This 3 days Congo Eastern Lowland Gorilla Trek is a memorable short tour for the enthusiast who long’s for the world’s most unique and authentic primate encounters but is short on time. This tour is a perfect choice for visitors who want to see Eastern lowland gorillas which are less than 300 in numbers left.
We will take you straight to Kahuzi-Biega National Park to trek the largest Gorilla subspecies on the planet the Eastern Lowland Gorilla and then the following day be back in Rwanda with the stunning Lake Kivu as the backdrop to your adventure this will be a memorable experience that not too many people have done. Kahuzi-Biega national park is one of DR Congo’s major tourist destinations. Kahuzi-Biega national park is the only home to the Eastern lowland gorillas.
- International or Domestic Flights
- 1 x Visa Permit DR Congo.
- Travel Insurance
- Tips and Gratuities
- Visa costs for Rwanda
- Porter Hire
- 1 Night Single accommodation One & Only. Full board.
- 1 Night suite accommodation at Orchid’s Safari Club Hotel Bukavu, DR Congo. FullBoard.
- 2 Night Single accommodation at The Retreat Bed and Breakfast
- 1x Inclusive activity provided by One & Only
- 1 x Eastern Lowland Gorilla Permit (DR Congo – Kahuzi-Biega National Park)
- Murambi Genocide Memorial Visit
- 1x King’s palace Tour
- 1 x Question Coffee Master Class visit
- 1 x Farewell Dinner in Kigali on final day.
DAY 1: ARRIVAL AT THE AIRPORT AND TRANSFER TO YOUR HOTEL
Welcome to Kigali, Rwanda. We will be waiting for you at the arrival hall at Kigali International Airport introduce you to your driver guide,provide you with a detailed briefing before we head off to your Hotel for an overnight.
Dinner and Overnight at Onomo Hotel, Ubumwe Glande Hotel or Kigali Marriott Hotel.
DAY 2: TRANSFER BUKAVU VIA NYUNGWE FOREST NATIONAL PARK
After your breakfast, embark on your vehicle for a 6 hour scenic transfer to Bukavu, DR Congo via Kivu Lodge for lunch and room inspection before proceeding to Bukavu border through Nyungwe Forest National Park. After the Lodge inspection, you will proceed to the boarder and on arrival, you will be met and assisted by our representative in Congo, for Visa and later embark on your vehicle for your transfer to your accommodation. Check in for a refreshen up and relax with the Hotel facilities.
Dinner and overnight at Orchid Safari Club Hotel.
DAY 3 RARE EASTERN LOWLAND GORILLA TREK AND TRANSFER TO KIGALI – AIRPORT
After your breakfast, you will be taken to the park headquarters where you will be educated on the trek, Lowland Gorilla behaviour and assigned in to groups of suitable fitness. The trek can take between 2-6 hours depending on the movements of the Gorillas and it is another unique and privileged experience to trek and meet at close quarters of the rare lowland Gorillas in Kahuzi- Biega. Not so long ago there were hundreds of thousands Eastern Lowland Gorillas, however through war, vegetation loss and disease the population of the world’s largest Gorilla is in super-fast decline and there are thought to be Only 25,000 left today and considered critically endangered because of that rate of decline and its causes. That makes today’s trek all the more important. If strong eco-tourism can be established this will assist local Communities see and receive the benefits which will help Kahuzi-Biega
National Park stabilize then grow its populations. Eastern Lowland Gorillas are thought to have separated from Mountain Gorillas around 200,000 years ago. Whilst similar the Eastern Lowland Gorilla is even larger with the biggest males weighing up to 250 kilograms. They are also not as shy as the Mountain Gorillas who you should not look in the eye too long or they perceive a threat. The Eastern’s don’t mind if you look at them, I guess they don’t feel very threatened as they are twice our mass. On this day once you locate the Lowland Gorillas you get to spend an hour with the world’s largest primate and his adorable family before we take you across the border which is only 1 hour away back to Rwanda. You will be transferred back to Kigali for a freshen up at Flame Tree Village and be ready for a farewell dinner and market update with Mr. Victor and Moreen at one of the best Khana Khazana Indian Restaurant before your transfer to Kigali International Airport for your late flight out.
Africa Holiday Safaris wishes you a fond farewell, safe onward travels and great memories that will be with you long after you return home.