5 days Virunga Safari(Gorilla Trekking & Nyiragongo Hiking)

5 days Virunga National Park safari offers a 5 day Congo Safari to Virunga National Park for Mountain gorilla trekking & the heroic Nyiragongo hiking to the crater lake(The world’s largest crater lake), to see boiling  lava, with an overnight spent in one of the cabins that accommodates at most 2 pax.

This 5 days Congo gorilla trekking & Nyiragongo Safari Package  in Virunga National Park,  includes transportation, visa, Gorilla trekking permits, Nyiragongo trekking permit , a pick-up from either Gisenyi or Kigali upon your arrival and the Goma city tour, award winning accommodation,  and Goma surrounding villages (only on request) before or after Gorilla trekking or Nyiragongo hiking.

Highlights Of The 5 Days Virunga Safari

Day #1: Arrival to Kigali and Transfer to Gisenyi-Lake Kivu

Day #2: From Grande Barriere to Nyiragongo Volcano Summit

Day #3: Descend Nyiragongo & transfer to transfer to Goma

Day #4: Gorilla Trekking in Virunga National park

Day #5: Nyiragongo Volcano Hike

Detailed 5 Days Virunga National Park Safari

Day #1: Arrival to Kigali and Transfer to Gisenyi-Lake Kivu

Be ready to meet our driver guide who will briefly enlighten you about the 5 days Mountain Gorilla trekking &  Nyiragongo hiking Safari Congo Package. Thereafter you will set off for Gisenyi, nearby the Goma border crossing for an overnight. En-route,  you can stop for Iby’Iwachu cultural experience, and Boat cruise on Lake Kivu

Accommodation Options: Luxury – Lake Kivu Serena,  Waterfront Resort Lodge, Mid-range – Inzozi Lodge, Budget – Paradise Malahide

 Day #2: From Grande Barriere to Nyiragongo Volcano Summit

Following your early morning breakfast, you will proceed to the border at Grande Barriere crossing by 7:00 am to  check with the Virunga offices to submit your passport and visa so that you will be issued with the Nyiragongo Volcano Permit and Gorilla trekking permit.

Thereafter, transfer to  the starting point of the hike, at Kibati ranger post, you will be briefed then after start the hike up Nyiragongo at  10:00am. For the next 6 hours, depending on your group’s physical & mental strength, and fitness, you will trek to the top of Nyiragongo Volcano.

The trail heads through the forested areas, lava flows and the open space, with great opportunities to observe and enjoy spectacular views of the boiling lava with red glow from the glaze lava, alongside pleasant photography moments.

Dinner will be served, then later have a restful night in your assigned cabin

Day #3: Descend Nyiragongo & transfer to transfer to Goma

Following your morning breakfast, descend from the top to the foot hills, where you will meet your driver for a transfer to Goma where you can have nature walks in Goma village and overnight spent from mikeno lodge.

Accommodation Options:

Ihusi Hotel

Minkeno Lodge

Bukima tented Camp

Day #4: Gorilla Trekking in Virunga National park

Take breakfast early, then after transfer down hill to Bukima ranger post for the gorilla trekking briefing. You will be assigned gorilla group, meet with your ranger guides, then set off for gorilla trekking, and don’t forget hiring a porter.  Thereafter begin hiking through the challenging terrains for about 1-4 hours as you look for the assigned mountain gorilla family. Upon finding them, you will stay with them for upto 1 hour with the gorillas after which you return to your camp for late lunch. Later you can choose to do a nature walk and bird watching or relax at the camp.

Day #5: Nyiragongo Volcano Hike

Take breakfast early in the morning, then transfer back to border at Grand Barriere , then proceed to Kigali international airport for your flight back home or be dropped at your post 5 days gorilla trekking & Nyiragongo Hiking Tour

Gorilla trekking tips

Mountain gorillas sometimes nest far from the start of your gorilla trek, you should pace yourself and drink plenty of water.

Eating, drinking and smoking near gorillas is forbidden; designated place and time will be communicated.

Tour Includes

Ground transport

Volcano trek permit

Gorilla trek permit

Full board accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary

Bottled water in the safari vehicle

Service of an English speaking drive guide

All mentioned activities except for the optional ones

Note that.

Prices will be provided based on the range of accommodation and number of participants. You can also add more interesting facts, for we are here to deeply customize this itinerary to match your taste.

Tour excludes

Extras at the accommodation i.e. drinks, telephone, laundry etc

Nyiragongo back pack

Porters /Tips to porters and drivers/guide


Congo Visa