10 days in Democratic Republic of the Congo, Burundi & South Sudan Itinerary

10 days in Democratic Republic of the Congo, Burundi & South Sudan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly + Drive:  23 h 30 min
1
Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
2
Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo
— 2 nights
Drive:  6 h 15 min
3
Gitega, Burundi
— 1 day
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Bujumbura, Burundi
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 30 min
5
Juba, South Sudan
— 1 night
Fly:  25 h
End: Toronto, Canada

2
nights
Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Kinshasa ©
In a city bubbling with life, a Kinshasa vacation offers a non-stop immersion into African culture and history.
Change things up with a short trip to Zongo Falls in Zongo (about 1h 20 min away). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Lola ya Bonobo, explore the activities along Lac Ma Vallée, head outdoors with Symphonies Naturelles, and get engrossed in the history at Musée de Kinshasa & Académie des Beaux-Arts.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Kinshasa holiday planner.

Toronto, Canada to Kinshasa is an approximately 23.5- hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to West Africa Standard Time is 6 hours. Traveling from Toronto in September, expect Kinshasa to be a bit warmer, temps between 36°C and 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Goma.

Things to do in Kinshasa

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Zongo Falls
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Lola ya Bonobo ©
Lola ya Bonobo
Zongo Falls ©
Zongo Falls
Lac Ma Vallée ©
Lac Ma Vallée

2
nights
Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Goma ©
Nestled between two opposites--a lake and a volcano--Goma represents an adventurous vacation spot.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kivu and then contemplate the geological forces at Mount Nyiragongo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Virunga National Park.

For where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Goma day trip site.

You can fly from Kinshasa to Goma in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from West Africa Standard Time to Central Africa Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Kinshasa in September: high temperatures in Goma hover around 29°C and lows are around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Gitega.

Things to do in Goma

Nature Parks
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Virunga National Park ©
Virunga National Park
Mount Nyiragongo ©
Mount Nyiragongo
Lake Kivu ©
Lake Kivu

1
day
Gitega, Burundi

Gitega ©
Gitega is the second largest city in Burundi, lying east of Bujumbura.OverviewIt is the capital of Gitega Province, one of the 17 provinces of Burundi. On the 24th (Thu), browse the exhibits of National Museum of Gitega and then don't miss a visit to Gishora Drum Sanctuary.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Gitega online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Goma to Gitega takes 7.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Goma in September: highs in Gitega hover around 35°C, while lows dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Bujumbura.

Things to do in Gitega

Museums
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National Museum of Gitega ©
National Museum of Gitega
Gishora Drum Sanctuary ©
Gishora Drum Sanctuary

1
night
Bujumbura, Burundi

Bujumbura ©
Because of its history, Bujumbura reflects a colonial charm which shows through in its buildings, wide boulevards, and carefree way of life.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Musee Vivant and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Rusizi National Park.

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You can drive from Gitega to Bujumbura in 2.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Bujumbura can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Juba.

Things to do in Bujumbura

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Rusizi National Park ©
Rusizi National Park
Musee Vivant ©
Musee Vivant

1
night
Juba, South Sudan

Juba ©
A frantic metropolis bursting from the White Nile River, Juba stands as the capital and largest city of the Republic of South Sudan.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, then contemplate the waterfront views at White Nile, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at All Saints Cathedral.

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You can fly from Bujumbura to Juba in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and flight. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Bujumbura in September since evenings lows in Juba dip to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Juba

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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St. Joseph's Catholic Church ©
St. Joseph's Catholic Church
White Nile
White Nile
All Saints Cathedral ©
All Saints Cathedral

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