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5 Days Congo gorilla safari Kahuzi Biega & Nyiragongo hike

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Overview of the 5 days Congo gorilla safari Kahuzi Biega & Nyiragongo hike

Your 5 days Congo gorilla safari Kahuzi Biega & Nyiragongo hike will features memorable  safari activities done within one country though starting and ending in a different country. Your Congo safari starts and ends in Kigali Rwanda yet all the activities of gorilla trekking and mount Nyiragongo hike are done in Congo within 2 different safari destinations.

The park’s name was derived from the 2 dominant mountains that form the park namely Mont Kahuzi (3,308m) and Mont Biega (2,790m). The park has only 5 habituated gorilla families for gorilla trekking by tourists on Congo gorilla trekking tours. Kahuzi Biega national park is a natural habitat to the largest population of the Eastern Lowland gorillas situated near the southern shores of Lake Kivu.  The Eastern lowland gorillas are the largest of the living primates and of all the gorillas in the world.

Mount Nyiragongo in Congo is one of Africa’s recently active stratovolcanoes. Mount Nyiragongo lava lake has ever been known as the most voluminous lava lake. The mountain is about 3,470m high with two distinct lava benches one about 3,175m (10,417ft) and the other at 2,975m (9,760ft).  It’s a non-rivaled experience to hike this volcanic mountain on a Congo tour.

5 days Congo gorilla safari Kahuzi Biega & Nyiragongo hike tour highlights

Day 1: Arrive in Kigali international airport. You will be driven across the border to Congo in Bukavu.

Day 2: Do your gorilla trekking safari Congo in Kahuzi Biega national park.

Day 3: Your driver guide will transfer you to Goma

Day 4: You will spend the day hiking mount Nyiragongo and spend the night at the summit.

Day 5: Retire from mount Nyiragongo and then transfer you back to Kigali international airport for your departure flight.

Detailed itinerary of the 5 days Congo gorilla safari Kahuzi Biega & Nyiragongo hike

Day 1 of your 5 days Congo gorilla safari Kahuzi Biega & Nyiragongo hike

On this first day of your safari in Congo, the safari will start from Kigali international airport in the neighboring Rwanda. Your professional driver guide will brief you about the safari upon arrival then start the drive to Bukavu in Congo. This is a long road trip southward to Cyangugu boarder to Bukavu where you will have dinner and an overnight at your prior booked accommodation facility.

Day 2 of your 5 days Congo gorilla safari Kahuzi Biega & Nyiragongo hike

By 7:00am your driver guide will be ready to drive you to the park headquarters for your memorable Congo gorilla trekking safari experience. Gorilla trekking briefing starts at 8:00am by the park rangers where after you get into the jungle in a total of 8 trekkers and armed ranger guides for about 2-5 hours. After spending 1 hour having a great experience that you always imagined, you will return to the park headquarters where you will find your driver guide ready to return you to your lodging facility for relaxation, dinner and an overnight.

Day 3 of your 5 days Congo gorilla safari Kahuzi Biega & Nyiragongo hike

After this amazing Congo gorilla safari encounter, you will spend the day driving to Goma using a 4×4 safari land cruiser. You will arrive in the evening, relax and have an overnight.

Day 4 of your 5 days Congo gorilla safari Kahuzi Biega & Nyiragongo hike

Your driver guide will transfer you to Kibati which is the starting point for your hike. You will then start the hike at around 9:00am taking about 6-7 hours to reach the summit depending on your physical fitness. Nyiragongo is one of the most active volcanoes in the world with red lava lakes. You will spend the night on the summit cabins where a porter can help with the cooking and carrying luggage.

Day 5 of your 5 days Congo gorilla safari Kahuzi Biega & Nyiragongo hike

On the last day of this amazing gorilla trekking safari in Congo, you will descend from the summit of mount Nyiragongo back to Kibati station. Your driver guide will be ready to transfer you to your lodging facility for a meal, refreshment and start the drive to Kigali international airport for your departure flight.

Apart from trekking lowland gorillas you can also trek mountain gorillas in Virunga national park on Congo gorilla safaris. Within the Virunga massif, you can also trek gorillas on Rwanda gorilla trekking safaris in Volcanoes national park or during a Uganda gorilla safari in Mgahinga gorilla national park. Adjacent to Mgahinga gorilla national park in Uganda is also Bwindi impenetrable national park which is the popular destination by tourists on gorilla trekking Uganda safari tours.

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Congo safari overview for the 4 days Congo gorilla safari Kahuzi Biega National Park

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 4 days Congo gorilla safari Kahuzi Biega National Park

Lowland gorillas

Just like Uganda Rwanda mountain gorilla safari tours, Congo is blessed with lowland gorillas that attract a big number of travelers in the country. Lowland gorillas are a unique sub species of gorillas found Kahuzi Biega National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo. These apes are much bigger than the endangered mountain gorillas found in Uganda, Rwanda and some parts of Congo. Lowland gorilla trekking safaris Congo is the most fabulous fun activity in to do while in the forest alongside Congo birding safaris especially when it comes to watching the primates carry on their daily activitis in their natural habitat. Your 4 days Congo gorilla safari Kahuzi Biega National Park tour will begin and end in Rwanda using the Changugu border to Congo

Congo safari highlights for the 4 days Congo gorilla safari Kahuzi Biega National Park

Day 1: Arrival in Kigali Rwanda for your tour of Kigali city and the surrounding areas.

You will be picked up from Kigali Hotel/Lodge by our Congo safari guide, give you a short briefing about your safari in Congo. You will then drive towards the southwestern part of Rwanda driving through the rolling hills and gorgeous scenery to Changugu Rwanda- Congo border. If you arrive on time, you will do a Kigali city tour visiting the genocide site in Butare, the National Museum of Rwanda here and the King’s palace if time allows. You will have lunch in Kigali and after continue to Lake Kivu; Rwanda’s freshest water body and one of the largest lakes in Africa. Transfer to your chosen accommodation in the evening relax, have dinner and spend your overnight.

Day 2: Transfer to Bukavu in Democratic Republic of Congo.

In the morning, after your breakfast at your hotel, you will be picked by your driver guide from your hotel in Kigali and drive southwards to Cyangugu boarder crossing to Bukavu in Congo. You will have wonderful views of the hills in Rwanda through the tropical forest of Nyungwe National park and a clear view of Lake Kivu. Check in at your hotel, have lunch and relax.

Day 3: Do a Lowland Gorilla tracking tour in Kahuzi Biega National Park Congo

 4 days Congo gorilla safari Kahuzi Biega National ParkVery early in the morning, you will head to the park headquarters for your memorable safari adventure of tracking the lowland gorillas in Kahuzi Biega National park. The park rangers will give you a briefing about the activity and after they will lead you to the forest for your tracking activity. Lowland gorillas tracking is very amazing and very memorable. The time taken to meet these apes is unpredictable since they live in the wild and freely move in their natural habitat, and this requires a reasonable degree of fitness. Once you meet them, you will enjoy and forget all the troubles you have gone through and utilize the one hour you are allowed to stay with the gorillas as you observe their behaviors as well as taking as photos of them. After, get back to the lodge for lunch, if you still have energy go for a nature walk, you may decide to visit Tshibati waterfalls, visit Bukavu town, Mbayo tea plantations, the research centre and the surrounding traditional homes. Transfer to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 4: Transfer back to Kigali

Have relaxed breakfast at your lodge and drive back to Kigali. Arrive in Kigali and transfer to your hotel or transfer to Kigali International Airport.

End of your 4 days Congo gorilla safari Kahuzi Biega National Park

3 Days Kahuzi Biega National Park Congo gorilla safari tour

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3 days Kahuzi Biega National Park

                  Lowland gorillas

Kahuzi Beiga National Park is an unbelievable destination in Congo where you can watch the primates while on a Congo gorilla safari. You will the jungle forest in search for the endangered lowland gorillas in Congo. This 3 Days Kahuzi Biega National Park  gorilla safari tour Congo starts and ends in Kigali Rwanda.

Congo safari highlight for the 3 Days Kahuzi Biega National Park Congo gorilla safari tour

Day 1: Depart from Kigali to Bukavu- Democratic Republic Congo with a simple city tour in Rwanda

Day 2: Do a lowland Gorilla trekking tour in Kahuzi Biega National Park Congo

Day 3: Retire from the safari and return back to Kigali

Detailed itinerary for the 3 Days Kahuzi Biega National Park Congo gorilla safari tour

Day 1 of the 3 Days Kahuzi Biega National Park Congo gorilla safari tour: Depart from Kigali to Bukavu- Democratic Republic Congo with a simple city tour in Rwanda

Early in the morning after a heavy breakfast at the lodge, you will meet your Congo safari driver guide and depart to the south western part of Rwanda to Bukavu where you will be crossing to Congo. During your journey, your driver guide will give you a short safari briefing about your 3 Days Kahuzi Biega National Park Congo gorilla safari tour. Along the way you will have a view of the Rwanda hills with a stopover at Butare, Rwanda’s second largest city after Kigali Rwanda’s capital. While in Butare, you will visit the national museum of Rwanda where you will be told a lot of history about Rwanda, visit the genocide memorial site where thousands of people were buried under the same cemetery as well as the King’s palace. Continue to Bukavu in the Democratic Republic of Congo where you will arrive at your planned hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 2 of the 3 Days Kahuzi Biega National Park Congo gorilla safari tour: Do Lowland Gorilla trekking tour in Kahuzi Biega National Park

3 days Kahuzi Biega National Park

Gorillas in Kahuzi Biega National Park

Wake up early for a morning breakfast at your lodge and get ready for your gorilla trekking activity that starts at 8am with a briefing from the park rangers. At around 7am, you will transfer to the park headquarters with your guide to receive briefing about the lowland gorilla trekking, after the briefing from the park rangers, you will head to the forest for this adventurous activity involving watching the giant apes in the Kahuzi Biega National park as they carry on their daily life. The Congo gorilla tour usually takes about 2-8 hours tracking the low land gorillas and are given one hour to study and observe their behavior as well as taking non-flash photography. These creatures are bigger in size compared to the mountain gorillas. You will never regret this gorilla safari Congo once you meet the amazing gorillas. During trekking, you will see other primates like the golden monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys and a variety of birds. After this wonderful experience, return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 3 of the 3 Days Kahuzi Biega National Park Congo gorilla safari tour: Transfer back to Kigali

Wake up leisurely for a hearty breakfast, say farewell to the gorilla land. You will be driven back to Kigali to your hotel or to catch your flight back home by your driver guide.

End of safari of the 3 Days Kahuzi Biega National Park Congo gorilla safari tour

 

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