This 4 Day Tour in Virunga National Park to climb Nyiragongo volcano and Track Mountain Gorilla, start and ends at the border of Rwanda and Congo. This short tour will take you to kibati where you will climb the famous active Nyiragongo volcano to see the world’s largest lava lake, also go to track Mountain gorillas in Virunga National park. The Nyiragongo is one of the world’s most active volcanoes. 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.
Day by Day
Day 1 Drive To Goma
Meet you At The Border of Congo and Rwanda at 11.30AM And Transfer To Goma. Goma is the capital city of the North Kivu province in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is located on the northern shore of Lake Kivu next to the Rwandan city of Gisenyi. The lake and the two cities are in the Albertine Rift, the western branch of the East African Rift system. Goma lies only 13 to 18 km due south of the crater of the active Nyiragongo Volcano.
- Accommodation: Kibumba Tented Camp
- Meals & drinks: Lunch & dinner + Drinking water
Day 2: Gorilla tracking in Virunga National Park.
Early in the morning at 6:30am, you will depart from Goma and Drive up to the Virunga national park station where you will be briefed about the dos and don’ts while you are with the Gorillas. After the briefing, you proceed for the memorable adventure of gorilla tracking. This rather strenuous but unforgettable adventure will take you through thick and muddy environment, and may take you 2-4 hours to locate the amazing apes, depending on their movements. After a maximum period of one hour with the Gorillas, you descend to the headquarters where the driver will transfer you to Goma for Dinner and overnight.
- Budget Accommodation: Kibumba Tented Camp
- Meals & drinks: All Meals + Drinking water
Day 3: Nyiragongo Volcano Hiking.
After your breakfast, you will move from the hotel, and do some shopping in the supermarket before transferring to Kibati Village where you start you hiking experience. Start the hiking and arrive at the top in the afternoon. This will take you 5-6hours, with enroute view of some animals and birds along the trail. Admire the lava lake all evening, before retiring in the Shelter on the rim of the giant crater high above the active lake. The climb up to and down from Nyiragongo is strenuous and often in hot conditions, but the path is relatively easy and not excessively steep. You can hire a porter to carry your luggage at US$ 24 per porter to be paid on ground.
- Accommodation: Virunga Mountain Shelters
- Meals & drinks: All meals included and Drinking water
Day 4: Back From Nyiragongo Volcano
In the morning you will enjoy your breakfast with the breathtaking view overlooking the Nyiragongo 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 then help you cross the border to Rwanda. End of The tour.
- Accommodation: Not Included
- Meals & drinks: Breakfast, Lunch and Drinking water Included
Cost: 1400 USD Per Persom Plus 100USD for Congo Visa
- Park fees,
- Gorilla and Volcano permits,
- All activities, All accommodation,
- A professional driver/guide,
- Ground transportation,
- All Taxes/VAT,
- Meals (as specified in the day-by-day section)
- International flights,
- Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour,
- Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.),
- Some meals (as specified in the day-by-day), Drinks
NOTE : You can reach the Congo and Rwanda Border with a private taxi, A taxi Charges 100 USD. and we can help you get the best driver who speaks English
What to Bring:
You must bring appropriate walking or hiking shoes as trainers are not suitable for the forest terrain. Waterproof clothing, preferably dark in colour as bright colours will attract insects, is necessary since the forest is at high altitude so there is a good chance of rain. Remember to bring high-factor sunscreen and a hat too, most of all don’t forget your yellow fever vaccination card.