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This 4 Congo Gorilla Tour and Nyiragongo Hiking package is designed for visitors who are interested in hiking Mount Nyiragongo and doing gorilla trekking in Congo.
The Congo safari tour will involve visiting the Virunga National Park in Congo and going for a city tour in Kigali. The Kigali city tour includes visiting the genocide war memorial Centre, the former presidential palace (now a museum), city markets, and artisan shops.
Virunga National Park in Congo is the oldest in Africa. It was established in 1925 and included the Volcanoes National Park of Rwanda and parts of Mgahinga in Uganda. Virunga National Park is remarkable biodiversity and a pristine wilderness. It contains many of Africa’s famous mammals and primates. You can find the rare okapi, mountain gorillas, and chimpanzees.
The key attractions in Virunga are the mountain gorillas and hiking mount Nyiragongo. The Nyiragongo volcano is special because it is the only one in Africa where tourists can pay to see boiling magma up-close.
The 4 days Congo Nyiragongo hiking and gorilla safari tour starts and ends in Rwanda. It starts with a tour of Kigali before crossing to the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The first activity is gorilla trekking in Virunga National Park and then hiking mount Nyiragongo. This will be a physically demanding 4 days and you need to be in good condition. Hiking Mount Nyiragongo and observing the boiling crater up-close is one of the most amazing and adventurous activities in the world.
There is no other place like Nyiragongo Volcanoes. When you add gorilla trekking, it makes for a truly amazing experience.
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- Kigali city tour (City markets, artisan shops, the former presidential palace, and the Gisozi Genocide memorial site)
- Gorilla Trekking in Virunga National Park
- Hiking Mount Nyiragongo
- Decent from Mount Nyiragongo Volcano and transfer to Rwanda
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Day 1: Pickup and Kigali city tour – Transfer to Congo on your 4 Days Congo Gorilla Tour and Nyiragongo Hike|Congo Safari Tours | Congo gorilla tour| Congo Gorilla Safaris Tours| Nyiragongo Hiking| Nyiragongo Volcano Hiking Tour| Congo Nyiragongo Volcano Hiking
Ultimate Wild Safaris Guide will receive you from Kigali international airport or pick you up from your hotel in Kigali. After the briefing, he will take you to start the Kigali city tour.
Kigali is a small but very neat town with a lot to explore in a short time. You will first visit the Gisozi genocide memorial site where you will learn a lot about the 1994 genocide and how it has helped transform the country.
Expect to also see short videos and presentations from people who lived through the tragic period. After the genocide center, you will also visit the main city market, artisan shops, and the former presidential palace (used by Habyarimana before dying in the plane crash that triggered the genocide).
After the Kigali city tour, you will head out for lunch before starting the journey to the Congo border. During your journey, expect to experience the beautiful sights of the Rwanda countryside. You will bypass lakes, national parks, and thousands of Rwanda hills.
Once you reach the border, you will go to the immigration office and hand in all your important documents such as passports and the yellow fever vaccination card. Crossing the Congo Rwanda border takes a short time. Our Ultimate Wilds Safaris tour guide will not cross the border with you.
There will be a team from Virunga National Park on the other side of the border waiting to take you to your hotel through to Goma city in Congo.
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Wake up early, take breakfast and pack some lunch as you wait to be picked by the team from Virunga National Park. You will be taken for briefing at the park offices. After that, you will head to the starting point, which is after Bukima. There are over 8 habituated gorilla groups in Congo.
The allocation of Congo gorilla groups depends on your age and overall fitness but personal preferences may be considered. Gorilla trekking in Virunga National Park involves hiking through dense forests before encountering the family. It can take between 1 to 2 hours to find the gorillas.
After finding them, you have one hour to observe them and take photos/videos. You then have to walk back to the park offices and this can take one to two hours.
Virunga is a very beautiful National Park with incredible scenery and so much to see. Expect to spot smaller primates, birds, forest mammals, and chimpanzees too. On getting back to the lodge, you should go straight back for refreshment and relaxation. If you are staying in Mikeno Lodge,
You have a unique opportunity of visiting the Senkwekwe Centre at an extra charge. This is the only mountain gorilla orphanage in the world. All the 5 orphans being kept at the Centre were rescued after poachers and pet traders killed their parents.
The Centre helps rehabilitate and provide them with high-quality care. Visiting the Centre is free but only for those who book with the luxury Mikeno Lodge. The Centre is closer to Mikeno than any of the other lodges.
Day 3: Mount Nyiragongo Hiking on your 4 Days Congo Gorilla Tour and Nyiragongo Hike|Congo Safari Tours | Congo gorilla tour| Congo Gorilla Safaris Tours| Nyiragongo Hiking| Nyiragongo Volcano Hiking Tour| Congo Nyiragongo Volcano Hiking
You will wake up very early to take breakfast in your hotel and wait to be picked up from your hotel by the team from Virunga National Park.
They will drive you to Kibatsi village, which is the starting point for hiking the Nyiragongo volcano. Hiking mount Nyiragongo takes between 4 to 6 hours and depends on the overall fitness of the group. No one is left behind until you get to the final section of the hike.
On reaching the top, you can get beautiful views of Goma town, the Virunga National Park, the Rwenzori Mountains in Uganda, other Virunga Volcanoes, and Lake Kivu, National Parks in Rwanda, Uganda, and Congo’s Kahuzi Biega National Park. After marveling at the beautiful scenery from the top of the volcano, you will then go for an even greater experience of viewing the boiling lava lake. The best time to view the lava lake is at night. After observing the volcano for much of the night you will go for dinner prepared by a local chef and porters. Dinner and overnight will be on top of the volcano and in cabins.
Day 4: Descend the Volcano – Transfer to Kigali for departure on your 4 Days Congo Gorilla Tour and Nyiragongo Hike|Congo Safari Tours | Congo gorilla tour| Congo Gorilla Safaris Tours| Nyiragongo Hiking| Nyiragongo Volcano Hiking Tour| Congo Nyiragongo Volcano Hiking
Descending the volcano starts at 8:00 am. It is the perfect time to get sustained views of the Virunga National Park and other landmarks already mentioned.
You should reach Goma before mid-day and proceed to the border crossing point. The migration officials will ask you to pay for another visa to re-enter Rwanda.
This costs $30. After crossing the border, Ultimate wild safaris Guide will drive directly to the airport or back to your hotel in Kigali.
End of Tour
- This travel plan does not include hotels and dinner the day before and after the tour but can be arranged on request
- You need to be 15 years and above to see gorillas in the wild
- You need a Covid19 free certificate test and a yellow fever immunization card to enter Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo
- The Rwanda Visa can be got online, at the airport, or from border crossings. Getting the Congo Visa is very tricky and we will help you process it through the right channels.
The cost of the 4 Days Nyiragongo Hike and gorilla trekking includes: –
- The Congo Visa
- A safari vehicle for the whole tour
- A Driver/Guide for the whole tour
- Fuel for 4 days
- Gorilla Permits for Congo
- Nyiragongo Hiking Permits
- Water and meals while traveling or at the hotel
- Full-board accommodation for 3 nights
- Pickup from Kigali and drop-off at the airport
- Everything else included in the itinerary
- Tour of Kigali city
- Nyiragongo Package which includes a chef and porters to carry supplies
The 4 days gorilla tour and Nyiragongo hike exclude air tickets, the Rwanda visa, personal expenses, (tips, cigars, wines, and insurance).