The 7 Days Congo Gorillas & Nyiragongo Hiking Safari will take you to trek the remaining mountain gorillas in Virunga national park, hike Nyiragongo, trek gorillas in the lowlands of Kahuzi-Biega national park and visit Lake Kivu to explore her vast islands using a speed boat. This Congo safaris tour will expose you to both Rwanda and Congo cultures through visiting the museums in both countries, meeting different people among others.
Day 1: Transfer to Virunga National Park from Kigali
Depending on your arrival time for your 7 Days Congo Gorillas & Nyiragongo Hiking Safari, you will be welcomed by our tour driver guide who will transfer you to Virunga national park. You may visit the Rwanda genocide memorial Centre and study the history of Rwanda politics, as well as the local / craft markets in the city of Kigali. Proceed on the journey, cross Goma border of Rwanda and Congo to Virunga for your dinner and slumber at Mikeno Lodge/ Bukima Tented Camp/ Kibumba Tented Camp.
Day 2: Gorilla trekking in Virunga National Park
Wake up early and ready to take your breakfast, head to the park headquarter for pre-briefing before trekking commences. The park ranger will tell you the rules and regulations while trekking some of the remaining mountain gorillas with in the Virunga conservation area.
Trekking takes approximately 2-8 hours depending on the family allocated to your group members including an hour while interacting with them as you take memorable photos and videos. You may also encounter different mammals that dwell within Virunga forest, such elephants, different bird species including the great blue turaco, primates such as Ruwenzori monkeys, colobus monkeys among others. After trek back to the lodge for lunch and leisure in the afternoon.
Day 3: Hike to Mount Nyiragongo peak
On this third day of your 7 Days Congo Gorillas & Nyiragongo Hiking Safari, attend a briefing session at the hiking departure point at Kibati patrol post after your morning breakfast. The drive takes about 30-45 minutes depending on the booked place of accommodation.
Mount Nyiragongo hiking experience takes approximately 4-6 hours depending on the speed and strength of the participants in order to reach the summit of the volcano. Enjoy the boiling magma on the summit – a view like no other as well as other surrounding volcanoes. Dinner and night stay at the Summit Shelter Camp.
Day 4: Descend and overnight at Lake Kivu – Gisenyi
Descend back from the Volcano in the morning and your driver guide will be waiting for you to transfer you to Lake Kivu. Have lunch on arrival and later take a boat ride to tour around the lake. Visit the hot springs, gas plant, Coffee Island and in the evening you will return to the hotel for your accommodation and leisurely dinner.
Day 5: Transfer to Bukavu town – Home of the Kahuzi – Biega NP
Commence the trip to Kahuzi-Biega National Park after breakfast. Head to the town of Bukavu in D.R. Congo near Rwanda’s border and upon arrival, you will visit the museum, local craft markets among others. Later retire to your overnight place of accommodation as you prepare for next day’s adventure in Kahuzi-Biega NP. This park is well known for harboring low land gorillas, as well as other attractions like towering mountains, African forest elephants, olive baboons, monkeys, buffalos, antelopes, among others.
Day 6: Low land gorilla trekking
After an early breakfast on day six of your 7 Days Congo Gorillas & Nyiragongo Hiking Safari, your tour guide will drive you from Bukavu to Kahuzi-Biega N/park headquarters. Upon arrival, you will register for your gorilla trekking permits and be briefed about the whole experience as the ranger guide stipulates specific rules and regulations of gorilla trekking.
During this briefing, a gorilla group to be trekked will as well be assigned to a group of 8 people and a park ranger guide to lead you on this gorilla trek searching for the Eastern Lowland Gorillas. After an encounter with eastern lowland Gorillas, meet up again with your driver guide and transfer to the lodge for a hot, delicious lunch.
Day 7: Transfer from Bukavu to Kigali city
After your breakfast on this seventh day of your 7 Days Congo Gorillas & Nyiragongo Hiking Safari, the driver guide will be ready to transfer you to Kigali international airport. You will cross the border and while in Rwanda you may visit the ethnographic museum in Nyanza, the king’s palace ‘Mwami’ and lunch in Butare.
Continue on the drive to Kigali and you will be dropped off at the airport for your scheduled flight. This will mark an end of the 7 days safari in D.R. Congo.
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