In this adventure, Ubuntu Voyages brings you to the Democratic Republic of Congo, a mysterious land full of wonders which make it the ultimate African adventure. Climbing the Nyiragongo Volcano you’ll not only enjoy watching the active lava but you’ll enjoy a colorful flora when ascending and descending. So, don’t forget your camera!
Day 1: Arrival
Arrival at Kigali International Airport, after greetings, transfer to the border Grande Barrière Rwanda-DRC (3hours and half). Welcoming with our staff at the border. Assisted to clear with formalities. Crossing the border and check in at your hotel. After that, short briefing.
Day 2: Nyiragongo volcano hiking
After breakfast at your hotel, with packed lunch, since there is no food service on Nyiragongo, it’s time to do some shopping before we depart to Kibati patrol post where treks to the summit of Nyiragongo volcano begins. Park rangers lead all treks and porters (unaffiliated with the park) are available for hire at Kibati ranger station. The time required to reach the summit depends on the average fitness of each group, but typically takes 5 – 6 hours. It is possible for fitter people to climb up and descend in one day, but the vast majority chooses to overnight in the basic accommodations available at the top (included in the permit fee) because the best time to view the lava lake is at night. Enjoy watching, in the night, the world’s largest lava lake. Dinner and overnight at the summit of Nyiragongo Volcano in the shelter.
Trekkers are strongly advised to bring full rain and cold weather gear (moisture-wicking base layer, sweater or fleece, jacket, rain resistant pants, long underwear, warm socks, hat, and a 0°C/32° – rated sleeping bag), good walking shoes, sun cream, etc.
Day 3: Nyiragongo volcano descent and departure
After a very early morning visit to the lava lake, have your breakfast around 7:00 am. After that, start descending the volcano and arrive back at Kibati station. Drive back to Goma town for lunch. Therefore, be transferred back to the border and return to Rwanda, to Kigali International Airport for departure.
Round-trip airport taxi transfer
Meals (as specified in the itinerary)
A professional driver/guide
Visa (After buying the volcano permit, we will start your visa process. It can take maximum 14 days, minimum 7days. And you’ll pay 100$ US visa fees at the border before entering the DRC. This is a special agreement between the park and the Ministry of internal affairs).
Other meals and drinks
Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, etc.)