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

Kagera Falls

• Early morning departure to 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.

• We will then visit the Gitega National Museum and the Gishora Drum Sanctuary

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3 11/11/2024

Mugambe

• Today we'll depart early to visit Mugamba, a region located where the Nile and Congo watersheds are divided.

• Experience the life and culture of the Burundian people, with rituals for newborns and children, production of food and beer, and the role of livestock in the village culture.

• In the afternoon we'll return to Bujumbura.

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4 12/11/2024

Rusizi National Park

• Today we will take a morning tour of Bujumbura. We start by visiting the Livingstone-Stanley Monument, a natural feature where the two explorers met in 1871.

• We will then visit Rusizi National Park where a boat trip is possible to get close to the hippos and birdlife on the Rusizi River.

• Afterwards transfer to the airport for the 15:45 departure to Kigali.

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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

Kahuzi Biega National Park

• 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.

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 transfers
Excludes:
  • - International flights
  • - Visas & fees (prices depend on nationality)
  • - Tips for guide
  • - Meals (about £10-20 per day)
  • - Single supplement
  • - Flight from Burundi to Rwanda (approx £200-£250)
Prices:
  • Tour Price: £2295
  • Deposit: £500
  • Single Room Supplement: £345
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