4 days Mountain Gorillas and Nyiragongo Volcano treks
In these 4 days Mountain gorillas tour and Nyiragongo hike, Ubuntu Voyages brings you to the legendary Virunga National Park in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is among the first protected areas in Africa. It is known for its exceptional biodiversity, containing more bird, mammal and reptile species than any protected area on the continent of Africa. In this safari, enjoy a life-changing experience with the gorillas and watch the world’s largest active lava lake.
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. Short briefing.
Day2: Mountain Gorilla Treks
After early morning breakfast at the hotel, depart to the Virunga National Park for trekking the Mountain Gorillas. All treks are led by park rangers and usually depart from Bukima patrol post. Treks usually require 1-2 hours of hiking in each direction, depending where the mountain gorillas spent the previous night and the difficulty of the terrain. You will pass one hour with the gorillas and you’ll enjoy this adventure for a life time memory.
After trekking the Gorillas, (if you are not tired) Goma city tour. It is now an occasion to visit many attractive sites such as local markets, museum, the lava that burnt the town in 2002, city monuments, lake Kivu, Goma harbour, hotels and restaurants, all the places that make Goma such a fascinating city to explore. It is also an occasion to interact with locals and learn about their history, their life. At the end of the tour, you’ll surely enjoy the experience and be amazed by the capacity of resilience of the locals. During the tour we will stop for lunch.
Day 3: Nyiragongo Volcano hiking
After breakfast at the hotel, 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 begin. 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 4 – 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. Sunset at the summit of Nyiragongo. 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 4: Nyiragongo Volcano descent and departure
After a very early morning visit to the lava lake, have your breakfast around 7:00 am. After breakfast, start descending the volcano and arrive back at Kibati station. Drive back to Goma town for lunch. 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 Gorilla and volcano permits, 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.)