9 Days Rwanda Wildlife Tour Congo Lowland Gorilla Safari/Congo Gorilla Trekking Tour

Overview of the 9 Days Rwanda Wildlife Tour Congo Lowland Gorilla Safari/Congo Gorilla Trekking Tour

The 9 Days Rwanda Wildlife Tour Congo Lowland Gorilla Safari is a wildlife safari in Rwanda and Congo Gorilla Trekking Tour and Mount Nyiragongo hiking trip. Your trip features a game drive and boat cruise at Rwanda’s Akagera national park, lowland gorilla trekking at kahuzi-Biega National Park and Mount Nyiragongo hiking tour in Virunga National Park Congo

The tour starts with a pick up from Kigali International Airport (closest airport to Congo with daily international flights) for a transfer to a booked accommodation facility close to Akagera National Park. The next day you are driven to Congo in the Eastern side of the country where you go for lowland gorilla trekking the next day. From Kahuzi Biega you continue to Virunga for a hike to Mount Nyiragongo where after you descend from and return to Rwanda. At Akagera National Park in Rwanda you go for a morning game drive then undertake an evening boat cruise. From Akagera National Park, you then take a Kigali city tour and departure flight at Kigali international airport for a departure flight.

Highlights of the 9 Days Rwanda Wildlife Tour Congo Lowland Gorilla Safari/Congo Gorilla Trekking Tour

DAY 1: On arrival at Kigali international airport, you are picked up by a knowledgeable driver guide for a transfer to a booked accommodation in Kigali.

DAY 2: In the morning, your driver guide picks you up for a drive across Rwanda’s border to Congo’s Bukavu town in Eastern side of the country on a 7-8hours drive.

DAY 3: You are driven in the morning after breakfast for gorilla trekking in Kahuzi Biega National Park.

DAY 4: From Bukavu, you are driven to Goma where you spend the night as you prepare for a hike to Mount Nyiragongo.

DAY 5: You will hike to the summit of Mount Nyiragongo in the morning after breakfast and spend the night at the summit.

DAY 6: Descend Mount Nyiragongo and then spend the rest of the day relaxing at your hotel.

DAY 7: From Congo, your driver guide transfers you to Rwanda’s Akagera National Park.

DAY 8: After early morning breakfast, you are driven to Akagera national park for a big five wildlife encounter on a game drive then after go for an evening boat cruise.

DAY 9: On your last safari day, you have breakfast then go for a Kigali city tour and take a departure flight at Kigali international airport.

Detailed itinerary of the 9 Days Rwanda Wildlife Tour Congo Lowland Gorilla Safari/Congo Gorilla Trekking Tour

Day 1 of your 9 Days Rwanda Wildlife Tour Congo Lowland Gorilla Safari/Congo Gorilla Trekking Tour

Upon arrival at Kigali International Airport on day 1of your tour, a professional safari guide will be there to ensure your drive to a booked hotel close to Akagera National Park. On arrival, you check in, have dinner and spend the night as you relax from jet lag and get ready for a game drive and boat cruise the next day.

Day 2 of your 9 Days Rwanda Wildlife Tour Congo Lowland Gorilla Safari/Congo Gorilla Trekking Tour

From your lodging facility after having breakfast, your professional driver guide will pick you up for a safari drive to Bukavu in Congo. Driving southward to Cyangugu boarder to Bukavu you take about 7-8hours going past beautiful landscapes. Arriving in the evening you will have dinner and an overnight at your prior booked accommodation facility.

Day 3 of your 9 Days Rwanda Wildlife Tour Congo Lowland Gorilla Safari/Congo Gorilla Trekking Tour

lowland gorilla trekking in CongoThis morning, your driver guide will be ready to drive you to the park headquarters for your memorable Congo gorilla trekking safari experience. The park has only 5 habituated gorilla families for gorilla trekking by tourists and family allocation is done during the briefing. Gorilla trekking briefing starts at 8:00am by the park rangers where after you get into the jungle in a total of 8 trekkers and armed ranger guides for about 2-5 hours. After spending 1 hour having a great experience that you always imagined, you will return to the park headquarters where you will find your driver guide ready to return you to your lodging facility for relaxation, dinner and an overnight.

Day 4 of your 9 Days Rwanda Wildlife Tour Congo Lowland Gorilla Safari/Congo Gorilla Trekking Tour

Continuing with your tour after an amazing Congo gorilla safari encounter, you will have breakfast then spend the day driving to Goma using a 4×4 safari land cruiser. You will arrive in the evening check in, relax and have an overnight at a booked accommodation facility in Goma town.

Day 5 of your 9 Days Rwanda Wildlife Tour Congo Lowland Gorilla Safari/Congo Gorilla Trekking Tour

9 Days Rwanda Wildlife Tour Congo Lowland Gorilla Safari

In the morning, your driver guide will transfer you to Kibat station which is the starting point for your hike. You will then start the hike at around 9:00am taking about 6-7 hours to reach the summit depending on your physical fitness level. Mount Nyiragongo in Congo is one of Africa’s recently active stratovolcanoes. Mount Nyiragongo lava lake has ever been known as the most voluminous lava lake. The mountain is about 3,470m high with two distinct lava benches one about 3,175m (10,417ft) and the other at 2,975m (9,760ft).  It’s a non-rivaled experience to hike this volcanic mountain on a Congo tour. You will spend the night on the summit cabins where a porter can help with the cooking and carrying luggage.

Day 6 of your 9 Days Rwanda Wildlife Tour Congo Lowland Gorilla Safari/Congo Gorilla Trekking Tour

On the last day of this amazing tour in Congo, you will descend from the summit of mount Nyiragongo back to Kibat station. Your driver guide will be ready to transfer you to your lodging facility for a meal, refreshment and relaxation for the rest of the day.

Day 7 of your 9 Days Rwanda Wildlife Tour Congo Lowland Gorilla Safari/Congo Gorilla Trekking Tour

This morning you bid farewell to Congo and embark on the drive back to Rwanda. You cross the border and get to the beautiful land of a thousand hills in a beautiful back drop. Driving for about 394km taking about 8hours and 30 minutes you arrive to an accommodation facility close to Akagera National Park where you spend the night.

Day 8 of your 9 Days Rwanda Wildlife Tour Congo Lowland Gorilla Safari/Congo Gorilla Trekking Tour

9 Days Rwanda Wildlife Tour Congo Lowland Gorilla Safari

Early morning, you have breakfast then be driven by your driver guide to Akagera national park for a wild game drive that brings you up close to the wild animals. Meeting the early risers, you have chance to sight lions, leopards, antelopes, giraffes, Elephants, Buffalos, bush bucks, Rhinos 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 9 of your 9 Days Rwanda Wildlife Tour Congo Lowland Gorilla Safari/Congo Gorilla Trekking Tour

In the morning you have breakfast then be driven to Kigali town. Depending on your departure time, you take a Kigali city tour to the Gisozi Genocide Memorial Centre where you learn about the history of Rwanda especially the 10994 genocide in Rwanda. After the tour, you then continue with the drive to Kigali International Airport for your evening departure flight.

End of the 9 Days Rwanda Wildlife Tour Congo Lowland Gorilla Safari/Congo Gorilla Trekking Tour

Congo and Rwanda share the Virunga massif and within the Virunga massif, you can also trek gorillas in Volcanoes national park on Rwanda gorilla trekking safaris or during a Uganda gorilla safari to Mgahinga gorilla national park.

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