4 Days Virunga Safari.
4 Day Virunga gorilla trek and Nyiragongo hike : This 4 day Virunga safari package takes you to Virunga National Park in the eastern province of the Democratic Republic Congo. The main highlights of this 4 day Virunga safari in Congo are the rare mountain gorillas and climbing Nyiragongo Mountain. Please note that to embark on this Congo safari, you will have to arrive in Kigali International Airport where your voyage will begin.
Detailed Itinerary for the 4 Day Virunga gorilla trek and Nyiragongo hike
Day 1: Arrival in Kigali and Transfer to Virunga National Park.
Arrival in Kigali & Transfer to Virunga: You will be picked by your guide at your hotel in Kigali. You will the drive 163km to Gisenyi Town, which is about a 3½ hour drive. You will then drive to Goma town, passing through Le Grande barrier into the Democratic Republic of Congo. From Goma town, you will proceed to drive to Virunga National Park; enjoy the scenic beauty of the Virunga Massif and amazing Lake Kivu, on your way to the national park. Check into your lodge for dinner and accommodation at Kibumba Tented Camp/Bukima Tented Camp/Mikeno Lodge.
Day 2: Gorilla Trekking in Virunga.
Gorilla Trekking: Start your day with a delightful breakfast combo from your camp. Later, your guide will drop you off at Bukima Patrol post where your gorilla trekking activity will commence. You will be required to present your gorilla trekking permit to the officials at the park before heading for a short briefing by the head ranger. Later head out to the forest with your ranger guide and expect to hike for 1 to 3 hours until you locate a gorilla group. Once you have located the gorillas, you will be given only an hour to spend with the gorillas. You are permitted to take as many pictures as you want when with the gorillas; just many sure that your camera’s flashlight has been disabled, so as not to agitate or aggravate the gorillas because they are sensitive to flashlights. After your gorilla trekking experience, head back to the park’s headquarters in Bukima where you will receive your gorilla trekking certificated and then drive back to your camp for lunch. You can rest for the rest of the evening and later take a short stroll around the campsite where you will see lots of bird species and some primate species like monkeys. Drive back to your lodge/camp for dinner and an overnight stay.
Day 3: Ascend Mount Nyiragongo.
Ascend Mount Nyiragongo: Wake up early in the morning and have breakfast at your lodge/camp. Meet up with your guide and transfer to Kibati where you will begin your hike from. You will be briefed by the head guide prior to your mountain climbing expedition.
At Kibati, you will encounter with armed rangers and hike a porter to assist you in carrying the backpack. The hike starts at 10:00am in the morning so endeavor to be at Kibati in time. During the hike you will look out for different mammals, birds, butterflies, etc. The hike to summit the top of mount Nyiragongo takes roughly 5-6hours depending on the level of fitness of hikers. As soon as you summit the top, you have a clear view of Virunga park at glace, the neighboring parks and other volcanoes nearby Nyiragongo.
You will spend the night in the shelters which have been built on the edge of the mountain. Enjoy quality time relaxing and having dinner under the stars, with skyline light by a red glow from the molten lava crater lake.
Day 4: Descend Mount Nyiragongo and Departure.
Descend and Departure: Wake up to a beautiful morning on the mountain. Take delicious breakfast and later start to descend Nyiragongo Mountain. The hiking expedition down the mountain will take about 4 hours or less depending on your pace. You will meet with your guide once you have descended the mountain, and then proceed with your transfer back to Goma with a drop off at La Grande Barrière. End of 4 Day Virunga gorilla trek and Nyiragongo hike
Please Note that this 4 Day Virunga gorilla trek and Nyiragongo hike package is inclusive of the following; Volcano trek/hiking permit, Transportation to and from your pick up location in Gisenyi or Goma, and accommodation for one night on Nyiragongo Mountain.