Tour overview

The 5 days Congo gorilla safari involves you exploring the lush Virunga National Park while on a trek to view mountain gorillas and hike to the top of Mount Nyiragongo. Virunga National Park lies in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and its establishment in 1925 was primarily to offer refuge to a section of the rare mountain gorillas that today still thrive on earth and only exist in 3 countries. Currently, this park consists of 8 habituated families; Munyaga, Mapuwa, Lulengo, Humba, Kabirizi, Nyakamwe, Bageni, Rugendo and only one group will be assigned to you to trek in a group of 8 trekkers. Your 5 days Congo gorilla and Nyiragongo hike safari will commence and end in Kigali.

Activities to do on 5 days Congo gorilla and Nyiragongo hike safari

  • Gorilla trekking
  • Nyiragongo hike
  • Boat ride

Brief itinerary

Day 1: Transfer from Kigali to Goma

Day 2: Nyiragongo Volcano hike

Day 3: Descend from Nyiragongo Volcano

Day 4: Gorilla trekking in the Virunga National Park

Day 5: Return to Kigali

Included

  • • Nyiragongo Volcano hike
  • • Gorilla trekking permit ($400 per person)
  • • Boat ride along Gisenyi/Lake Kivu Congo
  • • All activities included in the travel plan except the optional ones
  • • Bottled water
  • • Accommodation and meals
  • • Transport in a 4 wheel drive safari vehicle
  • • Full time English speaking driver guide
  • • Relevant government taxes

Not Included

  • • Personal insurance
  • • Personal expenses including airfares, telephone calls, alcoholic drinks, laundry services, visa fees, tips, cigarettes, hotel fees in Kigali and many more.

Day 1: Transfer from Kigali to Goma

Today, you will be picked up from your lodge or hotel in Kigali after breakfast by our company representative. He will brief you on what your 5 days Congo gorilla and Nyiragongo hike safari covers and after, drive to Gisenyi the vast Lake in Kivu Town. This area consists of extensively beautiful beach worth relaxing and perfect for boat rides. You will take part in a boat ride which will reward you with breathtaking view of the magical islands, powerful Nyiragongo Volcano and the stunning water. After, you will get back to enjoy your lunch and later, cross the DRC border to Goma Town. Arrive early enough to check in at your hotel of choice to relax, dine and spend a night.
Meal plan: Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation choices
Luxury: Mikeno Lodge
Midrange: Bukima Tented Camp
Budget: Hotel Cape Kivu

Day 2: Nyiragongo Volcano hike

Enjoy your hot cup of tea or coffee and after, connect to Kibati Patrol Post where you will be briefed and you begin your expedition to the summits of Nyiragongo Volcano. This volcano features among a few most powerful volcanoes on earth with glowing lava lake. It is 20kms away from Goma Town and still remains as the most active volcano in Africa. It experienced eruption between 1997 and 2002. A hike to the summits of this volcano begin from elevation 1989m to 3470m and this may take you 4-6 hours depending on your speed of hiking. Along the way, you will come across primates, birds and unique flora then at the summit, you will be amazed by the bubbling lava lake.
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation choice
Nyiragongo Volcano Summit Shelters

Day 3: Descend from Nyiragongo Volcano

You will have a cup of tea or coffee early in the morning and later, you will descend back from Nyiragongo Volcano to where you started your hike the previous day while enjoying the breathtaking view of Lake Kivu, lush rainforest among others. Meet your driver guide who will drive you to a lodge of your choice to chill, dine and spend a night.
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation choices
Luxury: Mikeno Lodge
Midrange: Bukima Tented Camp
Budget: Hotel Cape Kivu

Day 4: Gorilla trekking in the Virunga National Park

Since this is the day everyone has been waiting for, you will be expected to wake early enough to start preparation by ensuring you are on your long-sleeved shirt/t-shirt, trousers, socks, hiking boots and you have your camera, insect repellent, rain jacket ready and after, you will enjoy your cup of tea or coffee. Before you leave the lodge do not forget energy giving snacks/packed lunch and bottled water. Later, you will head to Bukima Patrol Station for briefing on the set safety measures for gorilla trekking and also to be allocated to a group of gorillas to trek in about 8 people. After, you will hit the jungles together with park ranger guide and trackers perhaps joined by porters to look out for these unique creatures in the wild and you will take about 2-6 hours which also includes one hour of magical encounter. However, the length of gorilla trek depends on number of factors including your speed of hiking, nature of habitat and where these apes are in the course of the day. After your magical encounter, photography and exploring their behaviors, you will return to the lodge to relax, dine and spend a night.
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation choices
Luxury: Mikeno Lodge
Midrange: Bukima Tented Camp
Budget: Hotel Cape Kivu

Day 5: Return to Kigali

Wake up early in the morning to enjoy your breakfast and later, check out from your lodge ready to embark on return journey to Kigali which is about 3-5 hours.
End of the 5 days Congo gorilla and Nyiragongo hike safari