On this 5 Days Congo Special Safari, you will be rewarded with an ultimate opportunity of trekking the Mountain Gorillas in one of the oldest and biggest national parks in the world, Virunga national park. And facing the huge eastern lowland Gorillas in their home at Kahuzi-Biega national park in south eastern Congo, only words cannot describe the experience one gets after having such an encounter.
Day 1: Transfer to Goma from Kigali international Airport
Our professional driver guide will happily welcome you upon landing at Kigali international airport Rwanda for your 5 Days Congo Special Safari. You will be briefed about all that will transpire during your five days stay before driving to Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
After lunch in Goma, you will have a stop-over in Lake Kivu for a simple boat cruise as you interact with the locals a round. Proceed to your lodge for refreshment, dinner and overnight.
Day 2: Trekking Mountain Gorilla Trekking & Senkwekwe gorilla orphanage
Upon finishing your yummy breakfast on day 2 of your 5 Days Congo Special Safari, you will drive to the park’s headquarters for a pre-briefing exercise, Here, the park rangers will be guiding you through the ethics while in the wild with these primates, they will also verify your documents to ascertain the validity of each permit, this Congo gorilla trekking activity commences at 8:00am to 8:30, before they accompany you to the jungle in quest for these apes.
Depending on how far they have gone and your fitness, the trekking can last for approximately 1/2 an hour to eight hours with one hour given to you to relax and study the behaviors of these gorillas once you find them.
In the afternoon, the guide will take you to visit the only gorilla orphanage in the world located in Mikeno sector, which is home to some young mountain gorillas that were rescued from poachers, and are being rehabilitated. Learn about their conservation, a soul touching history and the future of these innocent gorillas. When all is over, return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 3: Hike Mount Nyiragongo
It is a new day with a new challenge, so wake up to a very hefty breakfast that will rejuvenate your strength for your Nyiragongo hiking experience. At 9:30am local time, start your journey to the hiking starting point as you wait for the hiking activity that starts at 10:00 am local time. It will take you roughly six hours, depending on your physical fitness to reach the summit of this historical mountain with one of the largest calderas in the world.
Though challenging, every one reaches the top, and enjoys the view of Virunga national park and the neighboring chain mountains, notably Nyamuragira, Mikeno and Karisimbi. You need support of a walking stick, good hiking shoes, and nice hiking attires, as well as drinking water. The night stay will be up at the summit shelters.
Day 4: Descend and Transfer to Kahuzi Biega National Park
After a very satisfying breakfast on day 4 of your 5 Days Congo Special Safari, descend to the bottom of the mountain, refresh a bit before driving to yet another uncovered wonderful destination, this park is known for the huge low land gorillas hardly found elsewhere, the park has a lot of wildlife co-existing with the Gorillas. The drive will be through a route the feeds your eyes with fascinating rolling hills and green vegetation, marked with the shimmering Lake Kivu views, the Congo-Nile drive, Virunga mountains, rural homesteads, etc.
Day 5: Tracking the Eastern lowland gorillas and Departure
Wake up to an early morning Breakfast on this day of your 5 Days Congo Special Safari, After, you will be driven to the park’s headquarters for a pre-trekking Briefing, as the park rangers explain for you the do’s and don’ts of Trekking these primates.
The ranger guides will thereafter lead you to the jungle to search for these lovely apes. This can take up to 7 hours, but upon finding them, one more hour will be yours to take some notes about these apes, interestingly, take photography and get to know more information about them. Have picnic lunch at the starting point and immediately join your driver to return to Kigali for your evening departure Flight.
End of the 5 Days Congo Special Safari.
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