5 DAY LUXURY CONGO MOUNTAIN GORILLA TREK AND MT NYIRAGONGO HIKE (LE PETIT NYIRA)
5 day luxury Congo mountain gorilla trek and mt Nyiragongo hike (Le Petit Nyira) package includes three nights’ stay in Virunga National Park: one night’s accommodation at Ngila, one night’s accommodation at Mikeno Lodge, mountain gorilla trek, volcano trek and one night on Nyiragongo volcano.
This package departs Goma at 13:00 on Monday, Wednesday and Friday through the year.
DAY 1: ARRIVAL AT KIGALI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AND TRANSFER TO GISENYI.
Upon arrival, you will be welcomed by our expert driver-guide, who will brief you about the tour before you are transferred to Gisenyi for a rest as you prepare for your next day for mt Nyiragongo trek.
Day 2: TRANSFER TO RUMANGABO SECTOR VIA GOMA
Your driver guide will meet you at your hotel reception and transfer you to the grande barriere. Upon arrival at Grande Barriere border he will help you with the visa process before crossing. Upon arrival at Grande Barriere border crossing by 11:30am and ensure check-in with Virunga tourism office by 13:00am.
The tourism office is conveniently located in the Grande Barriere border post building, opposite passport control. Staff will provide guests with gorilla and volcano trek permits at check-in. These permits must be presented before the start of each trek.
Once check-in is complete, guests will be transported to Ngila, our brand new luxury tented camp in the Gorilla Sector. After settling into their luxurious tents, clients can either enjoy an evening stroll through the bamboo project or simply relax on their verandas. In the early evening, guest can join our resident ranger, who will give a briefing on the Great Apes of Virunga and an insight to the mountain gorilla population and the habituated families that call Virunga their home.
Day 3: RARE MOUNTAIN GORILLA TREK IN VIRUNGA
After an early breakfast, guests will set off for the gorilla trek directly out of their camp. Trekkers will meet their Ranger guides and local pisteurs to receive a briefing before starting the gorilla trek. Treks usually require 1-2.5 hours of hiking each way, depending on location of the group being trekked and the difficulty of the terrain. After spending the allotted hour with the gorillas, trekkers will return to Ngila and then will be transported back to Mikeno Lodge where the remainder of the day can be spent relaxing on the lodge terrace or visiting the gorilla orphans at the Senkwekwe Center.
Day 4: Day 3: EXCLUSIVE MT NYIRAGONGO TREK
After breakfast at Kibumba, guests will be transported to the Kibati Ranger Post at 8:15am, departure point for the Nyiragongo volcano trek. On arrival to Kibati, guests will receive a briefing and will have the opportunity to hire porters.
The climb up the volcano will take around four to six hours and trekkers will have dinner and overnight on the summit shelters with spectacular views.
Day 5: DESCEND AND TRANSFER TO KIGALI.
In the early morning, guests will leave the crater rim and start the descent back to Kibati. The average descent time is four hours. Once at the bottom, guests will be transported back to Goma with drop-off at the Grande Barriere where you will meet your Guide waiting for your and take you for hot lunch around before a 3 hours scenic drive to Kigali for your flight back home or overnight in Kigali.
Included in this package: Two nights’ accommodation at Mikeno Lodge, gorilla trek and volcano trek permits, one night stay on Nyiragongo, Nyiragongo backpack, all transport to, from, and within the Park once in-country.
Not included in this package: Beverages, porter fees, Tips and gratuities, and anything of personal nature.