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3 Days
Kigali - Virunga National Park
Virunga National Park - Kigali

3 Days Congo Gorilla Tour Overview

Step into the heart of Africa’s wilderness on our 3 Days Congo Gorilla Tour. Encounter mountain gorillas of Virunga National Park in Congo, explore conservation efforts, and delve into Rwanda’s history. This journey combines nature, conservation, and history for an unforgettable adventure. Join us for a life-changing experience.

Safari Summary

  • Day 1: Arrival and Border Crossing
  • Day 2: Gorilla Trekking and Nature Exploration
  • Day 3: Departure

Safari Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival and Border Crossing

Your Congo Gorilla Tour kicks off at Kigali International Airport in Rwanda, where you’ll be warmly greeted by your expert tour guide. After a smooth arrival, your journey leads you west to Gisenyi, a scenic town nestled on the Rwanda-Congo border. En route, you’ll be captivated by the picturesque landscapes of rolling hills and vibrant tea plantations.

At Gisenyi,  you will cross the border into the Democratic Republic of Congo. You’ll journey deeper into the Virunga National Park, your gorilla adventure destination. Arriving at your accommodation within the park, you’ll settle in and recharge.

3 Days Congo Gorilla Tour

Day 2: Gorilla Trekking and Nature Exploration

Start your day early with a nourishing breakfast, gearing up for the highlight of your Congo Gorilla Tour. After breakfast, meet your guide and head to the park headquarters for a thorough briefing on gorilla trekking. Here, you’ll learn about gorilla behavior, conservation efforts, and safety guidelines, ensuring a respectful and educational encounter.

You’ll set off on your gorilla trekking adventure, accompanied by an experienced guide who knows the terrain intimately. The magical moment arrives as you come face to face with a gorilla family in their natural habitat. You’ll have up to an hour to observe these magnificent creatures, capturing photos and memories that will last a lifetime. Afterward, return to your accommodation for a satisfying lunch and a well-deserved rest.

In the afternoon, continue your exploration of Virunga National Park with a leisurely nature walk. Your guide will help you discover the park’s biodiversity, including unique plant life and bird species. As the day winds down, return to your accommodation for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 3: Departure

After checking out, you’ll visit the Senkwekwe Gorilla Orphanage. Here, you’ll learn about the dedicated work being done to protect and rehabilitate orphaned gorillas, gaining a deeper understanding of the challenges and triumphs in preserving these magnificent creatures and their habitat.

Following this educational stop, you’ll drive to Goma and cross the border into Rwanda, seamlessly facilitated by your guide. In Rwanda, your tour continues with a visit to the Kigali Genocide Memorial. This solemn yet essential stop provides a profound insight into Rwanda’s past, commemorating the victims of the 1994 genocide and offering a glimpse into the nation’s journey of reconciliation and healing.

As your journey nears its end, transfer to Kigali International Airport for your departure flight. With cherished memories of your Congo Gorilla Tour, the extraordinary encounters with gorillas, and a greater appreciation for conservation and history, you’ll leave Rwanda with a sense of fulfillment and a desire to return to Africa’s wild heart in the future.

Important Notes:

– Congo Gorilla trekking permits cost USD 400 per person per trek. You will need to obtain the permits in advance, which can be purchased through a registered tour operator.

– The best time to visit Congo for gorilla trekking is during the dry season, which runs from June to September and December to February. During this time, the trails are less muddy making it easier to trek through the forest to find the gorillas.

– It’s essential to be fairly physically fit and have suitable trekking gear for the expedition. Pack essentials like water, snacks, hiking shoes, and a rain jacket. A small fee can be paid to porters to help you carry luggage during the trek hence reducing the burden.

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