5 Days Congo Gorilla Safari

Safari Overview:

The 5 Days Congo gorilla Safari is one of the interesting safaris  that offer you an opportunity to encounter Mountain  gorillas in Africa’s most picturesque Virunga National Park situated  in North-Eastern part of DR Congo. The 5 Days Congo Gorilla Safari Gorilla to Virunga National Park provides you a life changing experience which will stay in your heart and mind for the rest of time on Earth. Mountain gorillas are highly intelligent, good natured, and fascinating to observe. The silverback’s powerful presence is awe-inspiring, yet his calm clearly earns him the title, “gentle giant”. The safari also offers you chance to hike to Nyiragongo Volcanoes- one of Africa's most active volcanoes located just 20kms/12miles north of Goma. The hike to the summit (alt. 3,470m/10,410ft) involves walking through lush forest and lava fields to reach the edge of a 1.2km/0.7miles wide crater and a magnificent lava lake .The five days Congo gorilla trekking safari will start and end in Kigali international airport.

Safari Highlights:

Day 1: Arrive at Kigali International Airport & Transfer to Goma.

Day 2: Early Morning Gorilla trekking in Virunga National Park.

Day 3: Early Morning Nyiragongo Volcano Hike

Day 4: Make Decent from Nyiragongo Volcano, Transfer to Goma & Afternoon transfer to Gisenyi in Lake Kivu Beaches.

Day 5: Early Morning transfer to Kigali & Departure.

Detailed Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive at Kigali International Airport & Transfer to Goma.

Upon your arrival in Kigali international Airport, you will be welcomed by our professional driver guide who will transfer you to Goma, DRC. The drive journey of 184kms about 3-4 hours without enroute stopovers is a breeze because of the excellent roads/transport in Rwanda to the border. When you cross the border, you will start feeling the excitement of Congo. On arrival to Goma town, you will advance to the lodge to check-in, have dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Mbiza Hotel (Upmarket/Luxury), VIP Palace Goma (Mid-Range/Standard), Hotel la Versaille (Budget)

Day 2: Early Morning Gorilla trekking in Virunga National Park.

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Immediately after taking an early morning breakfast, you will transfer from your lodge to the park headquarters in Bukima sector for an early morning briefing about the dos’ and don’ts of gorilla trekking in Virunga National Park. After briefing, you will be led to the trail heads to start the trek when searching for the mountain gorillas in their serene environment of Virunga National Park. After 1-4 hours of trek depending on the movement of the mountain gorillas, you will come closer to the apes. Once up close to the mountain gorillas, you will be required to wear surgical masks that are provided to you when encountering the gorillas in their natural habitat of Virunga National Park. You will be allowed to spend one hour with the mountain gorillas and during this time you can decide to sit down watch gorillas carry on with their daily activities of feeding, caring for young ones. You will remain close to the beautiful apes while observing them, photographing and immediately after one hour, you will retire to the starting point and thereafter, embark on drive back to the lodge for lunch and relaxation.

Accommodation: Mbiza Hotel (Upmarket/Luxury), VIP Palace Goma (Mid-Range/Standard), Hotel la Versaille (Budget)

Day 3: Early Morning Nyiragongo Volcano Hike

Following your early morning breakfast, you will embark on the transfer to the mountain trailhead at Kibat Patrol Post in Nyiragongo Volcano. Scenic drive to Nyiragongo towering above its own lava flows from previous eruptions is really very festinating. On arrival to the trail head, you will be briefed and thereafter, embark on the climb of about 5-6hours to the top of the Volcano. You will be accompanied by two armed rangers/guides who speak English and French. Your hike to the summit of the volcano does not only reward you with spectacular view of the flora and fauna gorgeous at lower elevations, but you also give a local person a job. When you get high enough, the views of over an old crater to Lake Kivu are stunning. Of course, those views are nothing compared to when you reach the crater and see the lava pool inside which is simply incredible. The night will be spent in tents on the rim of the giant crater, high above the active lava lake. Accommodation is in simple but comfortable A-frame huts on the crater edge. Warm clothes and a sleeping bag are essential as it will be very cold and windy all night.

Day 4: Make Decent from Nyiragongo Volcano, Transfer to Goma & Afternoon transfer to Gisenyi in Lake Kivu Beaches.

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After an early morning breakfast, you will begin your descent by 7:00am from the summit of Nyiragongo to the head trail in Kibat Patrol Post. Arrive at the trail head before lunch and transfer back to the lodge to have lunch and relaxation. After lunch you will cross to Gisenyi in Rwanda and relax at Lake Kivu Serena Hotel beach alive with a beautiful view of Lake Kivu.

Accommodations: Lake Kivu Serena Hotel (Luxury/Upmarket), Cormoran Lodge (Mid-Range/Standard), Moriah Hill resort (Budget/Basic)

Day 5: Early Morning transfer to Kigali & Departure.

After an early morning breakfast, embark on transfer drive from Lake Kivu to Kigali International Airport for your onward flight. On arrival to Kigali, you will have your lunch and if time allows take visit to Gisozi genocide memorial Centre to pay tribute to the Rwandese who lost their lives during 1994 Genocide. Thereafter, Proceed to the Air for your scheduled flight back home.

End of Safari

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