5 Days Gorilla Trek & Nyiragongo Hike

5 Days Congo gorilla trekking safari from Kigali crossing into Goma to start mount Nyiragongo hiking and mountain gorilla trekking in Virunga national park. This tour offers you 4 Nights in Congo at Kibumba tented camp and ends back in Kigali.

nyiragongo safariTrip Highlights

  • City Tour to Gisozi Genocide memorial sites, Local markets, Craft shops
  • Gorilla Trekking
  • Visit Lakes Burera & Ruhondo
  • Nyiragongo Hike
  • Dian Fossey hike/Mt Bisoke hike

Tour itinerary

Day 1: Kigali city tour – Transfer to Gisenyi
Pick Up by our tour guide and welcome to the “Land of thousand Hills” enriched with beautiful views of the rolling green hills but with a horrific genocide history. This tour will take you for a city tour to the Gisozi memorial site where you will learn first hand information of the horrific genocide.Then, you will drive north of Rwanda to Gisenyi, viewing remarkable scenery of the Virunga Mountains en route. In the evening, you may go for a boat cruise along lake Kivu. Dinner and overnight stay at Kivu Serena Hotel(luxury)/Gorillas hotel (Deluxe).

Day 2: Nyiragongo Hike
Have breakfast at your hotel early morning and cross over to DR Congo and proceed to Kibatsi village where the mountain Hike starts from. You will reach the top in the
afternoon and have dinner and overnight at the top of the Nyiragongo Volcanoe.

Day 3: Descent the volcano and transfer to Virunga national park
In the morning, you will descend the volcano and drive to your hotel in Virunga national park. Dinner and overnight at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge(Luxury)/La palme Hotel(Deluxe)/Muhabura Hotel(Budget).

Day 4: Gorilla Trekking in Virunga national park
Up early for breakfast at your hotel, with a lunch pack, drive to the park head offices with your tour guide. Assemble for briefing by 7:30 AM for registration, and a briefing about the do’s and don’t when you meet gorillas. This is a standard precaution to protect the health of the mountain gorillas and the visitors. You will also be divided in groups of 8 people depending on your level of fitness.

After the Briefing and assigning a gorilla group to trek, you will drive to the head trail of your gorilla group where the trek will begin. At this point you will descend into the forest with a lead from an experienced local guide who will be in position to answer all your question as you trek in search for your gorilla family. This trek can last from 30 minutes to 6 hours hiking through bamboo trees. The length of your trek depends on how far into the forest your gorilla group has moved. You Once you meet the gorillas, only one hour is allowed with the gentle species so as not to exhaust them. In this one hour, you are allowed to take pictures, video recording but don’t forget to take time and take in this magical moment!
Once the hour is done, descend back to the head trail where you entered the forest from.

In The afternoon you will relax at your hotel or visit the Senkwekwe gorilla orphanage center.Dinner and overnight at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge(Luxury)/La palme Hotel(Deluxe)/Muhabura Hotel(Budget).

Day 5: Transfer to Kigali.
In the morning, you will drive back crossing from Goma to Gisenyi and drive to Kigali to catch departure flight. If time allows you will have a Kigali city tour to the genocide memorial site. Later drop off at the airport.

End of tour