6 Days Congo Gorilla trekking Safari and Mount Nyiragongo hike

Safari Overview – 6 Days Congo Gorilla Trekking Safari offers a variety of activities including mountain gorilla tour at Virunga national park and later proceeding  to do mountain Nyiragongo one of the world wonders due to its active volcano state.  Check out this 6 Days Congo Gorilla Trekking Safari itinerary.

Brief Itinerary – 6 Days Congo Gorilla Trekking Safari and Mount Nyiragongo hike

  • Day 1: Arrival Kigali transfer to Kisoro
  • Day 2: Transfer to Virunga National Park & Gorilla Trekking
  • Day 3: Transfer to base of Mount Nyiragongo in Virunga National Park
  • Day 4: Ascending Mount Nyiragongo
  • Day 5:  Descent from Mountain & Transfer to Lake Kivu
  • Day 6: Kigali Tour & Departure

What is included;

  • Transport- tour vehicle, fuel and driver
  • Full board accommodation for the nights
  • Entrance fees.
  • All activities.
  • Bottled drinking water

What is not included

  • Visas
  • Air ticket
  • Personal expenses.
  • Cost for anything that is not mentioned in the itinerary.

Detailed Itinerary – 6 Days Congo Gorilla trekking Safari and Mount Nyiragongo hike

Day 1: Arrival Kigali transfer to Kisoro

Mount Nyiragongo hike in Congo

Mount Nyiragongo hike in Congo

On the first day of your 6 Days Congo Gorilla Trekking Safari, your Jewel Safaris guide will meet you at the Kigali International Airport and give you a briefing of the upcoming itinerary.  Immediately, you will begin your journey to the town of Kisoro in Western Uganda.

This is the best vantage point to access the section of the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where you will be tracking the Mountain Gorillas the next morning.

Your Jewel Safaris guide will take you across the Rwanda/Uganda border and drive you to your accommodation in Kisoro.  Dinner will be at your accommodation.

Day 2: Transfer to Virunga National Park & Gorilla Trekking 

After an early breakfast on the second day of your 6 Days Congo Gorilla Trekking Safari, your Jewel Safaris guide will take you from Kisoro to the Uganda/DRC border, a 30-minutes distance.  After crossing the border, you will go directly to the Virunga National Park headquarters and report for your Mountain Gorilla Tracking.  You will be assigned a group and a Park Ranger; after which time you will begin tracking the famous Silver backs and their family.  As the Gorillas wander around the forest, it is not known how long you will have to track them until you come in contact with the specific family of gorillas you have been assigned; this can take a number of hours. Once you meet up with them, you are allowed one hour to observe and photograph them.  When your tracking is finished, you will descend and meet up with your Jewel Safaris guide who will then take you to your accommodation, near the park.  Dinner will be served at your accommodation.

Day 3: Transfer to base of Mount Nyiragongo in Virunga National Park

After breakfast on the third day of your 6 Days Congo Gorilla Trekking Safari, your Jewel Safaris guide will take you closer to the base of Mount Nyirgongo, in preparation for your climb the following morning.  En route you will travel through parts of the Virunga National Park, a pristine rain forest teaming with wildlife and birds, many of which you will no doubt see as you pass along the road.   Dinner will be served at your accommodation.

Day 4: Ascending Mount Nyiragongo 

After an early breakfast on the fourth day of your 6 Days Congo Gorilla Trekking Safari, you will be taken by your Jewel Safaris guide to the park headquarters to register for your Mount Nyiragongo hike.  Immediately, you have been assigned a local guide and porters, if you have equipment that needs to be carried, you will begin your climb up the trail.  The climb up Mount Nyiragongo takes between 4 and 6 hours depending on your climbing abilities and the weather.   At the summit, there are cabanas where you can rest when you reach the top; these cabanas will be your accommodation for the night.  Dinner will be prepared for you at the cabanas.

Day 5:  Descent from Mountain & Transfer to Lake Kivu

After you have had breakfast and packed up your things, you will begin your descent of Mount Nyirgongo.  You will reunite with your Jewel Safaris guide who will take you to the town of Goma, on the north end of Lake Kivu for a city tour.  This will give you an opportunity to fathom the disaster of 2002 when Mount Nyirgongo erupted and almost completely destroyed the town of Goma; cars and building were left in piles of hardened lava flow throughout the town.

You will then return to Kisoro, crossing the DRC/Uganda border and stay overnight.  Dinner will be at your accommodation.

Day 6: Kigali Tour & Departure 

After breakfast on the last day of your 6 Days Congo Gorilla Trekking Safari, your Jewel Safaris guide will take you across the Rwanda/Uganda border to Kigali to meet you flight; time permitting, your guide will give you a city tour of Kigali, including the Genocide Memorial Center and any other cultural and/or historical sites you desire to see.  Also this is an opportunity to do any souvenir shopping at one of the local markets or craft workshops in Kigali.

End of 6 Days Congo Gorilla trekking tour

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