15-Day VOLCANOES
CIRCUIT

15 day- START: Kigali Rwanda END Entebbe, Uganda

The Volcano and Primate Safari takes you to one of the very few places to see endangered mountain gorillas, combines primate viewing with a classic savannah safari, hiking the magnificent volcanoes, gives you a good balance between vehicle, boat and walking activities and not leaving out the excellent birding experience and the scenic beauty.

This action filled excursion will take you also to Mgahinga National Park where you will trek up Mount Sabinyo 3,645m one of the region’s inactive volcanoes. You will have the opportunity to get up close to another endangered species, the Golden Monkey in its natural habitat of bamboo forest. Local tribesmen will pilot dug-out canoes as we traverse Lake Mutanda.

Bwindi impenetrable forest home to one of the richest ecosystems in Africa. Mountain Gorillas are one of the world’s most endangered apes. It is estimated that there are only about 880 left throughout the world. Almost half of them can be found in Uganda, and populations can also be found in neighbouring Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo.

The Virunga Mountains, which are a chain of volcanoes along the northern border of Rwanda, The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Uganda. The mountain range consists of eight major volcanoes. Most of them are dormant, except Mount Nyiragongo 3,462 meters (11,358 ft) and Mount Nyamuragira 3,063 meters (10,049 ft), both in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Recent eruptions occurred in 2006 and in January, 2010. Mount Karisimbi is the highest volcano at 4,507 meters (14,787 ft). The oldest mountain is Mount Sabinyo, which rises 3,634 meters (11,923 ft.) above sea level.

Highlights:

  • Discover the Virunga massif and explore Rwanda, Uganda and DR Congo
  • Unforgettable encounter with the Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, Golden Monkey in Parc National des Volcanos and with the chimpanzees in Kibale National Park.
  • Hike the magnificent Nyiragongo and Sabinyo Volcanoes.
  • Beautiful hike “across” Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, accompanied by professional guide and armed rangers
  • Game drives and boat cruises in the main national parks of the country: Lake Mburu, Queen Elizabeth and Murchison Falls
  • Meet, explore and learn from the local communities (batwa and Iby Iwachu Cultural Center)
  • Support sustainable tourism initiatives

Specially created for:

  • Nature lovers
  • Primates lovers
  • Safari aficionados
  • Walking enthusiasts
  • Adventure travellers
  • Perfect for those guests who like to take their time to fully enjoy the hike across Bwindi Impenetrable Forest (shorter or longer hike) and get to know also the “other” side of the park.

Your Safari at a Glance

Day Routes/activities Accommodation Meal Plan
Day 1

Arrival in Kigali

Heaven Boutique

Bed & Breakfast
Day 2

Kigali city tour and

genocide. Transfer to Parc

national des Volcanoes

Mountain gorilla

view lodge

Full Board
Day 3

Golden monkey

tracking – Karisoke

research

Mountain gorilla

view lodge

Full Board
Day 4

Transfer Musaze to

lake Kivu

Lake kivu serena

hotel

Full Board
Day 5

Cross DRC – hike

Nyiragongo

Cabanas at the top

Full Board
Day 6

Descend Nyiragongo and transfer

to Mgahinga National Park

Gahinga lodge

Full Board
Day 7

Sabinyo hike

Gahinga lodge

Full Board
Day 8

Transfer to Bwindi – Hike & canoe

on Lake Mutanda

Nkuringo Bwindi

gorilla lodge

Full Board
Day 9

Gorilla trekking- Nkuringo or

Rushaga gorilla groups

Nkuringo Bwindi

gorilla lodge

Full Board
Day 10

Nombe Forest, Batwa – traditional

herbalists experience

Nkuringo Bwindi

gorilla lodge

Full Board
Day 11

Hike across Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

to Buhoma and continuation by car

to QENP

Kasenyi Safari Camp

Full Board
Day 12

Queen Elizabeth NP: game drives and

boat safari in Kazinga Channel

Kasenyi Safari Camp

Full Board
Day 13

To Kibale Forest via Fort Portal and trek

to the “Top of the World”

Primate Lodge

Full Board
Day 14

Chimp tracking in Kibale NP and

excursion to Bigodi Wetlands

Primate Lodge

Full Board
Day 15

South Bound to Entebbe and Transfer to

airport for the outbound flight

Papyrus guesthouse

Bed & Breakfast

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