22 Days Best of Congo, Rwanda and Uganda Classic Wildlife Safari

This 22 Days Best of Congo, Rwanda and Uganda Classic Wildlife Safari will give you an opportunity to see all the Big 5 animals and primates including mountain gorillas, chimpanzees and Golden monkeys among others. It will take you to Congo, Rwanda and Uganda. This trip gives you a chance to experience the major lifetime adventures for any traveler would wish to do in Congo, Rwanda and Uganda. This trip can start from in Kinshasha-DR Congo, Kigali-Rwanda or Entebbe-Uganda, so let us know so that we organize for you accordingly, however the best place to start would be Kigali, Rwanda.

Day 1: Pick up from Kigali and transfer to Virunga National Park-DR Congo

Day 2: Gorilla tracking in Virunga National Park

Day 3: Transfer to Goma Town.

Day 4: Nyiragongo Volcano hiking to the summit.

Day 5: Descending to the bottom and drive to Gisenyi, lake Kivu

Day 6: Drive to Volcanoes National Park for overnight

Day 7: Golden monkey tracking and Hike to the Dian Fossey Tomb

Day 8: Drive to Akagera National Park for an evening game drive and overnight

Day 9: Game drives and boat trip on Lake Ihema.

Day 10: Transfer to Bwindi Forest National Park

Day 11: Gorilla tracking in Bwindi Forest National Park

Day 12: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park for an evening game drive and overnight.

Day 13: Morning game drive and afternoon boat cruise on Kazinga Channel

Day 14: Morning game drive/Katwe salt lake, community visit and Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park for overnight

Day 15: Chimpanzee tracking and Bigodi Wetland Walk

Day 16: Drive to Murchison Falls National Park with an en route visit to the top of the falls and an evening game drive

Day 17: Morning game drive and afternoon boat cruise to the base of the falls

Day 18: Drive to Kidepo Valley National Park for an evening game drive

Day 19: Morning and evening game drive in Narus Valley

Day 20: Morning game drive in Narus and Birding/hotspring visit in Kidepo Valley

Day 21: Drive to Gulu for overnight to break the Journey back to Kampala

Day 22: Transfer to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for Rhino tracking and after proceed to Kampala/Entebbe to end the This 22 Days Best of Congo, Rwanda and Uganda Classic Wildlife Safari.

Included
  • All transportation as scheduled
  • All park entrance fee, crater service and concession fee
  • Meals breakfast, lunch, and dinner as indicated above
  • Four wheel transportation for safari with pop up roof ideal for game view
  • English speaking driver guide
  • Complementary bottled water while doing game drive
  • All activities as per above proposal
Excluded
  • Uganda visas
  • Meals, transport, and lodging outside the regular itinerary
  • Alcoholic beverages and bottled drinks
  • Any items of personal nature
  • International vaccinations
  • Insurance

Travel Days


DAY 01:  Pick up from Kigali and Transfer to Bukima in Congo

The driver will pick you very early in the morning from the hotel or Airport in Kigali and he will brief you about the 22 Days Best of Congo, Rwanda and Uganda Classic Wildlife Safari will give you an opportunity to see all the Big 5 animals and primates including mountain gorillas, chimpanzees and Golden monkeys among others. You will then transfer to Bukima in Congo and the journey takes 4 hours to arrive to Goma town where you will have lunch stop. He will continue driving after lunch to Bukima where you will spend overnight. Dinner and overnight.

 

Main Destination: Virunga National Park-Congo

 

Accommodation: Mikeno lodge or Bukima Tented camp.

 

Meals: Lunch & Dinner (Breakfast Not Included)

 

Drinks: Drinking Water

DAY 02: Gorilla trekking in Virunga National Park-Congo

After your early morning breakfast, your guide will drive you to the Park Headquarters for briefing and joining others for briefing before heading into the Virunga forest for your gorilla trek. This trek can last for between 30 minutes to 7 hours depending on the location of mountain gorilla family you are allocated for trekking on that particular day. Once you find the gorillas, you will be allowed to spend one hour with them while observing their behavior, taking photographs and then after the one hour encounter with the gorillas you return to the Park Headquarters to end the trek.

 

Accommodation: Mikeno lodge or Bukima Tented camp.

 

Meals: Lunch & Dinner (Breakfast Not Included)

 

Drinks: Drinking Water

DAY 03: Transfer to Goma for overnight

Accommodation: Bukima Lodge or Mikeno Lodge or Goma Serena Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Supper

DAY 04: Nyiragongo hiking to the summit

You will wake up early morning have breakfast at the Lodge and drive to Bukima for briefing and you will be given a well knowledgeable guide. You will set off with hiking at 10:30am and the hike will take you around 5 hours to reach the summit of Nyiragongo Volcano, you will have 2 resting sessions. You will pass in steep, muddy and slippery route, thorns and tall trees will be on the way. Upon arrival at the summits dinner and accommodation at the mountain camp tents

DAY 05: Descend the Nyiragongo Volcano and drive to Lake Kivu for overnight

Have breakfast and after descend down from Nyiragongo volcano mountain, you will meet the driver and return to Goma and, you will have a city tour of Goma visiting Goma caves and then proceed to Lake Kivu for overnight.

DAY 06: Travel to Volcanoes National Park

In the morning, you will drive to Kinigi in Ruhengeri. Upon your arrival, you will check into your hotel and visit Iby’wachu village for traditional dance performances.
Dinner and overnight stay at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (high end)/La Palme Hotel(Deluxe)/Muhabura Hotel(Budget).

DAY 07: Golden Monkey tracking and Hike to the Dian Fossey Tomb

In the morning you will, go for a briefing at the park headquarters. Drinking water and a packed lunch will be provided. Then proceed to the forest to track the golden monkeys. This activity may take you 1-5 hours depending on the movement of the golden monkeys in the forest. After finding and staying with the golden monkeys for a maximum of an hour, you will come back to the lodge for Lunch and a short relaxing then later go for a hike to the Dian Fossey Tomb a former prominent gorilla tourism conservationist.

 

Dinner and overnight stay at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (high end)/La Palme Hotel(Deluxe)/Muhabura Hotel(Budget).

DAY 08: Drive to Akagera National Park for an evening game drive and overnight

After breakfast at your lodge, you will drive to the East of Rwanda to Akagera National Park bordering Tanzania, which has beautiful undulating plains with dense, broad-leafed woodland, lighter acacia woodland and rolling grassland with an extensive series of lakes linked by papyrus swamps forming a sprawling wetland.

 

Dinner and overnight at Akagera Game Lodge

DAY 09: Game drives and boat trip on Lake Ihema

Have an early morning game drive in the park. The game drives will involve seeing hippos, elephants, buffalos, giraffe, hyenas, crocodiles and many other animals plus bird life. After a late breakfast, you may decide to go for nature or have a relaxed moment at the lodge while preparing for the canoe ride on Lake Ihema in the afternoon.

 

Dinner and overnight at Akagera Game Lodge

DAY 10: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

After breakfast you will drive north to Bwindi National park, you will an optional visit to Kigali Genocide Museum and a stopover for lunch; you will then proceed to Bwindi impenetrable national park.
Dinner and overnight at: Silverback Lodge (Luxury)/Buhoma Community Bandas (Budget)/Lake Kitandala Lodge (Mid Range).

DAY 11: Gorilla tracking and optional community walk

After breakfast at the lodge, you will go to the park headquarters for briefing from the Uganda wildlife Authority ranger guides. After the briefing, the ranger will lead you into the thick impenetrable forest to start your search for the endangered rare species of Mountain Gorillas. The gorilla search always continues from the place where they were last seen the previous day. Upon reaching the area where these famous species are, you will only be allowed to interact with them for only one hour and you should always keep maximum silence while with these Gorillas. You are allowed to take photographs and so on.
To find the Gorillas, it’s such a tiresome experience since it can take you almost 3-8 hours to find them. However, once you meet these gorillas, you will easily forget the hatches you have gone through to find them and instead save the good memories you will experience with them. After the interaction, you will return late to the lodge for Dinner and overnight at Silver back lodge for luxury, gorilla mist camp (mid-range), Bwindi view lodge for budget.

DAY 12: Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park for an evening game drive and overnight

Wakeup early in the morning, have breakfast and check out to meet our driver guide. You will start the amazing Journey to Queen Elizabeth National Park. You will arrive in evening, check in at the lodge.
Accommodation options include, Mweya Safari Lodge/ Jacana Safari Lodge (luxury), Enganzi Safari Lodge/Bush Lodge (Mid-range) and Simba Safari Camp/ Tembo Safari Lodge (Budget).

DAY 13: Morning Game Drive – Afternoon Boat Cruise on Kazinga Channel

Have morning breakfast, after embark on a Safari vehicle for morning game through the Kasenyi plains to catch the early risers. Some of these animals to behold are elephants, buffalos, leopards, lions, bushbucks, kobs and more.
This drive last for about 2-3 hours and after drive straight to Mweya for lunch at the canteen. Have lunch as you get prepared to the afternoon cruise along the Kazinga channel. After the cruise return to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight stay.

DAY 14: Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park

Today, you will embark on a journey from Bwindi you will drive to Kibale National Park with a stopover for lunch enroute on your way to the National Park. On influx you will have a nature walk through the Bigodi Swamp awesome sightseeing of the resident monkeys and birds.

 

Dinner and overnight at Chimpanzee guest house, mountain of the moon hotel, primates lodge kibale.

DAY 15: Chimpanzee Tracking

Subsequently you will have an early breakfast with that you will be guided to Kanyanchu head offices for a briefing about the track that you will be carrying out in a couple of hours. From there you will start the Chimpanzee tracking but that is not the only species you will be seeing today, you will be able to see 12 other different primate species like vervet monkeys, gray cheeked mangabeys and baboons.

 

Dinner and overnight at Chimpanzee guest house, mountain of the moon hotel, primates lodge kibale.

DAY 16: Drive to Murchison Falls National Park with an en route visit to the top of the falls and an evening game drive

After breakfast, you will drive from Kibale Forest National Park to Murchison Falls National Park. You will enjoy an en route game drive through the northern section of the park popularly known as Para where you will have chances of spotting many mammals and if luck strikes, big cats hunting. Cross the ferry and overnight in the Park.

 

Dinner and overnight at: Paraa safari lodge / Murchison River lodge / Red chilli rest camp or Pakuba lodge.

DAY 17: Game drive and Amazing boat cruise

On this day, you will wake-up early for a cup of coffee/tea and embark on morning game drive in search for early raisers as well as predators returning to their hideouts. During this game drive, expect to see the following animals, African lions, Leopards, Elephants, Buffaloes, Antelopes and Giraffes among others. Return to the lodge for late breakfast as we wait for lunch. Gather your strength after lunch for a wonderful launch cruise to the bottom of Murchison falls, for birders it’s their paradise with over 450 species, huge crocodiles, Hippos and Elephants basking on the shores.

 

Overnight at Paraa Lodge /Murchison Lodge or Red chilli camp or pakuba lodge

DAY 18: Transfer to Kidepo Valley National Park for an evening game drive and overnight

After breakfast preferably very early in the morning, drive to Kidepo Valley National Park. On your way, you will enjoy some scenic views of the few hills that separate Acholi Land and Karamoja, you will not miss the great Manyatas on the way, cross some few seasonal rivers and arrive Kidepo Valley National Park in time for Lunch, relaxation and an evening game drive in Narus Valley.

 

Accommodation: Apoka Safari Lodge (Luxury), Ngamoru Wilderness Camp (Mid range) Apoka Rest Camp (Budget)

DAY 19: Game drives in Narus Valley

After a warm cup of tea/coffee, drive to Narus Valley for your morning game drive. Narus Valley is popular for mammals such as elephants, giraffes, buffaloes antelopes, zebras and birds. Being the only permanent water point, many animals come to Narus valley to drink water and feed. Its where you will find the largest buffalo herds than you can find anywhere on planet earth. Chances of spotting big cats hunting are very high as well. If lucky, you may spot the rare cheeters too. Return to the Lodge for lunch, relaxation and then return to Narus Valley for an evening game drive.

 

Accommodation: Apoka Safari Lodge (Luxury), Ngamoru Wilderness Camp (Mid range) Apoka Rest Camp (Budget)

DAY 20: Game drive in Narus and Hotsprings visit in Kidepo Valley

After breakfast, drive to Narus valley to do an extra game drive to trace wildlife that you could have missed on the two game drives done earlier on. Kidepo valley National Park are the best and you wont be disappointed. The park has observation points with binoculars and it will be your pleasure to use one of them. Return to the Lodge for Lunch, short relaxation and then drive to Kidepo Valley to visit the hot springs, the Ugand-Sudan boarder and if lucky spot the giant Ostriches which are found in this place but have been seriously poached by Sudanese. There seasonal rivers on this side so if it is a rainy season, get ready to be interrupted for few hours. Return to the lodge for overnight.

 

Accommodation: Apoka Safari Lodge (Luxury), Ngamoru Wilderness Camp (Mid range) Apoka Rest Camp (Budget)

DAY 21: Drive to Gulu for overnight to break the Journey back to Kampala

After breakfast you will drive to Gulu to break the Journey to Kampala, you will spend a night here at Africa Roots Guest House, this also will give you a chance to track the Rhinos the next day at Ziwa Rhino sanctuary.

DAY 22: Transfer to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for Rhino tracking and after proceed to Kampala/Entebbe to end the tour

After breakfast at the lodge you will bid fare well to the lodge staff and then you will continue with the Journey to Kampala/Entebbe for drop off at the Hotel or flight back home. You will have an en-route stop at Ziwa Rhino sanctuary for tracking Rhinos on foot and after have a hot Lunch at Amuka Lodge.

End of the 22 Days Best of Congo, Rwanda and Uganda Classic Wildlife Safari

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