- English/French speaking tour leader during your entire trip
- Accommodation as listed in the program
- Meals according to the program
- Park entrance fees according to the program
- All activities described in the itinerary
- 1 chimpanzee permit Rwanda per person
- 1 Low land Gorilla permit Congo per person
- 1 Nyiragongo volcano climb permit per person
- 1 Mountain Gorilla permit Congo per person
- International air fares and entry Visa
- Visa service for DR Congo
- Extra mountain gorilla permit Uganda (US$ 600)
- Meals that are not part of your accommodation
- Porter to carry your luggage during Gorilla tracking and Nyiragongo volcano
- Personal (medical/travel) insurance
- Tips and gratuities to rangers, driver/guide, porter, hotel staff, e.t.c
- All expenses of personal nature (e.g. drinks, laundry, optional activities, souvenirs etc.).
The bookings with the hotels mentioned in the program depend on availability. Reservations will only be made after your booking. In case the mentioned hotels are not available during the requested period, we will do our utmost best to book a hotel in the same class for you (of course we will only do this after consulting you).