DRC, Rwanda & Burundi

2024

Tour leader: Sean

1 09/11/2024

Arrive in Bujumbura

• Arrive at Bujumbura Airport in Burundi and be transferred to your hotel.

• Kenya Airways, Rwandair and Ethiopian airlines all fly into Bujumbura.

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2 10/11/2024

Burundi

• Take a morning tour of Bujumbura. We visit the Livingstone-Stanley Monument, a natural feature where the two explorers met in 1871.

• Head out of the city to visit the Kagera waterfalls. Along the way, you will see Burundi’s gorgeous tropical landscape and vast tea plantations.

• On the return to Bujumbura, we stop at one of the sources of the Blue Nile.

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3 11/11/2024

Butare, Rwanda

• Visit the Bujumbura Hippo Nature Reserve. There is an almost guaranteed chance to see hippos around the river, as well as birds and other wildlife.

• We then drive along the scenic route up north into Rwanda.

• Arrive in Butare, Rwanda.

• Evening at leisure.

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4 12/11/2024

Kigali, Rwanda

• Take a morning tour of Butare, seeing sights such as the National Museum, and the Our Lady of Wisdom Cathedral.

• Have lunch then drive to Rwanda’s capital, Kigali.

• Spend the evening relaxing and exploring the capital.

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5 13/11/2024

Kigali, Rwanda

• Embark on a full-day tour of Kigali. You will see the following: Mount Kigali, local markets, and the Gaddafi mosque.

• After lunch, visit the sobering Kigali Genocide Memorial, and the Hotel des Mille Collines—where 1,268 people took refuge inside the building during the Rwandan genocide of 1994.

• Take the evening at leisure, a good chance to think about how far Rwanda has come since the genocide that happened almost thirty years ago.

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6 14/11/2024

Gisenyi, Rwanda.

• In the morning, depart on the four-hour drive to Gisenyi, a Rwandan city right on Lake Kivu.

• After lunch, enjoy some free time where you can relax and watch the sunset over the lake.

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7 15/11/2024

Lake Kivu, Gisenyi

• Spend a whole free day exploring Gisenyi.

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8 16/11/2024

Goma, DRC.

• Off we go to the Democratic Republic of the Congo!

• After lunch, we make our way to The Heart of Africa as we cross from Rwanda into the D.R.C.

• Transfer to our accommodation in Kahuzi Biega National Park.

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9 17/11/2024

Gorilla trekking, DRC.

• Head to the gorilla trekking staging point in the morning.

• There we split into groups of at most six people, and be taken to visit different families of gorillas. The trek takes around two hours in each direction, four hours in total. The first hour through fields and the second through the jungle.

• After an hour with the gorillas, we trace our footsteps back out, then drive back to camp.

• The D.R.C. is one of only three countries where you can see Eastern Mountain Gorillas. They are gentle and don’t mind people’s presence. Yet they’re still wild animals. Treat them with respect, talk quietly, and keep a safe distance. Most importantly, enjoy your time with these lovely humanlike creatures—it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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10 18/11/2024

Tour Ends

• Farewell breakfast, then transfer from the park to Goma airport. There is an Ethiopian Airlines flight departing from Goma today or we can offer advice on staying overnight in the area.

Details

Includes:
  • - Gorilla permit
  • - 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
Excludes:
  • - International flights (email us for cheapest options)
  • - Visas & fees (prices depend on nationality)
  • - Tips for guide
  • - Meals (about £10-20 per day)
  • - Transfer to airport at end of tour
  • - Single supplement
Prices:
  • Tour Price: £2295
  • Deposit: £500
  • Single Room Supplement: £345
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