This 7 Days Congo, Rwanda and Uganda gorilla safari is planned along the major tourism circuit from Rwanda to D.R. Congo to Uganda and departure via Kigali international airport. The circuit snakes through the leading tourist destinations in all countries and also offers an amazing triple gorilla trekking experiences not found in many East African tour packages. Some of the highlights on this trip include Kigali city tour, Gorilla trekking in Virunga, Volcanoes and Mgahinga gorilla national parks, plus Golden monkey trekking in Mgahinga national park and community walks.
7 Days Complete Gorilla Circuit Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in Kigali, City tour and Transfer to Gisenyi
On Arrival at Kigali International Airport, meet and greet with our company representative and later have a private transfer to your hotel in Gisenyi. Depending on the arrival time of your international flight, you will have the opportunity to tour Kigali’s phenomenal attractions, including the Gisozi genocide memorial center, Kigali craft market, Hotel Rwanda or the Kandt Museum. Overnight stay in Ginseyi.
Day 2: Gorilla Trekking in Virunga
After breakfast at our lodge, head to either Mikeno or Bukima ranger posts in Virunga for pre-trek briefing. You will then head for mountain gorilla trekking in Parc National Des Virunga with the rest of the guests. A gorilla trek may take some hours in this jungle, between 1 – 8 hours and it depends on the previous movements of these primates. Once you find them, you’re only allowed to view them for 1 hour in a group of only 8 persons. Take picnic lunch and your snacks. Soon return to the lodge for relaxation and dinner.
Day 3: Transfer to Volcanoes National Park
After breakfast at your lodge in Virunga national park, begin a transfer out of D.R. Congo via Goma boarder. The drive proceeds along a well-maintained road towards the Volcanoes National park in the north-western province of Rwanda. Here is where you get an idea of where the name “Land of the Thousand Hills” was derived from. You will drive past small-sized villages, bustling trading centers, coffee and tea plantations. You can enjoy the lush vegetation and sweeping landscapes. In the afternoon, you arrive at your lodge in Musanze (Ruhengeri) at the foot hills of Virunga Mountains.
Day 4: Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park
Begin the long – awaited gorilla trek in early morning, and set off into the tangled and mist-shrouded forests with guides and trackers. These are very experienced and have great deal of knowledge regarding the location of respective gorilla families by tracing their droppings and locating the nests which gorilla families used the previous night. Sighting mountain gorillas in their natural habitat is an experience that will last a lifetime. The experienced ranger guides will willingly share a great deal of information regarding history, behaviors and lifestyle of the mighty mountain gorillas.
Day 5: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
After an early morning breakfast, you will check out and transfer immediately to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda. Bwindi is apparently the best place to trek mountain gorillas from and accounts for the highest number of gorillas among st all the three gorilla trekking destinations.
Day 6: Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi
Today is the big day as you prepare yourself for an encounter with one of Uganda’s gentle giants: the rare mountain gorilla. For most travelers this is an absolute highlight of their tour in Africa. Your trekking tour will be an exciting expedition along forested slopes, intertwined vines, bushes and lush bamboo before you eventually sight the allocated gorilla family.
Coming face-to-face with a mountain gorilla is a truly humbling and sensational encounter. This is a fantastic and once in lifetime opportunity to get real up close encounter with man’s closest cousins. In the evening, opt for the cultural encounter, with the indigenous Batwa people. These are former inhabitants of the forest, also known as hunter-gatherers and fierce warriors who depended on the forest for food, shelter and medication. Under the guidance of a local Twa guide, visitors are taken through their day to day life. You later check in the lodge for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 7: Transfer to Kigali & Departure
After morning breakfast, you will transfer to the boarder, cross to Rwanda and drive to Kigali international airport to catch your outbound flight.