7 Days Congo Gorilla trekking and Nyiragongo safari

7 Days Congo Gorilla trekking and Nyiragongo safari

7 Days Congo Gorilla trekking and Nyiragongo safari

7 days Congo Gorilla trekking and Nyiragongo safari will take you on a one week safari into the wilderness of both Kahuzi Beiga National park for Eastern Lowland gorilla trekking and Virunga national park for endangered mountain gorilla trekking and finally hike up the most active Nyiragongo Volcano to explore the boiling Lava Lake at the summit. Democratic Republic of Congo is blessed to harbor both the mountain gorillas and the eastern lowland gorillas unlike Uganda and Rwanda which harbor only endangered mountain gorillas. And yet the first county to be opened up for gorilla trekking with in Virunga national park. This 7 days Congo Gorilla trekking Safari and Nyiragongo hiking adventure starts and ends in Kigali Rwanda.

Highlights of 7 Days Congo Gorilla trekking Safari and Nyiragongo hiking adventure

  • Day 1: Arrival in Rwanda
  • Day 2: Transfer to Kahuzi Beiga national park in Bukavu
  • Day 3: Eastern Lowland gorilla trekking in Kahuzi Beiga national park
  • Day 4: Transfer to Goma
  • Day 5: Mountain gorilla trekking in Virunga national park
  • Day 6: Hike Mount Nyiragongo (Ascend)
  • Day 7: Descend mount Nyiragongo and transfer to Kigali Rwanda

Detailed Safari Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Rwanda

  • Welcome to Kigali Rwanda: Upon arrival at Kigali international airport on day 1 of 7 days Congo Gorilla trekking Safari and Nyiragongo hiking adventure, you will be welcomed by your safari driver who will brief you about this one-week safari in Congo as you drive to your booked hotel in Kigali. Upon arrival at the hotel, you will be served with a meal, relax a bit, and meet your safari driver again for a brief Kigali city tour. Amongst things to visit on the Kigali city tour include the Kimironko market, Kigali genocide memorial sites and other stunning places in the capital city of Rwanda. After the Kigali city tour, you will be driven back to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
  • Meal plan: Lunch and dinner

Day 2: Transfer to Kahuzi Beiga national park in Bukavu

  • Transfer to Bukavu: After breakfast at your hotel in Kigali on day 2 of 7 days Congo Gorilla trekking Safari and Nyiragongo hiking adventure, checkout and meet your safari driver to start the journey from Kigali to Bukavu with a stopover at the king’s palace, Genocide memorial sites and enroute lunch. The journey rewards tourists with a stunning view of different vegetation cover including plantations, beautiful Lake Kivu and many more. Upon arrival in Bukavu, you will check in at your lodge, have your dinner and overnight stay. Bukavu is the nearest city to Kahuzi Beiga national park where several tourists on a visit to Kahuzi Beiga national park spend an overnight and then crossover into the park the following day.
  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3: Eastern Lowland gorilla trekking in Kahuzi Beiga national park

  • Eastern lowland gorilla trekking: On day 3 of 7 days Congo Gorilla trekking Safari and Nyiragongo hiking adventure, you ought to wake up as early as 5:30 am, enjoy an early breakfast and later on be driven to the park headquarters for Kahuzi Beiga national park for clearances, obtain a gorilla trekking permit, and head be briefed about gorilla trekking in Kahuzi Beiga national park. After briefing, hire a porter and start the journey in search of habituated gorillas for trekking. Lowland Gorilla are only trekked in Kahuzi Beiga national park in the entire East African region. Where in the jungle lookout for other species of wildlife that are call this park their home including mammals, birds, butterflies and many other unique attractions. After spending one hour with gorillas, you will trek back to the park headquarters where you will be picked and returned to the lodge for a relaxed evening, dinner and overnight.
  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4: Transfer to Goma

  • Drive to Goma: wake up in the morning on day 4 of 7 days Congo Gorilla trekking Safari and Nyiragongo hiking adventure for a relaxed breakfast then check out of the lodge and start the journey to Goma via a speed boat along Lake Kivu to the opposite site of the lake where Goma city is situated. Upon arrival in Goma which is the nearest city to Virunga national park Congo, you will enjoy an enroute lunch at any hotel and later on be transferred to the park headquarters at Grande barrier where you will be cleared, obtain your gorilla permit and finally be transferred to your lodge for dinner and overnight.
  • Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

Day 5: Mountain gorilla trekking in Virunga national park

  • Gorilla trekking: After breakfast on day 5 of 7 days Congo Gorilla trekking Safari and Nyiragongo hiking adventure, pack snacks, drinking water and be driven to Bukima which is the main trail head for gorilla trekking in Virunga national park. While at Bukima, you will be briefed about expectations while in the wild, the dos and don’ts and any other information about gorilla trekking in virunga national park. After briefing, you will set off on an adventurous and fascinating search of habituated mountain gorillas in their natural habitats which lasts about 30 minutes to 7 hours but with only one hour of close view of these mountain gorillas. After sending an hour with gorillas, you will trail back slowly to Bukima where a convoy awaits to drop you back to your lodge for a relaxed evening, dinner and overnight.
  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 6: Hike Mount Nyiragongo (Ascend)

  • Hike Mount Nyiragongo: Arise on a relaxed breakfast on day 6 of 7 days Congo Gorilla trekking Safari and Nyiragongo hiking adventure, pack your luggage and check out of the lodge to be driven for a briefing at Kibati ranger post where all the info you need know Mount Nyiragongo the most active volcano is told. Before starting the hike which starts at 10:30 am, ensure that you have a sleeping bag, warm attire, a rain jacket and any other thing that you might need while at the summit since there are no shops at the top of Nyiragongo and no one will return to the base of the mountain to pick anything. During Nyiragongo hike, you will encounter gorillas, forest elephants, bush pigs and many other creatures that inhabit Mount Nyiragongo and virunga national park at large. While at the summit, you will be rewarded with a view of the neighboring volcanoes with in Uganda and Rwanda and the unforgettable view of a glowing Lava lake at the top on Nyiragongo which is the major reason as to why tourists visit Virunga national park all year round.
  • Meal plan: Breakfast, packed lunch and dinner at the summit.
7 Days Congo Gorilla trekking and Nyiragongo safari
Nyiragongo safari

Day 7: Descend Mount Nyiragongo and transfer to Kigali Rwanda

  • Descend Nyiragongo: Arise for breakfast very early in the morning at the summit of Mount Nyiragongo on day 7 of 7 days Congo Gorilla trekking Safari and Nyiragongo hiking adventure and by 6:30am start the journey descending back to Kibati ranger post where a convoy will pick you up and be driven to Goma to proceed with your journey. In Goma, you will enjoy lunch and then set off for a drive to Kigali Rwanda for either hotel drop-off or airport drop off.
  • Meal plan: Breakfast at the summit, and enroute lunch.

End of 7 Days Congo Gorilla trekking Safari and Nyiragongo hiking adventure

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