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 in Gisenyi. check in at your hotel. After that, short briefing. Overnight in Gisenyi.
Day 2: Nyiragongo volcano hiking
After breakfast at your hotel in Gisenyi, ensure crossing the border at 07:00 am and check-in with Virunga tourism office by 08:00 am which is located in the Grande Barrière border post building, opposite passport control. Once check-in is complete, be transported to the Kibati Ranger Post at 8:15am, where treks to the summit of Nyiragongo volcano begin. On arrival to Kibati, guests will receive a briefing. Park rangers lead all treks and porters (unaffiliated with the park) are available for hire at Kibati ranger station. The ascent up the volcano starts around 10:00am with most climbing groups reaching the summit by 5:00pm. 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 3: 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.
- Volcano permit
- Round-trip airport taxi transfer
- Meals (as specified in the itinerary)
- Drinking water
- All transportation
- Sleeping bag
- A professional driver/guide
- International/domestic flights
- Visa (After buying the volcano permit, we will start your visa process. It can take maximum 14 days, minimum 7days. And you’ll pay 105$ 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.)
- Other expenses
For travel inquiries and bookings, contact our travel consultants through +250 786 778 461 or +243 990 655 913 (also WhatsApp). Alternatively, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org