Gorillas of Virunga and Nyiragongo tour—5 days

During this 5-day safari experience in Congo, you will hike the active Nyiragongo Volcano and track mountain gorillas in Virunga National park. These two activities have come to be the most enjoyable and most sought-after tourist experiences in the Democratic Republic of Congo.


Day 1: Airport arrival

Depending on your arrival time in Kigali, you may be able to visit some of Kigali’s craft markets. Otherwise, your driver will transfer you to the accommodation of your choice.

Dinner and Overnight stay.

Day 2: Transfer to Virunga National Park

On day 2, after breakfast, you will be transferred to Virunga National park. The Virunga National Park is the oldest national park in Africa. It is home to the endangered Mountain Gorillas and chimpanzees and boasts the only glacier in Africa with its Rwenzori Mountains and has typical savannah grassland near Lake Edward and the Rwindi plains.

Dinner and Overnight stay at the accommodation of choice.

Day 3: Gorilla Tracking in Virunga National Park

After breakfast on day 3, you will go for gorilla tracking at Virunga National park. Virunga National Park is a diverse protected area with the peaks of the Rwenzori Mountains, erosion valleys, active volcanoes, forest,s and even savannah areas.

Your gorilla tracking experience will be an exciting journey along forested slopes, entwined vines, bushes, and bamboo before you eventually reach the gorillas. Once the gorillas are located, you will be allowed a maximum of one hour with them.

Day 4: Nyiragongo Volcano experience

You will be driven to the Kibati patrol post on the foot of the Nyiragongo Volcano to start hiking at 10 AM.

The Nyiragongo is one of the world’s most active volcanoes and has the world’s largest lava lake. This Strato volcano recently erupted in 2002 but is predictable and therefore safe to climb. The volcano’s forested lower slopes are home to a variety of animals, including monkeys and bushbucks.

In the late afternoon, you will reach the top with an extraordinary view of the crater filled with a sea of lava.

Day 5: Descend – Transfer to Kigali

On the final day, you will descend the Nyiragongo and be transferred to Kigali in time for your flight back home.




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The Democratic Republic of Congo is regarded as the ultimate African adventure by seasoned tourists. DRC has experienced one of the saddest chapters in modern history but that has not taken away its uniqueness and appeal as a tourist destination.

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VIDEO CREDIT: K.M Media, Documentary written and produced by Patrick Kabeya