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DR Congo – Burundi, Rwanda & DR Congo Tour

Discover the African highlands

Ever dreamed of seeing gorillas in the wild? Or exploring the highlights of Central Africa? During our Central Africa combo tour, we’ll explore 3 countries; Burundi, DR Congo, and Rwanda, all in one big leap. See the famous mountain gorillas, learn about the dark history of Rwanda and discover one of Africa’s most unknown countries: Burundi.

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Burundi, Rwanda & DR Congo Tour: EUR 3995 3995
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Uganda Combo: EUR 5295 5295
DR Congo - Burundi, Rwanda & DR Congo Tour

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Start date8 March 2024
End date17 March 2024
Days10 days / 9 nights
Price€ 3995
Uganda combo: € 5,295
IncludingAccommodation (shared)
Transportation on the ground
Western & local guide
Visa DR Congo
Permit
Breakfast
Entry fees
ExcludingInternational flights
Single room (€ 400)
Insurance
Visa (Burundi, Rwanda)
Lunch & Dinner
Tips for the guide
Personal expenses
This offer is covered by the STO Garant guarantee. You can find the conditions for this guarantee scheme on STO Garant’s website.

Itinerary

Friday 8 March – Bujumbura (Burundi)

  • Arrival at your own convenience in Bujumbura.
  • Overnight stay in Bujumbura.

Saturday 9 March – Bujumbura – Gitega

  • Highlight: The Explorers Memorial, at this place Livingstone and Stanley met with the famous words from Stanley “Doctor Livingstone I presume?”
  • Independence Hero Mausoleum & Unity Monument.
  • We leave the capital and head to Rusizi National park, just outside Bujumbura. We’ll hop on a boat to spot a few hippos.
  • After this we will continue to the countryside. Here we will make a stop at a tea plantation.
  • Visit the Gitega National Museum.
  • Overnight stay in Gitega.

Sunday 10 March – Gitega – Karera FallsBujumbura

  • Highlight: Visit the Gishora drums sanctuary, one of Burundi’s most well known drum sites.
  • We continue onwards to Karera Falls, in the South of the country. Time to enjoy the falls before heading back.
  • During our drive back to Bujumbura we will be passing through different villages, on lucky days, we may attend a Burundi traditional wedding.
  • Upon arrival we will visit Saga Beach to enjoy a view of lake Tanganyika.
  • Overnight stay in Bujumbura.

Monday 11 March – Bujumbura – Bukavu (DR Congo)  

  • After an early breakfast we start our ride towards the border with DR Congo.
  • Due to the closure of the Rwanda-Burundi border, we will be taking a detour. From Burndi, we will cross into DRC, the we’ll cross from DRC into Rwanda (since the road is much better in Rwanda) and then cross the border again into the DRC, right next to Bukavu.
  • Note: a lot depends on the speed of the border officials. If we are delayed, we overnight at the Rusiizi Border in Rwanda and cross the border to Bukavu the next morning.
  • Overnight stay in Bukavu.

Tuesday 12 March – Bukavu

  • Highlight: We will head in the jungle to be guided and have a briefing before the gorilla trek. It usually requires up to 2 hours of hiking one way, depending on location of the gorilla group and depending on how difficult is the path. After spending one hour with the gorilla family group, we will make our way back to Bukavu.
  • After the gorillas, we will have a mini break and then visit a community project in Bukavu, the Panzi Hospital which specializes in treating people affected by violence especially those that have been sexually abused.
  • After a full day with wildlife we had back to the bustling city of Bukavu where we’ll find a great bar to unwind from the day.
  • Overnight stay in Bukavu.

Wednesday 13 March – Bukavu – Idjwi

  • We catch a speed boat to Idjwi. A major island in Lake Kivu.
  • Highlight: On the island we will visit the typical coffee farmers. They make one of the best coffee in the world with simple farming methods.
  • On a local motor we’ll head to a pygmy village. Here we’ll learn more about local village life on the island.
  • Overnight stay in Idjwi.

Thursday 14 March – Idjwi – Bukavu  

  • Time for another boat ride! We return to Bukavu on a speedboat.
  • Once in the town, we will do a city tour in Bukavu. We visit a local market, Place de l’Indépendance and the art deco style Our Lady of Peace Cathedral.
  • Overnight stay in Bukavu.

Friday 15 March – Bukavu – Musanze (Rwanda)

  • We leave early in the morning towards the border with Rwanda.
  • Border formalities before we continue travelling in the ‘Switzerland of Africa’.
  • After crossing the border you’ll see the stark difference between the two countries. Rwanda has recently been known as one of the prime examples of countries which have managed to recover from a devastating war and become a real, ecofriendly tourism destination.
  • Visit Ibwacu cultural centre, witness traditional and cultural activities.
  • We continue onwards to the town of Musanze.
  • Overnight stay in Musanze, Rwanda.

Saturday 16 March – Kigali   

  • Two hour Journey to Kigali, the capital of Rwanda.
  • Highlight: Presidential Palace Museum (also known as the Rwanda Art Museum), this palace used to belong to Juvenal Habyarimana. You can still find remains from his nightclub, a plane wreck and several hidden rooms.
  • Kigali Genocide Memorial, the memorial commemorating the loss of 250,000 people lost during the Civil War.
  • We take a stroll around the Kigali City Market for some last minute souvenir shopping.
  • Visit to the Hôtel des Mille Collines, made famous by the film Hotel Rwanda. During the Rwanda Genocide it became famous as it housed more then 1000 refugees.
  • Overnight stay in Kigali, Rwanda.

Sunday 17 March – Kigali

  • Depart on your own convenience.
  • End of trip.
  • OR: Continue with our Uganda tour.