The 5-days Virunga national park and Nyiragongo Hike is one way of discovery, exploration and having total fun while on a vacation. The adventure commences at Kigali international airport in Rwanda, something that will enable you take a tour to Genocide memorial museum, Kandt museum, presidential palace, etc. You will trek some of the remaining mountain Gorillas that have sought refuge in Virunga national pack as well as hiking to the peak of Nyiragongo mountain.
Day 1: Pick Up and Transfer to Gisenyi – Congo Boarder
Upon arrival at Kigali international airport, the driver guide will be waiting to give you a warm reception and brief you about all you have to know about the 5-day experience in the land of Democratic Republic of Congo.
Time permitting, take a Kigali city excursion to explore genocide museum, presidential museum and several craft centers where you can shop some souvenirs. Embark on your journey to Virunga national park driving through a very smooth road and upon arrival at Grand Barrier boarder post, check-in and ensure that you secure your permits for trekking mountain Gorillas in Virunga national park. Afterwards, proceed to check-in at your lodge just adjacent to Nyiragongo trailhead. Refresh, have supper and overnight as you wait for the next day’s adventure.
Day 2: Trek Gorillas in Virunga National Park Congo
After a very delicious breakfast, report to Mikeno patrol station with your travel and identification documents and gorilla permit for registration and attend pre-trek briefing where you will be taken through the rules and regulations meant to be followed during the search of the allocated gorilla family.
It is at this point that all the treks in Virunga national park begin, and with support of the park rangers, expect to hike for about 2-4 hours depending on your speed, fitness and the direction and movement of the gorilla family.
After a very tiresome hiking experience, the guides will give you an allowance of one hour to watch mountain gorillas as they carry on with their normal daily lives, study these huge but gentle creatures play and feed; you can also take some photos for memory.
Day 3: Mount Nyiragongo Hiking
With packed lunch after your early morning breakfast, head to the park headquarters for briefing about the hike to the summit of the famous Nyiragongo volcano. This is an activity that lasts for up to 6 hours, but with your fitness level, drinking water, a porter, and appropriate hiking boots, the trek will have been really made simple.
This exercise commences at 10:00am after briefing session at the headquarters, and you stand a chance of sighting the magnificent views of nearby Virunga volcanoes, water bodies and local homesteads. Have some refreshment, dinner and overnight at Nyiragongo mountain huts.
Day 4: Descend and drive to Kigali, Rwanda
After an early breakfast in a lovely morning, you will descend the volcano to the trail head. After a little rest, the driver guide will be ready to give you a comfortable drive down to Gisenyi in Rwanda, the route will leave you with the amazing views of the gentle hill slopes of the Virunga ranges, the green vegetation and large water bodies. Check-in to your lodge for dinner and overnight stay at the shores of Lake Kivu.
Day 5: Transfer & Fly out of Kigali
Wake Up to a very tasty breakfast before checking out of the lodge and heading for a city tour in Kigali. Here you will be in position to do a city tour (if you didn’t do it on the first day); visiting the Genocide memorial site in Kigali and Kaplaki crafts village for souvenir shopping and drop off at the airport for your flight back home.