7 Days Congo Safari Tour to the Bonobos & Stanley Grand Circuit

7 Days Congo Safari Tour

 

The 7 Days Congo Safari Tour to the Bonobos & Stanley Grand Circuit is a diverse Africa safari encounter that starts and ends in Kinshasa Congo. The Safari takes you to the exciting places including the famous Congo River only second to Amazon in terms of discharge, Lola ya Bonobo – where Orphaned Bonobos are taken care of, Kinshasa city, Zongo Falls for amazing sightseeing and the famous Kisantu Botanical Gardens – one of the famous ex-situ conservation sites in Central Africa.

Juvenile bonobo (Pan paniscus) reacting to photographer blowing through the fence. Lola Ya Bonobo Sanctuary, Kinshasa, DR of Congo, 2007

Juvenile bonobo (Pan paniscus) reacting to photographer blowing through the fence. Lola Ya Bonobo Sanctuary, Kinshasa, DR of Congo, 2007

Safari Highlights:

Day 1 of the 7 Days Congo Safari Tour to the Bonobos & Stanley Grand Circuit: Arrive in Kinshasa & transfer to the Hotel

Day 2 of the 7 Days Congo Safari Tour to the Bonobos & Stanley Grand Circuit:  Whole day Congo River Cruise

Day 3 of the 7 Days Congo Safari Tour to the Bonobos & Stanley Grand Circuit:  Visit Lola ya Bonobo, Lukaya Falls & Lake Ma Vallee

Day 4 of the 7 Days Congo Safari Tour to the Bonobos & Stanley Grand Circuit:   Explore Zongo Falls

Day 5 of the 7 Days Congo Safari Tour to the Bonobos & Stanley Grand Circuit:    Kisantu Botanical Gardens

Day 6 of the 7 Days Congo Safari Tour to the Bonobos & Stanley Grand Circuit:   Historical city tour of Kinshasa

Day 7 of the 7 Days Congo Safari Tour to the Bonobos & Stanley Grand Circuit:    Traditional dance & show & transfer to the Airport

Day 1 of the 7 Days Congo Safari Tour to the Bonobos & Stanley Grand Circuit: Arrive in Kinshasa & transfer to the Hotel

You land at Kinshasa Airport following a flight from your country of origin and team up with our representative who will offer you a courteous welcome before transferring to the Hotel for check in. Depending on the time, you spare some time after refreshing and pass through the itinerary and general briefing about the trip. A guided night walk of Kinshasa can be arranged.

Accommodation

 Luxury / Upmarket: Kempinski Hotel Pleuve Congo

Midrange / Standard:  Hotel Memling

Budget / Basic:  Guesthouse Residence

Day 2 of the 7 Days Congo Safari Tour to the Bonobos & Stanley Grand Circuit:  Whole day Congo River Cruise

Following breakfast, you embark on a thrilling River Congo cruising experience on a magical speed boat. The Speed boat has a 200cv engine capacity thus powerful enough to cover an extended stretch of River Congo. You cruise to Maluku from Kinshasa exploring the fishing community at Maluku and the local villages on the banks of River Congo. It is a daylong encounter on the mighty Congo River known to be the second largest by discharge in the whole world.  Return to Kinshasa for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation

 Luxury / Upmarket: Kempinski Hotel Pleuve Congo

Midrange / Standard:  Hotel Memling

Budget / Basic:  Guesthouse Residence

Day 3 of the 7 Days Congo Safari Tour to the Bonobos & Stanley Grand Circuit:  Visit Lola ya Bonobo, Lukaya Falls & Lake Ma Vallee

The day is dedicated for exploration of Bonobo Sanctuary famously known as Lola ya Bonobo where the Bonobos can be explored. Noted to be sharing 99% of their DNA with humans, the Bonobos are members of Great Apes and are known to exist only in Democratic Republic of Congo on world scale. They are listed as endangered and are faced with extinction threat due to increased habitat loss and hunting for bush meat and pet keeping. From the Bonobos, you take a visit to the Lukaya Falls for sightseeing and Lake Ma Vallee a green lake for a soothing wilderness experience. Retreat back to Kinshasa for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation

 Luxury / Upmarket: Kempinski Hotel Pleuve Congo

Midrange / Standard:  Hotel Memling

Budget / Basic:  Guesthouse Residence

Day 4 of the 7 Days Congo Safari Tour to the Bonobos & Stanley Grand Circuit:   Explore Zongo Falls

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You transfer to Bas Congo Forest to visit the famous Zongo Falls. This amazing scenic feature stands at 65m elevation marked with 10m high jets with provision for natural bath if interested. You take a guided walk to the nearby electricity dam, the small village and the Point of meet between Congo River and Inkisi. The encounter proceeds to incorporate a small natural water pool around Zongo in Etaka.

Accommodation: Seli Safari Zongo

Day 5 of the 7 Days Congo Safari Tour to the Bonobos & Stanley Grand Circuit:    Kisantu Botanical Gardens

Following breakfast, you connect to Kisantu Botanical Gardens which is the main ex-situ conservation site in Democratic Republic of Congo with over 3,000 indigenous and exotic species making it one of the significant ex-situ conservation sites in Africa.  The herbarium is among the oldest and richest in destination Congo while others like new orchid shade house, arboretum and cactus green house generate rich wonders that are worth exploring.  Retreat from the activity and transfer to Kinshasa for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation

 Luxury / Upmarket: Kempinski Hotel Pleuve Congo

Midrange / Standard:  Hotel Memling

Budget / Basic:  Guesthouse Residence

Day 6 of the 7 Days Congo Safari Tour to the Bonobos & Stanley Grand Circuit:   Historical city tour of Kinshasa

Take up a heritage tour of Kinshasa initially known as Leopoldville named after King Leopold II of Belgium.  What today stands as big city was at one time a fisher’s village known as Insasa. It is a daylong encounter exploring the rich heritage of Kinshasa City including its history, National Institute Museum, historical statues, handcraft markets, the first locomotive created in 1889; take a rest under the magnificent Insasa Baobab tree, explore the first Church in Congo and the first hotel constructed in 1890. Retire for overnight

Accommodation

 Luxury / Upmarket: Kempinski Hotel Pleuve Congo

Midrange / Standard:  Hotel Memling

Budget / Basic:  Guesthouse Residence

Day 7 of the 7 Days Congo Safari Tour to the Bonobos & Stanley Grand Circuit:    Traditional dance & show & transfer to the Airport

Attend to the traditional songs and dances inspired by the magic spirit that has been transferred from generation to generation in the Congo tradition. From this traditional encounter, you connect to the Airport to catch up with a flight back home.

End of the 7 Days Congo Safari Tour to the Bonobos & Stanley Grand Circuit


4X4 Safari Cars for hire/rent in Uganda
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Get a premium safari vehicle for hire in Uganda from our wide range of cars available at Prime Uganda Safaris and Tours Ltd. Take your safari in Uganda comfortably with a great choice for a long road trip or family vacation in a safari vehicle that meet your needs. From 4X4 Land Cruisers, Land Rovers to custom omnibuses, we have a car that makes your safari in Uganda’s Parks and Rural countryside a memorable one. Our car hire is mainly based on limited mileage and applies to travel within Uganda. (Terms and conditions apply)

 

General Safari Inclusions

  • Gorilla Permit (for gorilla trekking safaris)
  • Chimpanzee Permit (for chimpanzee trekking safaris)
  • Full Board Accommodation on Safari
  • Transportation in either 4X4 Safari Van or 4X4 Safari Land Cruiser all with Pop up roof & AC
  • Fuel
  • Professional English Speaking driver guide. Any other foreign language speaking guide can be arranged on request.
  • Entrance fees to the tourist sites including Protected areas mentioned
  • Activity fees of the tourist activities mentioned
  • Bottled water while on safari
  • Border crossing fees (for cross border safaris)

General Safari Exclusions

  • General tips for the driver guide, site guides and service staff at the lodges
  • Laundry Services
  • Other Beverages / drinks of personal nature like Alcohol
  • International Flights (Arranged on request)
  • Domestic Flights (Arranged on request)
  • Visas
  • Optional Activity fees
  • Other extras not mentioned in the Itinerary
  • Airport Transfer (Arranged on request)
  • Accommodation in Kampala or Kigali unless it is part of the Itinerary (Arranged on request)

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