10 Days Congo Tanzania Gorilla, Volcano Climbing & Wildlife Safari

Overview of the 10 Days Congo Tanzania Gorilla, Volcano Climbing & Wildlife Safari

The 10 Days Congo Tanzania Gorilla, Volcano Climbing & Wildlife Safari starts at Kigali International Airport Rwanda and ends at Kilimanjaro International Airport.  The safari features an off the beaten adventure to the Congo’s Virunga National Park to explore the famous Nyiragongo Volcano – with the world’s largest and most violent lava lake and the critically endangered Mountain Gorillas. Besides Congo, the Safari presents an unmatchable wild game viewing experiences in one of the most beautiful protected areas in Africa including; Tarangire National Park, Serengeti National Park and Ngorogoro Crater for the Big five, Millions of Wildebeest, remarkable scenery and many more.

Safari Highlight of the 10 Days Congo Tanzania Gorilla, Volcano Climbing & Wildlife Safari

Day 1 of the 10 Days Congo Tanzania Gorilla, Volcano Climbing & Wildlife Safari: Arrive in Kigali Rwanda & transfer to Gisenyi Lake Kivu

Day 2 of the 10 Days Congo Tanzania Gorilla, Volcano Climbing & Wildlife Safari:  Cross to Congo via Goma boarder & undertake Nyiragongo Volcano climbing Adventure

Day 3 of the 10 Days Congo Tanzania Gorilla, Volcano Climbing & Wildlife Safari:  Descend Nyiragongo Volcano & relax at the lodge

Day 4 of the 10 Days Congo Tanzania Gorilla, Volcano Climbing & Wildlife Safari:  Do Mountain Gorilla Trekking in Virunga National Park & cross to Gisenyi Lake Kivu

Day 5 of the 10 Days Congo Tanzania Gorilla, Volcano Climbing & Wildlife Safari:  Early transfer to Kigali to catch up with a flight to Kilimanjaro International Airport Tanzania & transfer to Arusha

Day 6 of the 10 Days Congo Tanzania Gorilla, Volcano Climbing & Wildlife Safari:  Transfer to Tarangire National Park & do game drive

Day 7 of the 10 Days Congo Tanzania Gorilla, Volcano Climbing & Wildlife Safari:   Transfer to Serengeti National Park & do afternoon game drive

Day 8 of the 10 Days Congo Tanzania Gorilla, Volcano Climbing & Wildlife Safari:    Full day game drive in Serengeti National Park

Day 9 of the 10 Days Congo Tanzania Gorilla, Volcano Climbing & Wildlife Safari:  Final game drive in Serengeti National Park & transfer to Ngorongoro Crater

Day 10 of the 10 Days Congo Tanzania Gorilla, Volcano Climbing & Wildlife Safari: Undertake an extensive game drive in Ngorongoro Crater & transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport

  • Day 1 of the 10 Days Congo Tanzania Gorilla, Volcano Climbing & Wildlife Safari: Arrive in Kigali Rwanda & transfer to Gisenyi Lake Kivu

    Upon arrival at Kigali International Airport (the flight should be not later than early afternoon), you are welcomed by your driver guide ushering you into this lovely country dubbed the land of a thousand hills. You embark on the drive to Gisenyi Lake Kivu enjoying the views of the countryside landscapes. Spend the evening at leisure enjoying the sandy beaches of Lake Kivu.

    Accommodation:

    Luxury: Serena Resort Lake Kivu

    Midrange: Hotel Paladise Malahide

  • Day 2 of the 10 Days Congo Tanzania Gorilla, Volcano Climbing & Wildlife Safari: Cross to Congo via Goma boarder & undertake Nyiragongo Volcano climbing Adventure

    Gather at Goma boarder at 7am to go through the Immigration process, switch the vehicle and driver guide before transferring to Kibati post for the Nyiragongo adventure. You start the hike of the crater of Nyiragongo (5-6 hours) following an impressive trail through a tropical rainforest, and then through the lava flows of 2002 and volcanic desert.  You gaze into the volcano at night to view the red lava plates. Overnight stay at the crater rim with views of the lava lake.

    Accommodation: Mountain Shelter

  • Day 3 of the 10 Days Congo Tanzania Gorilla, Volcano Climbing & Wildlife Safari: Descend Nyiragongo Volcano & relax at the lodge

    After breakfast, embark on a relaxed descend with amazing sightseeing of the overlooking Volcanic Mountains. You arrive at Kibati between 11am – 1pm depending on the speed of descend. From here, you connect to the respective lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight

    Accommodation

    Midrange: Hotel Ihusi
    Luxury:  Mikeno Lodge

  • Day 4 of the 10 Days Congo Tanzania Gorilla, Volcano Climbing & Wildlife Safari: Do Mountain Gorilla Trekking in Virunga National Park & cross to Gisenyi Lake Kivu

    Gather at Bukima Park headquarters at 8am for briefing about Gorilla trekking. After briefing, you follow the trail in the company of the armed ranger guide to the respective gorilla group allocated. You traverse the jungle of Congo with lush flora and beautiful birds not forgetting the fascinating landscapes of Virunga Volcanoes – a chain of eight (8) Mountains that comprise the Virunga massif.   The time for actual gorilla viewing is limited to one hour for purposes of conservation but the duration of entire trek is 2 – 8 hours depending on the movements of the particular gorilla group. Retreat from the activity and transfer to Gisenyi Rwanda and spend the evening at leisure

    Accommodation:

    Luxury: Serena Resort Lake Kivu

    Midrange: Hotel Paladise Malahide

  • Day 5 of the 10 Days Congo Tanzania Gorilla, Volcano Climbing & Wildlife Safari: Early transfer to Kigali to catch up with a flight to Kilimanjaro International Airport Tanzania & transfer to Arusha

    Embark on an early transfer from Gisenyi 358kmm about 3 hours’ drive to Kigali International Airport to catch up with the flight to Kilimanjaro International Airport Tanzania. You are welcomed by our representative and transfer to Arusha to spend the rest of day relaxing at the lodge preparing for the extensive wilderness encounter awaiting you the next morning.

    Accommodation:

    Midrange: African Tulip Hotel

  • Day 6 of the 10 Days Congo Tanzania Gorilla, Volcano Climbing & Wildlife Safari: Transfer to Tarangire National Park & do game drive

    After breakfast, your driver-guide will pick you up from your hotel and you will enjoy the 2hrs leisure drive south-westwards to Tarangire NP. The Tarangire National Park has the highest concentration of elephants in North – Tanzania and you can view these animals all year round where elephant herd populations can reach as many as 3,000. The Tarangire River has water all year around. During the dry season (July-October), many animals from the surrounding areas come to the river to drink. If you visit the park during the dry season, you will witness an unforgettable natural wonder as you observe exotic big mammals such as lions, giraffes, buffaloes, wildebeests, zebras and various types of antelopes such as gazelles. During the dry season, Tarangire is a haven for bird watchers with over 550 different species including the Maasai Ostrich-the world’s largest bird. Around lunchtime, you will stop at a suitable picnic place. The afternoon is dedicated to more wildlife watching.

    Accommodation

    Midrange:  Sangaiwe Tented Camp

  • Day 7 of the 10 Days Congo Tanzania Gorilla, Volcano Climbing & Wildlife Safari: Transfer to Serengeti National Park & do afternoon game drive

    After breakfast, we proceed to the Serengeti endless plains by way of the lush Ngorongoro Crater Highlands.

    The name “Serengeti” comes from the Maasai word siringitu, means “endless plains”. You will see why once you see its ocean of grassland savannas stretching to the horizon as far as your eye can see. However certain parts also are covered in the Acacia savanna, dense wooded hills or rocky outcrops known as kopjes, as well as pans and lakes. The abundance of African wildlife is of course what makes it such a sought-after safari destination, and includes healthy populations of lion, buffalo, impala, hippo, waterbuck, elephant, cheetah, leopard and a host of other game species – not mention the more than 400 species of birds.

    We will arrive in Serengeti for afternoon game drive searching for wildlife. Later in the evening we will drive further to the camp for evening leisure and hot dinner.

    Accommodation

    Midrange: Kati Kati Tented Camp

  • Day 8 of the 10 Days Congo Tanzania Gorilla, Volcano Climbing & Wildlife Safari: Full day game drive in Serengeti National Park

    The entire day is dedicated to game viewing in the Serengeti. Predators include lions, leopards (in the acacia trees) and cheetahs are seeing in this great park. During the short rainy season in November and December the herds move from the hills in the north to the plains in the south. During the longer rainy season from April to June they return up central heading west. As the migration is completely dependent on the yearly rainfalls, the location of the herds may vary from year to year.

    After a full day wandering through the Serengeti central plains, you will head back to you camp for evening leisure and hot dinner.

    Accommodation

    Midrange: Kati Kati Tented Camp

  • Day 9 of the 10 Days Congo Tanzania Gorilla, Volcano Climbing & Wildlife Safari: Final game drive in Serengeti National Park & transfer to Ngorongoro Crater

    After breakfast, depart with picnic lunch for final game drive in Serengeti. After lunch, we will drive in the direction of the Ngorongoro Crater. As soon as you have reached the edge of the crater rim, the crater appears half a mile below you inviting you to gaze at this jaw dropping natural wonder. When you reach its edge and view its 100 square mile expanse, it is a sight to behold.

    We will be getting out of the safari jeep to enjoy the view while having a walking safari along the crater rim for an hour. Afterwards, you will proceed to Karatu for dinner.

    Accommodation

    Midrange: Ngorongoro Farm House

  • Day 10 of the 10 Days Congo Tanzania Gorilla, Volcano Climbing & Wildlife Safari: Undertake an extensive game drive in Ngorongoro Crater & transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport

    After breakfast, we drive to the Ngorongoro Crater and descend into it for a half-day of game viewing.

    Ngorongoro Crater is the world’s largest volcano caldera formed three million years ago and is considered one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the world and one of Africa’s most remarkable geological sites.

    The Big Five (rhino, elephant, Cape buffalo, lion, leopard) and most of the animal species found in the Serengeti, including zebra, hippos, wildebeest, and cheetahs, can be viewed close up. The Ngorongoro Crater ecosystem maintains the historic balance between people and nature in a way that is not possible in other parks.

    Depending on your flight departure time, you will ascend and proceed to JRO for your flight back home.

    End of the 10 Days Congo Tanzania Gorilla, Volcano Climbing & Wildlife Safari

Safari Overview and Highlights

Overview of the 10 Days Congo Tanzania Gorilla, Volcano Climbing & Wildlife Safari

The 10 Days Congo Tanzania Gorilla, Volcano Climbing & Wildlife Safari starts at Kigali International Airport Rwanda and ends at Kilimanjaro International Airport.  The safari features an off the beaten adventure to the Congo’s Virunga National Park to explore the famous Nyiragongo Volcano – with the world’s largest and most violent lava lake and the critically endangered Mountain Gorillas. Besides Congo, the Safari presents an unmatchable wild game viewing experiences in one of the most beautiful protected areas in Africa including; Tarangire National Park, Serengeti National Park and Ngorogoro Crater for the Big five, Millions of Wildebeest, remarkable scenery and many more.

Safari Highlight of the 10 Days Congo Tanzania Gorilla, Volcano Climbing & Wildlife Safari

Day 1 of the 10 Days Congo Tanzania Gorilla, Volcano Climbing & Wildlife Safari: Arrive in Kigali Rwanda & transfer to Gisenyi Lake Kivu

Day 2 of the 10 Days Congo Tanzania Gorilla, Volcano Climbing & Wildlife Safari:  Cross to Congo via Goma boarder & undertake Nyiragongo Volcano climbing Adventure

Day 3 of the 10 Days Congo Tanzania Gorilla, Volcano Climbing & Wildlife Safari:  Descend Nyiragongo Volcano & relax at the lodge

Day 4 of the 10 Days Congo Tanzania Gorilla, Volcano Climbing & Wildlife Safari:  Do Mountain Gorilla Trekking in Virunga National Park & cross to Gisenyi Lake Kivu

Day 5 of the 10 Days Congo Tanzania Gorilla, Volcano Climbing & Wildlife Safari:  Early transfer to Kigali to catch up with a flight to Kilimanjaro International Airport Tanzania & transfer to Arusha

Day 6 of the 10 Days Congo Tanzania Gorilla, Volcano Climbing & Wildlife Safari:  Transfer to Tarangire National Park & do game drive

Day 7 of the 10 Days Congo Tanzania Gorilla, Volcano Climbing & Wildlife Safari:   Transfer to Serengeti National Park & do afternoon game drive

Day 8 of the 10 Days Congo Tanzania Gorilla, Volcano Climbing & Wildlife Safari:    Full day game drive in Serengeti National Park

Day 9 of the 10 Days Congo Tanzania Gorilla, Volcano Climbing & Wildlife Safari:  Final game drive in Serengeti National Park & transfer to Ngorongoro Crater

Day 10 of the 10 Days Congo Tanzania Gorilla, Volcano Climbing & Wildlife Safari: Undertake an extensive game drive in Ngorongoro Crater & transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport

Detailed Itinerary
  • Day 1 of the 10 Days Congo Tanzania Gorilla, Volcano Climbing & Wildlife Safari: Arrive in Kigali Rwanda & transfer to Gisenyi Lake Kivu

    Upon arrival at Kigali International Airport (the flight should be not later than early afternoon), you are welcomed by your driver guide ushering you into this lovely country dubbed the land of a thousand hills. You embark on the drive to Gisenyi Lake Kivu enjoying the views of the countryside landscapes. Spend the evening at leisure enjoying the sandy beaches of Lake Kivu.

    Accommodation:

    Luxury: Serena Resort Lake Kivu

    Midrange: Hotel Paladise Malahide

  • Day 2 of the 10 Days Congo Tanzania Gorilla, Volcano Climbing & Wildlife Safari: Cross to Congo via Goma boarder & undertake Nyiragongo Volcano climbing Adventure

    Gather at Goma boarder at 7am to go through the Immigration process, switch the vehicle and driver guide before transferring to Kibati post for the Nyiragongo adventure. You start the hike of the crater of Nyiragongo (5-6 hours) following an impressive trail through a tropical rainforest, and then through the lava flows of 2002 and volcanic desert.  You gaze into the volcano at night to view the red lava plates. Overnight stay at the crater rim with views of the lava lake.

    Accommodation: Mountain Shelter

  • Day 3 of the 10 Days Congo Tanzania Gorilla, Volcano Climbing & Wildlife Safari: Descend Nyiragongo Volcano & relax at the lodge

    After breakfast, embark on a relaxed descend with amazing sightseeing of the overlooking Volcanic Mountains. You arrive at Kibati between 11am – 1pm depending on the speed of descend. From here, you connect to the respective lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight

    Accommodation

    Midrange: Hotel Ihusi
    Luxury:  Mikeno Lodge

  • Day 4 of the 10 Days Congo Tanzania Gorilla, Volcano Climbing & Wildlife Safari: Do Mountain Gorilla Trekking in Virunga National Park & cross to Gisenyi Lake Kivu

    Gather at Bukima Park headquarters at 8am for briefing about Gorilla trekking. After briefing, you follow the trail in the company of the armed ranger guide to the respective gorilla group allocated. You traverse the jungle of Congo with lush flora and beautiful birds not forgetting the fascinating landscapes of Virunga Volcanoes – a chain of eight (8) Mountains that comprise the Virunga massif.   The time for actual gorilla viewing is limited to one hour for purposes of conservation but the duration of entire trek is 2 – 8 hours depending on the movements of the particular gorilla group. Retreat from the activity and transfer to Gisenyi Rwanda and spend the evening at leisure

    Accommodation:

    Luxury: Serena Resort Lake Kivu

    Midrange: Hotel Paladise Malahide

  • Day 5 of the 10 Days Congo Tanzania Gorilla, Volcano Climbing & Wildlife Safari: Early transfer to Kigali to catch up with a flight to Kilimanjaro International Airport Tanzania & transfer to Arusha

    Embark on an early transfer from Gisenyi 358kmm about 3 hours’ drive to Kigali International Airport to catch up with the flight to Kilimanjaro International Airport Tanzania. You are welcomed by our representative and transfer to Arusha to spend the rest of day relaxing at the lodge preparing for the extensive wilderness encounter awaiting you the next morning.

    Accommodation:

    Midrange: African Tulip Hotel

  • Day 6 of the 10 Days Congo Tanzania Gorilla, Volcano Climbing & Wildlife Safari: Transfer to Tarangire National Park & do game drive

    After breakfast, your driver-guide will pick you up from your hotel and you will enjoy the 2hrs leisure drive south-westwards to Tarangire NP. The Tarangire National Park has the highest concentration of elephants in North – Tanzania and you can view these animals all year round where elephant herd populations can reach as many as 3,000. The Tarangire River has water all year around. During the dry season (July-October), many animals from the surrounding areas come to the river to drink. If you visit the park during the dry season, you will witness an unforgettable natural wonder as you observe exotic big mammals such as lions, giraffes, buffaloes, wildebeests, zebras and various types of antelopes such as gazelles. During the dry season, Tarangire is a haven for bird watchers with over 550 different species including the Maasai Ostrich-the world’s largest bird. Around lunchtime, you will stop at a suitable picnic place. The afternoon is dedicated to more wildlife watching.

    Accommodation

    Midrange:  Sangaiwe Tented Camp

  • Day 7 of the 10 Days Congo Tanzania Gorilla, Volcano Climbing & Wildlife Safari: Transfer to Serengeti National Park & do afternoon game drive

    After breakfast, we proceed to the Serengeti endless plains by way of the lush Ngorongoro Crater Highlands.

    The name “Serengeti” comes from the Maasai word siringitu, means “endless plains”. You will see why once you see its ocean of grassland savannas stretching to the horizon as far as your eye can see. However certain parts also are covered in the Acacia savanna, dense wooded hills or rocky outcrops known as kopjes, as well as pans and lakes. The abundance of African wildlife is of course what makes it such a sought-after safari destination, and includes healthy populations of lion, buffalo, impala, hippo, waterbuck, elephant, cheetah, leopard and a host of other game species – not mention the more than 400 species of birds.

    We will arrive in Serengeti for afternoon game drive searching for wildlife. Later in the evening we will drive further to the camp for evening leisure and hot dinner.

    Accommodation

    Midrange: Kati Kati Tented Camp

  • Day 8 of the 10 Days Congo Tanzania Gorilla, Volcano Climbing & Wildlife Safari: Full day game drive in Serengeti National Park

    The entire day is dedicated to game viewing in the Serengeti. Predators include lions, leopards (in the acacia trees) and cheetahs are seeing in this great park. During the short rainy season in November and December the herds move from the hills in the north to the plains in the south. During the longer rainy season from April to June they return up central heading west. As the migration is completely dependent on the yearly rainfalls, the location of the herds may vary from year to year.

    After a full day wandering through the Serengeti central plains, you will head back to you camp for evening leisure and hot dinner.

    Accommodation

    Midrange: Kati Kati Tented Camp

  • Day 9 of the 10 Days Congo Tanzania Gorilla, Volcano Climbing & Wildlife Safari: Final game drive in Serengeti National Park & transfer to Ngorongoro Crater

    After breakfast, depart with picnic lunch for final game drive in Serengeti. After lunch, we will drive in the direction of the Ngorongoro Crater. As soon as you have reached the edge of the crater rim, the crater appears half a mile below you inviting you to gaze at this jaw dropping natural wonder. When you reach its edge and view its 100 square mile expanse, it is a sight to behold.

    We will be getting out of the safari jeep to enjoy the view while having a walking safari along the crater rim for an hour. Afterwards, you will proceed to Karatu for dinner.

    Accommodation

    Midrange: Ngorongoro Farm House

  • Day 10 of the 10 Days Congo Tanzania Gorilla, Volcano Climbing & Wildlife Safari: Undertake an extensive game drive in Ngorongoro Crater & transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport

    After breakfast, we drive to the Ngorongoro Crater and descend into it for a half-day of game viewing.

    Ngorongoro Crater is the world’s largest volcano caldera formed three million years ago and is considered one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the world and one of Africa’s most remarkable geological sites.

    The Big Five (rhino, elephant, Cape buffalo, lion, leopard) and most of the animal species found in the Serengeti, including zebra, hippos, wildebeest, and cheetahs, can be viewed close up. The Ngorongoro Crater ecosystem maintains the historic balance between people and nature in a way that is not possible in other parks.

    Depending on your flight departure time, you will ascend and proceed to JRO for your flight back home.

    End of the 10 Days Congo Tanzania Gorilla, Volcano Climbing & Wildlife Safari

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