6 Days Congo tour, virunga national park,tchegera island,lake kivu,nyiragongo volcano
Overview This 6 days tour is an ultimate adventurer to climbing the active Nyiragongo volcano, tracking Mountain Gorilla at Virunga national park, relaxing day on Tchegera Island in Lake Kivu. This tour will take you to the highlights of Eastern Congo. You will have your personal tour guide with you during the entire tour to explain more about the country and its rich history. This tour has been designed with your comfort and sense of adventure in mind. You will have your private Ultimate Wild Safaris English speaking guide with you at all times. He will make sure you have a hassle-free experience in this exciting off-the-beaten-track destination!
• Ultimate wild safaris English speaking guide. • Climb the active Nyiragongo volcano
• Mountain Gorilla permit
Itinerary in Summary:
Day 1: Arrival at Kigali airport, Have Kigali city tour. Day 2: Transfer to Virunga National Park.
Day 3: Mountain Gorilla tracking at Virunga National Park. Day 4: Climbing the Nyiragongo Volcano
Day 5: Descend, to Tchegera Island, relaxing Day 6: relaxing, airport transfer to Kigali, end of tour.
Nov 18- Mar 17
pickup avaiable from airport, train and also cruise
- Experienced and qualified guide
- Hotel Accomodation
- Camp Fire
- Sports Elements
Day 1: Arrival in Kigali- Rwanda!
The ultimate Wild Safaris driver guide will be at Kigali Airport to pick you up from your flight to your hotel for checking in. Depending on your arrival time you can visit some of Kigali’s craft markets, to browse amongst the pottery, carvings, batik, weaving, sculpture, musical instruments, leather, and fabrics on offer. Prepare to haggle. You will spend a night in the accommodation of choice it can be either budget, mid-range, and luxury.
Day 2: Transfer To Virunga National Park.
Today you will meet with your Ultimate Wild Safaris driver guide who will transfer you to DR Congo. You will pass through the rolling hills of Rwanda to the border town of Goma. The Virunga National Park is the oldest national park in Africa and it is the most varied region on the entire continent and home to the endangered Mountain Gorillas and Chimpanzee. This park boasts the only glacier in Africa with its Rwenzori Mountains and has typical savanna grassland near Lake Edward and the Rwindi plains.
Day 3: Mountain Gorilla Tracking
In the morning after breakfast, you will be transferred for an exciting activity of the day to track the mountain gorillas. Today you will stand eye-to-eye with the mountain gorillas of Virunga national park. This Park is a UNESCO world heritage site and the oldest national park on the African continent! It is a diverse protected area with the peaks of the Ruwenzori Mountains, erosion valleys, active volcanoes, forest, and even savanna areas. This national park has been hidden from the public for a long time due to civil war and unrest in Eastern Congo. At this moment it is fully operational and the perfect place to track the mountain gorillas in the wild. Starting at the headquarters in Rumangabo you will go for a challenging hike in search of these gentle giants.
Day 4: Nyiragongo Volcano
In the morning after an early breakfast, your driver will be there to pick you up and drive you to the impressive Nyiragongo volcano. You will start hiking at 10 AM in the morning. You will get a backpack from Ultimate wild safaris which includes; a lunch package, warm fleece vest, and a sleeping bag. You will have a personal cook preparing a hot meal at the summit. You can hire a porter to carry your luggage at US$ 24 per porter to be paid on the ground. Nyiragongo is one of the world’s most active volcanoes. It recently erupted in 2002 creating a mass destruction of Goma city where the lava lakes can still be seen and important buildings have been destroyed by it. In the evening you will reach the top with an extraordinary view of the crater filled with a sea of lava. You are one of the few persons to admire this spectacle. After a nice hot meal prepared by the cook, you will sleep in one of the huts on the crater rim. Please note that the huts on the crater rim are basic shelters.
Day 5: Relaxation at Tchegera Island
In the morning you will enjoy your breakfast with the breathtaking view overlooking the crater before you descend. Around noon you will be back at base camp. After this amazing experience, it is time to relax. Your driver/guide will take you to Goma harbor where you will take a short boat ride on the lake to Tchegera Island. The tented camp offers spectacular views of the lake and four volcanoes. On clear nights, Nyiragongo and Nyamulagira volcanoes add to the drama by turning the night sky red with their glowing lava. There is also an abundance of birdlife on the island. You can choose to relax on the beach or explore other parts of the island in a sea kayak or by paddleboard.
Day 6: Departure
Today is, unfortunately, your last day with Ultimate Wild Safaris. Depending on your international departure at Kigali airport you can still have time to relax on the beautiful Tchegera Island or do an optional activity. Your tour leader will make sure you are at the airport in time to catch your flight home. Sadly this is where you say goodbye to Rwanda & DR Congo. It is possible to arrange a day room on one of the hotels in Kigali to refresh yourself before your flight.
"Our guide, Moses, was an amazing host, always making sure we were comfortable and that we had a once in a lifetime experience. Working with the tour company was easy- they were quick to respond and answered all our questions,and making this trip happen. "
"I had the best experience in Congo , it’s a perfect package for a group , since I traveled with my friends and we all had fun ! Thank you Ultimate Wild safaris for making this trip happen !"