Day 1: Land at Kigali and Drive to Gisenyi – Congo Boarder.
You will meet your guide on your agreed location waiting to welcome you and embark on your drive to cross into Congo to Goma. Check in with the tourism office strategically located at the Grand Barrier border Post to receive Gorilla and Volcano permit that’s to be presented at the beginning of every trek. There after you will be transfer to Kibumba tented camp just near the trailhead of Nyiragongo volcano or Bukima tented camp – just outside Virunga national park boundary. Other accommodation options can be arranged according to your budget and preference.
Day 2: Virunga Gorilla Trekking in Congo
Have your first meal of the day – Breakfast and report to Bukima patrol passport with your passport and permit details for registration and briefing. All treks in Virunga national park begin here. Later head into the forest with your ranger guide and expect to hike for 1 to 3 hours until you find the mountain Gorillas in Virunga national park
When you get to see them, you will be in awe inspired by their huge size and gentle nature as you watch them go about their daily business with mothers tending to the young ones and the juveniles making an effort to impress. You will stay up to 1 hour maximum and head back to the camp enjoy a late lunch and have the rest of the day at leisure, including time for nature walks and bird watching.
Day 3: Nyiragongo Hiking
Prepare for early morning breakfast as you will are expected at the headquarters by 8am.
Meet your ranger guide, a porter and begin your hike. Meals will be provided and you will stay overnight in wooden shelter at the top.
Please note that your Rwanda Visa will expire after crossing into Congo so you will apply for another immediately and you will find it ready on return.
Day 4: Descend Nyiragongo & Proceed to Kibumba or Bukima
This morning, you will descend the Volcano and head down to Kibati by 11:00am. Here, you will connect with your driver / guide and transfer to Gisenyi Rwanda to spend the evening at leisure! Enjoy dinner at overnight at Paradise Malahide/ Lake Kivu Serena Hotel.
Day 5: Transfer & Fly out of Kigali.
Wake up to a tasty breakfast and journey back to Kigali. Depending on your departure flight time, you will be able to do a city tour visiting the Genocide memorial site in Kigali and Kaplaki crafts village for souvenir shopping and drop off at the airport for your flight back home.
Prices will be provided based on choice of accommodation and number of participants. Note that you can also add other interesting extras to the above itinerary like a visit to Lulimbi for game viewing and Tchegera Island if you have more time.
Alternatively, travelers with less time could opt for the 3 day Nyiragongo Hike