Nyiragongo Volvaco

CONGO GORILLAS TOUR - GORILLAS IN CONGO (4 DAYS)

From Rwanda, visit Congo via Uganda's boarder at Kisoro. The Virunga Park (Congo) consists of five gorilla families to date three at Djomba-Bikele and three families at Bukima. A total of 20 persons can track at Djomba and another 20 at Bukima, thus up to 40 trackers can see gorillas daily in Congo. Visitors to Congo stay the night before in Uganda at Kisoro. Visas are arranged and obtained the day before, and the next day, they start earl early at 06h00 for the 2 hour journey to the Congo Gorilla Park.

TRACK GORILLAS IN CONGO

Tour Code DRC1 - This tour starts and finishes in Kigali, Rwanda

ITINERARYáFOR TRACKING GORILLAS IN CONGO THROUGH RWANDA

Arrival and City tour
Arrive at Kanombe (Kigali) airport. Meet and greet before taking the 30 minute drive to Kigali City.
Time permitting, go for a tour of the city (optional). This includes a visit to a genocide memorial. Traditional crafts can be bought. To most visitors the city tour of Kigali and the genocide sites can be an emotional event. O/N: Hotel Chez Lando or Mille Collines Hotel (BB).

DAY 2: Kigali to Kisoro boarder town in Uganda
Transfer to Kisoro in Uganda, a journey that takes four hours. First, is the three hours journey North of Kigali to Kinigi through Ruhengeri and on to the Cyanika boarder. Enjoy the rolling hills for which Rwanda is well known. Finalise boarder arrangements and cross into Uganda. Either guided nature walk in Gahinga or climb a volcano, visit the natural, beautiful-looking Lake Mutanda, surrounded by the volcanoes, take a walk on the shores. Lunch in Kisoro. O/N: Travellers Rest Hotel (FB).

DAY 3: Gorilla tracking in Congo
Transfer to the Bunagana boarder with Congo, from there drive to the Park Headquarters to be briefed about gorilla etiquette before setting off into the forest to track gorillas in Parc National des Virunga of Congo. 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. Return to Uganda in the afternoon.
Dinner and overnight at Travellers Rest Hotel (FB)

DAY 4: Back to Rwanda and fly out
Leave for Kigali in Rwanda. After breakfast, transfer to Kigali. On your way to Kigali, several stops will be made to admire the scenery. Rwanda is the country with over thousand hills!
Transfer to the airport for your flight. [Approximate driving time: 4 hours]

Tour Ends.

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ChimpanzeeVisit Parc National des Volcans (PNV) in the north of Rwanda where about 300 mountain gorillas live. There are five habituated gorilla families Amahoro A, Amahoro B, Group 13, Sabinyo, Umubano and Susa - each of the groups allows up to 8 participants per day. You can track gorillas, climb the Visoke volcano, track the golden monkeys or visit the Karisoke Research Centre, which Dian Fossey the famous primatologist set up, or visit local villages.

The Parc National des Volcans (PNV) is part of the Virunga Conservation Area and covers more than 125 km▓. PNV is home of fiveá Virunga volcanoes: Sabyinyo (3.674 m), Gahinga (3.474 m), Bisoke (3711 m), Muhabura (4.127 m), and the Karisimbi, the highest volcano with an altitude of 4.507 m. All five volcanoes are extinct, the active ones are located in Congo. Two of them erupted recently; the Nyiragongo erupted in January 2002 and Nyamulangira in July 2002. Visa fees to Congo through Uganda only US$100, total visa fees for above tour through Uganda and back to Rwanda US$210.