4 Days Virunga Gorillas and Nyiragongo Hike

This 4 Days (3 Nights) Safari starts from Kigali. This is the most adventurous and most exciting of Congo tours leading you to the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo. You’ll have the chance to hike the Nyiragongo Mountains, one of the few active volcanoes in Africa. You will also visit the rain forest and see the endangered and mystical Mountain Gorillas within the Virunga National Park.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1: Travel to Virunga National Park

Our guide will pick you up from Kigali. Drive to Gisenyi. Cross the border and travel to Virunga National Park. Overnight at Bukima Lodge. Alternatively, stay a night in Goma at Lava Stone or Ihusi. Top hotel: Ihusi Hotel, Mid Class: Lava stone Hotel

Day 2: Gorilla Trekking in Virunga

Gorilla Trekking- Trekking in the forest on the edge of the Virunga mountain chain, to find one of the last mountain gorilla families in the world. Transfer to Virunga national park Station, here visitors assemble at 07.00 for a briefing on how to” behave” while in the company of a gorilla group. You will meet your guide here and proceed to the starting point of the trek to our allocated group of gorillas. The length of the trek varies depending on where the gorillas are as well as what the weather conditions. Meeting these gentle giants gorillas in their natural habitat is a world unique experience everyone should have the privilege to experience. It is important to bring good hiking boots, long trousers and gloves for protection against stinging nettles, some snacks & sweets as well as sufficient amount of water as the rain forest gets hot and humid during the day. You spend one hour with the gorillas which is a truly amazing experience “before trekking back to the base. Return to Goma  or at the Lodge.

Day2: Hiking Nyiragongo Volcano – Admire a lake of lava- Camp at the rim Crater

Transfer to Kibati Village where the Hike starts. 10.30 Am. Start Hiking- arrive at the top late in the afternoon at around 03 or 05.00 am. You will admire the lava lake all the evening- Overnight in tents on the rim of the giant crater high above the violently active lava lake.

Lakes of hot lava are one of the most spectacular forms of volcanic activity, but they are very difficult to see since there are only a few of them in the world at any given time. So, if you want to see a really impressive lava lake, you have only one option left: Nyiragongo. Nyiragongo Volcano is located in the east of Congo DRC, at around 19 km from Goma and is the most active volcano in the world. In 1997 and 2002, flows of very liquid lava broke out from cracks in the volcanic slopes. The lava covered 17 km reaching the town of Goma in just a few minutes, killed dozens of people, and left hundreds of thousands homeless. The eruptions temporarily drained the lava lake in the summit crater while volcanic gases suffocated the heather forests on the upper slopes. Now the forest is recovering, and the wildlife is beginning to return. The climb up to and down from Nyiragongo is strenuous and takes about 4-5 hours in often hot conditions, but the path is relatively easy and not excessively steep; there are a lot of rare birds and small mammals along the trail.

Day3. Back From Nyiragongo to Goma or Gisenyi

After breakfast at 7.00am, Descend the Nyiragongo Mountain. Arrive in Kibati village at around 10 or 11.00am. Transfer to Goma or Gisenyi at 12.00am. Begin your journey back to Kigali.

Equipments to bring:
Walking boots, a day-back pack, light dressing, waterproof clothing, sun glasses, and warm clothes for the upper region of the volcano where you will spend the night and walking poles for hiking.

Our Tariff will includes park entrance fees, Gorillas Permits, Transport in safari car, tent, porter who will cary your Camping Equipment, sleeping bag and Rangers.

Not Included: Visa to Congo 50USD, Travel Insurance, Meals and drinks.


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