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8 DAYS VIRUNGA, NYIRAGONGO & SERENGETI SAFARI

In this 8 days safari, you will combine two gifted destinations, The Democratic Republic of Congo and Tanzania, coming closer to spectacular attractions and engaging in rare but interesting activities while on the safari that takes you to Virunga National park, home to the endangered mountain gorillas, trek them and see how it feels, thereafter, hike mount Nyiragongo, the most active volcano before setting off for Serengeti national park, famous for wild beast migration, engage in game drive Visit Ngorongoro crater. The safari starts in Rwanda with a brief city excursion and more 7 days in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Tanzania where the safari finally will come to an end.

Day 1: Pick up and Transfer to Virunga National Park.

Upon your arrival at the airport, our driver-guide will gladly receive you, going ahead to brief you on all the activities you will engage in and the destinations to be visited, this will be as the two of you are sipping glasses of juice, next, have a simple city if time allows, visiting the genocide memorial grounds where over 250,000 people were buried during the tragic genocide, have lunch and proceed with the 4-5 hours’ journey through the rolling hills towards the Virunga Mountains.

Crossing a very scenic border post, the Gisenyi Congo border with a mazing view of Lake Kivu, Rwanda’s freshest water lake, proceed with the driver arriving at the park late in the evening only to have dinner and overnight.

Day 2: Morning gorilla trekking and afternoon Cultural encounter.

Upon waking up very early in the morning, pack very strong hiking shoes, bottled water, HD cameras and many more. Head to the park headquarters for trekking briefing where the park rangers will be verifying your documents as well as telling you some of the rules to follow while in the forest with the primates. This will be done as you are enjoying a warm cup of coffee.

With the company of a park ranger and an armed security guard, move to the park for the real trekking exercise that can stretch for up to 6 hours depending on your fitness and how far the gorillas have roamed, you will be tracing them from the point they were last spotted till you find the apes, one hour is yours to study these creatures, their unique behaviors, mothers feeding the young ones, the grumbling and many more.

Descend to the park’s headquarters for lunch and relaxation, thereafter, head for village experience with the local natives who will take you through some entertaining performances till late when you will return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 3: Hiking Mount Nyiragongo.

After breakfast, pack your Hiking boots, get a support stick and drive to Nyiragongo trailhead where the 6-7 hour hiking to the top of the summit starts, the briefing commences at 10:30 with the guides briefing the hikers on what they should expect during the journey, so ensure that by 10:00 am, you are at the destination, Mount Nyiragongo is the most active volcano with series of repeated eruptions that so massive destruction of property and displacement of locals leaving around the mountain.

Hiking it is so interesting because of the panorama of the entire Virunga National park, come across some rare bird species as well as enjoying the night on top of the mountain, have fun around the fire till late at night when the fires go off and the only thing is to sleep.

Day 4: Gorilla tracking and culture tour.

Have breakfast at the lodge and transfer to the Volcanoes National Park headquarters for gorilla trekking. You will have a briefing by the head ranger then drive to the starting point of your Gorilla Tracking and prime activity. The ranger guide will lead you into the dense forest for tracking and upon getting to the gorillas, you will stay with them for an hour as they go about their daily life.

After the tracking, your driver Guide will transfer you to your lodge for lunch. After lunch, you will visit Ibyiwachu culture village.

Day 5: Transfer to Virunga national park.

Have breakfast and prepare to drive to the Democratic republic of Congo. Your guide will transfer you from your lodge to the border via Gisenyi to the park. You will cross to Goma and check in at your lodge, have lunch and spend the afternoon relaxing as you prepare for the Hike.

Day 6: Nyiragongo Hike.

Rise early and have breakfast. You will drive for about 15kms from Goma to Virunga Park headquarters. Upon arrival, you will join other trekkers, a ranger guide will brief about the hike, and after you will be given a ranger who will lead you as you hike.

Go through the lush vegetation as you trek and summit the rim. Standing at the vent, visitors can peep down into a churning lava lake, see, and hear hot gases exploding up though a mosaic of molten lava. You will have an overnight stay at the camp on top of Nyiragongo and have a chance to experience and have views of the red hot magma in the vent of the mountain.

Day 7: Descend Nyiragongo and back to the lodge

Today morning after breakfast at the camp, you will descend, and meet your driver guide who will transfer you to the lodge for a shower and lunch. Rest at your or you can opt for a tour in Goma town.

Day 8: Gorilla tracking in Virunga NP.

Transfer to the park headquarters after an early morning breakfast for briefing. After briefing start gorilla trekking led by a ranger guide and after a few hours of trekking you come to contact with the gorilla family. You will be allowed to spend an hour with the family, learning about them and watching them carry on their daily lives. After return to the camp for lunch. After lunch, you will relax at your lodge and spend an overnight.

Day 9: Return to Kigali.

In the morning, have breakfast at the lodge and drive back to the border. Check out of DRC and your driver will transfer you to Kigali. On the way you will enjoy spectacular views of Rwanda’s countryside. Have an overnight at a pre-booked lodge or hotel in Kigali.

Day 10: City tour and departure

Today is the last day of the 10 days’ tour. You will have breakfast at the lodge and check out of the lodge. Do a short city tour to the genocide memorial, craft markets and shop some souvenirs and later have lunch at a local foods restaurant and drive to the airport for departure.

End of your trip. Silverback Luxury Tours wishes you a safe travel to your next destination

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