Low Land Gorilla Trekking In Kahuzi Beiga

Destination: Rwanda



Overview

The mountain gorillas live in the Mikeno sector and you will set out on your expedition to track them from one of the sector’s three patrol posts, the Bukima, Bikenge or Jomba, depending on the location of the gorillas



Day 1
Airport - Kigali city

Upon your arrival at the airport you will be met by our company representative then transfer to Kigali city. Lunch, after in the evening you will enjoy the Kigali city circuit to amazing tourist centre’s like the Karisoke gorilla centre, the Genocide Memorial Centre at Gisozi, National museum and other monuments that portray Rwanda’s art and culture

Overnight at: Serena Kigali Hotel (c)

Day 2
Kigali - Kahuzi Biega National park

Early morning Breakfast, thereafter depart to the Kahuzi Biega National Park. This full day will be devoted visit the low land gorillas in the Bamboo forest which is a one to two hours walk in the forest, a very impressive, memorable experience to sight for shy mountain gorillas in their natural habit, later depart to Bukavu by Ferry across the lake Kivu (3 hours) alongside IdjwiIslande, Lunch in Bukavu, Afternoon city tour and relax

Overnight at: hotel Bukavu

Day 3
Bukavu - Volcanoes

Today after breakfast we will depart from Bukavu to Volcanoes and it is by ferry boat crossing that will take you through the Lake Kivu to the other side, with lunch enroute and arriving at Volcanoes. Enjoy the steep slopes of this magnificent mountain range home of the rare mountain gorillas, other primates and the rich mosaic of montane ecosystems, which embrace evergreen and bamboo forest, open grassland, swamp and heath. An amazing trek though the cultivated foothills of the Virunga offers stirring views in all directions

Overnight at: Virunga lodge

Day 4
Gorilla tracking experience in Virunga - Volcanoes

After the morning cup of coffee ascend to track the shy mountain gorillas in Virunga National Park in Congo. The mountain gorillas live in the Mikeno sector and you will set out on your expedition to track them from one of the sector’s three patrol posts, the Bukima, Bikenge or Jomba, depending on the location of the gorillas. After crossing the border and the briefing of rules and regulations from the authorities of the park, enter into the jungle (the rain tropical forest) searching for the habituated gorilla family you booked for. You will have the opportunity to spend up to an hour observing the gorillas in their typical forest home, for observation and photography. Make sure you carry with you packed lunch, snacks and water. The park in 2008 was just re-opened after long period of instability and even the tragic events which have occurred to one of the gorilla families. We shall advise you on the security situation at the time of your booking

Overnight at: Virunga lodge

Day 5

Day 6
Volcanoes-Kisoro

After your morning breakfast depart to Uganda, Enjoy the view of the Muhavura and other Virunga volcanoes which dominate the region while crossing the border of DRC Congo and Uganda at Kisoro with lunch enroute and after take a relaxation at the shores of Lake Bunyonyi the Switzerland of Africa

Overnight at: the Gahinga lodge/Travelers Rest Kisoro or Kisoro Tourist Hotel

Day 7
Kisoro-Okapi wildlife reserve

After today's breakfast you will depart to the okapi wildlife reserve a World Heritage Site in the Ituri Forest in the north-east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, near the borders with Sudan and Uganda. At approximately 14,000 sqKm, it covers approximately one fifth of the area of the forest. With lunch enroute, as implied by the name, the reserve is home to many okapis. As of 1996, the number was estimated at about 3900-6350, out of a global population of around 10,000-20,000. It is also the location of the Epulu Conservation and Research Center, on the Epulu River with magnificent view. This facility dates back to 1928 when the camp was founded by American anthropologist Patrick Putnam as a capture station, where wild okapis were captured and sent to American and European zoos. It still serves that function today, albeit with very different methodology. Okapis are captured, and then bred in captivity, and then only these offspring are sent to zoos, as it has been found that they have a much lower chance of survival. Even so, very few are now exported - only the minimum number necessary to ensure genetic viability of the captive population. The center also carries out much important research and conservation work. The wildlife reserve is also home to many other interesting or endangered animals, such as the forest elephant, and at least 13 species of anthropoid primates. Nomadic Mbuti pygmies and indigenous Bantu farmers also live within the reserve

Overnight at: Hotel at Isiro town

Day 8
Isiro, Congo-Uganda

Today we shall have breakfast, after descend to Uganda via Uganda-Sudan boarder taking the ground en-route drives which provide panoramic view of Africa Mountain-hills steep slopes beatifically segmented and forest canopy sceneries, with lunch enroute then relaxation

Overnight at: Munyonyo resort Hotel with en-route view of Lake Victoria (c ) or Cassia lodge (E)

Day 9
Kampala - Entebbe

This day is reserved for the transfer to Entebbe International Airport for your home flight departure. End of services


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Accomodation

Cassia Lodge