4 Days Congo Gorillas & Nyiragongo Safari

Itinerary For 4 Day Congo Gorilla and Hiking Safari

Experience traveling to Virunga National park, for not only gorilla tracking but also for the Nyiragongo hike. This is not only a stand-alone safari but also work as an extension to another safari! Enjoy a wonderful and memorable experience in the African oldest Misty National Park!

Safari Outline

  • Day 1: Goma (Rwanda) / Bunagana (Uganda) to Virunga National Park
  • Day 2: Gorilla Tracking
  • Day 3: Nyiragongo Hiking  
  • Day 4: Virunga then Departure

Especially created for:

  • Gorilla lovers
  • Adventurists
  • Experienced Hikers

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Goma (Rwanda) / Bunagana (Uganda) to Virunga National Park
Early morning pick up by the Escape To Africa company representative from either a hotel in Kigali or Kigali Airport and drive to Goma border. Or if in Uganda, pick up by the driver / guide and drop-off drop at Bunagana border. Pick up from the border by the Virunga National park armed ranger guides at an agreed time while enjoying the view of the rolling hills and dense vegetation as you continue to Virunga National park for an overnight.

  • Travel time: 3 ½ Hours (Kigali – Goma), 1 ½ Hours (Goma to Mikeno) – Rwanda
  • Travel Time: 25 minutes (Kisoro – Bunagana), 1 ½ Hours (Bunagana – Mikeno) – Uganda
  • Accommodation: Mikeno Lodge
  • Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 2: Gorilla Tracking
After an early morning breakfast transfer with packed lunch to Bukima park head offices. Gorilla briefing is done by park rangers after which rangers are assigned per trackers group. For those with heavy gadgets or need a pull and push, porters are available. Porters are from the local community and each carry a maximum of 15KGs. Only 1 hour is allowed in the company of the gentle creature but it takes 3 or more hours to encounter the mountain gorillas. Later relax at the Lodge, or take a stride to Kibati waterfalls, or engage in a guided forest nature walk.

  • Accommodation: Mikeno Lodge
  • Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3: Hiking Nyiragongo
With an early breakfast, set off for Nyiragongo base at Kibati. Arrival at 7AM, head to the park headquarters for registration and briefing before entering the forest. Depending on one’s determination and experience hike for 6 – 8 hours. On arrival at the top of the Volcanoes, enjoy the fascinating view of the lava lake.

  • Overnight at one of the shelters at Nyiragongo summit

Day 3: Descend Nyiragongo then Departure
Wake up as the sunrises and get ready to descend Nyiragongo. After finalising with the park office and ranger guides, transfer back to either Goma or Bunagana border for your next destination.

  • Travel Time: 1 ½ (Mikeno – Goma), 3 ½ Hours (Goma- Kigali)
  • Travel time:   1 ½ Hours (Mikeno – Bunagana), 25 minutes (Bunagana – Kisoro)
  • Meal Plan: Breakfast only

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Included in the above quote:

  • Our Quotes are offered in USD
  • Full Board meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) with Accommodation as listed in the itinerary.
  • Gorilla and Hiking Permit
  • Drinking water in the vehicle (1 litre per person per day)
  • Private 4×4 vehicle with experienced English-speaking driver-guide, from the morning of day 1 to the evening of day 4
  • All the excursions and activities indicated in the itinerary under the supervision of an experienced English-speaking guide
  • Wi-Fi (in main areas of all Lodge)
  • Government taxes

Excluded from the above quote:

  • All drinks
  • Lunch & Dinner on (Day 4)
  • DR Congo Entry Visa fee
  • International air flights
  • Any optional activity not indicated in above program
  • Laundry Services
  • Gratuities and Tips

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