5 Days Congo Gorilla Safari and Mt. Nyiragongo
The 5 Days Congo Gorilla safari involves transferring to the Democratic Republic of Congo to encounter and interact with the mountain Gorillas of the prominent Virunga National Park. You will also hike the mysterious great Mt. Nyiragongo Volcano.
Day 1: Transfer- Goma – Virunga National Park
You will have breakfast in the morning then later our guide will pick you up to transfer you to Gisenyi which is very prominent and the largest of all towns around Lake Kivu. While here, you will have an opportunity to spot the beautiful beaches as well as the vast Lake Kivu while relaxing. One can also take on a boat cruise along the lake which will offer them exceptional views at the turbulent waters, birds of the air and terrain vegetation enfolding the lake. You will also spot the great beautiful Mt. Nyiragongo Volcano. After this, you will you’re your lunch then transfer to cross the Congo border to Goma found in the North Kivu province. Dinner and Overnight at Mikeeno Lodge-luxury, Bukima tented camp-midrange, Cape Kivu hotel-budget.
Day 2: Hike Mt. Nyiragongo Volcano
You will wake up very early in the morning and embark on a transfer to go hike one of the world’s most active and vigorous volcanoes the great mysterious Mt. Nyiragongo Volcano. You will be taken to the Kibati Patrol post which is the starting point of hiking this volcano. After reaching the starting point you may either have the mikeeno package if you booked it and you can also hire a porter to carry your luggage to the top and these are paid $12 each per day. The hike always takes about 4-6 hours and you will have walking sticks to enable you move easier to the top. When you reach the top of the volcano, you will rest and have an overnight in the summit shelters with two beds and here, you will place your sleeping bags for the night. You will have exceptional views at the large lava lake spewing lava into the sky making it appear red hot an experience that is remarkable and unique.
Day 3: Descend
You will wake up early in the morning prepare your luggage and descend from the volcanic mountain and on your way down, you will have spectacular views at the green natural Congo jungle as well as the beautiful vast Lake Kivu. After reaching the bottom, you will proceed back to your lodge/ hotel for dinner and overnight. Mikeno Lodge-luxury, Bukima tented Camp-mid range, Cape Kivu Hotel-Budget.
Day 4: Gorilla trekking-Virunga National Park
The next morning, you will wake up take breakfast then proceed to Virunga National park’s headquarters/ Bukima ranger’s post for briefing about how to interact around the endangered species of Mountain Gorillas as well as the do’s and don’ts while in their company. After briefing, you will go straight into the forest in groups of 8 in company of skilled guides/ rangers and you will be allowed only one hour to interact with them. On the hiking trail, you will be able to spot other primates like the white and black Colobus monkeys, vervet monkeys etc. You might also have an opportunity to spot the rare Okapi as well as forest elephants. After tracking you will proceed back to your lodge/hotel for dinner and overnight. Mikeno Lodge-luxury, Bukima Tented Camp-Mid range, Cape Kivu Hotel-Budget.
Day 5: Depart-Kigali
Wake up early in the morning take breakfast then embark on a 3-4 hour drive back to Kigali city then to the airport for your flight back home.