November 2018 will see our third tour to the East African countries of Burundi and Rwanda culminating with a visit to the Gorillas in Virunga National Park across the border in DR Congo.
The tour is priced at £1350. We also have an option to finish the tour in Gisenyi, Rwanda, on the 29th removing the Gorilla trek and time in DRC (pricing available on request).
Please note this tour is timed for the shoulder season to make it as budget friendly as possible. There can be a chance of rain particularly during the DRC portion of the tour.
Thursday 22nd November: Bujumbura, Burundi.
Arrive in to Bujumbura airport and be transferred to your hotel.
Kenya Airways, Rwandair and Ethiopian airlines all fly in to Bujumbura.
Friday 23rd November: Burundi
Today we will take a morning tour of the city visiting the Livingstone-Stanley rock commemorating the pair's visit to the area shortly after their famous meeting. Afterwards we will head out of the city to visit the Kurara waterfalls in the south east of the country, taking in the scenary of the country en route and the vast tea plantations. On the return journey to Bujumbura we will stop to visit one of the sources of the Blue Nile.
Saturday 24th November: Butare, Rwanda.
After breakfast we will make a visit to the Bujumbura Hippo nature reserve where there is an almost guaranteed chance to see Hippos around the river as well as birds and other wildlife. Afterwards we transfer along the scenic route to Butare crossing from Burundi to Rwanda en route. Evening at leisure.
25th November: Kigali, Rwanda.
This morning we will visit the sights of Butare including the National museum and the Our Lady of Wisdom cathedral.
After lunch we will transfer to Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, and have the evening at leisure.
26th November: Kigali, Rwanda.
Today we will embark on a full day tour of Kigali visiting Mt Kigali, a local market and the Gaddafi mosque. After a break for lunch we will then visit the Kigali Genocide memorial centre as well as the Hotel des Mille Collines, the location of the tragic events of "Hotel Rwanda".
Evening at leisure.
27th November: Gisenyi, Rwanda.
In the morning we will depart on the 4 hour drive to the Rwandan city of Gisenyi that sits on Lake Kivu. After a break for lunch we will have free time to enjoy sunset over the lake.
28th November: Goma, DRC
Today we have the morning at leisure in Gisenyi with time to enjoy the lake.
After lunch we will make our way to the border and cross in to DR Congo. We will transfer to our hotel before a short tour of the town.
29th November: Goma, DRC.
Today will certainly be the highlight of the tour! We will depart early at 06:30 am and begin the 2 hour off-road drive to the Gorillas by 4x4. Enroute we will take in views of the volcanoes before reaching the staging point of the hike.
We will then be split up in to groups of a maximum of 6 and be taken to visit different families of Gorillas. The trek is around 2 hours in each direction. The first hour through fields and the second through jungle. We advise good hiking trousers and boots for this as the ants in the area are quite vicious.
After a maximum of one hour with the Gorillas we will be trace our footsteps back out and then drive back to Goma. Evening at leisure.
30th November: Today the tour ends in Goma, DRC. There is an Ethiopian airlines flight departing from Goma today or we can offer advice on extending your tour in the area. Your tour leader can also offer advice on transferring back to Kigali (£10 via public transport or £70 via taxi).
If you'd like to extend your tour for two days to climb Nyiragongo Volcano, including camping on the rim overnight to view the lava pool, we can arrange packages starting from £355 (porters and prepared meals available on request).
Tour price: £1350
This prices includes:
- Gorilla permit
- visa authorisation for Burundi
- Rwanda visa support if needed
- Lupine will apply for and arrange your DRC e-visa ($105 visa fee not included)
- 3 and 4 star & hotel accommodation
- all transport
- experienced local English speaking tour guide
- all breakfasts
- all entry fees
- accompanied by Lupine tour leader
- airport pickup in Bujumbura
- International flights (email us for cheapest options)
- Visa fees (prices depend on nationality)
- tips for guide
- Meals (about £10-20 per day)
- Transfer to airport at end of tour
- single room upgrade at £285
If you are planning to return to Rwanda after the tour finishes, or plan to use an East African visa to visit Rwanda as part of a larger trip then please contact us for advice.