Travel through the heart of Africa

A unique journey through Burundi, Rwanda, Congo and Uganda

Travel through the heart of Africa

A unique journey through Burundi, Rwanda, Congo and Uganda

Travel through the heart of Africa

Tour Burundi, Rwanda, Congo and Uganda

This unique trip is an adventurous tour of little-visited areas in the Great Lakes region in the heart of Africa. The Great Lakes region includes no less than five lakes, spread over 5 countries, including Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda and Congo DRC.

Rare lowland and mountain gorillas

Also plenty of water in the wetlands of Rusizi River Nature Reserve,where you almost stumble upon the sunbathing crocodiles by the riverbank. The boat trip on Lake Kivu evokes some more idyllic images: the Virunga mountains as a backdrop in the background. In the rainforests of Congo, endurance will be tested during your search for both lowland and mountain gorillas and the rare Okapi, a forest giraffe found only in the Ituri basin. At sunrise, with the peaks of the Karisimbi, Sabinyio, Gahinga and Muhabura mountains in sight, then head over the flanks of the mountain rainforest at Parc National des Volcans on gorilla tracking! All your efforts are rewarded when you come face to face with these wondrous great apes.

Mbuti and Bambuti pygmy

The journey from Uganda to Congo is a bit long, but very varied. You will travel through the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains, have a chance to get wet feet when crossing the Semliki River and make several stops at villages along the way. In addition to an introduction to the Mbuti pygmy of the Ituri basin, you will also meet the Bambuti   pygmy, the original inhabitants of the area around Epulu. All game driven you traverse the savannah in Murchison Falls National Park. You will see several antelopes and beautiful Rothschild giraffes. An adventurous boat safari on the Nile should certainly not be missed, safe on the water you can enjoy the buffaloes, elephants, hippos, crocodiles and many waterfowl along the shore. With a visit to the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, where the (white) rhinos were successfully reintroduced after they became extinct in this area in 1982, and a dip in the pool at your comfortable hotel you conclude this special trip.

Tips & Tops Travel through the heart of Africa:

  • Bujumbura, the capital of Burundi has a beautiful old colonial center, a large market, mosque and cathedral
  • Visit the memorial of explorers Stanley and Livingstone
  • Vast grasslands and spectacular views over the Rusizi River near the town of Bukavu
  • The two impressive inactive volcanoes Kahuzi and Biega that dominate the view in the tropical rainforest of Kahuzi-Biega National Park
  • One of the last groups of eastern lowland gorillas, only 250 still live in Kahuzi-Biega National Park
  • A quiet boat ride on Lake Kivu, where green hills, terraces with agricultural crops and remnants of tropical rainforest pass you by
  • A tour accompanied by guides and trackers, through the morning fog in search of gorillas
  • After the spectacular view at Kabale of the volcanic mountains, descend to the plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • An overnight stay in a tented camp with your gaze focused on the starry sky in one of Uganda's most beautiful safari parks, Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Tree-climbing lions, elephants, topi and quite possibly a leopard in the tree savannah of Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • A walk through the very young rainforest of Maramagambo forest where you can admire small (suckling) animals up close
  • Early from the feathers to greet the chimpanzees and many other primates living here in the beautiful rainforest of Kibale Forest National Park
  • A local guide will introduce you to the secrets of the Bigodi swamp, a hangout for many birds, including the Great Blue Turaco, Grey Parrot and Papyrus Gonolek and primates like red colobus and the black and white colobus
  • The isolated Ituri Basin is a paradise for 'discovering' endemic plant and animal species
  • Learn about the lifestyle of the rare Okapi during a visit to the Research Center in Ituri Forest
  • See the art of gold-ling around Buni, the main source of locals' income
  • Camping on the banks of the Nile in Murchison Falls National Park, at night you can hear the sounds of the wildlife
  • Enjoy the cooling rain of fog caused by the Victoria Nile literally squeezed through the narrow passage (7m) at Murchison Falls

Your tailor-made trip

Daily overview

2 Rusizi Natural Reserve – Congo - Nia-Ngezi Escarpment – Bukavu
3 Kahuzi-Biega National Park – lowland gorilla tracking – Lake Kivu
4 Boat trip Lake Kivu - Goma – Rwanda – Ruhengeri
5 National Parc de Volcans – visit mountain gorillas – Ruhengeri
6 Uganda – Kisoro – Ishasha – Queen Elizabeth National Park.
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