6 Day Burundi Tour

Overview

This 3-day budget gorilla trek safari takes you to the misty Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, which is home to more than half the population of the remaining 880 Mountain Gorillas. The forest offers a unique birding opportunity, cultural experiences, a scenic allure of stunning hills and lush vegetation inhabited by the elusive primates. The gorilla trek activity is the most enchanting experience in this forest.

Day by Day

Day 1.  Arrival.

Arrive at the airport where we will meet you for transfer to your hotel for dinner and overnight in Bujumbura. Bujumbura, formerly Usumbura, is the largest city and main port of Burundi. It ships most of the country’s chief export, coffee, as well as cotton and tin ore. Bujumbura was formerly the country’s capital. For now the Capital city is Gitega.

Main destination: Bujumbura
Accommodation: Hotel Club du Lac Tanganyika or similar.
Meals & drinks: Dinner Included

Day 2. Rusizi National Park.- Bujumbura city tour- transfer to Gitega

After breakfast we take a short drive to Rusizi National Park. Here you can view hippos, sitatungas (antelope) and a wide variety of birds attracted to the wetland environment. During the afternoon, you are free to relax at your hotel.  After lunch we visit the mausoleum of Prince Louis Rwagasore, a hero of the independence of Burundi. We then climb to the “Belvedere” on the top of the hill, a dominating point of Bujumbura, offering a unique view over Lake Tanganyika. After lunch, we drive ten kilometres south to visit “La Pierre de Stanley et Livingstone” the commemorating stone of the place where the famous explorer Stanley uttered the infamous “Dr Livingstone, I presume” on meeting the legendary Scotsman. Transfer in the afternoon to Gitega. Night at l’etoile du centre.

Main destination: Gitega
Accommodation: Hotel Tropitel or similar.
Meals & drinks: All Meals Included

Day 3. Visit the kalera Waterfall and Burundi National Museum-

After an early breakfast we drive toward the nourth to visit “Chutes de la Kalera” or the spectacular “Kalera Falls”. In the afternoon we drive to Gishora drum sanctuary and visit the Burundi National museum, and Be Entertained By Burundi Drummers,

Main destination: Gitega
Accommodation: Hotel Tropitel or similar.
Meals & drinks: All Meals Included

Day 4. Kibira Forest National Park.- Transfer to Back Bujumbura.

After breakfast we drive to Kibira Forest National Park for a walk in the forest and visit the Teza tea plantations . Kibira is the largest protected area in northern Burundi, the Park neighbours Nyungwe National Park in Rwanda and is the largest rainforest in Burundi with wonderful hiking opportunities and views. In the afternoon we travel back to Bujumbura and transfer to Lake Tanganyika and relax at Saga Beach. Here, a boat tour on the Lake Tanganyika can be arranged, and for swimmers this may be an opportunity to swim in the lake.

Main destination: Bujumbura
Accommodation: Hotel Club du lake Tanganyika or similar.
Meals & drinks: All Meals Included

Day 5: Transfer to Nyungwe Forest – Conopy walk

After Breakfast drive to Nyungwe forest national park in Rwanda- We will pass through tea plantations and trough magnificent views of the beautiful hilly countryside which gives Rwanda its name as “a country of a thousand hills”- Arrive at Lunch time- After lunch we go for a canopy walk in the forest which will give us the opportunity to see the Blue monkeys, Angolan Colobus monkeys among others.

Nyungwe Forest national park is a preserved part of rain forest which houses 13 species in all, including humankind’s closest living relative the chimpanzee, as well as the handsome L’hoest monkeys and hundred-strong troops of the delightfully acrobatic Angolan Colobus which may be over 300 individuals. These are the largest troops of this species known in the world! Nyungwe forest counts 25% of the African Primates! There are L’hoest monkeys and blue monkeys present and often observed around Uwinka, requiring less strenuous hiking.

Main destination: Nyungwe Forest Nationa Park
Accommodation: Nyungwe top View Hotel or similar.
Meals & drinks: All Meals Included

Day 6 Chimpazee tracking and canopy walk

You will be transferred to the park headquarters for a briefing ahead of chimpanzee tracking. You will track chimpazees and will have an opportunity to see other primates including troops of Angola colobus, vervet monkey, silver monkey and the Olive baboon among others. You will also spot several bird species like the great blue turaco, the long tailed blue bird and the paradise fly catcher among others. back at your lodge, take lunch and Drive to Gisenyi at the Shore of lake Kivu

Main destination: Gisenyi
Accommodation: Paradise Malahide
Meals & drinks: All Meals Included

After some shopping we transfer to the airport for departure and sadly say our personal good byes after what will have been a fantastic experience in Africa.

Included: Park fees, All activities, All accommodation, A professional driver/guide, Ground transportation, All Taxes/VAT, Meals (as specified in the day-by-day section)

Excluded: International flights, Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour, Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.), Some meals (as specified in the day-by-day), Drinks

What to Bring:

You must bring appropriate walking or hiking shoes as trainers are not suitable for the forest terrain. Waterproof clothing, preferably dark in colour as bright colours will attract insects, is necessary since the forest is at high altitude so there is a good chance of rain. Remember to bring high-factor sunscreen and a hat too, most of all don’t forget your yellow fever vaccination card.

Our Safaris Run Daily

Clients who choose to stay in Rwanda for more days at the end of their safari are free to do so and will only have to pay a supplement for the extra days’arrangements.

Gorilla trekking permit confirmation is subject to availability at the time of booking. Early booking is strongly advised. Permits sell out quickly due to high gorilla trekking demand.

Safaris can start and end at any point of your choice. We will always arrange airport transfers to and from your start and end destinations.