4 Days Virunga & Nyiragongo Hike

4 Days Virunga and Nyiragongo Hike is one of the best Congo safaris that allows travelers to explore the beauty that exists in Virunga national park the oldest park in Africa and home to some percentage of mountain gorillas in Africa and the world. Virunga national park is situated within Virunga massif that is shared amongst three countries of DRC, Uganda, and Rwanda that both harbors the endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitats. This 4 days safari includes 4 days and 3 nights where you will spend one with the gorillas and spend an overnight at the summit of mount Nyiragongo and it starts from Kigali with a brief city tour then connect to Virunga national park, Trek Mountain Gorillas, and finally hike mount Nyiragongo and departures.

4 Days Virunga & Nyiragongo Hike

Highlights of the 4 days Virunga and Nyiragongo Hike

  • Day 1: Arrival, Transfer to Kigali and then connect to Virunga national park
  • Day 2: Virunga Gorilla trekking
  • Day 3: Nyiragongo Hike (Ascend)
  • Day 4: Descend Nyiragongo and departures

Detailed Safari Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival, Transfer to Kigali and then connect to Virunga National park

  • Arrival at Kigali International Airport: On day 1 of the 4 days Virunga and Nyiragongo Hike, you will be picked from Kigali International airport by our company representative and transferred to Kigali city for a brief city tour before proceeding to Virunga national park.
  • Transfer to Virunga: you will have an enroute lunch and proceed to Gisenyi where you will proceed to Virunga national park via park headquarters for clearances and later transfer to your lodge for check-in, dinner and overnight.
  • Meal plan: Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation: Mikeno Lodge / Bukima Tented Camp / Kibumba

Day 2: Virunga Gorilla trekking

  • Gorilla trekking in Virunga national park: On day 2 of 4 days Virunga and Nyiragongo Hike, you are expected to wake up early in the morning, take your breakfast, pack your meal for lunch which is provided at the lodge and meet the driver to transfer to the park headquarters for a briefing about everything concerning mountain gorillas and then you will be allocated a particular gorilla family, and off to the starting point you drive amidst armed rangers and the guide. Remember to hire a porter for assistance in carrying the backpack and offering a hand during difficult trails. During the gorilla trekking safari, keep your eyes open to spot out different wildlife species including primates, mammals, birds, and butterflies among others. Once you get in close vicinity to mountain gorillas in Virunga national park, you are given an hour to take photographs and interact with the gorillas in their natural habitats. After gorilla trekking, return to the lodge freshen up and wait for dinner and overnight.
  • Meal plan: Breakfast, packed Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation: Mikeno Lodge / Bukima Tented Camp / Kibumba

Day 3: Nyiragongo Hike (Ascend)

  • Ascend Mount Nyiragongo: On day 3 of 4 days Virunga and Nyiragongo Hike, you will wake up at around 7:00 am in the morning take your breakfast and have a ride to the park headquarters for a briefing. After the briefing, you will be driving to Kibati where the hike to Mount Nyiragongo starts and alongside armed rangers and local guides, you will start ascending mount Nyiragongo at exactly 10:00 am. During the hike, you will be in a position to see different mammals and have a scenic view of the park and other volcanic mountains close to Nyiragongo with in Virunga massif. After summiting the top of mount Nyiragongo at an elevation of 4,370m, you will be rewarded with an overnight stay to view the Lava Lake as it glows at night. Take those breath-taking photographs and enjoy the overnight stay at the summit.
  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the summit
  • Accommodation: Tents at the summit

Day 4: Descend Nyiragongo and departures

  • Descend Mount Nyiragongo: on day 4 of 4 days Virunga and Nyiragongo Hike, you will wake up pretty early at the summit, take your breakfast and get ready to start ascending Nyiragongo at exactly 6:00 am. Descending is more fun and a bit easier than ascending as you will be sliding and rolling over. Upon arrival at the base of Nyiragongo at Kibati, you will be driven back to Kigali.
4 Days Virunga & Nyiragongo Hike
4 Days Virunga & Nyiragongo Hike
  • Kigali genocide memorial sites: Upon arrival in Kigali, you will have a visit to Kigali Genocide memorial sites, have an enroute lunch in Kigali city and drive to the airport for departures. 
  • Meal plan: Breakfast at the summit, lunch in Kigali

End of your 4 days Virunga and Nyiragongo Hike

This 4 days Virunga and Nyiragongo Hike includes;

  • Park entrance fees
  • Airport pick up and drop off
  • A 4×4 safari vehicle
  • Gorilla trekking permit
  • Nyiragongo hiking permit
  • All activities in the itinerary
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Enough bottled drinking water
  • Ranger fees
  • A 24 hours English speaking guide
  • Accommodation will be as per itinerary

This 4 days Virunga and Nyiragongo Hike Excludes;

  • International travel expenses such as Visa and air ticket
  • Insurance while on a safari
  • Laundry
  • Tips to the guide and porter
  • Souvenirs
  • Other drinks other than water
  • Other personal expenses such as email and airtime services
  • Other additional activities excluded on the itinerary

Conclusion: This 4 days Virunga and Nyiragongo Hike safari is amongst the most selling short Congo itineraries that are really affordable and offers the best sighting with in Virunga national park in DRC. Inquiry now to grab this golden opportunity of exploring the beauty that lies with in DRC.

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