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Arrival (See Getting There for more details)

Arrival (See Getting There for more details)

  • You'll be collected from the airport.
  • Accommodation before the tour starts can be arranged for an extra cost.

Day 1

Kigali International Airport pick-up and transfer to your hotel

Kigali International Airport pick-up and transfer to your hotel

Upon arrival at Kigali International Airport, you will meet our driver guide who will brief you about the upcoming activities and then transfer you to your hotel. If you arrive in the morning, we will proceed with a short Kigali city tour and visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial to learn about Rwanda's bloodiest genocide and how it has been halted.

Main Destination:
Kigali (Rwanda)
Accommodation:
Lebanon Hotel
  • Mid-range hotel located in Kigali (Rwanda)
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 2

Transfer to Nyungwe National Park, canopy walk

Transfer to Nyungwe National Park, canopy walk

After an early breakfast, you will drive for about 5 hours toward Nyungwe National Park. You will reach Nyungwe in the afternoon and have your lunch. After lunch, you will experience the canopy walk at around 2 pm. Later in the evening, we will cross the Rwanda-DRC border and stay at Orchids Safari Club.

Main Destination:
Nyungwe National Park (Chimps)
Best Time To Visit June to September (Dry weather, best chimp trekking)
High Season June to September (Popular gorilla trekking time in Volcanoes NP)
Best Weather June to October (Sunny, but not too hot)

Wildlife in Nyungwe NP

Accommodation:
Orchids Safari Club
  • Mid-range hotel located in Bukavu (Town, Congo (DRC))
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Non-alcoholic drinks

Day 3

Lowland gorilla trek and Bukavu city tour

Lowland gorilla trek and Bukavu city tour

After breakfast, you will go trekking gorillas in Kahuzi Biega National Park. The trek usually requires 1 to 2.5 hours of hiking each way, depending on the location of the gorilla group and the difficulty of the terrain. After spending the allotted hour with the gorilla family group, you will make your way back to your hotel. After lunch, you will proceed with the Bukavu city tour.

Main Destination:
Kahuzi Biega National Park (Gorillas)
Accommodation:
Orchids Safari Club
  • Mid-range hotel located in or near Kahuzi Biega NP (Gorillas, Congo (DRC))
Meals & Drinks:
  • Breakfast & lunch (Dinner not included)
  • Non-alcoholic drinks

Day 4

Visit Lwiro Chimpanzee Sanctuary

Visit Lwiro Chimpanzee Sanctuary

After breakfast, we will visit the Lwiro Primates Rehabilitation Center which is recognized as a World Heritage Site since 1997. The sanctuary takes care of 83 chimpanzees, 105 monkeys, and 12 other species. It gives orphaned chimps a second chance at life while also ensuring to protect them in the wild. You will not only visit them but you will participate in the conservation activities in the sanctuary. This activity will take a whole day. Later, you will transfer to your hotel.

Main Destination:
Kahuzi Biega National Park (Gorillas)
Accommodation:
Orchids Safari Club
  • Mid-range hotel located in or near Kahuzi Biega NP (Gorillas, Congo (DRC))
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Non-alcoholic drinks

Day 5

Transfer to Goma, Tchukudu experience and Tchegera Island

Transfer to Goma, Tchukudu experience and Tchegera Island

After breakfast, you will transfer to Goma by a rapid boat at around 7:30 am which normally takes 2 hours. On arrival, check in at Ihusi Hotel and have lunch. You will then meet the local community and try to ride the made-in-Goma wooden bike famously known as the “tchukudu”. After the experience in the village, you will get transferred to Tchegera Island and stay in the midrange camp.

Main Destination:
Tchegera Island (Lake Kivu, Congo (DRC))
Accommodation:
Tchegera Tented Camp
  • Mid-range tented camp located inside Virunga NP (Gorillas, Congo (DRC))
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Non-alcoholic drinks

Day 6

Transfer to Rwanda, canoeing and fly back home

Transfer to Rwanda, canoeing and fly back home

After breakfast at Tchegera and taking photos for beautiful memories, you will get transferred to Goma and cross the DRC-Rwanda border. Drive for about 2 hours toward the northern province, the home of the gorillas. En route, you will experience a canoeing activity on the Mukungwa River, a river that is near the volcanoes. You then continue on your way to Kigali to fly back home.

Main Destination:
Kigali International Airport (Kigali, Rwanda)
Accommodation:
No accommodation (End of tour)
Meals & Drinks:
  • Breakfast & lunch (Dinner not included)
  • Non-alcoholic drinks

End of tour (See Getting There for more details)

End of tour (See Getting There for more details)

  • Additional accommodation can be arranged for an extra cost.
  • You'll be dropped off at the airport.

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  • This tour is offered by Empirical Tour and Travel, not SafariBookings.
  • This operator reserves the right to change rates advertised on SafariBookings.
  • If you request changes to this tour, the advertised rates will likely change.
  • The exact order, contents and rates of this tour are subject to availability.
  • If an accommodation is fully booked, the operator will suggest a comparable alternative.
  • Gorilla tracking permits are subject to availability.