Day by day trip details

On arrival at Kigali International Airport, you will meet and greet by GoExplore Safaris driver guide who will transfer you from the Airport to your hotel in Kigali for -/+15 minutes.

Your guide will transfer you the border you will be transferred to DR Congo at the Virunga National Park through northwestern Rwanda crossing around the Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda.

The drive is through beautiful rolling hills, bypassing coffee and banana plantations on a comfortable paved road and is approximately 4 – 5 hours from Kigali. Arriving at the Goma – Gisenyi Boarder, you will go through the border formalities and Proceed to Virunga National Park at the Kibumba Camp through the Goma town the old Colonial Mineral town in Eastern DR. Congo that lies on the shore of the Lake Kivu.

A lot of stops will be made on the way to admire the views and landscapes, with having lunch on the way and probably in Town of Goma. Arriving at your lodge, you will check-in at your hotel for dinner


Wake up for early morning breakfast and at around 6:00 AM, we head to the Bukima Park Ranger station. The drive to Bukima from Goma will generally take around 2 hours. Today, your gorilla trek is sure to be the highlight of your tour. We will be at the Kinigi ranger station by 7 am, where we are allocated guides and briefed before heading into the forest. We will track one of the Six habituated Gorilla groups in Congo. Move-in a company of experienced ranger guides through the forest while searching for mountain gorillas. Only eight people are able to track each habituated group. Time is taken while searching for these great apes, rangers between 2 to 6 hours depending on the movement of the gorilla groups as their territory can range up to 40km. The park rangers and guides will clear the way and assist you through the forest. Once the gorilla group is located you will spend an hour with them as they feed, rest and play. 

Habituation of a gorilla group takes a minimum of two years, with daily visits to allow the gorilla group to tolerate human presence. It is only when the gorillas are completely comfortable with a human presence that tourists are allowed to share the daily hour of contact with them.

Sitting with the mountain gorilla is one of the most amazing wildlife experiences you will ever have. A dominant male silverback can weigh over 200 kilos and is the largest living primate. He will control our meeting as well as for deciding when his group will eat, sleep and move on. His females care for their young with affection and playfulness but also with discipline. They are very curious and are capable of making over 25 different vocalizations, including chuckling and purring. Communication also includes posturing, chest-beating and if all else fails - the charge! The privilege of spending an hour with this family group is an experience that will never leave you. After your hour is up, you wind your way slowly out of the forest and back to the camp to swap stories about your amazing experience.

After the trekking, you will retrace back to the starting point and drive back to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

Leave your Lodge at 08.00am to head to Kibati, the main base for the hike to the Mount Nyiragongo one of the active volcanoes. Arriving at Kibati ranger station, you will get a briefing and by 10:00 am you will start hiking, you can get porters to carry your luggage. Nyiragongo is 3,470m and it takes between 5 to 6 hrs to get to the top because of the magma 

Nyiragongo Volcano is located in the east of Congo, at around 19kms from Goma town. It is the most active volcano in the world. In 1997 and 2002, flows of lava broke out from cracks in the slopes. They covered 17kms to Goma in just a few minutes, killed dozens of people, and left hundreds of thousands homeless. The eruption temporarily drained the lava lake in the summit crater; volcanic gas suffocated heather forest on the upper slopes. Now the forest is recovering, and the wildlife is coming back. The climb takes 4 to 5 hours; there are a lot of rare birds and small mammals along the trail.  

Located in Virunga National Park, it is accessible to visitors from whole the world. The visit can take one to three days with a campsite located at 3470ms on the volcano. Spending one night on the top allows you to observe the sunset and sunrise, but especially to admire the nocturnal spectacle of the lava lake.

Arriving at the top you will start admiring the Lava Lake on the crater Rim. Don't expect to take a shower, though there is a field pit latrine for nature's call. At night, you will be able to see the boiling magma.

The cook will have accompanied you all the way and he will make for you a coffee or tea to warm you up and make you something for dinner as well as a morning cup of tea. 

Descent from the Nyiragongo – Transfer to Kigali, Early morning, you retrace your steps down the volcano and to the starting point which takes around 3 hours. On arrival at the Kibati starting point, you will board your vehicle and drive to stop over at a Hotel in Gisenyi/Rwanda for refreshing a bit, have lunch and later transfer to Kigali for an overnight





Inclusions
  •  Safari activities
  •  Accommodation & Meals
Exclusions
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight Ticket Fare
  • Visa Fees
  • Tips while on the safari
  • Others not mentioned in the safari Itinerary
Payment

A deposit of 40% is required when booking this safari. The remaining balance will be charged 45 days prior departure. For any bookings within 45 days of departure, the full tour amount will be charged upon booking.