Central Africa has long held a fascination for the intrepid and the curious. Here, amongst the impenetrable landscapes of Conrad’s ‘Heart of Darkness’, history and mountains lie shrouded in the mists of time. These jungles echo to the calls of great apes and karyenda drummers in a land forged by the violent upheavals of colonial war, civil strife and volcanic explosion.
This remarkable and unique trip takes us across some of the most beautiful and emotive landscapes on the African continent, travelling through Rwanda, Burundi and Eastern Congo as we go in search of the largest gorillas on earth, bubbling lava lakes and a people whose lives and traditions have withstood imperialism and some of the bloodiest conflicts of the last century. Beginning in Kigali we will head south into Burundi, before crossing back into Rwanda and along the expansive waters of Lake Kivu into the Virunga National Park in DR Congo.
Along the way we’ll have a chance to visit the rare lowland gorillas of DR Congo’s Kahuzi-Biega National Park, climb to the summit of one of the most active volcanoes in the world and meet a cast of fascinating and inspiring characters who will provide a truly unique insight into this incredible continent.
IMPORTANT: The 24 November 2018 departure will not visit Virunga National Park as it is closed for the remainder of 2018. Therefore this departure will not climb Mount Nyiragongo but instead spend time climbing Mount Bisoke in the Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda. It also includes an overnight stay on Idjwi Island on Lake Kivu in DR Congo. Please refer to the specific tour itinerary for full details.
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Visit the gorillas if you can; it's a once in a lifetime experience. You've got a great chance of seeing them and, although it's not cheap, part of the cost goes towards their preservation.