5 DAYS GORILLA TREKKING & MOUNT NYIRAGONGO HIKE CONGO SAFARI
5 days Gorilla Trekking & Mount Nyiragongo Hike Congo Safari – Virunga national park: This 5 days/ 4 nights Gorilla Trekking & Mount Nyiragongo Hike Congo Safari is a combined safari to trek endangered mountain gorillas and Mount Nyiragongo Hike all enjoyed in Virunga national park the most visited destination in DRCongo. This 5 days Gorilla Trekking & Mount Nyiragongo Hike Congo Safari starts and ends in Kigali Rwanda like most of Congo safari.
Highlights of 5 days Gorilla Trekking & Mount Nyiragongo Hike Congo Safari
- Day 1: Pick up and transfer from Kigali to Virunga national park Congo
- Day 2: Mountain gorilla trekking in Virunga national park Congo
- Day 3: Transfer to Kibati ranger post and Hike Mount Nyiragongo (ascend)
- Day 4: Descend Mount Nyiragongo
- Day 5: Transfer back to Kigali
Day 1: Pick up and transfer from Kigali to Virunga national park Congo
Kigali to Virunga national park Congo: Depending on your location in Kigali Rwanda on day 1 of 5 days Gorilla Trekking & Mount Nyiragongo Hike Congo Safari, you will be met by our experienced safari driver/ guide who will then take you through briefing about this short Congo safari as you set off on a drive to Goma via Gisenyi which is a Rwanda Congo Border. While in Gisenyi, you will be cleared, and kindly remember to re-apply for a Rwanda Visa as you will need it while returning from Congo to Rwanda. You will then cross over through Grande barrier into Goma where you will enjoy your enroute lunch. Proceed to obtain your gorilla trekking permit and finally be transferred to your lodge for dinner and night rest at Bukima Tented Camp (Budget), Kibumba Tented Camp (Mid-range), and Mikeno lodge (Luxury).
Meal plan: Lunch and Dinner
Day 2: Mountain gorilla trekking in Virunga national park Congo
Gorilla trekking in Virunga national park Congo: On the 2nd day of 5 days Gorilla trekking & Mount Nyiragongo Hike Congo Safari, you will be required to arise early in the morning, have breakfast and meet your safari driver for a transfer to the park headquarters to attend briefing with other trekkers. Briefing is conducted at Bukima police patrol and all trekkers are supposed to arrive their very early to participate in briefing before embarking on the forest walk to search for the gorillas in their habitat. After briefing, you will be grouped into different groups of 8 persons which is the maximum number of trekkers per gorilla family and each trekkers has to be aged 15 years of age and above below which you are considered a minor. You will then be led by the ranger to the allocated gorilla family. The trek takes about 1-7 hours or even more depending on the movement of the slowest person in the group and the movement of gorillas. You will then spend only 1 hour with gorillas. Remember to follow all the gorilla trekking rules and regulations such as keeping a social distance as advised during briefing, No using the flashlight while capturing photographs, no littering the park, No making noise while in the habitat of gorillas and many more. After spending one hour with the gorillas, you will exit the forest and return to your lodge for a relaxed evening, dinner and overnight sleep as above at Bukima Tented Camp (Budget), Kibumba Tented Camp (Mid-range), and Mikeno lodge (Luxury)
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner
Day 3: Transfer to Kibati & Hike Mount Nyiragongo (ascend)
Mount Nyiragongo (Ascend): Your adventure on the 3rd day of your 5 days Gorilla trekking & Mount Nyiragongo Hike Congo Safari will start early in the morning with breakfast at your lodge, have a lunch boxed packed by the lodge, and wear appropriate hiking attire then set off on a drive to Kibati ranger post where other hikers will all converge ready for a briefing by the experienced rangers. During briefing, you come to learn more about Mount Nyiragongo, its formation, when it last erupted and many more. Once the briefing is done, you will start the ascension through the forest where you will spot lots of fauna and flora species including primates, mammals, birdlife and abundant of tree species. The hike is divided into 4 thus throughout the 3 segments, you all have to move as a group under the protection of the rangers for security and safety purposes. You will enjoy your picnic packed lunch enroute and proceed ascending. Along the 4th stage, hiker are free to move in any way they want thus the fast hikers can move to the summit fast and the slow ones will follow slowly till they reach. Upon arrival at the summit, Hikers are rewarded with fascinating and stunning views of different attractions including the neighboring volcanos, parks and many more. You will spend an entire night at the top of Mount Nyiragongo.
Meal plan: Breakfast, packed lunch, dinner
Day 4: Descend Mount Nyiragongo and transfer back to Goma
Descend Mount Nyiragongo: On the 4th day of 5 days Gorilla trekking & Mount Nyiragongo Hike Congo Safari, have your breakfast by 5:30am and check out to join the other group of hikers and start descending back to Kibati where you will be picked and transferred to your lodge for check in, have lunch and spend your afternoon at leisure. Dinner and overnight at Bukima Tented Camp (Budget), Kibumba Tented Camp (Mid-range), and Mikeno lodge (Luxury).
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5: Transfer back to Kigali
Virunga national park Congo to Kigali Rwanda: On the 5th day which is your final day of this 5 days Gorilla trekking & Mount Nyiragongo Hike Congo Safari, enjoy your relaxed breakfast at your lodge after which you will check out of the lodge and embark on a drive from Virunga national park back to Kigali Rwanda. Depending on your flight time, you may enjoy a stunning Kigali city tour to explore the Genocide memorial sites, market centers, craft shops and many more. You will then be dropped off at your designated drop-off point be it at a hotel or at the airport.
Meal plan: Breakfast, and lunch
END OF 5 DAYS GORILLA TREKKING & MOUNT NYIRAGONGO CONGO SAFARI
Inclusive in 5 days Gorilla trekking & Mount Nyiragongo Hike Congo Safari
- Congo Gorilla Trekking permit
- Mount Nyiragongo Hiking permit
- Congo visa (Upon request)
- Accommodation for 4 nights in Virunga national park
- All meals as per itinerary
- A 4×4 Safari vehicle
- An English speaking safari guide/ driver
- Ranger fees
Exclusive on 5 days Gorilla trekking & Mount Nyiragongo Hike Congo Safari
- International travel Visa
- Flight air ticket
- Alcoholic drinks and other beverages
- Tips and gratuity
- Porter hire fees
- Additional accommodation
- Optional activities
- Life insurance
- Laundry fees
- Other personal expenses such as alcohol, juices, emails etc.