– Gorilla Trekking in the Volcanoes national park Rwanda
– Hiking Mount Nyiragongo
This package is designed for visitors who are interested in hiking Mount Nyiragongo in DR Congo but wish to do the gorilla trekking in Rwanda. The hiking and gorilla safari starts with a tour of Kigali and then crossing to the DR Congo to hike Mount Nyiragongo. After the Nyiragongo volcano hike, cross back to Rwanda for a gorilla watching safari in the Volcanoes National Park. This will be a tiring experience and you need to be in good physical condition. Hiking Mount Nyiragongo and seeing the boiling crater up-close is one of the most thrilling activities in the world. There is no place elsewhere like Nyiragongo. When you add to gorilla trekking, it makes for a truly memorable experience.
Main Activities :
Day 1: Pickup and city tour – Transfer to Lake Kivu in Gisenyi
A Mission Africa Safaris company guide will be at your hotel early morning or the airport for pickup, briefing and starting the tour in the city of Kigali. You will first visit the renown Kigali Gisozi genocide memorial site where you will learn about the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. You will visit the rest of Kigali. the local markets, kings palace and then have lunch before starting the 3 hours journey to Lake Kivu. Once you arrive, check in to your hotel and go relax by the Lake shores for the rest of the evening.
Dinner and overnight at Lake Kivu Serena hotel (Luxury), Paradise Marahide (Deluxe) and Palm Resort Gardens (Basic).
Day 2: Transfer to Goma Congo – Mount Nyiragongo Hiking
You will wake up very early to take breakfast in your hotel and cross the border to Goma in DR Congo. After Goma, drive to the Kibatsi village which is the starting point for hiking the Nyiragongo volcano. Hiking mount Nyiragongo takes between 4-6 hours to reach the top. Dinner and overnight will be on top where you will be given cabin shelters. You can enjoy the view of the Nyiragongo Lava Lake throughout the night if you wish.
Day 3: Descend Nyiragongo Volcano – Transfer to the Volcanoes national Park Rwanda
in the morning, descend the volcano and drive back to Goma arriving by midday. Cross over to Rwanda and drive back to Kigali with lunch en-route. There will be several stop-overs for sight seeing and taking photos. Once you reach Kigali, you will be transferred to the volcanoes national park with the aim of giving you enough time to rest for gorilla tracking the next day. Dinner and sleeping at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge / The 5 Volcanoes Lodge ( Luxury), Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge / Da Vinci Lodge (Mid-range) and The Garden Place Hotel (Budget).
Day 4: Gorilla trekking in Rwanda – Departure
After yesterdays rest, you should head to the Volcanoes national park headquarters in Musanze for briefing on gorilla tracking. The briefing takes place at 7:00am and is done by the head park guide. All gorilla trekkers must be at the park by this time and must attend the briefing to get an overview of what to expect during the trek. There are 10 habituated gorilla groups during a gorilla safari in Rwanda. Choose one based on your fitness. Tracking mountain gorillas in Rwanda like elsewhere can be challenging but the excitement of finally spotting the gorilla family is indescribable. The one hour spent watching mountain gorillas is a once in a lifetime wildlife experience. You could spend hours watching the young ones roll and play. Listen to your guide and do not get carried away. Stay calm and do not make sudden unnecessary movements. After watching the mountain gorillas, head back to the starting point where you will meet our guide from Mission Africa Safaris to take you back for lunch, short rest before heading back to Kigali for departure or drop off at your hotel
End of Tour
For the best gorilla trekking adventure
– This travel plan does not include dinner and accommodation on arrival but can be arranged
– You need to be 15 years and above to go for gorilla trekking
– Check the visa and inoculation requirements before you travel – including at all transit points.
– You need a yellow fever immunization card to enter Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo
– Before you travel, apply for a Visa online – This depends on your nationality.
Safari Quote Includes
– A 4X4 safari vehicle for the whole tour
– A Full-Time Driver guide for the whole tour
– Fuel for the tour
– Gorilla Permits for Rwanda
– Daily drinking water and en-route lunch
– Nyiragongo volcano hiking fee
– Pickup and drop-off within Kigali
– Park fees
– Everything else included in the itinerary
– Tour of Kigali city
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