5 Days Congo Gorilla Tour and Nyiragongo Hike Safari
This 5 Days Congo Gorilla Tour and Nyiragongo Hike Safari takes you to a spectacular experience of Congo’s undiscovered natural wonders with trips to trek the mountain gorillas in Virunga gorillas, Eastern lowland gorillas in Kahuzi Biega national park and the adventurous hike to the top of Mount Nyiragongo Volcano. It starts and ends in Rwanda’s capital Kigali.
Day1: Arrival in Kigali, Transfer to Virunga National Park
Day2: Gorilla trekking in Virunga National Park
Day 3: Nyiragongo Volcano Hike
Day 4: Descend from the Volcano and transfer to Kahuzi Biega National Park
Day 5: Lowland Gorilla Trekking & Transfer to Kigali
Day 1: Transfer from Kigali – Virunga National Park
On arrival at Kigali International Airport, you will be met by Engagi Safaris Ltd driver guide who will brief you then transfer to the Lodge as you pass through the beautiful landscape sceneries endowed with unique natural features. Upon arrival, you will check in at the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Mikeno Lodge (Upmarket),
Bukima Tented Camp (Moderate)
Nyiragongo Volcano Summit Shelters (Basic)
Day 2: Mountain Gorilla trekking in Virunga National Park
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Bukima the headquarters of Virunga National park for briefing with other trekkers by the ranger guide. While here you will also be assigned a particular gorilla group to trek. After the briefing, you will start the trek lead by the ranger guide in search for the Mountain gorillas. After sometime you will encounter the magnificent creatures their natural environment is a wonderful experience. You will strictly be allowed to spend 1 hour with the gorillas maintaining 7m distance away from them. You will be free to take photos “Flashlight is prohibited”, observe the gorillas and ask from the ranger guides questions. After a successful trek, you can then return back to your lodge for the late meal and relaxation.
Day 3: Mount Nyiragongo Volcano Hike
Wake early for breakfast, the driver guide will drive you from the lodge to Nyiragongo Volcano Base. . Mount Nyiragongo is an active strata volcano with an elevation of 3,470 m in the Virunga Mountains associated with the Albertine Rift. It has the world’s largest lava lake.
On arrival you will meet other hikers and the ranger guide will brief you about the basics of hiking Nyiragongo to the Nyiragongo volcano will take one about 4-6 hours till you reach the peak. While hiking you will enjoy amazing sights and views of rare birds and small mammal. On reaching the top you will enjoy the view of the lakes of boiling lava and a chance to relax at its peak. It is quite a tiring journey because of the sunshine and high elevation, but worth taking. You will have dinner and overnight stay at the tented camps located on the edge of the crater.
Day 4: Slope to the bottom of Nyiragongo Volcano and transfer to Kahuzi Biega National Park.
After breakfast, it will be time to descend down to the base of Kibat Patrol station from the peak of Nyiragongo. You will have lunch at the bottom of the dome and transfer to Kahuzi Biega National park a home to the Eastern lowland gorillas. You will check in Orchid Safari Lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 5: Lowland Gorilla Trekking, Transfer to Kigali, Departure
Early breakfast and head to the briefing point at the park headquarters. Here the ranger guide will take you through the rules and regulations for lowland gorilla trekking. After you will trek into the forest in search for the gorillas until you encounter them. You will be allowed to spend strictly one hour with these unique giant creatures. After the trek, you will transfer back to the lodge for lunch and depart to Kigali using Cyangugu border. Engagi Safaris Ltd driver guide will drop you at the Airport for a flight back home or at a hotel in Kigali for another overnight stay at your cost.
End of tour
• All accommodations and meals while on tour
• Rhino trekking permit
• Park Entrance fees
• Chimpanzee tracking permit
• All activities Mentioned in the itinerary
• Transportation from the meeting to the departure point
• Expert, English-speaking local driver/guide
• International flight (can be arranged if required)
• Visa and personal insurance
• Drinks, tips and gratuities
• Personal expenses (laundry, souvenirs, etc.).
• Any item or activity not mentioned in the tour package