This 4 days Virunga gorillas and Nyiragongo hike is one of the best safaris done in D.R. Congo which allows visitors to take part in mountain gorilla trekking in Virunga National Park on the border of Uganda and Rwanda.
Virunga National Park is one of the famous gorilla trekking destinations in the whole world and thousands of travellers come to Africa to have a look at these endangered gorillas. You will also hike to the summit of Nyiragongo which is an active volcanic mountain in the world and spend a night at its peak. This safari will start and end in Kigali, Rwanda.
Day 1: Transfer from Kigali to D.R. Congo.
Our company driver guide will pick you from Kigali International airport in Rwanda, briefing session will follow after, about how you will spend these 4 days in Virunga gorillas and Nyiragongo, and later drive to D.R. Congo. Have an enroute lunch in Gisenyi as you enjoy the beautiful scenery of Lake Kivu and its beaches.
Proceed with the journey to D.R. Congo crossing through Goma border. Check in at the grand barrier post for clearance and gorilla permit booking, then embark on your journey to the lodge that was booked prior.
Day 2: Gorilla trekking.
Have breakfast in the morning, take your lunch box and drive to the headquarters for a briefing from the park guide about the dos and don’ts during mountain gorillas trekking. If you are not physically fit enough to carry your bags, you can hire porters that will help you carry the bags.
Set off to the forest and start on your 1- 6 hours’ search for these endangered mountain gorillas. While on the search for mountain gorillas open your eyes very widely to have a look at birds, mammals, primates and many more. When you land on your allocated gorilla family, you will be allowed to spend one hour in their presence as you watch the juveniles, infants and youngsters playing with their parents and the silver back doing its role of protecting the family. An hour given to you will end and you are going to move back to the starting point where you will meet the driver to drop you at the lodge.
Day 3: Hike Nyiragongo and a night at the summit
Wake up very early in the morning for breakfast and by 8:00 am, you must be at the starting point for briefing. Hiking to the summit of this volcanic mountain takes 5-6 hours as you look at the beautiful scenery and lush forests, Lake Kivu, mammals and primates not forgetting birds along the way.
Spend a night at the summit as you enjoy seeing the boiling lava lake, take photos at night and feel the cool breeze while at the summit.
Day 4: Descend and departure.
It’s a relaxed morning, wake up for breakfast and prepare to descend back to the bottom of the volcano. Descending back will be much easier as you will only be sliding over and when you reach Kibati station, your driver guide will welcome and drive you back to Kigali International Airport for departure or overnight stay.
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