5 days Congo Gorilla trekking and Nyiragongo hike safari
5 days Congo gorilla trekking and Nyiragongo hike safari package offers an opportunity to ultimately enjoy the beauty and wilderness of the Democratic republic of Congo, this safari is ideal for hikers and mountain gorilla lovers as it offers mountain gorilla trekking and Nyiragongo volcano hiking experience.
5 days Congo gorilla trekking and Nyiragongo hike safari takes you to Virunga national park a famous habitat for mountain gorillas and volcanoes such as the active Nyirangongo volcano, Virunga national park is situated in the Eastern region of Congo.
Highlights of the 5 days Congo Gorilla trekking and Nyiragongo hike safari
- Day 1: arrival in Kigali and transfer to Gisenyi
- Day 2: Gorilla habituation experience
- Day 3: mountain gorilla trekking experience and transfer to Goma
- Day 4: climbing Nyiragongo volcano
- Day 5: descending Nyiragongo and transfer back to Kigali
Detailed itinerary of the safari
Day 1: Arrival in Kigali and transfer to Gisenyi
The 1st day of 5 days Congo gorilla trekking and Nyiragongo hike safari is for transfer to Gisenyi upon arrival, upon your arrival at Kigali international airport you will be picked up and welcomed by your company’s safari guide. From the airport you will set off to Gisenyi at the shores of Lake Kivu, in Gisenyi you will check into your lodge, have dinner and spend the night.
Accommodation is got from
Up market – Lake Kivu Serena
Mid-range – Inzozi Lodge
Budget – Paradise Malahide
Meal Plan: half board -dinner
Day 2: Transfer from Goma to Grande Barrier
The 2nd day of 5 days Congo gorilla and Nyiragongo safari you are to transfer from Goma to Grande Barrier, after morning breakfast you will checkout of your lodge and head to Goma with border crossing. At exactly 01:00 pm you have to be at Grande Barrier offices to completely fill all the necessary documents and acquire your mountain gorilla trekking and hiking permits, then head to Kibumba, check into your lodge and stay overnight.
- Accommodation is got from Kibumba tented camp
- Meal Plan: full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 3: mountain gorilla trekking experience
The 3rd day of 5 days Congo gorilla trekking and Nyiragongo safari is for mountain gorilla trekking experience, after breakfast at your lodge you will head to Bukima ranger post for briefing session in which rules and regulation to be followed while in presence of mountain gorillas will be read to you. After the briefing headed by a senior ranger you will hike into the forests of Virunga in search the mountain gorilla group you been assigned to, looking for mountain gorillas takes about 1-3 hours and you are to spend only one hour with the gorillas when you locate them. After interacting with the mountain gorillas you will trek back to Bukima ranger’s post, meet your safari driver and head back to camp. In the evening you will have dinner and stay overnight.
Meal Plan: full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 4: Hiking Nyiragongo volcano
The 4th of 5 days Congo safari is for hiking Nyiragongo volcano, after morning breakfast you will head to Kibati Ranger post by 08:15 am for briefing about the experience, hire a porter and other necessary equipment then start the hike. To reach the summit of the volcano takes about 6 hours depending on the physical fitness of an individual, the hike takes you through lava rocks and forests. When you reach the summit of the volcano you will be rewarded by the stunning views of boiling lava with a red glow, you will have dinner and spend the night at the volcano.
Meal Plan: full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Day 5: descending Nyiragongo and transfer back to Kigali
The 5th day of 5 days Congo gorilla trekking and Nyiragongo hike safari is for descending Nyiragongo volcano and transfer back to Kigali for a drop-off, after breakfast at the camp you will pack all your belongs and start descending the volcano which takes about 4 hours. When you reach the Kibati Ranger post you will meet your safari driver and set off heading to the border at Grande Barrier, when you reach Rwanda you will have lunch at the hotel then be dropped off either at the hotel or at Kigali international airport for your departure flight back home.
Meal plan: half board (breakfast and lunch)
End of the 5 Days Congo Gorilla trekking and Nyiragongo hike safari
- gorilla trekking permit
- ground transport throughout the safari
- congo tourist visa
- security team
- accommodation and meals
- services of experienced and English speaking tour guide/driver
- bottled drinking water
- meals as per meal plan
- All activities in the itinerary
- international flights
- Rwanda visa
- extra accommodation
- extra activities