3 days Gorilla safari in Congo, gorilla safari in Virunga from Kigali


This 3-day gorilla Safari exposes you to the Democratic Republic of Congo’s gorillas in the Virunga National Park. The country has both Lowland and Mountain Gorillas. Gorilla Trekking visits in Congo are getting to be prevalent around the world. On this gorilla safari, you will go gorilla trekking in the Virunga National Park of Congo.

It is a UNESCO World Heritage site located East of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The tour starts and ends in Kigali Rwanda.

Safari Highlights

  • Arrival in Kigali
  • visit the Genocide Memorial Center
  • Thrilling Uganda Gorilla trekking safari
  • Chill and relax with breathtaking views of Lake Bunyonyi
  • Transfer back to Kigali City

Trip Summary

Day destinationHours  Kilometers
1Transfer from Kigali / Kampala to the DR Congo5-9h465km
2Mountain Gorilla Trekking in Virunga National Park in DRC.3-4h40
3Transfer back to Kampala / Kigali4-5 165Km

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Travel from Kampala/Kigali to the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Our driver guide will pick you up from your lodge in the morning and drive you through Kigali to Bukima in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, or from Kampala to DR Congo through the western part of Uganda. Kigali to Bukima takes about 4-6 hours, and Kampala to Goma takes about 11 hours. You will make a lunch break en route.
Later, you will be transferred to your lodge, where you will arrive in the evening for dinner and an overnight stay.

Budget: Ihusi Hotel / Hotel Cape Kivu
Mid-range: Bukima Tented Camp
luxury: Mikeno Lodge

Day 2: Gorilla tracking in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

You will have an early morning meal, bring enough drinking water and a packed lunch, and then move to the national park headquarters where you will be briefed on gorilla trekking rules and regulations before heading into the forest to monitor gorillas in Congo’s Virunga National Park for an unforgettable experience.

When looking for Mountain Gorillas, you will encounter incredible birds and primates such as Golden Monkeys, Blue Monkeys, Black and White Colobus Monkeys, and mammoth timberland swine, among others. You have up to an hour with these amazing primates for perception and photography.

Meeting the amazing primates is well worth the effort.

Budget: Ihusi Hotel / Hotel Cape Kivu
Mid-range: Bukima Tented Camp
luxury: Mikeno Lodge

Day 3: Return to Kampala / Kigali 

After a quick breakfast, you’ll be on your way back to Uganda / Rwanda. Those flying back via Kigali Airport will be treated to a city tour en route. Thank you for your interest in Friendly Gorillas Safaris. Safari is at an end.

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Prices / included services.

Pricing for 3 days Gorilla safari in Congo, gorilla safari in Virunga from Kigali
Persons1 Person2-3 Persons4-5 Persons6 Persons and more
Budget$1580$ 14401300$1260
Midrange$2340$ 2260$ 2130$ 1980
Luxury$ 3680$ 3480$ 3380$ 3190

Included in this safari

  • Ground transport per private 4WD safari vehicle
  • English-speaking driver/guide
  • Airport transfer
  • Gorilla permit
  • Accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Meals as described in the itinerary.
  • Bottled mineral water in the safari vehicle.
  • Entrance fees and ranger fees for national parks
  • Activities and excursions mentioned in the program.
  • VAT for hotels and lodges outside Kampala


  • Expenses of a personal nature such as drinks, tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc
  • Personal Insurance
  • Souvenirs
  • Tip/gratitude
  • Visas and international air tickets
  • Any other items which are not included in the itinerary.

Inquire Now PAYMENT POLICY A deposit of 40% is required when booking this safari. The remaining balance will be charged 40 days before departure. For any bookings within 40 days of departure, the full trip amount will be charged upon booking.

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Best time to go.

The best wildlife viewing months in Uganda are during the Dry seasons from June to August and December to February. Primate walks in the forest are a big part of any safari in Rwanda. The habitat of rainforests is, by default, very wet, and one can’t avoid rain completely.

Congo Gorilla Permits costs. Congo gorilla permits cost $450 and Rwanda gorilla permits cost $1500. These have to be acquired months before your trip to be assured of viewing the mountain gorillas.

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