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9 Days Congo Expedition

Kwafrika Travel Ltd brings you through the real Congo Adventure through this 9 days Congo Expedition exposing you to the world’s geological scandal. You will experience Nyiragongo which is stratovolcano that features the world's largest lava lake, you will encounter with the mountain gorilla exploring their general behavior and lifestyles (feeding, mating, nesting, body gestures and others) while they are in their natural habitat. After the challenging Nyiragongo Volcano hike, it will be place to a relax time in Eastern Congo’s iconic island. Tchegera Island is the greatest place to be and escape the hustles of the city more so after hiking Nyiragongo and tracking the gorillas.

The trip ends in Kinshasa City where you will visit the Bonobos are our closest living relatives, go for a cruise on Congo river and hover through Kinshasa city like local.

per adult from

$8,658

AUD

Duration

9 days

Pickup

Hotel pickup available

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  • What's included :
    • 9x Breakfast
    • 8x Dinner
    • 8x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 8 nights
    • Private transportation
    • All Fees and Taxes
    • Gorilla Tracking Permit
    • Volcano hiking permit
    • Domestic flights
    • Congo Visa (105$)
    • Airport pickup and drop-off
    • Entry/Admission - Virunga National Park
    • Entry/Admission - Congo River
    • Entry/Admission - Musee National de la Republique Democratique du Congo
    What's excluded :
    • International flights
    • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
    • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
    • Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, etc.)
    • Tips

  • Day 1: Pick up in Kigali

    Pass By: Kigali Genocide Memorial, KG 14 Ave, Kigali Rwanda
    Our representation will pick up from Kigali International Airport to whisk you off to tour hotel in Kigali.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Rest and overnight at City Blue Hotels.

    Day 2: Transfer to the DR Congo

    Stop At: Virunga National Park, Goma Democratic Republic of the Congo
    In the morning, our representative guides and drivers will bring you to the Democratic Republic of Congo. This will take you roughly 4 hours to reach Goma. You will stop at Maghali restaurant for lunch before heading to the Virunga National Park.
    Duration: 5 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Kibumba Tented Camp

    Day 3: Gorilla trekking

    Stop At: Virunga National Park, Goma Democratic Republic of the Congo
    After an early breakfast at Kibumba Tented Camp, trekkers will head down the hill to meet their Ranger guides and have a briefing before the gorilla trek. Treks usually require 1-2.5hours of hiking each way, depending on location of the gorilla group being trekked and the difficulty of the terrain. After spending the allotted hour with gorilla family group, trekkers will make their back to camp, enjoy a late lunch and have the rest of the day at leisure, including time for nature walks and bird watching.
    Duration: 4 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Kibumba Tented Camp

    Day 4: Nyiragongo hike

    Stop At: Virunga National Park, Goma Democratic Republic of the Congo
    After breakfast in Kibumba, proceed to Kibati Ranger post at 8:15am, departure point for the Nyiragongo volcano hike. Nyiragongo is a beautiful stratovolcano that features the world’s largest lava lake. During the hike at the volcano’s forested lower slopes you will see a variety of animals, including chimpanzees, monkeys, and bushbuck. Nyiragongo’s summit rim is largely devoid of vegetation and is sometimes dusted with snow. The climb up the volcano will take around four to six hours
    Duration: 1 day

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at the rim of Nyiragongo Volcano in special accommodation

    Day 5: Departure to Tchegera Island

    Pass By: Virunga National Park, Goma Democratic Republic of the Congo
    After the challenging Nyiragongo Volcano hike, place to a relax time in Eastern Congo’s iconic island. Tchegera Island is the greatest place to be and escape the hustles of the city more so after hiking Nyiragongo and tracking the gorillas. A picnic will be organized in the island, and for those who wants to do more than put their feet up you can swim in the (croc-free) bay and there are kayaks available for use – the area immediately in front of camp is well protected from the elements and is typically mill-pond calm, while the open lake beyond can get quite sporty. On clear nights, Nyiragongo and Nyamulagira volcanoes add to the drama by turning the night sky red with their glowing lavahh

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Tchegera Island Camps

    Day 6: Goma city tour and Departure to Kinshasa

    Pass By: ihusi building, Boulevard Kanyamuhanga, Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo
    In the morning, you will embark in a boat cruise to Goma for a city tour. Goma is known as the Congo’s touristic city, but it can be hard for new visitors to find their way around the many highlights. You will discover the city like a local on a crash city tour that includes the Goma city monument, the Goma beach, Goma downtown, the docks, the city vibes, the people, the market and the shopping for some Congolese hand crafts. After the tour, you proceed to Maghali restaurant for lunch.

    In the afternoon, you will take off to Kinshasa. You will be met at N’djili International Airport by Kwafrika Travel representative who will whisk you away to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day unwinding.


    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Memling Hotel

    Day 7: Bonobo Sanctuary and Congo River Cruise plus Buffet

    Stop At: Congo River, Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo
    You will leave too early from your hotel for an excursion to Lola ya Bonobo Sanctuary. The road after Kinshasa will be a little bumpy, but you will most likely be distracted by the scenery outside. The Bonobos are our closest living relatives, with more than 99% identical DNA, are protected in a special preserve outside Kinshasa. Founded by Claudine Andre in 1994, Lola ya Bonobo is the world’s only sanctuary for orphaned bonobos. Bonobos are thus found only in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

    Once you arrive at the Park, which is surrounded by the rainforest and has a lake inside, we can proceed to the trail that goes around it. If we are lucky enough, staff scientists or researchers will give us an introduction to the life of the bonobos in the wild and in the sanctuary. Sometimes they can be busy, feeding little baby bonobos or helping with daily needs of the sanctuary. You will be able to see several families, living on the territory, which highly resembles their natural habitat deep in the north of Congolese jungle. After the visit, the driver will take you back you to Kinshasa for a majestic Congo River Cruise.

    This is the world’s deepest river, the second-longest in Africa, after the Nile, and the third largest in the world in terms of volume, after the Amazon and the Ghanges-Brahmaputra. You will cruise the river into the heart of darkness in comfort, and you will not get this kind of ride, this kind of safety, this kind of service on the platform barges or dugout canoes.

    We go by modern and comfortable cruiseboat with cushioned seats, full buffet restaurant (included) and extremely powerful engines, not a local motorized wooden pirogue, like most operators offer....and we take you REALLY into the interior and up the river to see the cities, villages, and sites as you enjoy with your friends, and stop for a beach break upriver where you can try some dancing with the locals. This is really a cruise!

    Duration: 8 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Memling Hotel

    Day 8: Kinshasa City Sightseeing

    Stop At: Musee National de la Republique Democratique du Congo, Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo
    On this day you will discover Kinshasa's vibrant culture and history on a tour of the city that explores local landmarks, a bustling market, and the banks of the churning Congo River. Traveling with a local guide, you'll learn the stories behind each place you see, from the National Museum to Kabila's Mausoleum and the Place of Independence.

    You will also be brought in another incredibly unique aspect of Kinshasa, Sapeurs. La Sape is an abbreviated way to refer to the movement of Sapeurs. The translated meaning of the term La Sape is "Society of Ambiance-Makers and Elegant People". Also known as Congolese Dandies, the importance of physical appearance and attire is of the utmost and this is very clear, as you will see. You will experience the city in the safety of a private vehicle that will comfortably accommodate you, with all entrance fees included.

    Stop At: Musee National de Kinshasa (National Museum), Kinshasa

    Stop At: Academie des Beaux-Arts, Kinshasa

    Stop At: Congo River, Kinshasa

    Stop At: Symphonie des Arts, Kinshasa

    Stop for lunch at Chez TinTin with an overview of the river

    In the evening transfer back to your hotel for rest and overnight.

    Duration: 7 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Memling Hotel

    Day 9: Departure from Kinshasa

    Pass By: Kinshasa Mosque, Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo
    In the morning, you will be transfer to N”djili International Airport for departure.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Kigali International Airport, KN 5 Rd, Kigali, Rwanda
    Traveler pickup is offeredAirports
    • Kigali Intl. Airport, Kigali Rwanda
    Departure Time :
    Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods. 10/16/2020 - 12/15/2020
    Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
    12/16/2020 - 3/15/2021
    Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
    3/16/2021 - 5/15/2021
    Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
    5/16/2021 - 10/15/2021
    Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
    10/16/2021 - 12/15/2021
    Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
    12/16/2021 - 12/19/2021
    Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
    Return Detail :
    Ndjili, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

Language

English - Guide

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

15

Organised by Kwafrika Travel

Activity ID: V-140082P14

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