7 Days Congo Gorilla Safari

7 Days Congo Gorilla Safari includes 7 days and 6 nights excursion in DRC. This 7 days tour is one of the best Congo safari that includes Eastern lowland gorilla trekking and mountain gorilla trekking in Kahuzi Biega national park and Virunga National park consecutively without forgetting Nyiragongo hike to sum up the whole week safari in Congo. Kahuzi Biega national park is the only place to trek eastern lowland gorilla species and Virunga national park a home to a particular population of the remaining endangered mountain gorillas in the wild. This 7 days Kahuzi Biega and Virunga national park tour starts from Rwanda and ends in Rwanda.

7 Days Congo Gorilla Safari

Highlights of the 7 Days Congo Gorilla Safari

  • Day 1: Arrival at Kigali airport and Kigali city tour
  • Day 2: Transfer to Bukavu
  • Day 3: Eastern Lowland Gorilla trekking
  • Day 4: Transfer to Goma and connect to Virunga national park
  • Day 5: Mountain gorilla trekking
  • Day 6: Nyiragongo Hike 
  • Day 7: Descend Nyiragongo and departures

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Transfer to Kigali city and Kigali city tour

  • Arrival: on day 1 of 7 days Kahuzi Biega and Virunga national park tour, you will arrive at Kigali international airport where our company driver will be eagerly waiting for you. Upon arrive, have a brief introduction about your 7 days Kahuzi Biega and Virunga national park tour as you transfer to Kigali city. Proceed and checking at the lodge for lunch and freshen up before embarking on an evening Kigali city tour. 
  • Kigali city tour: after enjoying your lunch, meet with the driver for a city tour where you will be in position to visit Kigali Genocide memorial sites, visit Kimironko market and some other crucial sites in the capital city of Rwanda. After the city tour return to the lodge, enjoy your dinner and have a night rest.
  • Meal plan: Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation: Des Milles Collins 

Day 2: Transfer to Bukavu

  • Transfer to Bukavu: on day 2 of 7 days Kahuzi Biega and Virunga national park tour, you will arise on a relaxed breakfast at your lodge in Kigali. After breakfast, meet with the driver and head southwards towards Rusizi border via Nyungwe forest. This is journey is approximately 7 hours’ drive. You will have an enroute lunch and proceed with the journey the Bukavu where you will have a check in at the lodge for dinner and overnight sleep.
  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel Panaroma

Day 3: Eastern Lowland Gorilla trekking

  • Gorilla trekking: on day 3 of 7 days Kahuzi Biega and Virunga national park tour, you will be trekking gorillas known as Eastern lowland gorilla that still exist only in Kahuzi Biega National park. Endeavor to wake up as early as 5:30am, have your served breakfast , pack your lunch box in the back pack and meet your driver  for a transfer to the park headquarters where there is a briefing about mountain gorillas, expectations, the dos and don’ts among others. Upon finishing the meeting, jump into the car for a ride to the main trail head of Gorilla trekking amidst armed rangers and guides. During the gorilla trekking in Kahuzi Biega you will sight out other different wildlife species including mammals, birds, butterflies and different plant species. Remember that you have just an hour of interaction and photo taking. After trekking these lowland gorillas, return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
  • Meal plan: Breakfast, packed lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation:   Hotel Panaroma

Day 4: Transfer to Goma and connect to Virunga national park

  • Transfer to Goma City: on day 4 of 7 Days Congo Gorilla Safari tour, you will wake up in morning, enjoy your cup of tea then check out of the lot and meet your driver to transfer from Bukavu to Goma city where you will use a speed boat to cross over . Have an enroute lunch in Goma city and proceed via the park head offices to chick in and obtain the permit as you proceed to check in at the lodge for evening relaxation in preparation for gorilla trekking the following day.
  • Meal plan: Breakfast, Enroute Lunch, and Dinner
  • Accommodation: Bukima tented camp/ kibumba tented camp /Mikeno lodge

Day 5: Mountain gorilla trekking

  • Gorilla trekking: day 5 of 7 Days Congo Gorilla Safari is the awaited day where you will have another full hour in presence gorillas and this time round with rare species of endangered mountain gorilla whose other population resides in Rwanda and the biggest population in Uganda. After trekking gorillas return to the lodge for evening relaxation as you await dinner and have an overnight sleep.
  • Note: in case you are up for any other activity, opt or a nature walk (Optional).
  • Meal plan: Breakfast, packed lunch box and Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Mikeno lodge / kibumba tented camp / Bukima tented camp

Day 6: Nyiragongo Hike 

  • Ascend Mount Nyiragongo: day 6 of 7 Days Congo Gorilla Safari is also a memorable day where you will climb up an active volcanic mountain to summit the top. You will wake up early, enjoy your breakfast, check out of the lodge and meet with the driver to have ride to park Kibati patrol post for a briefing and porter hiring then start the hike at exactly 10:00 am with stopovers along the way to catch some breath and eat some snack. Expect to summit the top in the evening, spend the evening leisure n top overlooking the park at glance and all that thrill in it. Have your dinner at the summit and relax in the tents.
7 Days Congo Gorilla Safari
mount Nyiragongo – 7 Days Congo Gorilla Safari
  • Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch on the hike and dinner at the summit.
  • Accommodation: Overnight at the summit in the tent or camping

Day 7: Descend Nyiragongo and departures

  • Descend Nyiragongo: day 7 of 7 Days Congo Gorilla Safari is the last day of your one week Congo safari in Kahuzi Biega and Virunga national park. On this day, you will wake up in the morning at around 5:30, prepare yourself, have breakfast and by 6:30 start descending from the summit of mount Nyiragongo to the base. Upon arrival at Kibati, you will be driven back to Kigali for lunch and proceed to the airport for departures.
  • Meal plan: Breakfast at the summit, and enroute lunch in Kigali.

End of 7 days Kahuzi Biega and Virunga National park tour. 

7 days Kahuzi Biega and Virunga National park tour includes;

  • Entrance fees
  • lowland gorilla trekking permit
  • Mountain gorilla trekking permit
  • A 4×4 safari vehicle with fuel
  • Mount Nyiragongo hiking permit
  • Airport pick up and drop off
  • Ranger fees
  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • Guide fees 
  • All meals as per itinerary 
  • Drinking water

7 days Kahuzi Biega and Virunga National park tour includes;

  • travel expenses such as Visa and air ticket 
  • domestic flights if any
  • Porter 
  • Tip 
  • Laundry
  • Insurance 
  • All exclusive activities on the Itinerary 
  • All drinks apart from water 
  • Other personal expenses such as emails, and airtime
  • Souvenirs 

CONCLUSION: Imagine spending a full week exploring Kahuzi Biega National park and Virunga national park where you will enjoy double trekking gorillas, in DRC. Book your tour with us today and experience the best of DRC safari just in 7 days.

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