Gorillas in Africa's Midst


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: If there were to be any security issues in and around Virunga National Park, we may well be forced to revise the planned itinerary and climb Mt Bisoke in Rwanda instead of Mt Nyiragongo. Please refer to the tour itinerary for more information.


  • Explore Kahuzi-Biega National Park, home to eastern lowland gorillas
  • Reach the summit of Mt Nyiragongo, one of the world’s most spectacular volcanoes
  • Witness the famous karyenda drummers of Burundi in action
  • Cross stunning Lake Kivu and overnight stay on Idjwi Island
  • Visit The Pole Pole Foundation to learn about their conservation work around Kahuzi Biega National Park

Tour Includes:

  • Full services of a Tour Leader with local guides and drivers
  • 12 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 12 dinners (typically in local restaurants where viable)
  • All transport (minibuses, dugout canoes, 4WD vehicles and motor-boats)
  • 12 nights accommodation (10 in hotels, 1 in a guesthouse and 1 in a hut on the slopes of a volcano)
  • All entrance fees, sightseeing, permits, excursions and activities as per the itinerary
  • A carbon-offsetting contribution to Carbon Clear (if booking international flights through our office)


Trip rating:

Adventure Rating
Adventure Rating - 9

Tours that fall into this category will often involve remote, unpredictable and long journeys in emerging destinations. They can be incredibly rewarding but are definitely best suited to experienced travellers.

Comfort Rating
Comfort Rating - 4

You can typically expect a mixture of accommodation with some nights being spent in comfortable and characterful places, and some in more basic places, homestays or camping, especially where choices are limited.

Fitness Rating
Fitness Rating - 7

These tours will typically involve a couple of days of easy/moderate trekking (3-5 hrs/day) or perhaps a more active approach to a cultural itinerary. For riding trips see the Riding Information section

Culture Rating
Culture Rating - 6

With this rating, you can typically expect a tour with a good balance between exploring cultural sights (such as museums and historical buildings) on some days and experiencing the wonders of the great outdoors on other days.

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