Safari over view
This five Day Congo tours offers travelers the most amazing experience while on a trip to Congo tracking the lowland gorillas at the Kahuzi Biega National park and later embarking on a mountain hike of mountain kahuzi and moutain biega topped by the the scenic drives through different towns in rwanda on your way back to Kigali hence concluding your 5 day Congo safaris.
DAY 1: KIGALI AND KAHUZI-BIEGA NATIONAL PARK IN THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO (DRC).
Your Jewel Safaris guide will meet you at Kigali International Airport and give you a short briefing on your upcoming itinerary. You will then begin your journey to the Kahuzi-Biega National Park in the DRC. Your trip will take you across to Western Rwanda, passing through the city of Butare, the Intellectual center of Rwanda. Here your Jewel Safaris guide will take you for a local meal at a Rwandan restaurant and if time permits, will take you on a city tour of Butare’s cultural and historical sites, of which there are many.
After lunch, you will continue your journey to the border town of Cyagungu, pass through customs and immigration on both the Rwandan and DRC sides. On the DRC side of the border, the town is named Bukavu. Here, on the shores of Lake Kivu, you will overnight at your accommodation. Dinner will be served at your accommodation.
DAY 2: EASTERN LOWLAND GORILLA TRACKING IN KAHUZI-BIEGA NATIONAL PARK.
You will awake early, and have breakfast, after which your Jewel Safaris guide will escort you to the park headquarters to register for your Gorilla Tracking. After the formalities have been taken care; you will be assigned to a specific Eastern Gorilla family to track and a Park Ranger, who will then take you to the trail to search for the Gorillas. You are permitted an hour with the Gorillas and after your tracking is done, you will reunite with your Jewel Safaris guide. If time permits, your guide will then take you to a local cultural event nearby, where you will meet the indigenous people of the area. Before nightfall, you will return to your accommodation in Bukavu for dinner.
DAY 3: HIKING MOUNT KAHUZI.
After breakfast, your Jewel Safaris guide will take you to the Park Headquarters to register for the Hiking of Mount Kahuzi. You will be assigned a local guide who will take you up the approximately 4-hour climb to the summit of Mount Kahuzi, passing through both a Bamboo Forest as well as Sub-Alpine vegetation along the way. Descending Mount Kahuzi will take about 3 hours to complete, at which time you will reunite with your Jewel Safaris guide who will return you to your accommodation in Bukavu. Dinner will be served at your accommodation.
DAY 4: HIKING MOUNT BIEGA
After breakfast, your Jewel Safaris guide will once again report with you to the Park Headquarters, this time to climb Mount Beiga. As on the previous day, you will be assigned a Park Ranger who will lead the way to the summit of Mount Beiga; the return trip up and down Mount Beiga takes about 6 hours on average, depending on your skills and the weather conditions. Before nightfall, you will reunite with your Jewel Safaris guide who will escort you back to your accommodation in Bukavu for dinner.
DAY 5: RETURN TO KIGALI
After breakfast, your Jewel Safaris guide will take you back across the DRC/Rwanda border crossing nearby and drive you back to Kigali to meet your flight at Kigali International Airport. If time permits, your guide can take you on a city tour of Kigali, including the Genocide Memorial Center and/or some shopping that you might be interested in doing at one of the local markets or craft workshops.
KAHUZI-BIEGA NATIONAL PARK INFORMATION
KAHUZI-BIEGA NATIONAL PARK is located in Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Part of the border between Rwanda and the DRC is Lake Kivu itself. Here in Kahuzi-Biega National Park, there are two dormant volcanoes, Mounts Kahuzi and Biega. Since 1980, Kahuzi-Biega National Park has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its biodiversity; both the last refuge of the rare Eastern Lowland Gorilla and one of the last true rain forest habitats in Africa. The park is 6,000 square kilometers in size, one of the largest in the DRC.
There are two major activities in Kahuzi-Biega National Park. Hiking Mount Biega and Mount Kahuzi, the two dormant volcanoes and the popular tracking of the Eastern Lowland Gorillas, also known as the Grauer’s Gorilla. The Grauer’s Gorilla is the largest of the four Gorilla subspecies; they feed on the herbaceous materials and fruits in the forest.