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7 Days Uganda gorilla safari Bwindi Impenetrable National Park & Mount Nyiragongo hiking tour

Overview of the 7 days Uganda gorilla safari Bwindi Impenetrable National Park & Mount Nyiragongo hiking tour

This 7 days Uganda gorilla safari Bwindi Impenetrable National Park & Mount Nyiragongo hiking tour or 7 days Bwindi gorilla trekking safari Uganda and Mount Nyiragongo hike is a tour to Uganda and Rwanda. From Uganda to Congo and then Rwanda, your trip features an equator experience, gorilla trekking in Uganda’s Bwindi impenetrable national park, a hike and descend to Mount Nyiragongo in Virunga National park.

On arrival at Entebbe international airport, you are driven to a prior booked accommodation in Kampala where you spend the night. The next morning, you are driven to Bwindi impenetrable national park with a stop at the equator in Kayabwe. Arriving in the evening, you spend the night at an accommodation in Bwindi impenetrable national park as you plan for a Uganda gorilla trekking safari experience the next day. After breakfast on day 4, you are driven out of Uganda to Virunga national park in Congo where you spend the night at a close accommodation for a hike and descend Mount Nyiragongo the next 2 days. On the last day of your tour, you are driven to Rwanda’s Kigali international airport for a departure flight.

Highlights of the 7 days Uganda gorilla safari Bwindi Impenetrable National Park & Mount Nyiragongo hiking tour

Day 1: On arrival at Entebbe international airport, a knowledgeable driver guide transfers you to a lodging facility in Kampala-Uganda’s capital.

Day 2: After breakfast, your driver guide will pick you up for a transfer to Bwindi impenetrable national park with a stop at the equator.

Day 3: Before 8:00m, you are driven to a specific gorilla trekking region headquarters for gorilla trekking that lasts 2-8hours.

Day 4: After relaxed breakfast, you are driven past the Ugandan border to Virunga national park in Congo.

Day 5: After breakfast, you hike Mount Nyiragongo in Virunga national park and spend the night at the mountain summit.

Day 6: You descend from Mount Nyiragongo and rest for the other whole of the day at your lodging facility.

Day 7: Early morning you have breakfast then be driven to Kigali international airport for a departure flight.

Day by day detailed itinerary of the 7 days Uganda gorilla safari Bwindi Impenetrable National Park & Mount Nyiragongo hiking tour

Day 1 of the 7 days Uganda gorilla safari Bwindi Impenetrable National Park & Mount Nyiragongo hiking tour

When you arrive at Entebbe international airport which is Uganda’s national airport, you are welcomed by your professional Uganda safari driver guide. After your safari briefing, you are driven to your prior preferred accommodation facility in Kampala for relaxation, dinner and an overnight stay.

Day 2 of the 7 days Uganda gorilla safari Bwindi Impenetrable National Park & Mount Nyiragongo hiking tour

After breakfast by 7:00am, your driver guide will be at your accommodation facility to take you on a road trip to Bwindi impenetrable national park. After about 80km from Kampala-Uganda’s capital you will stop at the equator for 30minutes of photography, have lunch in Mbarara and then continue for dinner and an overnight at your preferred place of where to stay in Bwindi impenetrable national park.

Accommodation options include: Chameleon hill lodge (Luxury), Gorilla mist camp (Mid-range)

Day 3 of the 7 days Uganda gorilla safari Bwindi Impenetrable National Park & Mount Nyiragongo hiking tour

7 days Uganda gorilla safari Bwindi Impenetrable National Park & Mount Nyiragongo hiking tour

After breakfast in your beautiful lodging facility, you will be driven to a specific sector of the park for your Uganda gorilla trekking tour experience. Briefing starts at 8:00am with the park rangers who will go with you to the jungle for about 2-5 hours in search of the mountain gorillas. The gorilla sector you trek depends on what your Uganda gorilla tour operator booked for you earlier and the gorilla family is allocated during the briefing. You will trek alongside 7 other trekkers on gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda. After spending 1 hour in the presence of the gentle giants you will return to the park headquarters where you will meet your driver guide who will drive you to your lodging facility for relaxation, dinner and an overnight.

Accommodation options include: Chameleon hill lodge (Luxury), Gorilla mist camp (Mid-range)

Day 4 of the 7 days Uganda gorilla safari Bwindi Impenetrable National Park & Mount Nyiragongo hiking tour

After a relaxed breakfast, you say goodbye to the gorilla land after breakfast then be driven to Virunga national park in Congo. Using a 4×4 safari vehicle, your driver guide will ensure you cross the border and get into Congo. Arriving in the evening, you check in, have dinner and relax at a close booked accommodation in Virunga national park.

Accommodation options:

Luxury: Orchids’ safari club hotel/Mikeno lodge/Lulimbi tented camp/

Mid-range: Mountain gorilla view lodge

Day 5 of the 7 days Uganda gorilla safari Bwindi Impenetrable National Park & Mount Nyiragongo hiking tour

 7 days Uganda gorilla safari Bwindi Impenetrable National Park & Mount Nyiragongo hiking tour

Early morning after breakfast, your driver guide will transfer you to Kibat station where the hike to the summit of one of the world’s most active stratovolcanoes. The hike to the summit usually takes about 6 hours depending on your energy levels. Also known as the “braves cake”, the hike is an amazing adventure past beautiful flora and fauna species to the lava lakes. During the hike you will be helped with luggage carrying and cooking at the summit by porters who can be hired at the park headquarters. The night is spent at the summit cabins as you take memorable pictures and watching the beautiful lava lake at sunrise.

Accommodation option:

Mount Nyiragongo summit cabins

Day 6 of the 7 days Uganda gorilla safari Bwindi Impenetrable National Park & Mount Nyiragongo hiking tour

You descend from the summit of Mount Nyiragongo early morning after breakfast along with porters helping with the luggage till the park headquarters in Kibat. Your driver guide will be there waiting for you at the station and transfer you back to your lodging facility where you will have a meal, relax and rest for the rest of the day.

Accommodation options:

Luxury: Orchids’ safari club hotel/Mikeno lodge/Lulimbi tented camp/

Mid-range: Mountain gorilla view lodge

Day 7 of the 7 days Uganda gorilla safari Bwindi Impenetrable National Park & Mount Nyiragongo hiking tour

After relaxed breakfast at your lodging facility in Congo, you will embark on a road trip back to Kigali international airport for your departure flight. When you arrive in Kigali you can visit some craft shops for craft purchase before the driver takes you to the airport for departure.

End of the 7 days Uganda gorilla safari Bwindi Impenetrable National Park & Mount Nyiragongo hiking tour

If you have always wished to have a safari in Uganda and Congo then this is the perfect option for you. Go gorilla trekking and hike Mount Nyiragongo in a single tour.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 Days Congo gorilla trekking safari Virunga & Mount Nyiragongo hike

Overview of the 5 days Congo gorilla trekking safari Virunga & Mount Nyiragongo hike

This 5 days Congo gorilla trekking safari Virunga & Mount Nyiragongo hike offers you a 5 days Virunga national park gorilla safari Congo and Mount Nyiragongo hiking tour experience. This private 5 days Congo safari features gorilla tracking and hiking mount Nyiragongo in Virunga national park with a pick up and drop off point at Kigali international airport Rwanda.

From the time you set foot in Kigali international airport for your gorilla trekking safari in Congo, your professional Congo tour driver guide will take you through your safari on a road trip using a 4×4 safari Land cruiser. Your safari starts with a transfer from Kigali international airport to Congo on the first day of your safari, after dinner and rest, you will hike to the summit of Mount Nyiragongo the next day. You will spend a night at the summit of the active volcano then descend on the third day of your safari for relaxation. On day 4 of your 5 days Congo gorilla safari, you will go gorilla trekking in Virunga national park for about 2-6hours then after return to your preferable lodging facility for dinner, relaxation and an overnight stay. After a relaxed breakfast on the last day of your safari, your driver guide will transfer you back to Kigali international airport for your departure flight.

Highlights of the 5 days Congo gorilla trekking safari Virunga & Mount Nyiragongo hike

Day 1: Upon arrival at Kigali international airport, your driver guide will be waiting for you to take you through your safari. After briefing, you will be driven past the Virunga landscape to Congo.

Day 2: After breakfast, at a round 9:00am you will start the hike to mount Nyiragongo summit with porters to help with luggage and cooking then spend a night in one of the shelters in the summit.

Day 3: You will descend from Mount Nyiragongo then return to your lodging facility for rest.

Day 4: After an early morning breakfast, you will go gorilla trekking in Virunga national park.

Day 5: You will have a relaxed breakfast and then be returned to Kigali international airport for a departure flight.

Day by day itinerary of the 5 days Congo gorilla trekking safari Virunga & Mount Nyiragongo hike

Day 1 of your 5 days Congo gorilla trekking safari Virunga & Mount Nyiragongo hike

Upon arrival at Kigali international airport, your driver guide will be waiting for you to take you through your safari. After briefing, you will be driven past the beautiful Virunga massif landscape to Congo. After crossing the border to Congo using your prior secured Congo visa, you will have an overnight stay at a close accommodation in Virunga national park.

Accommodation options for day 1 of your 5 days Virunga gorilla safari Congo and Mount Nyiragongo hiking tour

Luxury: Orchids’ safari club hotel/Mikeno lodge/Lulimbi tented camp/

Mid-range: Mountain gorilla view lodge

Day 2 of your 5 days Congo gorilla trekking safari Virunga & Mount Nyiragongo hike

5 days Congo gorilla trekking safari Virunga & Mount Nyiragongo hike

After breakfast, your driver guide will transfer you to Kibat station where the hike to the summit of one of the world’s active stratovolcanoes. The hike to the summit usually takes about 6 hours depending on your energy levels. Also known as the “braves cake”, the hike is an amazing adventure past beautiful floral and fauna species to the lava lakes. During the hike you will be helped with luggage carrying and cooking at the summit by porters who can be hired at the park headquarters. The night is spent at the summit cabins as you take memorable pictures and watching the beautiful lava lake at sunrise.

Accommodation options for day 2 of your 5 days Virunga gorilla safari Congo and Mount Nyiragongo hiking tour

Mount Nyiragongo summit cabins

Day 3 of your 5 days Congo gorilla trekking safari Virunga & Mount Nyiragongo hike

On this third day of your Congo gorilla trekking tour, you will descend from the summit of Mount Nyiragongo back to the park headquarters in Kibat. Your driver guide will be waiting for you at the station and transfer you back to your lodging facility where you will have a meal, relax and rest for the remaining time of the day.

Accommodation options for day 3 of your 5 days Virunga gorilla safari Congo and Mount Nyiragongo hiking tour

Luxury: Orchids’ safari club hotel/Mikeno lodge/Lulimbi tented camp/

Mid-range: Mountain gorilla view lodge

Day 4 of your 5 days Congo gorilla trekking safari Virunga & Mount Nyiragongo hike

5 days Congo gorilla trekking safari Virunga & Mount Nyiragongo hike

After your morning breakfast at the foothills of Virunga, you will be driven by your safari guide to the park headquarters in Virunga national park. Gorilla trekking starts at 8:00am after briefing by the park rangers at the park headquarters, allocation of a gorilla family to trek along with 7 other Congo gorilla trekkers. The actual trek lasts about 2-6 hours and only a single hour in the presence of the gentle mountain gorillas. After the trek, you will return to the park headquarters where you meet your driver who will transfer you back to your lodging facility.

Accommodation options for day 4 of your 5 days Virunga gorilla safari Congo and Mount Nyiragongo hiking tour

Luxury: Orchids’ safari club hotel/Mikeno lodge/Lulimbi tented camp/

Mid-range: Mountain gorilla view lodge

Day 5 of your 5 days Congo gorilla trekking safari Virunga & Mount Nyiragongo hike

After a relaxed breakfast at your lodging facility in Congo, you will embark on a road trip back to Kigali international airport for your departure flight. When you arrive in Kigali you can visit some craft shops for craft purchase before the driver takes you to the airport for departure.

End of your 5 days Congo gorilla trekking safari Virunga & Mount Nyiragongo hike

Just like in Congo, you can plan a 5 days Uganda gorilla trekking safari or 5 days gorilla safari Rwanda to Bwindi impenetrable national park and Volcanoes national park respectively.

This 5-day safari to Congo is more than just a trip but an amazing experience of the best 2 safari activities in West Africa.

2 Days Congo gorilla safari Kahuzi Biega National Park

Overview of the 2 days Congo gorilla safari Kahuzi Biega National Park

This 2 days Congo gorilla safari Kahuzi Biega National Park is a short 2 days Kahuzi Biega lowland gorilla trekking safari Congo, to the only home to lowland gorillas in the country. Kahuzi Biega national park is a natural habitat to the largest population of the Eastern Lowland gorillas- the largest of the living primates and of all the gorillas situated near the southern shores of Lake Kivu. Starting and ending in Kigali international airport Rwanda this safari features a border crossing from Rwanda to Congo driving past beautiful views of the Virunga massif backdrop. Your Congo gorilla safari guide picks you up on day 1 of your safari upon arrival in Kigali international airport and transfers you to Congo where you rest for an overnight. After early morning breakfast the next day, you will be driven to the park headquarters for a Congo gorilla trekking safari experience that takes about 2-6hours then be driven back to Kigali international airport for departure.

Highlights of the 2 days Congo gorilla safari Kahuzi Biega National Park

Day 1: You are transferred to Congo from Kigali international airport upon arrival and you spend a night  at a preffered accommodation facility as you prepare for gorilla trekking in Congo the next day.

Day 2: After breakfast, you are transferred to Kahuzi Biega national park for Congo lowland gorilla trekking then return to Kigali international airport in the evening.

Detailed 2 days Congo gorilla safari to Kahuzi Biega national park itinerary

Day 1 of the 2 days Congo gorilla safari to Kahuzi Biega national park

Kigali international airport in Rwanda is the closest airport to Congo with daily flights and upon arrival here your safari guide will be waiting to welcome you and take you through the 2 days Congo gorilla safari to Kahuzi Biega national park. The road offers unrivaled scenic beauty of the Virunga massif. At the border in Rusizi, you will acquire a DRC visa. Remember to have your yellow vaccination card with you. You will take a lakeside ride from Bukavu to Tchivanga which is the park headquarters. You can either spend an overnight in an accommodation facility close by or camp at the park headquarters. If your planning to camp, come with your camping gear or plan to rent from the park headquarters.

Day 2 of the 2 days Congo gorilla safari to Kahuzi Biega national park

Gorilla trekking starts at 8:00am and you will need to be there before that time for briefing. The rangers will take you to the park for trekking which could last about 2-5 hours. One hour is spent with the gorillas before you return for lunch and embark on a drive back to Kigali for departure back home or to your next destination. This is one of the most rewarding Congo gorilla trekking tour  with memorable experiences.

2 days Congo gorilla safari Kahuzi Biega National Park

Lowland gorilla trekkingin Kahuzi Biega National park

End of 2 days Congo gorilla safari to Kahuzi Biega national park

Along with the mountain gorillas in Virunga national park, Congo is the only country in the world that is blessed to be home to both the mountain and lowland gorillas. Adjacent to Virunga national park is Mgahinga gorilla national park for Uganda gorilla trekking safari tours and Volcanoes national park which is the only gorilla safari Rwanda destination.

This is the easiest and affordable way of trekking lowland gorillas in Kahuzi Biega national park you can’t afford to miss.

 

 

 

 

 

The different ways of planning 5 days safari to Virunga national park.

Virunga national park is the only home to mountain gorillas in Congo and definitely each Congo gorilla safari tourist’s best destination. Planning for a safari in Congo’s Virunga national park can be done along with other activities in either Congo, Rwanda or Uganda (the countries are adjacent to each other). The gorilla safari can be coupled with a hike to mount Nyiragongo, game drive in Uganda or a gorilla trek in Volcanoes national park Rwanda or Bwindi impenetrable national park Uganda. These are the different ways of planning the Congo gorilla safaris.

5 days gorilla trekking Virunga national park and Mount Nyiragongo hike

The 5 days gorilla trekking and Mount Nyiragongo hike offers a tourist an opportunity to trek the mountain gorillas in Virunga or Volcanoes and hike to the summit of one of the world’s active stratovolcano. This safari starts and ends in Kigali Rwanda.

Overview of the 5 days gorilla trekking and Mount Nyiragongo hike

Day 1: When you arrive at Kigali international airport, your driver guide will be waiting for you to run your safari. The guide will brief you about the safari in general and transfer to Congo.

Day 2: Hike to mount Nyiragongo summit. You will spend a night in one of the shelters in the summit.

Day 3: Descend from Mount Nyiragongo.

Day 4: Trek mountain gorillas in Virunga national park.

Day 5: Return to Kigali for departure. A Kigali city tour can be done before departure.

You can decide to trek mountain gorillas on Day 2 then ascend and descend mount Nyiragongo on day 3 and 4 respectively.

Virunga national park

Mount Nyiragongo hike

Alternatively

Day 1: Arrival and transfer to Congo

Day 2: Hike mount Nyiragongo

Day 3: Descend from mount Nyiragongo and transfer to Rwanda

Day 4: Trek mountain gorillas in Volcanoes national park

Day 5: Visit Dian Fossey tomb, do gorilla trekking or Ibyiwacu cultural village tour among others then transfer to Kigali for a city tour or departure.

5 days gorilla trekking safari in Bwindi and Virunga

The 5 days gorilla trekking safari in Bwindi and Virunga offers a chance to trek gorillas twice in 2 different countries of Uganda and Congo. Bwindi impenetrable national park is the best Uganda gorilla trekking tour destination since its home to more than half of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas. This safari starts in Uganda and ends in Kigali Rwanda.

Overview of the 5 days gorilla trekking safari in Bwindi and Virunga

Day 1: Arrival to Entebbe international airport and transfer to Bwindi impenetrable national park. The arrival should be an early one since Bwindi is about 330km from Entebbe international airport.

Day 2: Do gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable national airport. Gorilla trekking starts as at 8:00am after briefing. You can have a cultural experience in the evening from the Batwa pygmies.

Day 3: Transfer to Virunga National Park in Congo

Day 4: Do gorilla Trekking in Virunga.

Day 5: Transfer to Kigali for departure. You can do a Kigali city tour before departure or visit Gisozi genocide memorial center.

Virunga national park

Gorilla trekking in Virunga national park

Alternatively

Day 1: Arrival and transfer to Queen Elizabeth National park

Day 2: Do an early morning game drive in search of wildlife and an evening boat cruise at Kazinga channel.

Day 3: Transfer to Virunga national park in Congo

Day 4: Do gorilla trekking in Virunga national park.

Day 5: Transfer to Kigali for departure.

This is definitely the best safari package with a chance for a Rwanda gorilla safari, gorilla safari in Congo or Uganda gorilla trekking safari experience.

Never think of missing a single short safari that takes you through three different countries in just 5 days, it’s a rare experience that can’t be missed.

 

 

4 Days Congo gorilla safari Virunga national park & Nyiragongo hike

Overview of the 4 days Congo gorilla safari Virunga national park & Nyiragongo hike

This 4 days Congo gorilla safari Virunga national park & Nyiragongo hike is a 4 days Virunga gorilla trekking safari in Congo and mount Nyiragongo hike. The safari features mountain gorilla tracking and a hike to the summit of mount Nyiragongo, one of the most active volcanoes in the world. The 4 days Virunga gorilla trek and Nyiragongo hike is best for those tourists going to do a gorilla trek in Virunga national park and hike mount Nyiragongo starting and ending the safari in Kigali-Rwanda’s capital. Your safari starts with a pick up from Kigali international airport by a professional Congo gorilla safari driver guide who will brief you about the safari and start the drive to Congo using a 4×4 safari land cruiser. You will spend the night in a close accommodation in Virunga national park, go gorilla trekking in Virunga national park the next day, hike mount Nyiragongo on day 3 then descend mount Nyiragongo and depart on day 4 of your  gorilla trekking safari in Congo. Driving past the beautiful virunga landscapes is one of the best moments of this safari.

Both mountain gorilla trekking in Congo and hiking or climbing mountain Nyiragongo require physical strength and therefore you will need some level of fitness. Gorilla trekking involves hiking in a tropical forest starting at 8:00am with only 1 hour spent with the mountain gorillas and a total of about 2-6 hours in the jungle. Your prior booked gorilla trekking tour Congo permit is key for the activity required before trekking that you do along with 7 other trekkers. Hiking mount Nyiragongo takes about 5-6 hours and requires some level of fitness, you spend a night at the summit of the mountain then descend the next day. So be ready to spend a night at the summit of one of the most active volcanoes in the world.

Highlights of the 4 days Congo gorilla safari Virunga national park & Nyiragongo hike

Day 1: Upon arrival at Kigali international airport your driver guide will pick you up and transfer from Kigali-Rwanda to Congo.

Day 2: You will do gorilla trekking in Virunga national park for about 2-6 hours.

Day 3: You will  hike to the summit of mount Nyiragongo and spend the night there.

Day 4: Descend from Nyiragongo volcano summit and transfer back to Kigali  international airport for departure.

Day by day itinerary of the 4 days Congo gorilla safari Virunga national park & Nyiragongo hike

Day 1 of your 4 days Congo gorilla safari Virunga national park & Nyiragongo hike

Up on arrival in Kigali international airport, you will meet your safari guide waiting to take you through your 3 days gorilla safari Congo.  You embark on a 6 hours’ drive to Bukima in Virunga national park arriving in Congo in the evening for dinner, relaxation and preparation for gorilla trekking in Congo the next day  at your lodging facility of preference.

Accommodation options for day 1 of your 4 days Congo gorilla safari Virunga national park & Nyiragongo hike

Luxury: Orchids’ safari club hotel/Mikeno lodge/Lulimbi tented camp/

Mid-range:Mountain gorilla view lodge

Day 2 of your 4 days Congo gorilla safari Virunga national park & Nyiragongo hike

4 days Congo gorilla safari Virunga national park & Nyiragongo hike

After breakfast at your lodging facility, your driver guide will drive you to the park headquarters for a Congo gorilla trekking safari experience that starts with briefing at 8:00am by the park rangers. After briefing you start on the 2-6 hours trek into Virunga national park in search of the gorilla family allocated to you alongside 7 other tourists undertaking gorilla tracking in Congo. After a single memorable hour in the presence of the mountain gorillas, you are returned  to your hotel by your driver guide for relaxation and dinner.

 

Accommodation options for day 2 of your 4 days Congo gorilla safari Virunga national park & Nyiragongo hike

Luxury: Orchids’ safari club hotel/Mikeno lodge/Lulimbi tented camp/

Mid-range: Mountain gorilla view lodge

Day 3 of your 4 days Congo gorilla safari Virunga national park & Nyiragongo hike

4 days Congo gorilla safari Virunga national park & Nyiragongo hike

On the third day, just after your breakfast, your driver guide will transfer you to Kibat station where the hike to Nyiragongo begins. The mountain is about 3,470m high with two distinct lava benches once known as the most voluminous lava lake. The hike to the summit usually takes about 6 hours depending on your energy levels. The hike is tiring but what await you on the top is good scenery of the lava lake found nowhere else. During the hike you see several bird species. You will spend the night at the summit cabins with meals that can be prepared by the porters.

 

Accommodation for day 3 of your 4 days Congo gorilla safari Virunga national park & Nyiragongo hike

Mount Nyiragongo summit cabins

Day 4 of your 4 days Congo gorilla safari Virunga national park & Nyiragongo hike

On day 4 you embark on a descend from the summit of Mount Nyiragongo back to Kibat. Your driver guide will be waiting for you at the station and transfer you back to Kigali international airport for departure. You have lunch in Kigali and visit some craft shops for craft purchase before the driver takes you to the airport for departure.

End of your 4 days Congo gorilla safari Virunga national park & Nyiragongo hike

Virunga national park is the oldest national park in Africa and the only national park with mountain gorillas in West Africa. The park is the main Congo gorilla safaris destination since its close to the border with Rwanda that has an international airport with daily flights. Virunga national park is adjacent to Mgahinga gorilla national park and Volcanoes national park  for Uganda gorilla safari tours and  Rwanda gorilla safaris respectively.

Congo is exceptional as a destination with gorilla trekking and mount Nyiragongo hike as part of the most exciting and memorable safari activities the country has to offer.

3 Days Congo gorilla safari Virunga National Park

Overview of the 3 days Congo gorilla safari Virunga National Park

This 3 days Congo gorilla safari Virunga National Park is a short 3 days Virunga national park gorilla trekking safari in Congo to the home of the rare mountain gorillas. This Congo gorilla safari is one of the best opportunities to encounter the endangered mountain gorillas within a short period of time. Starting and ending in Kigali Rwanda, this private safari to the only home to mountain gorillas in Congo and the whole of west Africa only in Virunga national park features gorilla trekking in Congo and a Kigali city tour. Kigali international airport though in Rwanda is the closest airport with daily international flights close to Virunga national park.Its from Rwanda that your professional Congo safari guide transfers you to Congo using a 4×4 safari Land cruiser.

For an ultimate gorilla trekking experience in Congo, you need a Congo gorilla trekking safari permit at USD 400 and a Congo visa which is booked a couple of months before the actual gorilla tour to Congo. Gorilla trekking in Congo at Virunga national park starts on a daily at 8:00am after breakfast and briefing from the park rangers. You are allocated a gorilla family to trek depending on your physical ability where after you spend about 2-6 hours in the forest with an armed ranger and a guide. Only one precious mesmerizing hour is spent in the presence of the mountain gorillas  as you take those memorable pictures of the gorillas at play. You will carry packed lunch with you to the forest since the time spent there is unpredictable. By the end of the trek you meet your driver guide at the park headquarters where you are driven back to your preferred accommodation in Virunga national park. On your return to Rwanda on the third day of your gorilla trekking safari in Congo, you will do a short Kigali city tour before you take your departure flight at Kigali international airport.

Tour highlights of the 3 days Congo gorilla safari Virunga National Park

Day 1: Upon arrival in Kigali international airport Rwanda your driver guide will pick you up and drive you in your 4×4 safari vehicle to Bukima in Congo’s Virunga National Park

Day 2: Your driver guide will ensure you are at the park headquarters for gorilla trekking by 8:00am and this will take about 2-6 hours then you return to your hotel for dinner and an over night stay.

Day 3: After early morning breakfast, your driver guide will transfer you to Kigali where you will do a short city tour then take your departure flight at Kigali international airport.

Day by day 3 days Congo gorilla safari Virunga National Park itinerary

Day 1 of your 3 days Congo gorilla safari Virunga National Park

Up on arrival in Kigali international airport, you will meet your safari guide waiting to take you through your 3 days gorilla safari Congo.  You embark on a 6 hours’ drive to Bukima in Virunga national park arriving in Congo in the evening for dinner, relaxation and preparation for gorilla trekking in Congo the next day  at your lodging facility of preference.

Accommodation options for day 1 of your 3 days Congo gorilla safari Virunga national park

Luxury: Orchids’ safari club hotel/Mikeno lodge/Lulimbi tented camp/

Mid-range:Mountain gorilla view lodge

Day 2 of your 3 days Congo gorilla safari Virunga National Park

3 days Congo gorilla safari Virunga National Park

After breakfast at your lodging facility, your driver guide will drive you to the park headquarters for gorilla trekking that starts with briefing at 8:00am by the park rangers. After briefing you start on the 2-6 hours trek into Virunga national park in search of the gorilla family alocated to you alongside 7 other tourists undertaking gorilla tracking in Congo. After a single memorable hour in the presence of the mountain gorillas, you are returned  to your hotel for relaxation and dinner.

 

Accommodation options for day 2 of your 3 days Congo gorilla safari Virunga national park

Luxury: Orchids’ safari club hotel/Mikeno lodge/Lulimbi tented camp/

Mid-range: Mountain gorilla view lodge

Day 3 of your 3 days Congo gorilla safari Virunga National Park

3 days Congo gorilla safari Virunga National Park

On the third day of your gorilla tracking safari to Virunga, you will have a relaxed breakfast at your hotel before you embark on a drive back to Kigali. The drive back to Kigali takes you along beautiful dotted landscapes of the Virunga massif.  You will have lunch in Kigali and do a short Kigali city tour to Gisozi genocide memorial centre where you will view photographs, video clips and artifacts of the genocide and visit some craft shops for craft purchase before the driver takes you to the airport for your departure flight.

End of your 3 days Congo gorilla safari Virunga National park

Virunga National Park is situated in the North kivu province of Congo in the eastern side of Democratic Republic of Congo bordering Mgahinga gorilla national park and Volcanoes national park for Uganda gorilla safaris and gorilla trekking safari in Rwanda respectively.

Take this short safari to Congo and have a better perspective of what the wild holds in Virunga national park. There’s no better place to see gorillas in a raw environment than this.

 

2 days gorilla trekking safari to Virunga National Park Congo

The 2 days gorilla trekking safari to Virunga National Park offers a chance for travelers who want to trek the gorillas in Congo within a short time. The safari starts and ends in Kigali Rwanda. Congo is the only country in West Africa with mountain gorillas and Virunga national park is the base for Congo gorilla safaris.

Virunga National Park situated in the North kivu province of Congo in the eastern side of Democratic Republic of Congo and bordering Uganda’s Mgahinga gorilla national park and Rwanda’s Volcanoes national park. It’s about 382km, 4 hours’ drive from Kigali to Gasenyi the nearest town to Goma and 1and ½ hours to the park in Bukima sector. The park has 8 habituated gorilla families each trekked by 8 tourists a single day.

Gorilla trekking in Virunga national park is done between 8:00am to 7:00 pm since the time spent trekking the gorillas can’t be predicted prior. Virunga national park is within the Virunga massif which is about 2,500-4,500m above sea level therefore trekking the gorillas includes hiking in a tropical jungle.

2 days gorilla trekking safari to Virunga National Park

Gorilla trekking

Highlights of the 2 days gorilla trekking safari to Virunga National Park Congo

Day 1: Arrive in Kigali international airport and transfer to Congo’s Virunga National Park

Day 2: Do mountain gorilla trekking and return to Kigali

Details of the 2 days gorilla trekking safari to Virunga National Park Congo

Day 1:

Up on arrival in Kigali, you will meet the safari guide in Kigali international airport. The guide will brief you and transfer to Congo’s Virunga national park. A Congo Visa is secured at Goma. You arrive to your hotel in the evening for dinner and relaxation.

Day 2:

On your second day of the Congo gorilla trekking tour, you do gorilla trekking after breakfast at your lodging facility. Gorilla trekking starts after briefing by the park rangers at the park headquarters at 8:00am. The trek could last about 3 hours after which you come across the gentle giants. Only 1 hour is spent with the gorillas. After trekking you return back to Kigali. This marks the end of the 2 days gorilla trekking safari to Virunga National Park Congo.

The safari starts and ends in Kigali Rwanda because it’s the closest international airport that has daily international flights. Goma international airport in Congo has international flights once a week on Saturday by Ethiopian airlines and the return flight is done after 7 days.

The tour operators in Virunga national park customize the safari when contacted. The general tour package is inclusive of;

  • Border crossing fees
  • A professional English-speaking driver guide
  • Park entry fees
  • Gorilla trekking permit fees (USD 450)
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Transportation using a comfortable 4×4 safari vehicle for hire

The tour package is exclusive of all personal item purchases.

Congo is so pristine and therefore meeting the mountain gorillas is so exceptional, trek them today and enjoy the natural beauty in Congo.

 

 

How many days does a tourist need for a Congo gorilla safari?

Days that suit a Congo gorilla tour

Situated east of the Atlantic Ocean, Congo is the largest country in sub-Saharan Africa by area and is home to both mountain and lowland gorillas. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, the mountain gorillas are in the Virunga national park within the Virunga mountain chains adjacent to Mgahinga gorilla national park in Uganda and Volcanoes national park in Rwanda. Virunga national park is in the North Kivu province. Lowland gorillas are found in Kahuzi Biega national park in the South Kivu province. Many travelers wonder on how long they need to spend in Congo to undertake Congo gorilla tours but, this is a matter of the person’s schedule, budget and the number of activities they want to do. Here are different options on how many days a tourist needs for a Congo gorilla safari;

A 1-day Congo gorilla trekking tour is ably done when the tourist is within the towns near either Virunga national park or Kahuzi Biega national park. Gorilla trekking is done between 8:00am – 7:00pm during day, the gorilla trekking time is unpredictable since the gorilla movement is unpredictable. When someone can access the national parks before 8:00am then they can spend one day to trek the gorillas. Gorilla trekking permits should be booked prior at $400 per person.

2 days gorilla safari starts from Kigali Rwanda and a transfer from Kigali international airport to an accommodation facility close to Congo’s Virunga national park. A long the way is a lot of sight seeing through the foothills of the beautiful Virunga mountains. On day two a gorilla trekking is done and a transfer back to Kigali.

3 days gorilla trekking safari in Congo is one of the short gorilla tours that will reward you with the beautiful encounter of the gentle giants. Day one involves transfer from Kigali Rwanda to Congo, a city tour to Bukima can be involved on that day. On day two, a gorilla trek is done from morning until when the gorillas are finally sighted. A nature walk can be done in the afternoon if the trek ends early. Day three involves a transfer back to Kigali-Rwanda.

Congo gorilla tours

Lowland gorilla trekking in Congo

5 days gorilla safari in Congo doesn’t only involve a gorilla trek but a Nyiragongo mountain hike. Day one involves transfer from Kigali Rwanda to Congo. On day two hike to the nyiragongo Volcano. This is one of the most active volcanoes in Africa with recent eruptions. Descend from the Nyiragongo volcano on day 3 and rest at your accommodation facility. Gorilla trekking is done on day 4 and transfer back to Kigali on day 5. For the 5 days lowland gorilla trekking, the safari comprises of a chimpanzee trekking at Lwiro forest and visit the historical museum on day 3 and a hike to mount Kahuzi on day 4.

The 6 days gorilla trekking safari is one interesting package with both a Gorilla safari Rwanda and Congo gorilla tour in Volcanoes national park and Virunga national park respectively. During the six days, day one is transfer from Kigali to Congo, do gorilla trekking on day two, Hike mount Nyiragongo on day 3. On day 4 descend from Mount Nyiragongo and transfer to Kigali, do a gorilla trek in Volcanoes on day 5 then have a city tour on day 6 and transfer back to Kigali.

Congo gorilla tours

Mount Nyiragongo hike

In 7 days, a gorilla trekking and wildlife safari can be done in Congo. This safari involves trekking both mountain and lowland gorillas in Virunga and Kahuzi Biega national parks. Day 1 involves arriving to Kigali and transfer to Virunga national park. Do gorilla trekking in Virunga national park on day 2, ascend Nyiragongo mountain on day 3 and descend on day 4. On day 5 transfer from Virunga national park to Bukavu, do a lowland gorilla trek in Kahuzi Biega national park on day 6 then transfer back to Kigali on day 7.

If you want to go for a Congo gorilla tour by air, direct flights are only done once a week to Goma by Ethiopian airways every Saturday. This is favorable for those ready to do a 7 days gorilla and wildlife safari in Congo. This is because return flights are only done once a week after the 7 days.

The reason most safaris start from Kigali in the neighboring Rwanda is because it’s the closest airport besides Goma and Kigali has daily flights compared to Goma.

Stop wondering on what will fit your schedule, now you know how to spend your time in Congo just choose the best days for you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to get to Congo for a gorilla safari

The Democratic Republic of Congo is the only home to mountain gorillas in West Africa. It’s the only country in the world with both the mountain and lowland gorillas in two different national parks. Virunga national park is home to the mountain gorillas and Kahuzi Biega national park is home to the lowland gorillas. There different means on how to get to Congo for a gorilla safari.

The most efficient way of getting to Congo is by air. Flights to Congo are organized by Ethiopian airways once a week to Goma airport. It is also possible to get in to Congo by road from neighboring countries like Rwanda and Uganda that too have mountain gorillas in Volcanoes national park, Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park respectively. After getting into Congo here are the options on how to get to Congo gorilla trekking safari destinations.

How to get to Virunga national park

By road;

From Goma, Virunga national park is 358km via Buhumba-Mukoka-Bikara-Kyondo road (the best route) with a drive time of 10h 49min.

From Goma via Rutshuru-Ishasha-Kasindi road Virunga national park is 313km away with a drive time of about 9h 7min. This route includes border crossing and passing via Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth National park. Its best for tourists coming from Uganda.

From Rwanda, it’s a 4 hours’ drive from Kigali to Gasenyi the nearest town to Goma. Its 1and ½ hours to the park in Bukima sector. For this route you will have to spend a night in one of the hotels in Rwanda.

From Kigali (Rwanda’s capital), Virunga national park is 383km away via Kigali-Gatuna road then Ntungamo-Katunguru road in western Uganda. This road includes crossing a ferry.

How to get to Congo’s Virunga national park by air;

Direct flights to Goma are only possible once a week every Saturday from Ethiopia to Goma. You can fly in to Goma-Congo’s international airport with Ethiopian airlines then transfer by road to the park. Return flights after a gorilla trekking safari in Congo can only be done 7 days from the day you fly in; the most favorable option is going by road to Rwanda then take a flight from Kigali international airport. The fly in safaris are most favorable for tourists who take 7 days Congo gorilla safari and wildlife tour.

How to get to Congo

Ethiopian Airways

How to get to Kahuzi Biega national park

By road;

From Goma, Kahuzi Biega national park is 138km away. The roads to Kahuzi Biega national park are rough and dirty with a requirement on payment of toll fees for crossing to a different province. It’s a bout a driving time of 5 to 6 hours from Goma but having a professional driver is recommendable.

By air Goma is the national airport and road distances from there are the same.

For a memorable Congo gorilla tour, organizing with a gorilla tour operator is the best option for all preparations.

The truth is here for the best gorilla safari Congo preparations, just start planning today and trek both the mountain and lowland gorillas.

 

 

 

Attractions in Virunga national park

Virunga national park in Congo is the most popular destination for Congo gorilla trekking safaris because of the mountain gorillas alongside Kahuzi Biega national park that is home to the lowland gorillas. Virunga national park has other beautiful attractions that have for long been neglected concentrating more on the mountain gorillas. The major other two attractions in Virunga national park include;

Other Attractions in Virunga national park

 The Batwa Pygmies

 The Batwa pygmies are former inhabitants of the Ituri forest who lived a hunter gatherer life in harmony with the gorillas in the forest. Because of conservation purposes and need to boost Congo gorilla trekking tours the Batwa were forced to live in the foothills of the mountains. The Batwa pygmies are known to be in the foothills of Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park in Uganda.

The Batwa experience is one of the most relaxing after a Congo gorilla safari activity as they take you through their ways of life and the skills of survival that they had in the forest.

Attractions in Virunga national park

A Batwa pygmy

Mount Nyiragongo hike

Mount Nyiragongo is one of Africa’s most active volcano with recent volcanic eruption activities in the 20th century. The mountain is about 3,470m high with two distinct lava benches one about 3,175m (10,417ft) and the other at 2,975m (9,760ft). Congo`s volcanic mountains-mount Nyiragongo and mount Nyamuragira, take approximately 40% of the volcanic eruptions in the history of Africa. Mount Nyiragongo in Congo houses the world’s largest lava lake. Mount Nyiragongo hike is the most popular activity aside from a Congo gorilla tour.

Attractions in Virunga national park

Mount Nyiragongo lava lake

 

Chimpanzee Habituation

The chimpanzees are one of the attractions in Virunga national park. Chimpanzees live in the forest of Virunga more so in the areas of Rumangabo. A total of four tourists are allowed to spend a maximum of one hour with the chimpanzees each single day. The chimpanzees have highly been threatened by instability and that’s why their protection is very vital. Bookings for a gorilla habituation experience is done at Mikeno lodge only. In case of any illness, volunteer to stay behind since chimpanzees are highly susceptible to diseases.

attractions in Virunga national park

Chimpanzees

Don’t miss these activities, if your planning your gorilla trekking safari in Congo. They will add up to the amazing experience.

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