Overview of the 7 days Congo gorilla safari & mount Nyiragongo hiking tour
The 7 days Congo gorilla safari & mount Nyiragongo hiking tour is a 7 days unbeaten track tour to the hidden gem of Africa for mountain and lowland gorilla trekking alongside a hike to Mount Nyiragongo. The lowland gorilla trekking is encountered at Kahuzi Biega National Park in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, mountain gorilla trekking at Virunga National Park (an opportunity to trek 2 different species of gorillas). The hike and descend to mount Nyiragongo (one of Africa’s most active stratovolcanoes) is undertaken within Virunga National Park.
Starting and ending at Rwanda’s Kigali international airport the trip starts with a pick up, Kigali city tour and transfer to a lodging facility in Rwanda. The next morning, you are transferred to Bukavu in Congo arriving in the evening then eastern lowland gorilla trekking the next day at kahuzi Biega National Park. From here, you continue to Goma for mountain gorilla trekking at Virunga National Park on the fifth day. You then after hike and descend mount Nyiragongo before departure at Kigali international airport on the seventh day.
Highlights of the 7 days Congo gorilla safari & mount Nyiragongo hiking tour
Day 1: Upon arrival and clearance at Kigali international airport, you meet a knowledgeable Congo safari guide for a drive to Kigali town for a city tour then after retire for the night at a lodging facility in Kigali.
Day 2: After breakfast, your driver guide picks you up for a transfer to Congo’s capital of Bukavu in Eastern side of the country on a 7-8hours drive.
Day 3: Early morning after breakfast you are driven to Kahuzi Biega National Park for lowland gorilla trekking that takes about 2-6hours.
Day 4: From Bukavu, you are transferred to Goma town close to Virunga National Park.
Day 5: After breakfast, you are driven to Virunga park for mountain gorilla trekking.
Day 6: In the morning, you are driven to Kibat station for a hike to Mount Nyiragongo summit spending the night at the summit of the volcano.
Day 7: You descend from Mount Nyiragongo then after be transferred back to Kigali international airport for a departure flight.
Day by day detailed itinerary of the 7 days Congo gorilla safari & mount Nyiragongo hiking tour
Day 1 of the 7 days Congo gorilla safari & mount Nyiragongo hiking tour
When you arrive to Rwanda’s Kigali International Airport (the closest airport to Congo with daily flights), you are cleared by the airport staff then after you meet your safari guide for a drive to Kigali town. Just about 13km from the airport, you go for a Kigali city tour to the Genocide memorial center of which you hear about the history of Rwanda. You then continue with the drive on this short Rwanda safari through the town to a lodging facility in the town where you spend the night.
Day 2 of the 7 days Congo gorilla safari & mount Nyiragongo hiking tour
After having a relaxed breakfast at the land of a thousand hills, you are picked up using a 4×4 safari Landcruiser by your guide for a drive to Congo. You are driven southwards to Cyangugu boarder for a crossing to Bukavu in Congo with lunch taken en route. Arriving in the evening you check in, have dinner and spend the night in Bukavu as you prepare for lowland gorilla trekking the next day.
Day 3 of the 7 days Congo gorilla safari & mount Nyiragongo hiking tour
Early this morning, you have a cup of coffee at your lodging facility then after be transferred to Kahuzi Biega National Park for a Congo gorilla trekking safari experience here. On arrival, you get a briefing from the park rangers on the Congo gorilla trekking etiquette then after you get into the jungle for gorilla trekking alongside park rangers as you spend about 2-6hours in search of the lowland gorillas then a single hour in the presence of the gentle giants as you take memorable pictures of these elusive species. After the trek, you return to the park headquarters where you meet your driver guide to transfer you back to your lodging facility where you spend the night.
Day 4 of the 7 days Congo gorilla safari & mount Nyiragongo hiking tour
From Bukavu at a lodging facility where you spent the night, you are picked up by your Congo tour guide after breakfast for a drive to Goma. You arrive in the evening spending the night at a close accommodation in Virunga National Park’s Bukima sector where you have dinner and prepare for mountain gorilla trekking the next day.
Day 5 of the 7 days Congo gorilla safari & mount Nyiragongo hiking tour
After your morning breakfast at the foothills of Virunga, you will be driven by your safari guide to the park headquarters in Virunga national park. Gorilla trekking starts at 8:00am after briefing by the park rangers at the park headquarters, allocation of a gorilla family to trek along with 7 other Congo gorilla trekkers. The actual trek lasts about 2-6 hours and only a single hour in the presence of the gentle mountain gorillas. After the trek, you will return to the park headquarters where you meet your driver who will transfer you back to your lodging facility.
Day 6 of the 7 days Congo gorilla safari & mount Nyiragongo hiking tour
After breakfast, your driver guide will transfer you to Kibat station where the hike to the summit of one of the world’s active stratovolcanoes. The hike to the summit usually takes about 6 hours depending on your energy levels. Also known as the “braves cake”, the hike is an amazing adventure past beautiful flora and fauna species to the lava lakes. During the hike you will be helped with luggage carrying and cooking at the summit by porters who can be hired at the park headquarters. The night is spent at the summit cabins as you take memorable pictures and watching the beautiful lava lake at sunrise.
Day 7 of the 7 days Congo gorilla safari & mount Nyiragongo hiking tour
On this last day of your Congo gorilla trekking tour, you will descend from the summit of Mount Nyiragongo back to the park headquarters in Kibat. Your driver guide will be waiting for you at the station and transfer you back to Kigali for the end of your trip.
End of the 7 days Congo gorilla safari & mount Nyiragongo hiking tour