Visit the three operational gorilla countries of the world – Rwanda for Parc National des Volcans (PNV), Uganda for Bwindi and Mgahinga; and Congo for Virunga National Park. PNV, Virunga in Congo and Mgahinga are on either side of the misty Virungas. The tour starts with Parc National des Volcans in Rwanda, continuing to Mgahinga and then to Bwindi in Uganda. Clients have an opportunity to track gorillas for a total of FOUR times in the three countries. Tracking and seeing these great primates in their different, natural surroundings is a memorable experience, with each park presenting its unique attractions. Other activities possible include; tracking the golden monkeys, climbing a volcano, nature walks in the forests for birds, or visiting local villages. Visa fees to Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda $220 (with Congo $320).
Day 1: Arrive Bujumbura. Meet, greet and transfer to your hotel to check-in. Half day tours in Bujumbura, to visit the Snake and Culture Museum; the Islam Culture Centre; City Hall; President’s Office and the main attraction of the City: Lake Tanganyika. Dinner and overnight at Club du Lac Tanganyika Hotel on a Bed & Breakfast basis.
Day 2: Kibira National Park Burundi. Visit Kibira Forest National Park, for a guided nature walk in this park of few animals species. Time permitting, visit the Explorers Memorial, a huge rock in the Suburbs of Bujumbura commemorating the meeting between explorers John Speke and Hanington. Dinner and overnight at Club du Lac Tanganyika Hotel on a Bed & Breakfast basis.
Day 3: To Kigali, Rwanda. Drive eastwards to Kigali in Rwanda. Drive through hills and turns, continuing to the border with Rwanda and on to Butare. Lunch while there and visit the Botanical Gardens and a cultural museum. Arrive late afternoon. Approximate driving time: 8 hours. Overnight: Hotel Chez Lando or Hotel des Mille Collines. All meals included.
Day 4: Kigali to Parc National De Volcans. Morning in Kigali. Lunch. In the afternoon, drive the two hours North of Kigali to Kinigi via Ruhengeri. Enjoy the rolling hills for which Rwanda is well known. Approximate driving time: 4 hours. Overnight: Hotel La Palme/Virunga, Hotel Ruhengeri/Mountain Gorilla View Lodge. All meals included.
Day 5: In Parc National Des Volcans. Transfer to Kinigi Park Headquarters to track gorillas in Parc National des Volcans. Gorilla tracking through the forest, hills and swamps can be tough, arduous and tiring, sometimes taking up to 8 hours in the forest. But coming face to face with the great primates is well worth the effort. Overnight: Hotel La Palme/Virunga, Hotel Ruhengeri/Mountain Gorilla View Lodge. All meals included.
Day 6: To Uganda. Transfer to Kisoro and on to Mgahinga Gorilla Park in Uganda. Approximate driving time: 2 hours. Either guided nature walk in Gahinga or climb a volcano, visit the natural, beautiful-looking Lake Mutanda and other lakes in the area, surrounded by the Virunga volcanoes, take a walk on the shores. Lunch in Kisoro. Overnight: Travellers Rest Hotel (FB).
Day 7: Gorilla Tracking in Uganda or Congo. Breakfast. Either: Gorilla tracking in Nkuringo, Ishongi or Congo (on payment of $500 gorilla permit supplement at time of booking, and visa fees for those visiting Congo) or go for a guided nature walk in the forest for butterflies, plant and bird species; or climb a volcano or simply relax at the camp! In the afternoon visit the Batwa pigmies, a local animist communist that is almost extinct. See their cultures. Transfer to Congo Park Headquarters to track gorillas in Park National des Volcans de Djomba. Gorilla tracking through the forest, hills and swamps can be tough, arduous and tiring, sometimes taking up to 8 hours in the forest. But coming face to face with the great primates is well worth the effort. Late lunch on return. Dinner and overnight at the Travellers Rest Hotel Kisoro on a Full Board basis.
Day 8: Lake Mutanda to Lake Bunyonyi. Breakfast and, transfer to lake Bunyonyi for scenic views of the most beautiful lake in the region, visit the Batwa pigmiew, take a boat on the lake to see fishing villages and other local communities. Overnight: Bunyonyi Overland Resort/Arcadia Cottages.
Day 9: Back to Rwanda. Start early for Kigali in Rwanda via Katuna boarder this time. Go for a tour of the city including a visit to a genocide memorial and the art and craft center. Approximate driving time: 4 hours. Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, is an attractive city spread over many hills for which Rwanda is well known. The City has a pleasant, buoyant air and its people are some of the most friendly in the world. The markets, the handicraft shops and the genocide sites are some of the main places of interest. The range of hotels and restaurants is steadily increasing. Time permitting, visit the Nyabugogo market, the Moslem quarter in Nyamirambo, the Franco-Rwanda cultural centre and a genocide memorial.
Day 10: Enjoy the rolling hills for which Rwanda is well known. Transfer to the airport for your flight. Approximate driving time: 30 mins. Tour Ends.
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