18 Days Magnificent Congo Rwanda & Uganda Tour
Trip over view
This 18 Days Magnificent Congo Rwanda & Uganda Tour takes you to the most prized game parks and tourist hot spots in the region namely virunga national park, Kahuzi Biega national park in Congo, Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda, Lake Kivu in Rwanda.
In these parks and tourist places you will enjoy fantastic game drives and boat launches, memorable primate encounters, nature walks and beautiful scenery. The tour does not miss out on the memorial sites in Kigali.
On this 18 Days Magnificent Congo, Rwanda & Uganda Tour, you will visit mountain gorilla troops in Congo’s Virunga National Park. With luxurious accommodation, this is an immersive 17-night itinerary is full of gorilla trekking for both lowland and mountain gorillas and wildlife viewing
Day 1: Arrival Bujumbura
On arrival at Bujumbura international airport, our representative will welcome you and take you to your booked hotel. dinner and overnight at cloud lac hotel
Day 2: Bujumbura city tour
Today is for city tours as you take a visit to Kibira national park where you will enjoy the view of lift valley scenery, visit the pygmy; see the owl faced monkey and overnight at hotel Tanganyika
Day 3: Visit Gitega cultural center
Take a visit to Gitega cultural center known for the cultural dance of Burundi people and royal family, the Musée National de Gitega, is the best museum Burundi has to offer, experience the drumming ritual at Gishora drum sanctuary and spend the evening on lake Tanganyika and overnight as above
Day 4 of 18 Days Magnificent Congo Rwanda & Uganda Tour: cross to Congo
Enjoy scenic drive from Gitega to Bukavu in Congo which can take 5- 6 hours and in the evening take a visit to the Fulani and banyamulenge, nomadic tribes, learn how these people managed to get their cultural norms and overnight at Bukavu orchids
Day 5: enjoy the drive to Kahuzi Biega national park
Enjoy the drive to kahuzi- Biega national park, visit the chimpanzee orphanage and water fall to see mobutus house and overnight at cottages at kahuzi lodges
Day 6: Lowland gorilla trekking
Lowland gorilla trekking at Kahuzi-Biega National Park starts with registration and briefing at the park offices. The park authorities will assign you to one of the four habituated Eastern Lowland Gorilla groups.
Once you find them take time to observe, take as many photos and videos as much as you can because you will only have one hour with them.
Day 7 of 18 Days Magnificent Congo Rwanda & Uganda Tour: Transfer to goma
An exciting day starts with a morning breakfast which will be followed by transfer to Goma by boat which can take 4-5 hours and overnight at Palm garden resort
Day 8 of 18 Days Magnificent Congo Rwanda & Uganda Tour: Goma city tours
Embark on goma city tour as this tour is a complete learning experience with local people’s everyday life by enjoying their local food and traditional dance, visit local schools to give you a deep understanding of their education challenges and orphanage to witness the impact of war on families in rural areas and overnight at Goma Serena hotel
Day 9: Transfer to kibati hiking start point
Drive to kibati the nyiragongo hike start point and take adventure hike up the summit for a period of 5-6 hours, the world’s most violent lava lake and overnight at the summit to take photos
Day 10: Descend nyiragongo
Relaxed breakfast as you take morning photos of active lava lake and descend from nyiragongo back to kibumba camp
Day 11: adventure in Virunga park
You will have an early breakfast and be driven to the Park Headquarters for a briefing on the rues of Gorilla trekking. After the briefing, you will start the trek in thick jungle with your guides to find the Gorillas.
Trekking gorillas in virunga national park is quite challenging as it involves moving over rugged terrain of steep slopes and valleys, often wet and muddy but very lively with rich forest sounds. The trek takes 2 – 8 hours and you have one hour to stay with the Gorillas once sighted.and overnight at kibumba camp
Day 12 of 18 Days Magnificent Congo Rwanda & Uganda Tour: Transfer to Butembo
Drive via lugunangabo, Ruthuru, ishasha and kayabayanga up to Butembo for 12 hours and overnight at butembo hotel. dinner and overnight at Marafiki Safari Lodge
Day 13: Butembo city tour
Spend a day in city tour of Butembo as the city is an important commercial centre with large markets, a cathedral, multiple large hospitals, and the city is located in a region known for tea and coffee growing. it includes a complete learning experience to Congo history and in-person interaction with local people. dinner and overnight at Marafiki Safari Lodge
Day 14: community encounters
Take a visit to local communities around as Butembo city is 90% populated by the Nande tribe, a community distinguished by ethnic solidarity, it includes a complete learning experience to Congo history and in-person interaction with local people and overnight as above
Day 15 of 18 Days Magnificent Congo Rwanda & Uganda Tour: Transfer to Beni
Enjoy the scenic views as you drive from Butenbo to beni which is 44 km that can take one and half hours and overnight at Benit hotel
Day 16 of 18 Days Magnificent Congo Rwanda & Uganda Tour: Transfer to Rwenzori
Drive from Beni via Rwenzori, Mitwanga cross over semuliki and chances seeing the okapis as you enjoy the scenic views of mount Rwenzori down to kasindi boarder into Uganda and overnight at mweya safari lodge
Day 17: Morning game drive
Embark on morning game drive into the crater where you expect to see animals such as elephants, wart hog, hyenas, buffaloes, antelopes and afternoon boat cruise which summarizes all wildlife and overnight as above
Day 18: fly back to Entebbe
Fly back to Entebbe which marks the end of our incredible adventure and return home with incredible memories to remember forever.