This adventure tour will take you to the major highlights of Eastern D.R. Congo. It presents a magical encounter with mountain Gorillas in Africa’s oldest and most bio diverse national park, Virunga national park and a climb to the top of one of the world’s most active volcanic mountain, Nyiragongo volcano. Hiking to the top of this mountain presents to you a chance to see the world’s largest lava lake and unequaled views of all other smoky volcanoes within the Virunga massif.
4 Days Congo Gorillas & Nyiragongo Hike Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in Kigali & Transfer to Virunga National Park
Arrival and meet up with your tour leader who will guide you through the entire tour in D.R. Congo. Have a rest in Kigali city, or take a short city tour before embarking on a long journey to Goma boarder in the east of Congo. Drive through the romantic hills of Rwanda to the border town of Goma, traversing the distant Virunga volcanoes as well as Lake Kivu.
Virunga National park is not only a popular and oldest conservation area in Africa but also the most biologically diverse on the entire continent as well as home to both endangered mountain gorillas and eastern lowland gorillas. Connect with your D.R. Congo guide who will drive to your lodge in the park.
Day 2: Gorilla Trekking in Virunga National Park
Today is a thrilling day and the gorilla tracking day of this tour, where you’ll stand eye-to-eye with the mighty mountain Gorillas. Commencing from Rumangabo ranger station, embark on the challenging but rewarding gorilla trek, hiking through the steep jungles as you search for these gentle giants. Once you meet the mountain gorillas you are allowed only one hour to be with them as you photograph, learn about their lifestyle and admire them before returning back to the starting point, and eventually to the lodge. Spend a free evening as you gaze at the calm forest and the Virunga volcanoes in the backdrop. This have dinner and gather around the campfire to share your stories and enjoy the views of an African sky.
Day 3: Hike Mount Nyiragongo
After breakfast at the lodge, with your trekking gear, join your driver and transfer to the base of impressive Nyiragongo volcano. Attend a briefing session and the hike later begins at 10:00am in the morning. Packed lunch / snacks, warm fleece vest, bottled water and a sleeping bag are recommended. With your hiking guide, a personal cook and a porter to carry your luggage (to be hired), the ascent begins.
Nyiragongo volcano is one of the world’s most active volcanoes and the last eruption happened in 2016. Expect to reach the peak in the evening with an unequaled view of a crater filled with sea of lava that spreads at night to form a web-like structure. After a delicious hot meal prepared by the onsite cook, you will sleep in one of the mountain huts located on the crater rim.
Day 4: Descend Mount Nyiragongo & Transfer back to Kigali
Early morning after breakfast, the descent begins to the base camp at Kibati ranger station. The descent takes approximately four hours to reach the bottom of Nyiragongo volcano. Once at the base, meet with your guide and transfer back to Goma boarder, cross and proceed to Kigali city via Congo – Nile drive. Arrive in Kigali for lunch, relaxation and a short tour in the city or shopping. Depending on your flight time, be dropped off at the airport to catch your departure flight.