15 Days DRC gorilla and Nyiragongo hike combine with relax time in zanzibar
In this package, you will visit a group of unique apes (Eastern Lowland Gorillas sand Mountain Gorillas) which is undeniably one of the most thrilling and most sought-after adventures that you should count a must to include in your next safari holiday. Spending few hours on a face to face encounter with these dramatic creatures is such a magical experience that comes once in a lifetime! Visitor encounters with these Great apes entirely involves exploring their general behavior and lifestyles (feeding, mating, nesting, body gestures and others) while they are in their natural habitat. This is among the rarest experience for one visiting Africa.
Included in the package is a hike to Nyiragongo which is a beautiful stratovolcano that features the world’s largest lava lake.
While the trek up to the volcano will not be the easiest (it takes 4 to 6 hours), it will completely worth it once at the top. The lava lake is incredible, and tourists spend hours watching the waves of lava and listening to its roars. This will surely be a truly amazing and unforgettable experience, and probably one of the best things you will ever do.
You will end your adventure with a highly romantic time in Zanzibar. You will spend a few romantic nights at an amazing resort where rooms are pure luxury, with mosaic bathrooms, healing earth bath products and a huge comfy bed. The views over the ocean in the mornings, and later of the crimson sunset, are breath-taking. You will visit the prison island, famous for its history of slavery and its prison, home of impressive giant land tortoises nowadays. The journey will end with a romantic sunset cruise.
Airport pickup and transfer to your Hotel in Kigali. Early arrivals can take optional tour of Kigali city and the surrounding areas. Overnight and Dinner – City Blue Hotel.
In the morning, you will be picked by the driver from your hotel in Kigali and drive southwards to Cyangugu boarder on the way to Bukavu in DR Congo. You will have a stop over in Butare, where you will visit the national museum of Rwanda, the king’s palace in Nyanza, and the Rwanda genocide memorial site. After lunch, continue on a scenic journey to Bukavu with wonderful views of the hills in Rwanda through the tropical forest of Nyungwe National park and a clear view of Lake Kivu. Dinner and overnight at Panorama or Orchid Safaris Club.
In the morning, you will head for the memorable adventure of tracking the lowland gorillas in Kahuzi Biega National park. Tracking lowland Gorillas is very amazing, lowland Gorillas differ from the mountain gorillas, the lowland gorillas are bigger in size, usually takes 1-4 hours tracking the lowland Gorillas. The lowland Gorillas stay in bigger families as compared to mountain gorillas; you will not regret the safari effort once you meet the amazing Gorillas! Later in the afternoon drive back to your hotel.
In the morning you will take a boat from Bukavu to Goma which takes 6-7hours. Upon arrival in Goma transfer to your hotel for rest and overnight at the Hotel. In the afternoon Goma city tour and return back to the hotel.
At 11.30am pick up from the Hotel and transfer to Virunga National Park. In the afternoon nature walk and birds watching in Kibumba Village. Dinner and overnight Kibumba Tented Camp
After an early breakfast at Kibumba Tented Camp, trekkers will head down the hill to meet their Ranger guides and have a briefing before the gorilla trek. Treks usually require 1-2.5hours of hiking each way, depending on location of the gorilla group being trekked and the difficulty of the terrain. After spending the allotted hour with gorilla family group, trekkers will make their back to camp, enjoy a late lunch and have the rest of the day at leisure.
After breakfast in Kibumba, proceed to Kibati Ranger post at 8:15am, departure point for the Nyiragongo volcano trek. The climb up the volcano will take around four to six hours and trekkers will overnight on the summit.
After an early breakfast at the summit, downhill mountains where you will reach down at around 12am depending on the group speed. Upon arrival at the bottom proceed back to Kigali. For rest and overnight
Upon arrival at Julius Nyerere International Airport, you will meet your dedicated Driver Guide and transfer to Dar es salem for dinner and overnight at your hotel/lodge.
After breakfast, flight to Zanzibar. Upon arrival at Abeid Amani Karume International Airport welcomes you with a cold drink. Short briefing and transfer to your stone Town Hotel for overnight
Half day boat tour to Prison Island, or also known as Changuu Island, famous for its history of slavery and its prison, home of impressive giant land tortoises nowadays. Back in Stone Town you have some free time for lunch and shopping, overnight at town hotel.
Morning breakfast and check out of the town. Along the way to the beach resort our driver will take you to a Spice plantation, to discover the richness of Zanzibar’s spices and fruits, many of them used for medical purposes. A selection of what you see during the tour, you will taste during a home-made local lunch, overnight at beach hotel on half board basis.
Full day of leisure in the beach resort. Take a swim in the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, Overnight at beach hotel.
Later in the evening board a traditional wooden dhow to enjoy en-route following the coastline from Nungwi for Romantic sunset cruise. The home owner serves you a delicious meal on indeed overnight at beach hotel on half board basis.
Depending on the departure of your flight, you will be transferred to the airport for your journey home or onwards.