5 Days Congo Gorilla Tracking and Nyiragongo hiking safari

5 Days Congo Gorilla tracking and Nyiragongo volcano hike

The 5 days Congo Gorilla tracking and Nyiragongo Hiking safari gives you an ultimate encounter with congo’s mountain and low-land gorillas in the Virunga mountains national park and the Kahuzi-Biega national park home to the only Eastern low land Gorillas in the whole world. This safari also takes you to one of congo’s popular unique destinations to hike one of Africa’s active volcano Mount Nyiragongo to enjoy the breathtaking views of the lava lake from the edge.

Trip Summary.

Day1: Arrival in Kigali, Transfer to Virunga National Park

Day2: Gorilla trekking in Virunga National Park

Day 3: Nyiragongo Volcano Hike

Day 4: Descend from the Volcano and transfer to Kahuzi Biega National Park

Day 5: Lowland Gorilla Trekking & Transfer to Kigali

Day 1: Transfer from Kigali – Virunga National Park

Your 5 days congo gorilla tracking and Nyiragongo hiking safari starts on arrival at Kigali International Airport, you will be met by Bujuku Eco Tours driver guide who will brief you and transfer you to the Lodge as you pass through the beautiful landscape sceneries endowed with unique natural features, rolling hills, smiling local people of Rwanda. Upon arrival, you will check in at the hotel.

Dinner and overnight

Mikeno Lodge (Upmarket),

Bukima Tented Camp (Moderate)

Heritage Safari lodge (Budget)

Day 2: Mountain Gorilla trekking in Virunga National Park

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Bukima the headquarters of Virunga National park for briefing with other trekkers by the ranger guide. While here you will also be assigned a particular gorilla group to trek. After the briefing, you will start the trek lead by the ranger guide in search for the Mountain gorillas. After sometime you will encounter the magnificent creatures their natural environment is a wonderful experience. You will strictly be allowed to spend 1 hour with the gorillas maintaining 7m distance away from them. You will be free to take photos “Flashlight is prohibited”, observe the gorillas and ask from the ranger guides questions. After a successful trek, you can then return back to your lodge for the late meal and relaxation.

Dinner and overnight

Mikeno Lodge (Upmarket),

Bukima Tented Camp (Moderate)

Heritage Safari lodge (Budget)

Day 3: Hiking Mount Nyiragongo Volcano

Wake early for breakfast, the driver guide will drive you from the lodge to Nyiragongo Volcano Base. . Mount Nyiragongo is an active strata volcano with an elevation of 3,470 m in the Virunga Mountains associated with the Albertine Rift. It has the world’s largest lava lake.

On arrival you will meet other hikers and the ranger guide will brief you about the basics of hiking Nyiragongo to the Nyiragongo volcano will take one about 4-6 hours till you reach the peak. While hiking you will enjoy amazing sights and beautiful views of rare birds and small mammals. On reaching the top you will enjoy the view of the lakes of boiling lava and a chance to relax at its peak. It is quite a tiring journey because of the sunshine and high elevation, but worth taking. You will have dinner and overnight stay at the tented camps located on the edge of the crater.

Dinner and overnight

Nyiragongo Volcano Summit Shelters (Basic)

Day 4: Descend down the Nyiragongo Volcano and transfer to Kahuzi Biega National Park.

After breakfast, it will be time to descend down to the base to Kibat Patrol station from the peak of Nyiragongo. You will have lunch at the bottom of the dome and transfer to Kahuzi Biega National park a home to the Eastern lowland gorillas.

Dinner and overnight

Orchid Safari Lodge

Day 5: Lowland Gorilla Trekking, Transfer to Kigali, Departure

Early breakfast and head to the briefing point at the park headquarters. Here the ranger guide will take you through the rules and regulations for lowland gorilla trekking. After you will trek into the forest in search for the gorillas until you encounter them. You will be allowed to spend strictly one hour with these gentle giant creatures. After the trek, the Bujuku Eco Tours driver guide will transfer you back to the lodge for lunch and depart for Kigali through the Cyangugu border for departure at Kigali International Airport or to a hotel for an optional overnight stay.

End of Trip

PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • Accommodations and meals while on the trip except in Kigali
  • All activities Mentioned in the itinerary except optional activities
  • Transfer to and from Kigali
  • Expert, English-speaking local driver/guide
  • Gorilla tracking permits
  • Mount Nyiragongo volcano hiking fees

PACKAGE EXCLUDES:

  • Air ticket (can be booked if required)
  • Visa and personal insurance
  • Drinks, tips and gratuities
  • Personal expenses (laundry, souvenirs, etc.).
  • Any item or activity not mentioned in the itinerary.