Overview of the 9 days lowland gorilla trekking safari Congo & wildlife tour in Rwanda

The 9 days lowland gorilla trekking safari Congo & wildlife tour in Rwanda is a 9 days wildlife safari in Rwanda, gorilla trekking safari in Congo and Mount Nyiragongo hiking tour. This tour features a game drive and boat cruise at Akagera National Park in Rwanda, lowland gorilla trekking at Kahuzi Biega National Park in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and a hike and descend to mount Nyiragongo (one of Africa’s most active stratovolcanoes).

With arrival and departure at Rwanda’s Kigali international airport the tour starts with a pick up and transfer to a lodging facility in Rwanda.  After breakfast the next day, you are driven for a Kigali city tour then drive to Akagera national park where you undertake a game drive and boat cruise the next day. The next morning, you are transferred to Bukavu in Congo arriving in the evening then eastern lowland gorilla trekking the next day at kahuzi Biega National Park. Continuing with your safari in Congo, you are driven to Goma town for a hike to mount Nyiragongo. After the hike and descend on mount Nyiragongo you are driven back to Rwanda’s lake Kivu where you relax before departure at Kigali international airport on the last day of the safari.

Highlights of the 9 days lowland gorilla trekking safari Congo & wildlife tour in Rwanda

Day 1: Upon arrival and clearance at Kigali international airport, you meet a knowledgeable Congo safari guide for a drive to Kigali city where you spend the night at a booked accommodation.

Day 2:  In the morning after breakfast, you go for a Kigali city tour then after continue for a drive to Akagera National Park arriving in the evening.

Day 3: In the morning, you go for a game drive at Akagera National park and then after an evening boat cruise at lake Ihema.

Day 4: After breakfast, your driver guide picks you up for a transfer to Congo’s capital of Bukavu in Eastern side of the country on a 7-8hours drive.

Day 5: Early morning after breakfast you are driven to Kahuzi Biega National Park for lowland gorilla trekking that takes about 2-6hours.

Day 6: From Bukavu, you are transferred to Goma town close to Virunga National Park.

Day 7: In the morning, you are driven to Kibat station for a hike to Mount Nyiragongo summit spending the night at the summit of the volcano.

Day 8: You descend from Mount Nyiragongo then after be driven to Lake Kivu in Rwanda where you relax after your trip

Day 9: In the morning, you can involve in water sports at lake Kivu then after embark on the transfer back to Kigali international airport for a departure flight.

Day by day detailed itinerary of the 9 days lowland gorilla trekking safari Congo & wildlife tour in Rwanda

Day 1 of the 9 days lowland gorilla trekking safari Congo & wildlife tour in Rwanda

On arrival at Rwanda’s Kigali International Airport, you are cleared by the airport staff then after you meet your safari guide for a drive to Kigali town. Just about 13km from the airport, you go for a Kigali city tour to the Genocide memorial center of which you learn about the history of Rwanda. You then continue with the drive through the town to a lodging facility in the town where you spend the night.

Day 2 of the 9 days lowland gorilla trekking safari Congo & wildlife tour in Rwanda

After having morning breakfast, your driver guide will be there to pick you up for a transfer to Kigali town for a short city tour. You will visit the Gisozi genocide memorial center, markets and many places around then after have lunch. From Kigali after the tour, you take a scenic drive to Akagera National park arriving in the evening and spending the night at an accommodation in Akagera National Park.

Day 3 of the 9 days lowland gorilla trekking safari Congo & wildlife tour in Rwanda

9 days lowland gorilla trekking safari Congo & wildlife tour in Rwanda

Akagera National Park game drive

This morning, you are driven by your driver guide to Akagera park for a wild game drive that brings you up close to the wild animals. Meeting the early risers, you have chance to sight antelopes, giraffes, Elephants, Buffalos, bush bucks among many others. After about 2-4 hours on the drive, you go for lunch then after take an afternoon boat cruise on Lake Ihema, where you are rewarded with sight of wildlife like the hippos, crocodiles alongside numerous bird species. After the boat cruise, you are driven back to your lodging facility where you spend the night.

Day 4 of the 9 days lowland gorilla trekking safari Congo & wildlife tour in Rwanda

In the morning after breakfast at the land of a thousand hills, you are picked up using a 4×4 safari Landcruiser by your guide for a drive to Congo.  You are driven southwards to Cyangugu boarder for a crossing to Bukavu in Congo with lunch taken en route. Arriving in the evening you check in, have dinner and spend the night in Bukavu town.

Day 5 of the 9 days lowland gorilla trekking safari Congo & wildlife tour in Rwanda

In the morning, you have a cup of coffee at your lodging facility then after be transferred to Kahuzi Biega National Park for a Congo gorilla trekking safari experience here. On arrival, you get a briefing from the park rangers on the Congo gorilla trekking etiquette then after you get into the jungle for gorilla trekking alongside park rangers as you spend about 2-6hours in search of the lowland gorillas then a single hour in the presence of the gentle giants as you take memorable pictures of these elusive species. After the trek, you return to the park headquarters where you meet your driver guide to transfer you back to your lodging facility where you spend the night.

Day 6 of the 9 days lowland gorilla trekking safari Congo & wildlife tour in Rwanda

From Bukavu at a lodging facility where you spent the night, you are picked up by your Congo tour guide after breakfast for a drive to Goma. You arrive in the evening spending the night at a close accommodation in Virunga National Park’s Bukima sector where you have dinner and prepare for mount Nyiragongo hike the next day.

Day 7 of the 9 days lowland gorilla trekking safari Congo & wildlife tour in Rwanda

9 days lowland gorilla trekking safari Congo & wildlife tour in RwandaAfter breakfast, your driver guide will transfer you to Kibat station where the hike to the summit of one of the world’s active stratovolcanoes starts. The hike to the summit usually takes about 6 hours depending on your energy levels. Also known as the “braves cake”, the hike is an amazing adventure past beautiful flora and fauna species to the lava lakes. During the hike you will be helped with luggage carrying and cooking at the summit by porters who can be hired at the park headquarters. The night is spent at the summit cabins as you take memorable pictures and watching the beautiful lava lake at sunrise.

Day 8 of the 9 days lowland gorilla trekking safari Congo & wildlife tour in Rwanda

From the summit of Mount Nyiragongo, you will descend back to the park headquarters in Kibat where you meet your driver guide waiting for you at the station for a transfer to Rwanda’s Lake Kivu. Arriving to the largest lake in Rwanda, you relax at the shores of the lake where you spend the night at a close accommodation.

Day 9 of the 9 days lowland gorilla trekking safari Congo & wildlife tour in Rwanda

In the morning, you opt to relax or undertake water sports that happen at the lake. Here you can opt to swim, bike along the shores of the lake, visit nyamirundi island and many more. You later on have lunch, refresh and check out of your lodging facility as your driver guide transfers you to Kigali international airport for a departure flight.

End of the 9 days lowland gorilla trekking safari Congo & wildlife tour in Rwanda

Adjacent to Virunga National Park, you can also trek mountain gorillas on a Rwanda gorilla safari to Volcanoes National Park and on a Uganda gorilla trekking safari to Mgahinga gorilla national park all within the same massif.

From the land of a thousand hills to the untouched Africa, have 9 days in the wild and enjoy an African safari.

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