17 Days Best of Rwanda, Uganda, Congo Safari

17 Days epic safari in Rwanda, Congo and Uganda for all types of budgets. This tour starts from Kigali crossing into Congo for Mount Nyiragongo hiking located in eastern part of Congo which is a very safe part of Congo, gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable forest Uganda, Savannah wildlife viewing and sunset launch cruise in queen Elizabeth national park and lastly chimpanzee tracking or habituation in Kibale forest


Day 1: Arrival in Rwanda with a city tour – Transfer to Volcanoes National Park

Day 2: Golden Monkey tracking – visit twin lakes of Ruhondo and Burera

Day 3: Transfer to Lake Kivu – Boat ride along lake Kivu

Day 4: Transfer to Congo – Goma to start mount Nyiragongo Hiking

Day 5: Descend the volcano – Visit Goma Town overnight in Goma

Day 6: Mountain Gorilla Trekking – Transfer to Tchegera Island

Day 7: Full Day Relaxing at Tchegera Island

Day 9: Second Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi forest / Gahinga national park

Day 10: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park driving via the Ishasha Sector to view tree climbing lions

Day 11: Morning Game Drive – Afternoon Launch Cruise along the Kazinga Channel

Day 12: Transfer to Kibale National park – Visit the crater region

Day 13: Chimpanzee Tracking – Visit twin Bigodi swamp

Day 14: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park

Day 15: Morning Game drive – Afternoon Launch Cruise

Day 16: Transfer to Kampala with enroute stop and Zziwa Rhino

Day 17: Departure

Day 1: Arrival in Rwanda with a city tour – Transfer to Volcanoes National Park
On arrival, you will be met by our company guide who will be your driver and guide for this tour. Depending on arrival time, you will have a tour of kKigali city and visit the Gisozi memorial genocide where you will learn a lot about Rwanda’s history and journey, you can visit the local marks if you have time. Transfer to Volcanoes national park where you will have Dinner and overnight at Five Volcanoes Lodge, Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (Luxury), Lebambou Gorilla Lodge, Da vinci Lodge, Peak spot Lodge (midrange) and Muhabura Hotel (Budget)

Day 2: Golden Monkey tracking – visit twin lakes of Ruhondo and Burera
Wake up early for a cup of coffee at your hotel and drive to volcanoes atonal park offices and assemble for briefing by 7:00 am. Golden monkey tracking starts the same time as gorilla trekking and is a half day experience. Have lunch at your hotel and drive to visit twin lake of Burera and Ruhonda very scenic and relaxing.
Dinner and overnight at Five Volcanoes Lodge, Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (Luxury), Lebambou Gorilla Lodge, Da vinci Lodge, Peak spot Lodge (midrange) and Muhabura Hotel (Budget).

Day 3: Transfer to Lake Kivu – Boat ride along lake Kivu
Have breakfast at your hotel and be ready to transfer to lake Kivu, one of Rwanda’s top gem for relaxing. You will have a chance to relax and have a boat ride along and visit islands on lake Kivu. Spend the rest of the evening relaxing along the lake shores. Dinner and overnight at Lake Serena Kivu Lodge (luxury), Gorillas Hotel Kivu, Paradice Malahide (midrange) and Palm Gardens Hotel (Budget)

Day 4: Transfer to Congo – Goma to start mount Nyiragongo Hiking
Wakeup early today for a cap of coffee at your hotel and be ready to set off crossing into Congo via Goma and drive to Kibati Patro pst where briefing for Nyiragongo volcano and start the Hike. Once you reach the summit, you will watch the boiling lava which is very surprising.
Dinner and overnight at the top of the volcano

Day 5: Descend the volcano – Visit Goma Town overnight in Goma
Wake up to a cup of coffee and descend down the Volcano. Your guide will be waiting for your arrival to drive you to your hotel in Goma.

Day 6: Mountain Gorilla Trekking – Transfer to Tchegera Island
Have a cup of coffee at your hotel and drive to Virunga national park to find briefing orientation for mountain gorilla trekking in Virunga national park. You will be split into groups of 8 tourists and embark on your gorilla tour to meet your habituated gorilla family. Once your hour with the gorillas is done, meet your guide back at the tracking point. Have lunch at your hotel and be ready to transfer to Tchegera Island.

Day 7: Full Day Relaxing at Tchegera Island
Spend today relaxing at Tchegera Island with magnificent views. Dinner and overnight at Tchegera Island Resort

Day 8: Transfer to Kisoro
Wake up to a beautiful breakfast at your hotel and be ready to take a speed boat back to shore and drive crossing into Uganda to Kisoro.

Day 9: Second Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi forest / Gahinga national park
Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi forest offers a real jungle adventure, starting with briefing at the park head offices early morning, orienting you about what to expect during the gorilla trek.
Dinner and overnight at Bwindi Jungle Lodge / Bakiga Lodge, Gorilla Haven Lodge (midrange) Chameleon Hill Lodge, Gorilla Forest Lodge (Luxury) Mahogany springs lodge (upper luxury)

Day 10: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park driving via the Ishasha Sector to view tree climbing lions
Have a beautiful breakfast at your hotel and start off for Queen Elizabeth national park, the largest savannah park in the Uganda. Enroute drive via the Ishasha sector of the park to view tree climbing lions hanging in fig trees and drive to your hotel for lunch.
Dinner and overnight at Enganzi Lodge, Park View Lodge (Midrange), Katara Lodge / Mweya safari lodge (luxury)

Day 11: Morning Game Drive – Afternoon Launch Cruise along the Kazinga Channel
Today you will wake up easy and be off early with packed breakfast and drive to the park to start your game drive in the Kasenyi region of queen Elizabeth national park. This is your chance to view numerous early riser wildlife before they return to their hide places as the sun comes comes out. Expect to view lions, elephants, buffaloes, numerous Uganda kobs and so much more.
Have lunch after which head out to the Kazinga channel for a 2 hour sunset Launch cruise along the the Kazinga channel. Expect to view herds of elephants, buffalos, hippos, crocdiles, lizards, lots of birds.
Return to your lodge for Dinner and overnight at Enganzi Lodge / Park View Lodge (Midrange), Mweya safari lodge / Katara Lodge (Luxury Lodge)

Day 12: Transfer to Kibale National park – Visit the crater region
Today you will set off at leisure for Kibale national park with en route stops and lunch. Later visit the crater region.
Dinner and overnight at Chimpanzee guest house (budget), Primates lodge (midrange) and Crater Safari Lodge (Luxury), Kyaninga lodge(super luxury)

Day 13: Chimpanzee Tracking – Visit twin Bigodi swamp
Have breakfast at your hotel and be ready to transfer to Kibale park head offices for briefing before you start chimpanzee tracking. Tracking for chimpanzees takes about 3 – 4 hours and will come across other primates like white and black Colobus monkeys, olive baboons, red Colobus, grey checked mangabey in the forest. After the tracking chimps, return back to your hotel for lunch and later visit Bigodi eco swamp.
Dinner and overnight at Chimpanzee guest house (budget), Primates lodge (midrange) and Crater Safari Lodge (Luxury), Kyaninga lodge(super luxury)

Day 14: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park
Today you will set off early for Murchison Falls national park. You will first drive to Kampala then to Masindi reaching Murchison falls late evenning.
Dinner and overnight at Redchilli campsite (budget), Pakuba lodge (Midrange) and Paraa safari lodge (luxury)

Day 15: Morning Game drive – Afternoon Launch Cruise
Today you will wake up easy and be off early with packed breakfast and drive to the park to start your game drive with a ranger from the Uganda Wildlife Authority. The rangers know all the spots with wildlife, you will see elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, antelopes, lions, variety of savannah birds and so much more
Have lunch after which head out for a river Nile sunset Launch cruise. Expect to view crocodiles, herds of elephants, buffalos, hippos, lizards, lots of birds.
Return to your lodge for Dinner and overnight at Redchilli campsite (budget), Pakuba lodge (Midrange) and Paraa safari lodge (luxury)

Day 16: Transfer to Kampala with enroute stop and Zziwa Rhino
Drive back to Kampala after your breakfast with enroute visit to the Zziwa Rhino sanctuary to track rhinos and transfer back to Kampala.
Dinner and overnight in Kampala.

Day 17: Departure
This is the last day of the tour and depending on your flight departure time, you may have a Kampala / Entebbe city tour.
Drop off at the airport.

End of Tour

The tour quote inclusions
– Gorilla permit/s
– Genocide Memorial visit & Kigali city Tour
– Visit Gorilla Guardian Village
– Golden Monkey Tracking Permit
– 4*4 Safari Vehicle
– English speaking guide
– Drinking water
– Lunch

Tour Exclusion
– Air tickets
– Flights
– Visa ad visa fees
– Items of personal nature
– Optional activities not mentioned in the itinerary
– Tips through the tour

About Rwanda

Rwanda Guided tours taking you to explore – the Land of a Thousand Hills – a brave country moving past past the turmoil and horror of the 1994 genocide.
rwanda culture dance at kinigi briefing offices

After 23 years, the country has worked together to rebuild her infrastructure and reconciliation among her people and her neighbors. The peaceful approach has remarkably worked for the beautiful small country, that today shines out as one of Africa’s safests and cleaned countries to visit.

Rwanda is a green mountainous country with remarkable scenery and welcoming people embracing a peaceful future complimented by the numerous attractions to see in Rwanda; the rare mountain gorillas which have made the country a must stop for all African to fulfill a life long dream of meeting our close cousins in the jungle,

At Wild Rwanda Safaris, all our tours are private and you can signup for this tour all year round crafted using our extensive knowledge and experience of creating gorilla tours in Rwanda. Your local expert guide will share great insight information about the lives, culture, history, flora and fauna of the beautiful country. We shall make sure your expectations are fulfilled and honored with great precious memories.

Accommodations

All tours have been planned to offer you a range of accommodation options so we fit all types of traveler budgets to offer you a very personal experience ranging from small
intimate guesthouses to midrange accommodation properties to top luxury acclaimed lodges in the different attractions and national parks. You have the power to decide the your tour budget and travel conveniently

Guide to drive distance between towns in Rwanda

  • Kigali to Volcanoes National Park 2hrs 15 mins – 80 Kms
  • Kigali to Akagera National Park – 2 hrs 30 mins Drive time – 120 Kms
  • Kigali to Nyungwe National Park – 6hrs 30 mins Drive time – 225kms
  • Kigali to Musanze – 2 hrs Drive time – 72 Kms
  • Kigali to Gitarama – 1 hr Drive time – 51 Kms
  • Kigali to Butare – 3 hrs Drive time – 142 Kms
  • Butare to Cyangugu – 3 hrs Drive time – 155
  • Musanze to Gisenyi – 1 hr Drive time – 62 Kms
  • Kigali to Bugasera – 50 mins Drive time – 60 Kms
  • Kigali to Kibuye – 3 hrs 20 mins – 130 Kms
  • Kigali to Rwamagana – 1 hr Drive time 50 Kms