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VIRUNGA GORILLA EXPLORATION

This trip is an amazing chance to visit a country that few tourists see – the Congo. You will start your adventure in Virunga National Park in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, on the border of Uganda and Rwanda. Virunga is Africa’s oldest national park and is also the continent’s most biologically diverse protected area. The park’s 7800 km² includes forests, savannahs, lava plains, swamps, erosion valleys, active volcanoes and the glaciated peaks of the Rwenzori mountains. This relatively undiscovered gem, is home to about a quarter of the world’s critically endangered mountain gorillas. Trekking through this vast and beautiful forest to meet the gorillas or climb one of the many volcanoes will suit all of those with an unquenchable thirst for the next chapter in their African adventure. After this epic trip into the Congo, you will fly to the highlands of northern Kenya, to see more endangered species such as black and white rhino at Solio and the Grevy Zebra at Sasaab. There is lots do from game drives, walks, horse riding to fly-camping in the wilderness. Finally, you will return to Nairobi and unwind at the iconic Giraffe Manor.

* Guide price based on two people travelling for 12 nights on a full board basis and private guide on your journey through the Congo. The price is correct to the best of our knowledge but is intended to be a guide price and is subject to change at the time of confirmation.

12 NIGHTS

CONGO – SAMBURU
SAVING SEASON

$10,560

per person sharing*
HIGH SEASON

$11,705

per person sharing*
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It is hard to say which is the more memorable experience – to stand on a volcano’s peak at night and watch a lava lake boiling away in a crater far below like a fiery vision of Hades; or to stand yards from a mountain gorilla in lush forest and sense the almost human intelligence behind its eyes, an unmistakable feeling of distant kinship, as you size each other up.
Martin Fletcher, Freelance journalist specialising in foreign affairs and travel, UK

  ITINERARY

Day 1: Kigali Serena Hotel, Rwanda
Day 2/3: Kibumba Tented Camp, Virunga National Park, Congo
Day 4: Nyiragongo Summit Huts, Virunga National Park, Congo
Day 5: Lake Kivu Serena Hotel, Rwanda & Four Points by Sheraton, Nairobi Airport
Day 6/7/8: Solio Lodge, Solio
Day 9/10/11: Sasaab, Samburu
Day 12: Giraffe Manor, Nairobi
Day 13: Farewell Kenya

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WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Full board accommodation at Kibumba Tented Camp, Nyiragongo Summit Huts, Solio Lodge, Sasaab and Giraffe Manor
  • Bed and Breakfast accommodation at Kigali Serena Hotel and Four Points by Sheraton Nairobi
  • Day room and Lunch at Lake Kivu Serena Hotel
  • Scheduled internal flights (throughout Kenya)
  • International flight from Rwanda to Kenya
  • All transport between destinations and to/from activities incl. 4×4 safari vehicles
  • Gorilla and Volcano trek permits
  • Private guide throughout your journey through the Congo
  • Activities’ including game drives, sundowners, bush picnics
  • Horse riding and mountain biking at Solio Lodge, camel riding and walking at Sasaab

RECOMMENDED FOR

  • Intrepid adventure seekers
  • Families
  • Honeymooners
  • Nature lovers
  • Anyone and everyone that is relatively fit

HIGHLIGHTS

Virunga National Park covers an area of 790,000 ha, that includes an outstanding diversity of habitats. From lava plains to the savannahs, dense lowland and higher bamboo forests, swamps and steppes, to the Rwenzori snowfields at an altitude of over 5,000 m, and the Virunga volcanoes. The park is a refuge for hippopotamuses, mountain and lowland gorillas, and the highlands have notable examples of the high altitude flora and giant herbs unique to the mountains of Africa.

WHEN TO GO

Virunga National Park’s  vast range results in marked climatic variations. Rain in this region is varied and includes both the highest and lowest rainfall levels in the country,  but is generally more heavy from March to May and mid-September to mid-December, with drier spells following each.

WHERE YOU STAY

KIGALI SERENA HOTEL

RWANDA

KIBUMBA TENTED CAMP

VIRUNGA NATIONAL PARK

NYIRAGONGO SUMMIT HUTS

VIRUNGA NATIONAL PARK

LAKE KIVU SERENA HOTEL

RWANDA

FOUR POINTS BY SHERATON

NAIROBI AIRPORT

GIRAFFE MANOR

NAIROBI

SOLIO LODGE

LAIKIPIA

SASAAB

SAMBURU

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