3 Days Nyiragongo Volcano Hiking Safari Kigali
This 3 days Nyiragongo hiking safari from Kigali is such a rewarding adventure that enables hiking lovers to summit the active volcanic mountain in Virunga national park with in Congo. Virunga national park is the largest and even the oldest national park in Africa where mountain gorilla trekking safari was first launched. Therefore, this 3 days Nyiragongo hiking safari from Kigali will take you inside this magnificent national park situated within Virunga massif that harbours mount Nyiragongo and other volcanoes since Virunga massif is a home to 8 volcanic mountains shared amongst Mgahinga gorilla national park in Uganda, Volcanoes national park in Rwanda and this virunga national park in Congo.
However, amongst the 8 volcanoes in Virunga Massif, Mount Nyiragongo is the most hiked volcano within Africa due to the existence of the active lava lake at the top of the mountain that attracts several hikers to watch it as it glows at night especially when the rain drops in it. Mount Nyiragongo Volcano last erupted in 2002 and this eruption greatly took several human lives, animals, and destroyed a lot of property.
Nyiragongo volcano hiking safari is always included on the bucket list of several travelers on a Rwanda safari since to hike it, one lands into Kigali –Rwanda and then cross the border at Goma for Nyiragongo hiking safari to summit the top and return to Kigali to proceed with other activities on the Itinerary. Also, a hike to summit the top of mount Nyiragongo volcano can be done as an Independent activity as shown in this 3 days Nyiragongo hiking safari from Kigali which includes 3 days and 2 nights starting and ending in Kigali – Rwanda.
Highlights of 3 days Nyiragongo volcano hiking safari from Kigali
- Day 1 of 3 days Nyiragongo volcano hiking safari from Kigali: Arrival at Kigali International airport and transfer to Gisenyi
- Day 2 of 3 days Nyiragongo volcano hiking safari from Kigali: Transfer from Gisenyi to Grande Barriere & Hike Nyiragongo
- Day 3 of 3 days Nyiragongo volcano hiking safari from Kigali: Descend Nyiragongo & transfer to Kigali for departures
DETAILED ITINERARY FOR 3 DAYS NYIRAGONGO VOLCANO HIKING SAFARI FROM KIGALI
Day 1 of 3 days Nyiragongo volcano hiking safari from Kigali: Arrival at Kigali International airport and transfer to Gisenyi
Kigali Arrival and transfer to Gisenyi: After arrival at Kigali International airport on day 1 of 3 days Nyiragongo volcano hiking safari from Kigali, you will be met by our company representative in Kigali for a briefing about your 3 days safari as you head a 3 hours’ drive to Gisenyi where you will check in for overnight. While in Gisenyi, you will be offered a clear view of Lake Kivu and also have a Gisenyi city tour if time allow before overnight.
Meal plan: Half board (Lunch & dinner)
Day 2 of 3 days Nyiragongo hiking safari from Kigali: Transfer from Gisenyi to Grande Barriere & Hike Nyiragongo
Hike Mount Nyiragongo (Ascend): After breakfast in Gisenyi on day 2 of 3 days Nyiragongo volcano hiking safari from Kigali, check out of the lodge and be transferred to Grande Barriere as early as 7:00 am in order to catch up with the convoy at the border crossing point into Congo and pick up your Nyiragongo hiking permit after clearances with Virunga national park. Once you are done with all park clearances, you will be driven to the starting point of Nyiragongo hiking adventure where you must arrive by 10:00am to join other Nyiragongo hikers. Nyiragongo hike starts at Kibati ranger post where hikers meet the porters available for hire and then set off for a fascinating ascension to summit the top of Nyiragongo Volcano amidst tight security of armed rangers through the forest and plantations at the base of mount Nyiragongo. During the Nyiragongo hike, hikers are rewarded with a clear view of Virunga national park, the nearby volcanic mountain with in Virunga massive and encounter with different wildlife including primates like gorillas, chimpanzees, mammals such as elephants, birds, amphibians, butterflies and many more. This hike takes about 6 hours thus hikers are encouraged to move with packed lunch, and enough drinking water for proper hydration throughout the hike. While on top of Nyiragongo, you will be in position to view the active lava lake as it glows brightly in the night due to drops of rain since it normally drizzles at night. Capture those memorial photographs of the lava lake before taking a rest.
Meal plan: Breakfast at the lodge, Packed Lunch & dinner at Nyiragongo volcano crater
Accommodation: Tents or Camping at the summit
Day 3 of 3 days Nyiragongo hiking safari from Kigali: Descend Nyiragongo & transfer to Kigali for departures
Descend Nyiragongo: arise at the summit of Mount Nyiragongo Volcano on day 3 of 3 days Nyiragongo hiking safari from Kigali, have breakfast in time and be ready to descend Nyiragongo volcano with the rest of the climbers as early as 6:30am back to Kibati ranger post. Descending takes about 3 hours unlike hiking that takes 6 hours. Once you reach at Kibati ranger post, you will be driven amidst tight security to Rwanda – Congo border at Grande Barriere to exit Congo and be met with your safari driver for a transfer back to Kigali for a Kigali city tour where you will visit some genocide memorial sites, kimironko markets, and other craft shops. After the city tour, you will be transferred to Kigali International airport for departures as you close your 3 days Nyiragongo hiking safari from Kigali.
Meal plan: breakfast at the summit of Nyiragongo, lunch in Gisenyi or Kigali
END OF 3 DAYS NYIRAGONGO HIKING SAFARI FROM KIGALI
Inclusive in 3 days Nyiragongo hiking safari from Kigali;
- Nyiragongo volcano hiking permit
- Congo visa
- A 4×4 safari vehicle & fuel for ground transportation
- Enough bottled drinking water
- Ranger & convoy fees
- English speaking guide
- Meals as per Itinerary
- Accommodation as per Itinerary
Exclusive in 3 days Nyiragongo hiking safari from Kigali;
- Rwanda Visa
- Flight Air ticket
- Nyiragongo volcano back pack
- Expenses of personal nature such as Airtime, alcoholic drinks & beverages, cigarettes, life insurance etc.