DRC, Rwanda & Burundi

2025

Tour leader: TBC

1 08/11/2025

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 09/11/2025

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 10/11/2025

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 11/11/2025

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 12/11/2025

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 13/11/2025

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 14/11/2025

Lake Kivu, Gisenyi

• Spend a whole free day exploring Gisenyi.

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8 15/11/2025

Kahuzi Biega National Park

• Off we go to the Democratic Republic of the Congo! First, take the morning at leisure in Gisenyi.

• 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 16/11/2025

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 human-like creatures—it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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10 17/11/2025

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
Prices:
  • Tour Price: £2495
  • Deposit: £500
  • Single Room Supplement: £345
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