8 Days Trip to Wild Bonobos Via Congo River Proper & Tchumbir introduces you to the Wild bonobos only be found in forests south of the Congo River in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Sometimes known as the pygmy chimpanzee, bonobos weren’t recognized as a separate species until 1929. As the last great ape to be scientifically described, much remains unknown about the bonobo—including the extent of its geographic range. Efforts to survey the species over the past two decades have been hampered by the remote nature of its habitat, the patchiness of their distribution and years of civil unrest within the DRC.
- A visit to the magnificent Murchison Falls renowned for its scenic beauty and the spectacular falls
- Enjoying a game drive and a boat cruise along the Nile River
- Being tantalized by the squeezing of the Nile River into a 7 meter gorge before tumbling 40 meters down in a thunderous explosion
- Sightseeing of the unique geographical gifting along the Albertine Rift Valleywith breathtaking scenic glamour of landscapes
- Watching at close range the wild but habituated chimpanzees, other primates and birds in their natural environment
- An opportunity to explore the beautiful crater lakes surrounded by gentle hills and stunning views
- A guided nature walk in the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary for birding and primate viewing
- A fascinating experience at the Hot Springs where you can participate in boiling eggs in the bubbling pools of hot water(103°C)
Arrival in Kinshasa, assistance and reception at the airport by the team, hotel transfer. Briefing Free night, stay at the hotel 3 stars.
Walk and visit of course to meet the researchers today at the Sanctuary (Lola) Bonobos before your trip, and Lake Mac Vallee, the Symphony hall, Gallery of Arts, River and Embassy Walk, monuments and historical-cultural introduction etc.
Onwards bound to Tshumbiri Ngafura Maluku (Maluku is a town in Kinshasa located 80 km from downtown) night at the village far up the river tonight. We allow you to discover the CONGO river, its traffic and its inhabitants in a totally and truly immersive experience that is likely more uncontrived and intense than you’ve ever had in Africa. During this two days on the river you can participate in several types of traditional fishing too. (Think about your fishing rods and swimwear if you need.)
We arrive around 3:00 p.m. relaying you from the boat and transferring by jeep to Nkala, arriving prior to sundown around 18h00. Overnight in tents.
Tracking of Bonobos and return to town around 12h00. After lunch, afternoon courtesy visit to the chiefdom around the village of Nkala (this is remote.) Return to camp loop back at about 18:30. Meeting with a research outpost staff. Nights in tents or at the Mbomou Tower Inn.
On the way back say a brief goodbye to the leadership and transfer to Tshumbiri, Tshumbiri overnight.
Long day of speeding downstream on the opposite bank and opposite scenery. At around 16:30 finally arrive Maluku ; separate with the crew of the boat and transfer to the center Free evening. Overnight at hotel
Visit the museum, the Mausoleum of late President Kabila, the market of thieves, and more. Afternoon transfer to the airport and farewell.