Our 4 Days Congo gorilla trek and Nyiragongo Volcano hike is a gorilla trekking safari and Mount Nyiragongo hiking trip to Congo’s Virunga National Park. This Congo safaris tour can be arranged privately and can be planned all year round with a 4WD vehicle ground transfer. Congo is lucky to be the only West African country with mountain gorillas and also the only country in the world with both mountain and lowland gorillas. Mountain gorilla trekking requires hiking with the park rising to about 3470m above sea level. Mount Nyiragongo is one of the most recently active volcanoes the continent has ever had with 2 lava lakes. A glimpse of the lava lake is for the brave and offers lasting memories; just remember to carry along a good quality camera.
PRIMATES EXPERIENCE IN AFRICA – ON A BUDGET
Day 1 : Arrival in Rwanda and transfer to Goma Congo
On the first day of your trip, our safari guide will ensure a transfer to Congo and ensure check-in with the Virunga tourism office. Most tourists to the country arrive through Kigali International Airport which takes about 5 hours drive therefore early arrival is recommended or else spend a night in Kigali. After receiving safari permits, the drive continues to a booked lodging facility in Congo. Check in and relax at the lodge.
Day 2 : Gorilla trekking in Virunga National Park
Early morning after breakfast at the camp, you set off to Bukima Ranger post for briefing before setting off for gorilla trekking. On arrival at the ranger post, there’s a briefing by park rangers on the dos and don’ts of Congo gorilla safaris.Gorilla trekking takes about 1-2 hours of hiking each way depending on the location of the group being trekked and the difficulty of the terrain. After spending one hour with the gorillas, trekkers will return to camp where a late lunch will be served. Spend the evening at the camp relaxing.
Day 3 : Hike Nyiragongo and spend the night at the summit
Following early morning breakfast, Congo safaris tourists are transferred to Kibati Ranger Post by 8:15 am at the Nyiragongo hike start point. Arriving at the Post, hikers have a briefing and then a chance to hire porters who can help in the trek. The climb takes about 6 hours depending on the hikers’ ability and thereafter climbers spend a night at the summit having great views of the lava lake.
Day 4 : Descend Mount Nyiragongo and departure
After breakfast, climbers will leave the crater rim and start the descent back to the Kibati Ranger post. The average descending time is four hours. From the post, you are returned to the safari start point where you meet your Congo safari guide for a departure transfer from Congo.