3 Days Congo Gorilla Safari (Virunga National Park), Congo Gorilla Trekking Tour from Kigali City Rwanda

3 Days Congo Gorilla Safari to Virunga National Park, Congo Gorilla Trekking Tour from Kigali City Rwanda. Virunga National Park is one of the oldest parks in Africa and bears unique heritage because of its remarkable biodiversity and marvelous landscape! This is because of its well-blended composition of savannah grassland, plains, afro-montane forest, and marshlands.

The most active volcanoes on the African continent are situated in Virunga National Park including Nyamuragira and Nyiragongo.

The recent eruptions in Africa are all contributed to these volcanoes that account for 30% of the eruptions which also give the park a unique afro-alpine kind of vegetation.

Virunga National Park is home to over 200 species of mammals including the Thomas cobs, elephants, lions, buffalos, and the rare Okapi.

Virunga national park has proven to bear the largest population of hippos in the world. Over 19,000 can be found in the numerous rivers within and outside the park. Amazing right?

The focal attractions of the park that still make it outshine the rest are the mountain gorillas and climbing mountain Nyiragongo as 20% of the population of mountain gorillas are found here.

Uganda and Rwanda as well do have mountain Gorillas but Virunga national park has the only Gorilla orphanage in the world.

After gorilla trekking, tourists have an opportunity to visit this amazing Centre for free; the Congolese Institute for Nature Conservation (ICCN) which is responsible for the overall management of the park.

The 3 days Congo gorilla safari will start from Rwanda before crossing over to Goma Town of Congo via Gisenyi. The Gorilla package of Congo includes visiting Lake Kivu and touring Kigali City of Rwanda.

Highlights of this 3 Days Congo Gorilla Safari

What you need before heading for Gorilla Trekking

  1. Good hiking boots with good traction but comfortable
  2. Thick cotton gloves to protect your hands from scratches
  3. A light raincoat in case the weather is not good
  4. Packed snack and water for drinking
  5. Porters to help with a heavy backpack
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3 Days Congo Gorilla Safari to Virunga National Park

Detailed 3 Days Congo Gorilla Safari from Kigali City Rwanda

Day 1: Arrival, Tour Kigali City and Transfer to Virunga National Park

Upon arrival, our professional guide assigned to you will pick you from Kigali International Airport or from a hotel of your residence if you have already been in the country.

You will then receive a short briefing on what is expected of you and what you should expect to meet once out on the adventure!

While out for the tour in the Kigali City, you will visit the former presidential palace, Rwanda Genocide Memorial Centre, the main city Market and artisan shops!

During this moment, one can choose to buy gifts for their loved ones back home or for personal satisfaction.

After this morning encounter with the city community, your driver will now drive out of the city heading to the Congo border!

Upon arrival at the Congo border, lunch will be served thereafter clear with the relevant authorities and be handed over to the Virunga National Park to transfer you to your lodge!

Recommended Accommodation Facilities:

  • Mikeno Lodge
  • Kibumba tented camp
  • Bukima tented camp
  • Meal plan: lunch and dinner
Day 2 of 3 Days Congo Gorilla Safari: Gorilla Trekking in Virunga Congo, Evening Relaxation or Visit the Senkwekwe Centre

This is the biggest day of this safari, you will need to wake up very early and starting planning your day out and prepare all the necessary tools/items that may be needed for this day.

You will have to ensure you have everything set with you before the park authorities come to pick you from the lodge and set out for the expedition!

Residing within the park or near to the park will have you starting the briefing on time and hence have more time when it comes to gorilla trekking.

There are 8 habituated gorilla families in Congo, you will be assigned to any of the gorilla families based on your level of fitness among other factors!

While with the gorillas, you will be expected to keep calm and avoid unnecessary movements and noise which may easily provoke the gorillas.

All along, your guide and the rangers will be giving you instructions which you are expected to follow so that you may not have any conflicts with these amazing creatures!

Ensuring that you have your camera flashlight is turned off; take as many pictures as possible with the gorillas before turning to return to the start point where your driver will then pick you up back to the forest lodge for a rest!

You may choose to engage in an evening walk later in the evening or just relax at your lodge premises, while on the evening walk; you may choose to make it even more adventurous by visiting the gorilla orphanage at Senkwekwe Center if you choose your accommodation facility as Mikeno Lodge. After this evening expedition, you will return to the lodge facility for dinner and overnight stay!

Recommended Accommodation Facilities:

  • Mikeno Lodge
  • Kibumba tented camp
  • Bukima tented camp
  • Meal plan: lunch and dinner
Day 3 of 3 Days Congo Gorilla Safari: Transfer Back to Kigali for Departure

This is the last day of the trip and it has no particular activities except planning your journey back to Kigali. You will wake up in the morning at any time you feel like, organize yourself and then have breakfast served to you from the lodge!

You will then start on the journey back to Kigali, the journey will start with the park authorities of Congo giving you their driver to drive you up to the border point where you will then meet with our driver who will drive you for the remaining distance back to Kigali.

Background Information of the 3 Days Congo Gorilla Safari from Kigali City Rwanda

Virunga National Park

Virunga National Park is situated in the North-Eastern region, Kinshasha a famous town in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), it sits on a land area of 3,050 square miles (equivalency of 7,900 square kilometers) and has a vast diversity of habitats. This park was created in 1925 and was formerly known as Albert National Park.

The Southern tip of this park rests on the Northern shores of Lake Kivu, a short distance from Goma Town to the East! The Virunga Mountains lie between lakes Kivu and Edward which also extend into Rwanda and Uganda.

The great volcanoes of the Virunga range are clothed in cloudy forests; these include the dormant Mikeno, Karisimbi, Visoke, and Sabino (sabinyo) volcanoes, as well as the active volcanoes of Nyiragongo and Nyamulagira. Farther north are Rutsushuru falls and Mai Ya Moto Sulfur springs.

The park’s central region is occupied by Lake Edward and to the northeast; the Rwenzori Range soars to more than 16,000 feet (4,880M) in altitude! There are significant elevations in climatic changes and habitats that notably vary in Virunga National Park, with both the highest and lowest rainfall being recorded within the park’s boundaries!

With the annual rainfall at Lake Edward being 500 mm; the west slope of mountain Rwenzori, less than 75 km away, receives more than 3,000 mm. As nature would have it, some of the Rwenzori Mountains are permanently snow-capped throughout the year and glaciers exist at high elevations.

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Congo Gorilla Safari to Virunga National Park

This park is composed of savannas, peat bogs, marshes, lava plains, eastern steppe vegetation, and various types of forests, including tropical rainforest and bamboo.

This is a home to many wild animals like elephants that face threats of extinction since their numbers have started dropping since the start of the late 20th century with Hippopotamuses, rare mountain Gorillas, Okapis, antelopes, warthogs, and pelicans also being part of the animals in the park.

The human population was negligible by the time this park was established until the late 20th century when it started rising. UNESCO declared Virunga Park a World Heritage Site in 1979, and in 1994 it was placed on the list of world heritage in danger because of the growth of permanent settlements within the park and the influx of a great number of refugees resulting from the war in neighboring Rwanda.

Due to the increase in the human population that has permanently acquired settlements in the park, deforestation, poaching, and disruption of natural animal migration patterns have been observed!

Adventure to the Presidential Museum on the 3 Days Congo Gorilla Safari from Rwanda

The presidential museum is a royal palace situated in the outskirts of Kigali City on the Eastern side of the city! Before 1994, this palace was a home of Rwandan presidents and had house two of the presidents with its family member prior to the genocide.

You will be enlightened by the deep details of the tragedy that happened on the 6th of April 1994 when President Juvenal Habyarimana’s plane was gunned down in the company of Burundian president who unfortunately did not survive the tragedy!

The debris from this catastrophic incident have been stored in this museum, this also gave momentum to 1994 stain in Rwanda’s history where the two tribes of Hutu and Tutsi bitterly wielded pangas, matchets and any other deadly tools one could come across and mercilessly killed every other person of the opposite tribe, young or old, innocent or guilty, male or female.

Besides the alluring history about this mighty palace, there are worthy notable features including the various fruit trees in the museum compound, the art piece that was gifted to the then president, plus the lavish nature of this genocide which has become a much sought-after museum for most history lovers.

This is made possible by the palace tour guide who readily avails all the information you may need to know.

King’s Palace Museum

This royal palace is located in Nyaza ya Butare district of presently known to be Huye! This amazing site rich of history was constructed in 1932. It is a traditionally set up palace with a perfect blend of modernism, this makes it a number one destination for every traveler.

According to www.visitrwanda.com, this palace is termed as a reconstruction of the traditional royal residence, and the King’s palace is a beautifully-crafted thatched dwelling shaped like a beehive!

This ethnographic museum encapsulates a great deal of Rwandan monarchial history; which approach was abolished after Rwanda obtained independence from its colonial masters.

In its backyard, the cattle that formerly belonged to the monarchy are tended to, and their lineage has been maintained even after the abolishment of the kingdom that rewarded them as a great source of prestige!

Miraculously, these cattle have a striking resemblance and also bear a high level of genes of the famous long-horned cattle of Ankole in Uganda which is the most intriguing feature amongst all.

These cattle are trained to listen to the voice of their herdsmen right from the time they are calves and known to take and execute instructions from their herdsmen. The herdsmen occasionally sing for them soothing songs as they graze and preciously take care of them!

While at the palace, you will be able to experience all the above mentioned and as well be taken around the palace as you get to know more about the underlying beliefs behind the items kept in the palace such as royal instruments of power, chairs and mats all made in a peculiar way.

This kind of experience uniquely arises some sort of curiosity in the visitor that keeps your interest revolving about this mighty palace!

3 Days Congo Gorilla Safari from Kigali City Rwanda Inclusions and Exclusions

Safari includes:

  • Transportation in a tour van/Land cruiser
  • Service of an English -speaking tour guide/driver
  • All activities mentioned in the itinerary
  • Park admissions
  • Accommodation on full board
  • Entrance fees to all destinations as per the program
  • Transfer to and from the airport

Safari exclusions

  • All activities not mentioned in the program
  • Phone calls bills
  • Tips
  • International transfers
  • Gratitude to tour guides
  • Personal insurance
  • Personal effects of any nature
  • Hotel fees before and after the safari
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