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Old Nov 6, 19, 4:09 am
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Travel to DRC and more...

Hello - I will be traveling to DRC to visit Virunga Park. The trip is two weeks but will only be in Virunga for 4 nights. We are looking for other things to visit and see. Any recommendations?

I’ve read the Rwenzori’s are worth hiking as well, thought about adding 5 days here as well.
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Old Nov 12, 19, 3:45 am
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Presumably you are coming in via Kinshasa? If so, Matadi is an interesting day trip westwards along the Congo River. There are some rapids to see and you can even visit the hotel Conrad used when writing Heart of Darkness. Are you checking out the gorillas in Virunga? Trekking Nyiragongo? Goma is well worth a few nights. Fascinating place. Also, you could visit Lola Ya Bonobo Sanctuary: LOLA YA BONOBO - Home
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Old Nov 13, 19, 4:04 am
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Presumably you are coming in via Kinshasa? If so, Matadi is an interesting day trip westwards along the Congo River. There are some rapids to see and you can even visit the hotel Conrad used when writing Heart of Darkness. Are you checking out the gorillas in Virunga? Trekking Nyiragongo? Goma is well worth a few nights. Fascinating place. Also, you could visit Lola Ya Bonobo Sanctuary: LOLA YA BONOBO - Home
Yep, doing the gorillas and trekking in Virunga. I’ll check out Matadi, thanks!
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Old Feb 28, 21, 6:42 am
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Hi,

I’m reviving this thread for some updated info on DRC. I’m eyeing 2 weeks in the rift this summer including Virunga, Rwanda, and perhaps Uganda.

My understanding is that Virunga is reopening to tourists on 4/1 but what is less clear is whether the Gande Barrière border crossing with Rwanda is open to tourists. I’ve seen anecdotal evidence online that it is, but nothing about the 24h hotel quarantine when you arrive from DRC.

The alternative would be to fly to Goma directly from ADD but then it would be difficult to move on to Rwanda without having to connect through ADD again.

Re Rwanda and beyond, what would you recommend visiting besides Kigali over 4/5 days and given we will have seen the gorillas in Virunga? Lake Kivu? Akagera NP?

Re Uganda my understanding is that land borders are open Rwanda -> Uganda but not the other way around. Is that correct? If so what would you recommend visiting over another 4/5 days ending up in Entebbe to catch a flight out?

Thanks in advance,
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Old Mar 1, 21, 11:02 am
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The border crossing COVID regs are likely to change a few times before summer. But as these countries very much need tourism I expect you should be ok.

Lots to see and do in Uganda! I spent a year there and barely scratched the surface, although I know Kampala, Jira and Entebbe quite well. I did a DIY safari in Queen Elisabeth park which was a lot of fun. Stayed at an amazing Airbnb there.
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Thanks for the heads up,

While 3 of us have been to multiple parks in Africa, one hasn’t. Do you think QE NP is a good place to spot the usual big game? I was also eyeing the Rwenzori mountains, have you been there?
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Old Mar 1, 21, 11:38 am
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Originally Posted by Chuvash View Post
Thanks for the heads up,

While 3 of us have been to multiple parks in Africa, one hasn’t. Do you think QE NP is a good place to spot the usual big game? I was also eyeing the Rwenzori mountains, have you been there?
Yes you can see lions, elephants, etc. in QE. Some you can see even from the highway without entering the park. I have been up in the highlands of Rwenzori, but not the summit. I don't think it is as easy a trek as it would be in the US or Europe because you'd have to get through a lot of mud. You can google around for some blogs about it I think. Murchison Falls is a special place, but a long drive by car.
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