8 Days Uganda Rwanda Congo Safari – Gorillas, Nyiragongo Crater

8 Days Uganda Rwanda Congo Safari includes – Mountain Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Uganda, Lake Kivu, and Nyiragongo Crater Hiking.

Detailed Itinerary – 8 Days Uganda Rwanda Congo Safari

Day 1 – Arrive at Kigali airport

On arrival at Kigali International Airport, you will meet and greet by Umoja Motherland Tours driver guide who will transfer you from the Airport to your hotel in Kigali for -/+15 minutes.

Overnight at Hotel Mille Colline (Mid-Range) Kigali serena (Luxury) Hotel Chez Lando (Budget)

Meal plan: Bed and Breakfast

Day 2- Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park-4-5hrs drive

After an early breakfast, your tour guide will drive you towards the Uganda and Rwanda Katuna border. Here you will go through the border formalities then cross to Uganda and the proceed to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is a UNESCO Natural World Heritage site and one of the richest biological and botanical regions in the world. The forest covers an area of 331 km² at the south-western edge of the western Rift Valley. Bwindi’s most-revered species are the approximately 350 wild Mountain Gorillas that make up just over half of the world population of these gentle apes. Bwindi bird watching is highly recommended by the African Bird Club.

Overnight at Nkuringo Gorilla lodge (Luxury) Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge (Mid-Range) Rushaga
Gorilla Camp ( Budget

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Gorilla Tracking

07:00-You will be up early on the morning of your Gorilla Tracking for a good breakfast in preparation for the day’s physical activity. You will report for registration at the Uganda Wildlife Authority ranger station by 8AM. After a briefing by the rangers, your gorilla trek will start. The trek usually takes between three and six hours so a reasonable degree of fitness is required, as well as a strong pair of walking boots or shoes. The rangers will guide you through the village gardens and into the jungle-like forest. They will escort you through the sometimes thick bush, occasionally hacking the dense undergrowth with a machete as you search to locate the gorillas. The mountain gorillas are under 24 hour monitoring for their own safety, so you’re almost guaranteed to see them. The rangers monitor each gorilla family by keeping in close radio contact. In part due to gorilla tourism, the population of gorillas is slowly increasing but the species remains critically endangered. Gorillas and humans share almost identical genetic material and their health must not be compromised by coming into contact with human diseases (via our food, for example). To reduce transmission of disease from humans to gorillas, you will also be advised to keep a distance of 7 metres from the gorillas. Once you have located the gorilla family, you will be asked to leave all your belongings to one side, and approach the gentle giants, just with your camera. The guides will interpret the animals’ behavior and advice on what you are watching. Females and their young, young males and even a dominant Silverback may be seen: feeding, playing, interacting with each other, or just sleeping! You will never forget your encounter with the gorillas. They will be quite curious to see you! You are allowed exactly one hour with the gorillas before returning to base.

Overnight at Nkuringo Gorilla lodge (Luxury)
Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge (Mid-Range) Rushaga Gorilla Camp (Budget
Meal Plane: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Transfer to the Rwanda Boarder |Lake Kivu-Kayaking

Wake up early morning have breakfast then transfer to Rwanda. You will go through border formalities then cross the Uganda-Rwanda Cyanika border and proceed to Gishenyi. Along the way you will visit the twin lakes lake Burela and Mulondo. With lunch en-route you will proceed to the hotel and spend the rest of the day resting as you prepare for you kayaking the next day.

Dinner and Overnight Paradise Malahide Hotel (mid-range) (luxury) (budget)
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 5: Full day Kayaking

Wake up in the morning for breakfast, then embark for you kayaking activity on Lake Kivu. Paddling out onto Lake Kivu we find a picturesque coastline where traditional fishing boats ply the azure waters and lush, verdant hills reach up around us. Go fast or enjoy a gentle pace whist enjoying the silence of the open water and watch for the many birds that dart in and out of bushes along the shoreline. Lunch en-route and after you will drive to your hotel and check Dinner and Overnight Paradise

Malahide Hotel (mid-range) (luxury) (budget)
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 6 – Transfer to Goma in Congo

Your guide will transfer you to the Congo –Rwanda border. The drive is through beautiful rolling hills, bypassing coffee and banana plantations on a comfortable paved road and is approximately 22 – 30min from Gishenyi. Arriving at the Goma – Gisenyi Boarder, you will go through the border formalities and proceed through the Goma town the old Colonial Mineral town in Eastern DR. Congo that lies on the shore of the Lake Kivu.

Overnight at Ihusi hotelLuxury) Caritas Hotel (Mid-range) Bagwi Guest House)
Meal plan – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7 – Hike to Nyiragongo Crater

Leave your Lodge at 08.00am to head to Kibati, the main base for the hike to the Mount Nyiragongo one of the active volcanoes. Arriving at Kibati ranger station, you will get a briefing and by 10:00 am you will start hiking, you can get porters to carry your luggage. Nyiragongo is 3,470m and it takes between 5 to 6 hrs to get to the top because of the magma Nyiragongo Volcano is located in the east of Congo, at around 19kms from Goma town. It is the most active volcano in the world. In 1997 and 2002, flows of lava broke out from cracks in the slopes. They covered 17kms to Goma in just a few minutes, killed dozens of people, and left hundreds of thousands homeless. The eruption temporarily drained the lava lake in the summit crater; volcanic gas suffocated heather forest on the upper slopes. Now the forest is recovering, and the wildlife is coming back. The climb takes 4 to 5 hours; there are a lot of rare birds and small mammals along the trail.

Overnight at Cabanas on top of the Volcanoes
Meal plan – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8 – Transfer to Kigali for your Flight Back Home/Destination

Descent from the Nyiragongo – Transfer to Kigali, Early morning, you retrace your steps down the volcano and to the starting point which takes around 3 hours. On arrival at the Kibati starting point, you will board your vehicle and drive to Kigali in due time for your out Bound flight

End of 8 Days Uganda Rwanda Congo Safari