This offer gives you an opportunity of encountering the mountain gorillas in three different destinations namely; Volcanoes national park in Rwanda, Virunga national park in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Bwindi impenetrable forest national park in Uganda. The package exposes you to the lifestyle of these endangered creatures which are believed to have the same origin with humans and possess 98% DNA and if not all, then most of the human characteristics.
These seven days will be comprised of discoveries, fun, comfort, and surprises as you engage in several activities such as Boat cruise at Lake Kivu, the Batwa cultural encounter, mountain gorilla trekking, nature walk, and photography among others. Your journey will start at Rwanda, followed by the Democratic Republic of Congo and finally Uganda.
Day 1: Pick up and depart to Volcanoes National park after a city tour
In line with the agreed time and meeting point, our company representative will be glad to welcome you for the 7-days tracking safari that will cover three unique destinations around the Virunga regions, starting with volcanoes national park in Rwanda.
The driver-guide will brief you on what you will engage in during the safari and respond to your concerns before having a Kigali city tour if time allows. During this tour, you will visit the Genocide memorial site where the tour guides will show you documentaries and explain more about the 1994 murder that took place in Rwanda.
Thereafter, you will enjoy a month watering Lunch in one of the hotels around the city before proceeding with the journey to Volcanoes national park where you arrive in the evening, ready for a refreshment, dinner, and overnight.
Day 2: Early morning gorilla tracking and visit the twin lakes
Follow your early morning breakfast with a drive to Volcanoes National Park where you will track the endangered mountain gorillas as soon as the park rangers are done telling you the rules and regulations governing this territory, verifying your documents and assigning you to a gorilla group at 8:30 am.
This exercise requires a little endurance and fitness because the group you are tracking might take a direction that requires a much technical hike and over 3 hours of search. The park rangers who are the directors in the Jungle start the search from where they previously left the apes, following the sounds and broken tree branches in the jungle.
upon spotting the creatures, the park rangers will give you one hour to take photos and watch the gentle Apes before you return to your lodge for lunch, and then an afternoon visit to the Twin lakes where you will enjoy a boat cruise. After the boat cruise, you will drive to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay
Day 3: Transfer to Virunga national park via Lake Kivu
On this day, you will have a relaxed breakfast, before checking out of the lodge for a transfer to Virunga national park where you will engage in another gorilla trekking exercise.
From Volcanoes to Virunga national park, you will spend over 4-5 hours, with over two hours spent in Rwanda’s freshwater lake (Lake Kivu) where you will have lunch and speed boat cruise, before proceeding with the transfer. An enroute stopover will be at the fascinating Goma border to verify your documents and attain clearance and get a Congo gorilla permit, and then continue to your lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Gorilla tracking in Virunga national park
You will spend this day tracking the endangered mountain gorillas in the jungles of Virunga national park, one of Africa’s oldest national parks. This exercise starts with a pre-trek briefing at 8:30 am at the park headquarters with the experienced rangers who will tell you the code of conduct at the park, verify your tracking documents as well accompanying you to the jungle for the ultimate 1-5 hours’ experience.
When you meet these gentle apes, one hour will be given to you to watch the gorilla mothers breastfeed their young ones, the silverbacks interact with his family, and the young ones, play, or fight. Listening to the sweet vocalization of the gentle pes will put a smile on your face as you put your camera and binoculars at work.
When your free one hour is over, drive back to the lodge for Lunch, refreshment before deciding to rest, or have an optional visit to Goma city that was at one point destroyed by the volcano eruption that occurred in mountain Nyiragongo. Thereafter, return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 5: Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
After breakfast, you will depart Virunga national park for Bwindi Impenetrable national park in Uganda, traversing magnificent hilly plains, green vegetation and scattered homesteads in the countryside. Lunch will be served enroute, as you proceed with your drive to the sector of your gorilla trekking exercise. You will check into your lodge, where you will spend two nights, with a very delicious dinner and comfortable nap.
Day 6: Tracking mountain gorillas and visit to the Batwa pygmies
Head to the park’s headquarters early in the morning after breakfast for a 1-6 hours’ gorilla trekking exercise in the jungle of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park, beginning with a briefing session by expert park rangers who will tell elaborate more on the benefits of gorilla trekking, the life of the endangered mountain Gorillas and many more, as well as escorting to the Jungle, inquest for these gentle giants.
Furthermore, the park rangers will give you one more hour to spot different features of mountain gorillas, starting from the eyes, hair, fingers and other parts, and then ask questions, before having a lunch break, followed by two-three hours of nothing but fun and interaction with the Batwa pygmies, former hunters and gatherers in Bwindi and Mgahinga forest. When all is done, call off the day with a delicious meal and a comfortable nap at the lodge.
Day 7: Departure
After breakfast, you will check out of the lodge for a 5-6 hours’ drive to Entebbe international airport for your flight to the next destinations. This drive leaves you with amazing views of the rolling hills, rocks, and green vegetation in the countryside.
You will have an enroute stopover at the equator to glance at the magical demonstration, take photos and enjoy a mouth-watering lunch meal, before proceeding to the airport.
End of the Safari