Your 6 days Virunga gorillas and Kahuzi – Biega lowland gorilla trekking safari will take you to Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo where you will trek mountain gorillas at the cheapest price. Transfer to Kahuzi – Biega national Park in southern Kivu region of D.R. Congo to take part in lowland gorilla trekking. This is very different from mountain gorilla trekking because these two apes are different from each other.
Hike the Nyiragongo to its summit where you will spend a night. Descend to the starting point and you will transfer back to Kigali for your flight back home.
Day 1: Arrival in Kigali and drive to Bukavu.
Upon landing at the airport in Kigali, your well-trained driver guide will pick you up and drive you to the Bukavu after briefing about how you will spend these 6 days Virunga gorillas and Kahuzi – Biega lowland gorilla trekking. Check in at the hotel where you will spend two nights.
Day 2: Lowland gorilla trekking.
On this lowland gorilla trekking day, wake up in the morning for breakfast and pack your lunch. Drive to the headquarters for briefing and you will be led to the forest to search for these humble apes.
Lowland gorillas are different from mountain gorillas both in physical appearance and social structure. Lowland gorillas live in groups but larger than the ones for mountain gorillas are bigger than mountain gorillas. When you finally meet a gorilla family, you will be allowed to spend one hour in their presence and after this one hour, retreat to the offices and meet your driver guide who will drive you back to the lodge.
Day 3: Transfer to Virunga National Park.
With your breakfast in the morning, drive from Bukavu and connect northwards to Goma town where you will enjoy lunch overlooking Lake Kivu. After lunch, embark on the journey to Virunga National Park a home of mountain gorillas. Check-in at the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 4: Mountain Gorilla Trekking.
Wake up early in the morning, have breakfast and transfer to the park offices where you will meet the park ranger guide who will first brief you shortly about the dos and don’ts while trekking the mountain gorillas. After you will be led to the forest to look for mountain gorillas. The search for these gorillas will last from 1 to 6 hours depending on their movements because they tend to keep moving around the park in search of food.
Upon sighting a gorilla family in Virunga National Park, you will maximally spend one hour in their presence as you observe what they always do during the day like feeding and breastfeeding their young ones. You can as well be taking photos during this one hour in their presence.
After this mountain gorilla trekking experience, move to the park headquarters and then to the lodge for your lunch and relaxation.
Day 5: Hike to Mount. Nyiragongo.
Be served with a heavy breakfast, drive to Kibati patrol post where the hike to this volcano normally starts from. Meet the local guide who will brief and lead you through the trails to the summit of this eye-stunning volcano. Hike to the top of Nyiragongo volcano for about 5-7 hours with the rewarding views of flora that is recovering from the last eruption which occurred in May 2020.
When you reach the summit of this volcano, enjoy the views of boiling lava lake which is very incredible, and view the mighty Lake Kivu and the surrounding communities. Spend your night here as you enjoy the night breeze from the boiling lava lake.
Day 6: Descend back and departure.
Immediately after taking breakfast in the morning, start descending back to the starting point to meet your driver guide who will drive back to Kigali International airport crossing the border of Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo. Depending on your flight time, you can do a city tour around Kigali awaiting your flight.
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