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8 Days Uganda Rwanda Congo Safari – Gorilla Trekking, Wildllife Viewing, Mount Nyirangongo Hike & Community Tours

8 Days Uganda Rwanda Congo Safari – Overview.

8 days Uganda Rwanda Congo safari is a 7 nights/8-day Uganda Rwanda Congo tour which is one of the best inter-country short safaris that pick the main highlights of the visited destinations.

The 8 days Uganda Rwanda Congo safari starts in Kigali Rwanda and ends in Kampala Uganda taking you to magical sites including; Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park for Mountain Gorilla Trekking, Congo’s Virunga National Park for Nyiragongo Volcano Climbing, Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth National Park, and Lake Mburo National Park for wild game viewing & optional Chimpanzee trekking not forgetting exploring the city landscapes including the historical tour to Gisozi genocide memorial in Kigali.

8 Days Uganda Rwanda Congo Safari – Highlights.

  • Day 1: Tour Gisozi genocide memorial and drive to Volcanoes National Park.
  • Day 2: Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes Park & drive to Lake Kivu – Gisenyi.
  • Day 3: Adventure hike to Nyiragongo Volcano.
  • Day 4: Descend from Nyiragongo Volcano and drive to Uganda Lake Bunyonyi.
  • Day 5: Drive to Queen Elizabeth in search of tree climbing lions in the Ishasha sector & other wildlife
  • Day 6: Game drive in Kasenyi plains, boat cruise on Kazinga Channel  & evening game drive.
  • Day 7: Optional Chimpanzee trekking in Kalinzu Forest Reserve in the morning, transfer to Lake Mburo National Park and undertake an evening game drive.
  • Day 8: Undertake a morning walking safari & drive to Kampala.

8 Days Uganda Rwanda Congo Safari – Detailed Itinerary.

Day 1: Tour Gisozi Genocide Memorial And Drive to Volcanoes National Park.

Following breakfast, undertake a historical tour to the Gisozi genocide memorial paying respects to the Rwandese (Tutsis and moderate Hutus) that lost their lives in the 1994 genocide.

The building houses a range of body remains the series of writings and audio presentations detailing the cause and effect of the tragic ethnic conflict that befell destination Rwanda.

From the tour, you settle for lunch after which you drive to Volcanoes National Park 116km around 2 – 3 hours’ drive enjoying the views of the Rwandan hillsides.

Accommodation: Upmarket / Luxury: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge, Mid-range / Standard: Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge, Budget / Basic: Muhabura Hotel

Day 2: Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes Park & Drive to Lake Kivu – Gisenyi.

Mountain Gorilla Trekking commences with a briefing at 8 am but an earlier arrival allows one to enjoy the magical performance of Rwandan traditional dancers – the Intore while drinking a cup of hot Rwandan coffee.

From the briefing, you connect to the trailhead and embark on the hike through the gorilla highlands in search of these critically endangered apes.

You traverse the steep slopes, dense jungle, and rough surfaces before approaching them as they forage and socialize.

The direct viewing is limited to one hour for conservation purposes while the whole tracking duration is unpredictable but can range from 2 – 8 hours.

Retreat from the activity and transfer to Lake Kivu Gisenyi area 110km around 2 hours’ drive for afternoon beach recreation experience.

Accommodation: Up market / Luxury: Lake Kivu Serena Resort, Mid-range / Budget: Paladis Malahide

Day 3: Adventure Hike to Nyiragongo Volcano.

Connect to Goma very early in the morning before gathering at Kibati Patrol post to embark on the Nyiragongo Volcano Climbing commencing at 9 am.

Nyiragongo is one of the eight (8) Virunga Volcanoes and is gifted with the world’s largest lava lake that is also most violent on a similar scale.

The Nyiragongo Trek offers remarkable views of the surroundings and lasts 4 – 6 hours to reach the summit of 3470m. The overnight in the Mountain Shelter is available and the night view of the lava lake is very amazing.

Accommodation: Mountain Shelter

Day 4: Descend From Nyiragongo Volcano And Drive to Uganda Lake Bunyonyi.

You descend down the Volcano enjoying the panoramic views of Lake Kivu, Goma and Gisenyi towns, and the lush equatorial jungle of the Democratic Republic of Congo which is only second to Amazon on a world scale.

Connect back to Kibati Patrol Post and get into your vehicle to drive to Lake Bunyonyi Uganda crossing at ChaniKa border.

You are welcomed by the fascinating Kigezi Highlands before settling at Lake Bunyonyi for relaxation and overnight.

Accommodation: Up market / Luxury: Birdnest @Lake Bunyonyi Resort, Mid-range / Budget: Lake Bunyonyi Eco-resort

Day 5: Drive to Queen Elizabeth in Search of Tree Climbing Lions in Ishasha Sector & Other Wildlife.

Following breakfast, connect to Queen Elizabeth National Park 289km about 8 hours drive with an en-route Ishasha sector game drive in the quest for the tree-climbing lions.

The lions in this part of the world tend to climb trees in the mid-morning sun and a drive through the area offers their likely views as they rest on the branches of the fig trees.

The sights of other wild games like Elephants, Deffasa Water-bucks, Topis, and Uganda Kobs among others may not be missed. Proceed to the northern sector of the park for relaxation and overnight.

Accommodation: Upmarket / Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge / Katara Lodge, Mid-range / Standard: Enganzi Lodge, Budget / Basic: Pumba Safari Cottages

Day 6: Game Drive in Kasenyi Plains, Boat Cruise on Kazinga Channel  & Evening Game Drive.

You start off the early morning game drive at 7 am in the Kasenyi sector gaining likely chances of viewing Lions, Buffaloes, Elephants, Deffassa Water-buck, Side-striped jackal, Leopard, Warthogs, Uganda Kobs, Topis, Oribis, Spotted Hyenas among others.

The game viewing activity in your 4 x 4 Safari Van / Land cruiser with a pop-up roof takes around 3 – 4 hours after which you connect to Mweya peninsular for relaxation and lunch.

In the afternoon, you assemble at Mweya jetty for 2 pm boat cruise along the 45km long Kazinga Channel that adjoins Lakes George and Edward.

The ride takes 2 hours and offers likely views of Nile crocodiles, Hippos, birds like Africa skimmers, Great Cormorants among others. The drive along the channel track offers a late evening game viewing experience.

Accommodation: Upmarket / Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge / Katara Lodge, Mid-range / Standard: Enganzi Lodge, Budget / Basic: Pumba Safari Cottages

Day 7: Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park And Undertake an Evening Game Drive. 

Following breakfast, you set off on the drive to Lake Mburo National Park 180km about 3 hours drive exploring the impressive views of the countryside landscapes including the Bunyaruguru explosion crater and Kalinzu Forest Reserve where you can make an optional Chimpanzee trekking encounter.

Traditional lunch stop is made at Igongo Cultural Centre 12km past Mbarara town after which you proceed to Lake Mburo National Park entering through Sanga gate and do an afternoon game drive gaining likely possibilities of exploring Impala, Burchell’s Zebra, Warthogs, the waterbucks, the Rothschild giraffes, the Topis among others.

Accommodation: Upmarket / Luxury: Mihingo Lodge, Mid range / Standard: Rwakobo Rock, Budget / Basic: Eagles Nest

Day 8: Undertake a Morning Walking Safari & Drive to Kampala.

Do a walking safari from Rwonyo Center commencing at 7 am in the company of an armed ranger guide. This presents the opportunity to explore the wild game on foot and the likely sights include; Elands, Rothschild giraffes, Burchell’s Zebra, Warthogs, Impala, Topis, and water-bucks among others. Retire from the 2-hour activity and connect on the drive to Kampala 240km about 3 – 4 hours drive.

End of The 8 Days Uganda Rwanda Congo Safari

Getting There

Safari Inclusions

Airport transfers Transportation by safari van Accommodation and meals as per itinerary Gorilla permits, one per person to be paid in advance Driver allowances En-route lunches Visit the equator and igongo cultural Center.

Safari Exclusions

personal nature expenses of excludes: laundry, tips to local guides, telephone, porter fee while trekking, Air fare, Visa, drinks, personal insurance, personal shopping bills and cigarettes.