5 Days Congo Gorilla Trekking and Nyiragongo Hike

Congo is a country with immerse beauty and certainly some the most diverse biodiversity. Virunga national park being the one of the largest parks in Africa and certainly amazing diversity. This park is home to the amazing and endangered mountain gorillas and as well as several volcanos with the most fascinating being the Nyiragongo Volcano. On this safari you will travel to Congo via Kigali.

Safari Highlights

  • Hike up to Nyiragongo Volcano
  • Mountain gorilla trekking

Day 1: Transfer to Gisenyi 

This morning transfer to Virunga volcanoes after a short tour of Kigali city especially of the Kigali genocide memorial for those interested in learning about the 1994 Rwandan genocide. After this experience, you will contine to Gisenyi on the shores of Lake Kivu for overnight.

Journey time – 2.5 hours
Meal plan – L & D
Upmarket – Lake Kivu Serena
Midrange – Inzozi Lodge
Budget – Paradise Malahide

Day 2: Climb Nyiragongo volcano

You will have an early breakfast after which you leave for the park headquarters for briefing before starting the hike up Mt Nyiragongo. The hike takes about 6 hours depending on your speed and fitness levels. Some people tend to hike in fewer hours or take more time. The trail is through the forested areas and lava flows and the open spaces for you to enjoy the views.

When you arrive, take a view of the volcano with the red hot lava for picture moments as its best seen in the night.

Camping

Day 3: Descending from Nyiragongo Volcano

Today morning after a hopefully restful night, start the descent back to the park headquarters. You will then be transferred to your lodge for rest in preparation for Gorilla trekking the next day. This tour is certainly for people who are fit and are excited to be outdoors hiking through the jungles of Africa. 

Meal plan – B, L & D
Upmarket – Mikeno Lodge
Budget –Bukima tented camp.

Day 4: Gorilla tracking in Virunga national park

After the hike up Nyiragongo, you will crown your experience of DR Congo with a visit to the mountain gorillas. The driver guide will transfer you to the briefing area before you can start the gorilla hike. After briefing, you will start the hike in search of the massive mountain gorillas in their natural habitat.  It takes anything from 1 hours or several before locating the gorillas after which you are allowed to stay in their presence for maximum 1 hour before you start the hike back to the briefing area.

Meal plan – B, L & D

Day 5: Transfer back to Kigali

After this amazing experience in Virunga national park, you will start the journey back to Kigali for your departure flight or back to your hotel. Enjoy a short boat ride on Lake Kivu before you proceed to Kigali.

Tour includes

  • Ground transport
  • Volcano trek permit
  • Gorilla trekking permit
  • Full board accommodation
  • Service of a driver guide
  • All mentioned activities except for the optional ones

Tour excludes

  • Extras at the accommodation i.e. drinks, telephone, laundry etc.
  • Nyiragongo back pack
  • Tips to porters and driver/ guide
  • Insurance