12 Day Low Budget Rwanda, Uganda and Congo Safari

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Nyiragongo Volcano lava lake

Nyiragongo Volcano lava lake

This Budget  Safari Starts in Kigali and Ends in Kampala, During this tour You will experience what Africa is all about with nature and species. Some types of Birds and Primates like the famous Mountain Gorillas and Chimpanzees. You will also climb the famous Nyiragongo volcano in Congo, Experience culture of the people and be entertained by Intore dancers, You will also enjoy a game drive in Queen Elizabeth home of a variety of animals like Elephants, Buffaloes, mongoose among others.

Getting there & away

  • Book your own international flights.
  • Fly to Kigali Airport in Rwanda
  • Fly back from Entebbe Airport in Uganda
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour can be arranged for extra cost

Day 1 Arrive and Visit The Genocide Memorial

Arrive at Kigali airport, where you will be welcomed by our English, French speaking guide, short briefing and transfer to your Hotel in Kigali. After checking in, you will Vi sit The Rwanda Genocide Memorial center. At This Genocide Memorial you will understand what happened in Rwanda in 1994 a year in which 1 million people died within 100 days, If times allow us you will also Enjoy a short city tour of Kigali. Kigali was founded in 1907 as small colonial outpost by Dr Richard Kant, the first German colonial resident of Rwanda. The city has made tremendous progress since 1994 genocide. Considered one of the safest and friendliest of African capitals, Kigali is blessed with a moderate high altitude climate. It is inhabited by approximately 1 million people who now enjoy the benefits of peace. You will be pleasantly surprised at how comfortable it feels to be among the gentle people of Rwanda who will be delighted to welcome you to their beautiful, exceptionally friendly country.

  • Main destination: Kigali
  • Accommodation: Okapi Hotel
  • Meals & drinks: Lunch & dinner, Drinking water

Day 2 Transfer to Goma, Visit Ibyawacu Cultural center

After Breakfast, at 8:00am Drive to Goma in Congo town, stopover in Musanze for lunch at Muhabura and be Entertained by Intore dancers Performances at Ibyiwacu cultural center. The “Intore”, once the elite of the traditional Rwanda army, were not only trained as military but also in high jump and dance. They were known for their remarkable technique allowing them to jump over 2m40. The Intore became worldwide famous as dancers in 1958 when the World Expo was held in Brussels. Today Intore dancers are part of the rich Rwanda folklore. The warriors dance is a jewel of the choreographic heritage of Rwanda. Dressed with a mane made of sisal fibre, Tied up on ankles, little bells jingle on each step, giving the warriors dance a thrilling rhythm. Throughout the Intore ballet, physical confrontation turns into artistic rivalry and then at “the end” comes out into a vigorous hug of the warriors. This is the most artistic gesture of friendship mutual aid and protection.

  • Main destination: Goma
  • Accommodation: Bungwe Guest House
  • Meals & drinks: All Meals, Drinking water

Day 3 Tracking Gorillas in Virunga National park

Our safari guide will pick you at 6.00 am in the morning after taking your breakfast and drive to Virunga National Park station for registration and briefing about Gorilla trekking adventure. Later you will drive to the trekking start point at base of the Virunga Mountains accompanied by armed game rangers. You will move into the jungle in search of the amazing mountain gorillas. The trek might take between 2 and 6 hours depending on your trekking ability and the gorilla family you will visit. Our safari guide will wait for you at the base of the Virunga volcanic mountain ranges until you finish trekking. Then you will drive to Goma the capital city of North Kivu Province in the DRC Congo. Dinner and Overnight.

  • Main destination: Virunga National Park
  • Accommodation: Bungwe Guest House
  • Meals & drinks: All Meals, Drinking water

Day 4 Nyiragongo Volcano Trekking

After your breakfast, you will move from the hotel, and do some shopping in the supermarket before transferring to Kibati Village where you start you hiking experience. Start the hiking and arrive at the top in the afternoon. This will take you 6 hours, with en route view of some animals and birds along the trail. Admire the lava lake all evening, before retiring in the hut on the rim of the giant crater high above the active lake. The climb up to and down from Nyiragongo is strenuous and often in hot conditions, but the path is relatively easy and not excessively steep. You will get a backpack from us which includes; a lunch package, warm fleece and a sleeping bag. You will have a personal cook preparing a hot meal at the summit. You can hire a porter to carry your luggage at US$ 24 per porter to be paid on ground. The Nyiragongo is one of the world’s most active volcanoes. Recently erupted in 2002 creating a mass destruction of Goma city where the lava lakes can still be seen.

  • Main destination:  Nyiragongo Volcano
  • Accommodation: Virunga Shelter
  • Meals & drinks: All Meals, Drinking water

Day 5 Back From the Volcano and Transfer To Kisoro

In the morning you will enjoy your breakfast with the breathtaking view overlooking the Nyiragongo crater before you descend. Back from the Volcano, arrive Around noon at base camp in kibati and Transfer back to your hotel in Goma. Goma is the capital city of North Kivu province in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is located on the northern shore of Lake Kivu, next to the Rwandan city of Gisenyi. The lake and the two cities are in the Albertine Rift, the western branch of the East African Rift system. Goma lies only 13 to 18 km due south of the crater of the active Nyiragongo Volcano. The recent history of Goma has been dominated by the volcano and the Rwandan Genocide of 1994, which in turn fuelled the First and Second Congo Wars. The aftermath of these events was still having effects on the city and its surroundings in 2010. Transfer to Kisoro In Uganda.

  • Main destination: Kisoro
  • Accommodation: Virunga Hotel
  • Meals & drinks: All Meals, Drinking water

Day 6 Visit Batwa pygmies and Lake Mutanda

Morning at 7. Am after Breakfast Drive to pygmies Village, spent an 2 Hours with them the Transfer to Mutanda lake. Lake Mutanda is simply one of the most scenic Lakes in all of Africa, simply amazing, stunning, and yet for many visitors to Uganda it is off of the beaten path and most never venture here. Those that do find a magical, scenic paradise that is beyond any imagination. Lake Mutanda is studded with emerald isles, the Virunga Volcanoes tower around it, gentle breezes, cool, yet sunny climate, activities in abundance. Back To your Hotel in Kisoro where.

  • Main destination: Lake Mutanda
  • Accommodation: Virunga Hotel
  • Meals & drinks: All Meals, Drinking water

Day 7 Transfer to Bunyonyi lake

After morning breakfast you will drive down to Kabale in Uganda’s highest town (2000 m), with beautiful, lush scenery along the way. We will stay at Lake Bunyonyi, Africa’s deepest crater lake (900 m). Bunyonyi means “place of little birds”, so you can expect to view interesting and unique bird-life. After lunch you will take a guided walk to visit the locals in the community, visit the Batwa community or go canoeing on lake. Return back to the Lodge for your Dinner and overnight.

  • Main destination: Lake Bunyonyi
  • Accommodation: Crater bay Lodge
  • Meals & drinks: All Meals, Drinking water

Day 8 Transfer To Queen Elizabeth, Evening Game Drive

After Breakfast at 9.00 am Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park- The road winds up into the forested hills and the views are breathtaking- and you have plenty time to admire them because some stretch are unsurfaced that you can only drive very slowly. It passes through deep-farmed valleys. The drive is reminiscent to what one would experience driving through central Europe- indeed this region of Uganda is often referred to as “Little Switzerland.” arrive at Lunch time, After Lunch Relax at Your Hotel and at 5 pm Go For an evening Game Drive In the National park.

  • Main destination: Queen Elizabeth Park
  • Accommodation: Engiri Lodge
  • Meals & drinks: All Meals, Drinking water

Day 9 Game drive in Queen elizabeth National Park

Have an early morning breakfast then go for a morning game drive within the park. Anticipate to see the famous big five including Buffalos, elephants, Lions and other mammals like Giant forest hog, Bush bucks, Kobs, Hyenas and water bucks. In the afternoon hours you will get ready for a launch cruise along Kazinga channel. You will appreciate the high scores of Elephants, Hippos, Buffalos and crocodiles. A number of bird species will also be seen along including the rare shoe bill. Diner and overnight.

  • Main destination: Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Accommodation: Engiri Lodge
  • Meals & drinks: All Meals, Drinking water

Day 10 Chimpanzees Tracking and Transfer to Kampala

After a very early morning breakfast, head to Kalinzu Forest around 6-00 am for Chimpanzee tracking to meet man’s closet cousins in the wild. You will be amazed to see these primates as they play, swing on tree branches, fight for food etc. Later embark on an exciting road trip and Transfer To Kampala the Capital city of Uganda, arrive late evening and Transfer at your Hotel. Dinner and overnight.

  • Main destination: Kampala
  • Accommodation: KenRock Hotel
  • Meals & drinks: All Meals, Drinking water

Day 11 Visit the source of the Nile River in Jinja

Have breakfast and your guide will be ready to transfer you to Jinja with a smooth drive through the famous Mabira forest and Lugazi as you take in the scenic landscapes characterized by tea and sugarcane plantations. Arrive Jinja and visit the source of the Nile River after which you will transfer to Triangle Hotel for lunch. In the afternoon, you will Visit the source of the might Nile river and go for a boat cruise and explore the River, taking in all its beauty. The cruise lasts about 1 hour and you will return to kampala, arrive well in time for dinner and Overnight.

  • Main destination: Jinja
  • Accommodation: Ken Rock Hotel
  • Meals & drinks: All Meals, Drinking water

Day 12 Kampala City tour and Transfer to The airport

Morning After Break fast, at 9:00 am Go for a short city tour of Kampala. Kampala is Uganda’s national and commercial capital bordering Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest lake. During these short city tour you willsee Kampala’s Hills covered with red-tile villas and trees surrounding an urban center of contemporary skyscrapers and Visit the Lubiri Palace, the former seat of the Buganda Kingdom at Mengo Hill. The tour will last 3 Hours, then we transfer you at Entebbe airport.

  • Main destination: Entebbe Airport
  • Accommodation: Not Included
  • Meals & drinks: Breakfast, Drinking water

Cost From 2500USD

What is Included and Excluded in The cost

Included

  • Park fees
  • Gorilla permits
  • All activities (unless labeled as optional)
  • All accommodation
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Meals (as specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinking water (on all days)

Excluded

  • International flights (from/to home)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Some meals (as specified in the day-by-day)

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