This 6 Days Virunga, Nyiragongo and Kahuzi Biega National Park safari will let you visit three of the most visited Congo safari destinations / attractions. These include Virunga National Park, Mount Nyiragongo and Kahuzi Biega National Park respectively.
6 Days Congo Safari Overview
This 6 days Congo safari highlights two gorilla trekking encounters and an adventurous hike to Mount Nyiragongo.
Day 1: Pick-up in Kigali and cross to Goma
Depending on your location in Kigali, our company representative/guide and transfer you to Goma via Gisenyi border. You can have an option of a city tour visiting the Kigali Genocide memorial or craft shops. This is a 4 hours’ drive to Gisenyi, en route lunch and visit the oldest King’s palace in Nyanza. The road is winding so driving is slow going. On reaching Gisenyi, go through the border clearance process then enter Goma and connect to your lodge for dinner and overnight stay at Mikeno lodge (Luxury), Lac Kivu Lodge (Midrange), Ihusi Hotel (Budget).
Day 2: Virunga gorilla trekking experience
Wake up very early, have your breakfast and meet your driver to transfer to Bukima, a starting point for the activity, with your packed food, water and trekking gears, meet the park ranger guides and porters (will help in carrying your luggage if you wish). The search for the gorillas takes about 2-8 hours depending on the movement of the creatures. On finding the mountain gorillas, you will be allowed an hour to spend with the gorillas. Retreat from the activity and return to meet your driver will drop take you back to your lodge. Dinner and overnight stay at lodge as above.
Day 3: Hike Mt. Nyiragongo Volcano
Wake up early for breakfast at your hotel and set off for Kibati Patrol post, where the nyiragongo Volcano hike starts from. Hiking formally starts off at 9:00 am, with briefing about the hike and what to expect. You are advised to pack right for the hike, and to hire a porter. Start your hike with your guide and armed guards for your security. Hiking usually last the entire day, and the pace is determined by the groups’ fitness level. Please note that the group moves in one group and rests at the same time. When you reach the top, you will check into your cabins and in the night, go out to watch the beautiful sight of the boiling lava.
Day 4: Descend down the Volcano and cross to Bukavu
You will have breakfast before you descend back to starting point of the hike. Meet your driver and drive to your lodge where you will refresh and have lunch. Then connect to take a boat cruise/ferry to cross to Bukavu town in Democratic Republic of Congo along the magnificent lake Kivu-one of Africa’s largest fresh lakes where you will spot the beautiful islands and different bird species. Upon arrival late afternoon in Bukavu- nearest town to Kahuzi Biega, advance to your lodge for dinner and overnight stay at Orchid safari lodge/Hotel Horizon
Day 5: Lowland gorilla trekking
After enjoying your breakfast at the lodge, drive to the park headquarters for about 45 minutes for briefing about the Eastern lowland gorillas. You will then set off to your fascinating experience of the lowland gorillas in the valleys of Kahuzi as you encounter different mammals, birds and primates. It’s usually a 1-6 hours’ experience of the jungle, depending on their movement while watching them interact/play with each other as you take photos and videos, you have an option of visiting, Tshibati waterfalls if you are still strong from the hike.
Retreat from the activity and have lunch at the lodge then later, you can have an option of going for a nature walk in the park/visit Lwiro Primate Rehabilitation Centre (LPRC) near the park. Later in the evening, spend the rest of your day relaxing and unwinding at the lodge as above.
Day 6: Transfer back to Kigali
Have breakfast and head back to Kigali crossing through Cyangugu border. It’s a 7 hours’ drive passing through Nyungwe national park, en route visit to the King’s palace in Nyanza and Butare national museum before proceeding to Kigali with lunch en route, connect to Kigali airport for your ongoing flight.
End of 6 Days Congo tour.