Want to trek gorillas in Virunga National Park and hike Mount Nyiragongo? This 5 Days Virunga gorillas & Nyiragongo hike package highlights activities in the two great Congo safari attractions. Pick up and departure is Kigali in Rwanda.
Day 1: Transfer to Goma
On this first day of your Virunga gorillas & Nyiragongo hike, you will be picked up from your accommodation in Kigali and transfer to Goma crossing the border, have lunch in Gisenyi before you cross, spend the rest of your afternoon at the lodge relaxing and preparing for the next day activity. Dinner and overnight stay at Mikeno lodge for luxury, Bukima lodge for mid-range and Lac Kivu lodge for budget stay.
Day 2: Gorilla trekking in Virunga national park
Have your breakfast early and drive to Bukima for briefing and Gorilla trekking along with your packed food and water. The experience can take 1-8 hours depending on the movement of the gorillas but you are only allowed 1 hour maximum with the Gorillas.
After trekking, meet your driver and cross back to Rwanda side via Goma border. Spend the rest of your afternoon relaxing at the shores of Lake Kivu, dinner and overnight stay at the same lodge as above.
Day 3: Nyiragongo hike
Wake up to an early breakfast and be transferred to Kibati patrol post to begin your Nyiragongo hike. You will first have a briefing before you start your trek from the park rangers. Along with your service rangers, porters and food providers will start your hike. The lava is best viewed in the night, so you will spend an overnight at the summit with rewarding views of the lava lake. Shelter, meals and driving water will be provided.
Day 4: Descend and connect back to Gisenyi
Descend Mount Nyiragongo and meet up with your driver / guide at the base by around 11:00 am and cross back to Rwanda side in Gisenyi where you will have your lunch. Dinner and overnight stay at Lake Kivu Serena Hotel for luxury stay and Paradise Malahide Resort for comfortable stay.
Day 5: City Tour & Departure
You will have your breakfast early and transfer to Kigali where you will do a brief city tour including the local market and genocide memorial site. Later transfer to the airport for your onward flight.