6 days Enjoy D.R.Congo

6 Days
From $0
Activity Level
Light
Transport
4X4 Land Cruiser,
Comfort Level
Luxury

Trip Overview

Day 1: Welcome to Rwanda

Day 2: Travel to Virunga National Park

Day 3: Mountain gorilla tracking in Virunga

Day 4: Climb Nyiragongo Volcano in Congo

Day 5: Relaxing at Tchegera Island

Day 6: Relax before drive to Kigali International Airport for departure, or tour extension

Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Rwanda

Upon arrival at Kigali International Park, you will be welcomed by an AA Safaris tour guide/ driver who will drive you to your hotel. Depending on what time you arrive, explore the city craft markets. Look out for leather, fabrics, musical instruments, sculptures, carvings, pottery. Put your haggling skills to the test. All these activities will be at your own expense.

 

Meals included: No Meals
Accommodation: Flame Tree village
Day 2&3: Travel to Virunga National Park, Mountain Gorilla tracking

Meet your AA Safaris guide who will take you to DR Congo. Start the drive through Rwanda’s beautiful hilly scenery of hills to the Goma border town. On the Congolese side, your Congolese driver will drive you to Virunga National Park. Virunga National Park is Africa’s oldest national park which is home to endangered mountain gorillas and chimpanzees. It hosts the only glacier in Africa with the Rwenzori Mountains near Lake Edward and the Rwindi plains.

On this day you will see the world’s largest mountain gorillas. Virunga national park is a UNESCO world Heritage site since its Africa’s oldest national park it combines sightings of the Rwenzori mountains peaks, active volcano, the world’s largest lava crater lake, a forest area and a valley. Meet your park ranger at the headquarters in Rumangabo where the hike for the trek starts in to the Virunga forest in search of the mountain gorillas.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Accommodation: Kibumba Camp
Day 4: Climb Nyiragongo Volcano

Drive to the Nyiragongo volcano where the hike starts at 10A.M and receive an AA Safaris backpack which will have a lunch pack, a sleeping bag and a warm fleece vest. While at the summit, personal cook will help you prepare hot meals. With luggage handling, hire a porter while you still are on the ground at USD$25 per porter.

The Nyiragongo volcano is one of the world’s most active volcanoes with its last eruption being in 2002 where it destroyed homes; lives and properties were lost but this also makes Goma a tourist attraction site.

By evening, you will have an unobstructed view while at the top of the crater filled with a sea of lava. After a nice hot meal, spend the night in one of the huts on the crater rim. Enjoy African basic shelter at these huts.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Accommodation: No accmmodation
Day 5: Relaxing at Tchegera Island

Enjoy a morning meal as you relax at the breathtaking view overlooking the crater then start your descent that will have you at the base camp around noon. The driver will then take you to Goma harbor for a short boat ride on Lake Kivu to Tchegera Island. You will check in at Tchegera Island Camp which offers spectacular lake view plus the view of four volcanoes. On clear nights, Nyiragongo and Nyamulagira volcanoes turn the night sky red with glowing lava. You can relax at the beach or go bird sighting or explore other parts of the Island by paddle boat or in a kayak.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Accommodation: Tchegera Island Camp
Day 6: Relax before drive to Kigali International Airport for departure, or make a tour extension

Depending on what time your international flight out of Kigali International Airport, you can still relax on Tchegera Island or do an optional activity before you are driven to the airport.

Meals included: No Meals
Accommodation: No accmmodation

Expectations

DRC has for a long time been a tourism isolated country but a few years ago, it shone as a newly discovered gem. AA Safaris will take you on a tour for adventurers in Eastern Congo where you will Track the world’s largest in body size mountain gorillas in the national park oldest in Africa, climb the Nyiragongo volcano to reward your eyes with the view of the large lava lake at the crater then allow yourself a day to relax as you stay at Tchegera island on Lake Kivu.

Accomodations

Flame Tree village
Flame Tree village will be your night stay hotel for the night.  Located within easy access of Kigali airport and the Kigali Central Business Centre, Nyarutarama Golf Club, the hotel offers tranquillity with a feel of a home experience. Relax by the pool or in the out-door sitting area, enjoy local and international cuisine at the onsite restaurant or watch sports in the Lounge bar. Each of the 15 rooms has a private balcony and in-room kitchenette
Kibumba Camp
Enjoy your two nights at Kibumba Camp, an 18 safari-style tents which carry the Congolese camping style surrounded by the beautiful green vegetation surrounding you while in Virunga. The tented camp is close to the Rwanda border in Goma for those who want to experience Virunga mountain gorillas and exploration of Nyiragongo areas.
Tchegera Island Camp
You will check in at Tchegera Island Camp, it gives a fantastic view of lake Kivu and 4 volcanoes. it has 8 safari styled tents, some rooms have camp fires to keep you warm in the night. the rooms have flushing toilets and hot water in the shower bathrooms.

Availability and Prices

Included
  • Transfers upon arrival and departure
  • Accommodation as indicated in the itinerary
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Daily activities and excursions as indicated in the itinerary
Excluded
  • 1 chimpanzee permit per person (a US$ 150 value)
  • 1 gorilla permit per person
  • Park-entrance fees according to the program
  • English speaking Ugandan & Tanzanian driver/guide;
  • All gratuities
  • Airfare to and from destination
  • Domestic flights
  • All expenses of personal nature (e.g. drinks, laundry, optional activities, souvenirs cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Alcoholic beverages