This 3 day congo gorilla tour starts in Rwanda, you will then transfer to Virunga National park in Democratic republic of Congo via Uganda’s boarder. The park has five families of gorillas with three groups that are most tracked.
- Day 01: Transfer from Kigali to Kisoro border town in Uganda
- Day 02: Gorilla tracking in Virunga
- Day 03: Transfer back to Kigali. Depart
You will be picked by the driver/guide and transfer to Kisoro at the Uganda-Rwanda border; a journey that will take you through a scenic view of beautiful Rwanda’s rolling hills passing via Ruhengeri in the northern part of Rwanda and continuing to Cyanika. We shall finalize the border arrangements and cross into Uganda. You may then take a guided nature walk, visit the natural, beautiful-looking Lake Mutanda, surrounded by the volcanoes; take a walk on the Lake shores.
Dinner and overnight stay at Travelers Rest Hotel/Kisoro tourist hotel.
Transfer to the Bunagana at the DR Congo border, cross and drive to the Park Headquarters to be briefed about gorilla tracking dos and don’ts before setting off into the forest to track gorillas in Parc National des Virunga of Congo for the incredible experience. In the course of searching for the Mountain Gorillas, you will be exposed to excellent birding and primates such as the Golden Monkeys, Blue Monkeys, Black and White colobus monkey, and giant forest hogs among others. You will stay with these beautiful primates for one hour for observation and photography. Gorilla tracking through the forest, hills and swamps can be tough, arduous and tiring, sometimes taking up to 8 hours in the forest. But coming face to face with the great primates is well worth the effort. Return to Kisoro in Uganda. Dinner and overnight stay at your hotel.
After your relaxed breakfast, set off for Kigali in Rwanda. On your way to Kigali, several stops will be made to admire the amazing scenery of Rwanda’s topography, photography and shopping from the local markets. Reach Kigali in the afternoon, and in case your departure flight is on schedule, transfer to the airport for your flight to the next destination. End of Tour.
The Trip Cost Includes
- Gorilla Trekking Permits
- Golden Monkey Tracking
- Tour Guide
- Drinking bottled Water during safari
- All included tour activities in the above itinerary
The Trip Cost Excludes
- Hotel fees while in Kigali
- International Flights and Visas
- Kampala accomodation fees(the night after and the eve of the safari)
- Personal expenses like Cigars, beers, tips, souvenirs, laundry services among others
- Other extra activities which are not mentioned in the itinerary
Frequently asked Questions
Annapurna Base Camp is a Grade B or a moderately difficult trekking route. So any fit person can do this trek, even if you do not have any previous experience. You should be aware of what to expect and mentally prepare for it. Then, as long as you will to, you can.
On average, you walk about 4 to 6 hours per day. One or two days can be as less as 3hrs and one or two days can be as long as 7hrs.
The highest altitude reached is 4190m. This is the elevation of Annapurna Base Camp. ABC is the highest we will climb in this trek.
Yes, you can charge batteries en route. Charger should be brought. There are hot shower facilities as well. You may have to pay certain amount for both ($1-$2). Negotiate. Also, hot water facility could be free at lower elevation.
No. There are no ATMs on this trek route. You will have to draw enough cash in Pokhara or Kathmandu. There are a number of ATMs in these cities. Everything is paid in Nepali rupees. So money should be exchanged before the start of the trek.
Yes. Internet can be accessed in most places. Sometimes, there might be some technical problems. Internet in Nepal is not as fast as you are used to and at times you can just lose connection.
Not really. It depends on you. If you want, ABC trekking can be done independently. You could hire a guide and a porter by yourself instead of going through an agency or not hire a guide at all. Although, not having a guide can be a little problematic during off season. It really depends on you. Is it your first time in Nepal? How confident are you of being able to find your way around? How pressed on time are you? If you go through an agency, it will be costlier but everything will be planned. You will only have to come, trek and return.
For Annapurna region, pay for guides range from $20 to $30 per day and porters take $15 to $25 per day.