17 Days Cross Border Adventure Safari in Rwanda & Congo

17 Days Cross Border Adventure Safari in Rwanda & Congo starts in Kigali Rwanda and ends in Kinshasa Democratic Republic of Congo. It is an intense adventure safari package that takes you to the deep layers of DR Congo including the Great Ituri forest – the home to the Okapi and the Mbuti pygmies, Kahuzi Biega National Park – home to the Eastern Lowland Gorillas, Virunga National Park with its Volcanic Mountains and Mountain Gorillas, Lake Kivu and its Islands and the Urban landscapes of Kisangani, Beni and Kinshasa. The 17 Days also feature Rwanda Safari explorations including Nyungwe Forest for Chimpanzees and Canopy walk and Kigali genocide memorial.

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Day 1 of the 17 Days Cross Border Adventure Safari in Rwanda & Congo: Arrive in Rwanda – Kigali International Airport & tour the Gisozi genocide memorial if time allows

Day 2 of the 17 Days Cross Border Adventure Safari in Rwanda & Congo:  Drive to Nyungwe National Park. Tour the en route sites including Royal Palace at Nyanza and National Museum of Rwanda in Butare

Day 3 of the 17 Days Cross Border Adventure Safari in Rwanda & Congo:   Do Chimpanzee Trekking in the morning and Nyungwe Canopy walk in the afternoon

Day 4 of the 17 Days Cross Border Adventure Safari in Rwanda & Congo:    Transfer to Kahuzi Biega National Park. Visit Chibati Falls and the Lwiro Scientific Research Station for chimpanzee exploration

Day 5 of the 17 Days Cross Border Adventure Safari in Rwanda & Congo:   Do Eastern Lowland Gorilla Trekking & transfer by boat to Idjwi Island. Explore the Island village, the King’s Museum, Quinquinas & Pineapple plantations

Day 6 of the 17 Days Cross Border Adventure Safari in Rwanda & Congo:     Transfer by Motorbike to the habour & connect by boat to Goma. Explore the Views of Virunga Volcanoes including the famous Nyiragongo Volcano – the world’s largest & most violent lava lake

Day 7 of the 17 Days Cross Border Adventure Safari in Rwanda & Congo:       Connect by flight from Goma to Beni. Drive around Beni

Day 8 of the 17 Days Cross Border Adventure Safari in Rwanda & Congo:     Connect to Ituri forest close to Epulu via Komanda and Mambsa

Day 9 of the 17 Days Cross Border Adventure Safari in Rwanda & Congo:    Forest trek in Ituri forest spending time with the Pygmies

Day 10 of the 17 Days Cross Border Adventure Safari in Rwanda & Congo:   Community Interaction and connect back to Epulu

Day 11 of the 17 Days Cross Border Adventure Safari in Rwanda & Congo:    Drive to Kisangani passing through Nia Nia and Bafwasende

Day 12 of the 17 Days Cross Border Adventure Safari in Rwanda & Congo:     Explore Kisangani – the Wagenia Fishery, transfer in a pirogue to the island to explore Tchopo Rover and Chiefs

Day 13 of the 17 Days Cross Border Adventure Safari in Rwanda & Congo:  Connect by flight to Kinshasa

Day 14 of the 17 Days Cross Border Adventure Safari in Rwanda & Congo:   Transfer to visit the Zongo / Congo falls

Day 15 of the 17 Days Cross Border Adventure Safari in Rwanda & Congo:    Explore the Botanical Gardens in Kisantu viewing the endemic floral species of Congo

 Day 16 of the 17 Days Cross Border Adventure Safari in Rwanda & Congo:    Explore the Lola ya Bonobos Reserve, the Kinsuka and the Lukaya Waterfalls

 Day 17 of the 17 Days Cross Border Adventure Safari in Rwanda & Congo:    Departure from Kinshasa

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Day 1 of the 17 Days Cross Border Adventure Safari in Rwanda & Congo: Arrive in Rwanda – Kigali International Airport & tour the Gisozi genocide memorial if time allows

Upon arrival at Kigali International Airport – the main gateway to destination Rwanda, you are welcomed by our representative who could be your driver guide as well for meet and greet after which you will be transferred to the respective hotel for check in. If it is still early, you undertake a tour to the Gisozi genocide memorial to explore this living testimony of what transpired during the 1994 horrific genocide that befell Rwanda leaving over 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus dead. Retreat for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation

Upmarket / Luxury:  Hotel des Milles Collines

Midrange / Standard:  Hotel Chez Lando  

Budget / Basic:  Discover Rwanda Youth Hostel  

Day 2 of the 17 Days Cross Border Adventure Safari in Rwanda & Congo:  Drive to Nyungwe National Park. Tour the en route sites including Royal Palace at Nyanza and National Museum of Rwanda in Butare  

Following breakfast at your hotel in Kigali, you embark on the transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park to the south west of Rwanda enjoying impressive sceneries of Rwandan countryside. En route stops will be made in Nyanza to explore the Royal Palace of the traditional Rwandan monarchical Kingship with the two of the Kings known to have occupied it including; King Musinga and King Rudahigwa. The site features a very beautiful traditional hut, Inyambo cows and Intore dance group that combine to make the stop very exciting. From Nyanza, you proceed to Butare where you will settle for lunch and tour the National Museum of Rwanda with over 100,000 artifacts detailing the Rwanda’s heritage and history. Proceed on the drive to Nyungwe for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation

Upmarket / Luxury: Nyugwe Forest Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Nyungwe Hill Top View Lodge

Budget / Basic: Gisakura Guesthouse
Day 3 of the 17 Days Cross Border Adventure Safari in Rwanda & Congo:   Do Chimpanzee Trekking in the morning and Nyungwe Canopy walk in the afternoon

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Drive to the forest of Kyamudongo which is a section of Nyungwe Forest National Park at 5am so as to arrive in time for briefing. Rwandan Development Board staff conducts briefing at 8am local time after which you set off to the montane forest of Nyungwe in search of Chimpanzees. The forest is very diverse with other 12 primate species including Black and White Colobus Monkeys, birds and lush flora thus the 2 – 5 hours trek will go beyond the search for the Chimpanzees only. You have one full hour of direct Chimpanzee viewing after which you get to the starting point and connect to the lodge for relaxation and lunch. In the afternoon (2pm), you gather at Uwinka visitor centre to embark on the canopy walking adventure encounter. The two hour canopy walk offers magical views of the lush montane forest, the deep gorge, birds and primates. Retire for relaxation and overnight

Accommodation

Upmarket / Luxury:  Nyungwe Forest Lodge

Midrange / Standard:  Nyugwe Hill Top View Hotel  

Budget / Basic:  Gisakura Guesthouse

Day 4 of the 17 Days Cross Border Adventure Safari in Rwanda & Congo:    Transfer to Kahuzi Biega National Park. Visit Chibati Falls and the Lwiro Scientific Research Station for chimpanzee exploration

Following breakfast, you connect to the South Kivu Province of Democratic Republic of Congo crossing at Cyangungu. The drive presents amazing scenic views of Lake Kivu before arriving in Bukavu town. From here, you tour the Chibati Falls for amazing sightseeing and tour the Lwiro Center to learn more about the Chimpanzees along with other primates including monkeys. Retire for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation

Luxury / Midrange: Orchid Safari Lodge

Budget: Hotel Horizon

Day 5 of the 17 Days Cross Border Adventure Safari in Rwanda & Congo:   Do Eastern Lowland Gorilla Trekking & transfer by boat to Idjwi Island. Explore the Island village, the King’s Museum, Quinquinas & Pineapple plantations

You gather at the starting point for briefing after which you set off to the forest in the company of the armed park rangers in search of the Eastern Low land Gorilla Subspecies. It is a fascinating journey through the jungle of Kahuzi Biega National Park known to be the main sanctuary for these gorilla sub species. You traverse the sections of the Congo rain forest before encountering the volcanic soils on the Kahuzi and Biega volcanoes. The trek tends to last four (4) hours with one (1) hour of actual gorilla viewing. From the jungle, you transfer by boat to Idjwi Island in Lake Kivu. You use a motorbike to get to the lodge and then base from there to visit the King’s Museum and plantations of Pineapple and Quinquinas.

Accommodation: Congoman Hotel

Day 6 of the 17 Days Cross Border Adventure Safari in Rwanda & Congo:     Transfer by Motorbike to the harbour & connect by boat to Goma. Explore the Views of Virunga Volcanoes including the famous Nyiragongo Volcano – the world’s largest & most violent lava lake

Transfer by Motorbike to the dock and then transfer by boat to Goma in the North Kivu Province. You enjoy spectacular views of Virunga Volcanoes the chain of eight (8) mountains that straddle from Uganda through Rwanda to Democratic Republic of Congo. The most amazing one is Nyiragongo Volcano which has the world’s largest and most violent lava lake whose eruptions have had a dangerous effect to the neighbouring areas including the 2002 eruption that destroyed half of Goma town. Virunga National Park is also home to the critically endangered Mountain Gorillas thus an optional tracking encounter can be arranged. Retire for relaxation and overnight.

Accommodation

 Luxury / Upmarket: Mikeno Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Bukima Tented Camp

Budget / Basic: Hotel Cape Kivu

Day 7 of the 17 Days Cross Border Adventure Safari in Rwanda & Congo:       Connect by flight from Goma to Beni. Drive around Beni

Transfer by flight from Goma to Beni which is one Congo’s big towns. You enjoy the Arial views of the lush countryside. Upon arrival in Beni, you take a town drive to explore the way of life of the residents and an extension to the Christian Bilingual University can be incorporated as well.

Accommodation: Vyahe Hotel

Day 8 of the 17 Days Cross Border Adventure Safari in Rwanda & Congo:     Connect to Ituri forest close to Epulu via Komanda and Mambsa

Following breakfast, connect to great Ituri forest traversing the Komanda and Mambsa. You spend the rest of day relaxing at the lodge.

Accommodation: Okapi Reserve Lodge

Day 9 of the 17 Days Cross Border Adventure Safari in Rwanda & Congo:    Forest trek in Ituri forest spending time with the Pygmies

Extending to 63,000km2, the great Ituri forest is also the home to the Okapi Wildlife Reserve which covers 1/5 of its land. The forest is marked by fascinating Ituri River and the indigenous Bambuti pygmies. There are over 5000 Okapis thriving in Okapi Wildlife Reserve and these species are endemic to Democratic Republic of Congo on world scale. Other wildlife includes among others Elephants, Leopards, Chimpanzees, Crocodiles, forest Buffalos, water Chevrotain and over 300 species of birds. You have chances of exploring some of these natural offers as you trek through the forest to the dwelling area of Mbuti Pygmies.

Accommodation:  Pygmies Tents

Day 10 of the 17 Days Cross Border Adventure Safari in Rwanda & Congo:   Community Interaction and connect back to Epulu

You have a once in a life time moment with the Mbuti pygmies in their ancient lands learning more about their hunter gatherer culture, and the reliance on the forest for general survival including medical care, shelter and food. About 30,000 – 40,000 Mbuti Pygmies still thrive bringing an interconnection between the modern and the ancient world. Retreat from the Mbuti area and trek back to Epulu.

Accommodation: Okapi Reserve Lodge

Day 11 of the 17 Days Cross Border Adventure Safari in Rwanda & Congo:    Drive to Kisangani passing through Nia Nia and Bafwasende

After breakfast, you embark on the drive to Kisangani traversing through the impressive areas of Nia Nia and Bafswande experiencing the interior of the historical Equatorial jungle noted to be the second largest on world scale after the Amazon. Retire for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation: Ramela Hotel

 Day 12 of the 17 Days Cross Border Adventure Safari in Rwanda & Congo:     Explore Kisangani – the Wagenia Fishery, transfer in a pirogue to the island to explore Tchopo Rover and Chiefs

You spend the whole day exploring the amazing places of Kisangani in the Orientale Province capital and the third largest city in the whole of Democratic Republic of Congo. Other explorations include; the Wagenia fishery and the River Islands.

Accommodation: Ramela Hotel

Day 13 of the 17 Days Cross Border Adventure Safari in Rwanda & Congo:  Connect by flight to Kinshasa

Connect by flight to Kinshasa – the main Capital city of Democratic Republic of Congo enjoying impressive Arial views en route. Arrive in Kinshasa; take a city drive to explore this historic city – one of the largest in Africa before retiring for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation

 Luxury / Upmarket: Kempinski Hotel Pleuve Congo

Midrange / Standard:  Hotel Memling

Budget / Basic:  Guesthouse Residence

Day 14 of the 17 Days Cross Border Adventure Safari in Rwanda & Congo:   Transfer to visit the Zongo / Congo falls

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You undertake an excursion to the famous Zongo Falls which rise to 65m in height as the lush water mass with intense quantity  generate a thunderous roar which the locals have called the myth of eternal rain. You explore the site under the guidance of indigenous people thus getting an opportunity to explore the site in depth and authentically. It is a rich experience for sightseeing and photo shoots.

Accommodation: Seli Safari Lodge

Day 15 of the 17 Days Cross Border Adventure Safari in Rwanda & Congo:    Explore the Botanical Gardens in Kisantu viewing the endemic floral species of Congo 

This is dedicated for magical exploration of the famous Kisantu Botanical gardens in the Bas Congo Province. You drive 120km to reach the 225ha Botanical garden which is crossed by 12.5km of trails where the people and automobiles can access the various sections of the gardens. Kisantu is marked by over 3000 species both indigenous and foreign origin. Retire and transfer back to Kinshasa for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation

 Luxury / Upmarket: Kempinski Hotel Pleuve Congo

Midrange / Standard:  Hotel Memling

Budget / Basic:  Guesthouse Residence

Day 16 of the 17 Days Cross Border Adventure Safari in Rwanda & Congo:    Explore the Lola ya Bonobos Reserve, the Kinsuka and the Lukaya Waterfalls  

You transfer to the Lola ya Bonobo for a day long encounter. Bonobos are members of the Great Apes and are limited in range to Democratic Republic of Congo on world scale with a world population of 50,000 – 75,000 individuals and listed as endangered on International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The Lola ya Bonobo is a site where the Orphaned and rescued Bonobos are taken care of before they are re-introduced to the wild. From the Bonobos, you can do an extension to do sightseeing at Lukaya falls before connecting back to Kinshasa for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation

 Luxury / Upmarket: Kempinski Hotel Pleuve Congo

Midrange / Standard:  Hotel Memling

Budget / Basic:  Guesthouse Residence

Day 17 of the 17 Days Cross Border Adventure Safari in Rwanda & Congo:    Departure from Kinshasa

Connect to Kinshasa Airport to catch up with a flight back home

End of the 17 Days Cross Border Adventure Safari in Rwanda & Congo



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