Nyiragongo volcano is one of the iconic attractions within the Virunga Regions, D.R. Congo. Located in Virunga National Park (VNP) Congo, Nyiragongo is a powerful volcano, renowned for its multiple eruption, and with the most recent one experienced in 2021. At its summits, there is a bubbling Lava Lake to take your breath away, and this makes your 3 days Nyiragongo a special tour of its own.
Virunga National Park is officially recognized UNESCO Site given its remarkable biodiversity. Established in 1925, Virunga Park is home to not only the rare mountain gorillas, but also chimpanzees, bongo antelopes, buffaloes, elephants, 706 bird species, okapis and more. On this short trip, your target will be hiking to the summits of Nyiragongo, the world’s renowned most active volcano.
Day 1: Kigali city tour, drive to DRC
Meet and greet your trip leader at a hotel in Kigali capital. From your hotel, set off for Kigali city expedition- 2 hours, and you will be visiting Gisozi genocide center, presidential palace museum, Kirimonko market and craft shops. Settle for leisurely lunch, and after leave Kigali for border crossing to Goma, with en-route view of Rwanda’s charming countryside characterized by rolling hills, Lake Kivu etc. Clear with Congo authorities at the border, and transfer to your respective hotels or lodges for evening relaxation, dinner and overnight stay.
Day 2: Kibati for briefing & ascending to Nyiragongo summits
Leave your hotel for briefing at Kibati patrol post, and a guide will be allocated to lead you to Nyiragongo summits. The trek will go for 4-6 hours but rewarding from the very start to when you get to the top 3470m. At the summits, the powerful bubbling Lava Lake will be viewed clearly and with your cameras set, you have a long evening and night to capture pictures, explore more about its formation as the guide will give detailed information about it.
Being a long day adventure to the top of Nyiragongo, come along with bottled water, energy giving snacks to keep you energized throughout, waterproof hiking boots, cameras, daypack, long sleeved shirts, trousers, safari hat, insect repellents, first aid kit, walking stick, etc.
Day 3: Descending from Nyiragongo summits & Kigali
Begin descending from the summits of Nyiragongo to Kibati where you began your adventure the previous day. Meet your driver guide, and begin your journey back to Kigali to be dropped at a hotel or airport.
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