This 8 days virunga, pnv and bwindi safari covers gorilla trekking in 3 countries covering three national park to mention virunga national park in Congo, volcanoes national park in Congo and bwindi impenetrable forest national park in uganda. Gorilla trekking experience can never be this better integrating all the 3 countries where trekking is done,
Day One: Arrival and Transfer to Bwindi
Since you will not be visiting any other national parks in Uganda, It is advisable that you go through Kigali on your way to Bwindi as it will just take you about 5 hours compared to the 9 hours from Entebbe. The guide will meet you at the airport and will take you through this. In Bwindi you will head to the Rushaga section of Bwindi. Dinner and stay at Nshongi camp. FB
Day Two: Gorilla Tracking
After an early breakfast, you will head to the park headquarters for gorilla tracking briefing before you head out to hike in search of these endangered species. The trek is usually about 2 hours and then you will spend an hour with the gorillas. Please follow the instructions of your ranger and guide through this activity. The entire activity should be about 6 hours. Depending on your energy levels, you may have and after lunch community walk to interact with the people around the national park. Dinner and stay at Nshongi camp. FB
Day Three: Transfer To Virunga National Park
Today you will have breakfast and check out of the lodge as you transfer to the Virunga national Park in the DRC via Queen Elizabeth National Park and the Mpondwe boarder point. On your journey through Queen Elizabeth national park you will encounter a lot of wild life, this park has the best animal concentration in Uganda and the highlights of the day could be the tree climbing lions. Dinner and overnight at Mikeno lodge/Bukima tented camp. FB
Day Four: Gorilla Tracking in Virunga
After an early morning breakfast you will head to the Virunga Park headquarters for a briefing before trekking. The search for the mountain gorillas will take about 2 hours then one hour with the gorilla snd you will head back to the lodge for lunch.
After lunch you will be taken around in the nearby communities to interact with the local and share how they lead life then return to the lodge.
Day Five: Hike the Nyiragongo Volcano
Early morning breakfast today and we shall head to Kibat station where the hike to Nyiragongo begins. Here you will be brief and you will set off at around 10am. The hike to the summit usually takes about 6 hours depending on your energy levels. The hike is a bit tiring and hot at times since this is a volcanic mountain. At the summit you will enjoy good scenery of the lava lake and relax at the top of this volcano, the bird count here is rewarding. You will spend the night in the tents on the edge of the huge crater.
Day Six: Descend the Volcano and transfer to Volcanoes National Park
Today we shall descent to the bottom of the mountain and then transfer to Volcanoes National Park. We shall intend to be in Goma by lunch time then we cross the border such that we are in time to enter the park before 6pm. Alternatively we may stay in Goma for the night in case we are lake and we shall be in time for gorilla tracking in the next morning since it just about 30 mins to Volcanoes National Park. Dinner and Overnight at Mikeno Lodge (luxury)/ Bukima Lodge (Midrange). FB
Day Seven : Gorilla trekking/ Golden Monkey Tracking.
Enjoy your breakfast and head to the park headquarters with packed lunch to be briefed about the dos and don’ts while with the gorillas then proceed to track the gorillas. You may choose to do golden Monkey tracking instead that if in case you did gorilla tracking and don’t want to do it again. Dinner and overnight stay at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge. FB
Day Eight: Visit Dian Fossey Tombs and Transfer to Kigali
Depending on the time of your flight, you have several activities to do today before you head out to the airport.
– hike to Dian fossey grave yard / tombs
– Ibyiwacu cultural village among others
Later transfer to Kigali for a city tour or flight back home.