5 DAYS RWANDA GORILLAS & NYIRAGONGO HIKE
The 5 days’ tour takes you deep into the forests of the Virunga-to Volcanoes national park for gorilla tracking and this will be after amazing views of Kigali City. Then after gorilla tracking you will cross to Democratic Republic of Congo for Nyiragongo active volcano hike. Have an overnight at the top to experience the Magma at night and later drive back to Rwanda.
Day 1: Arrive Kigali International Airport.
On arrival at Kigali, you meet your guide you will do a short city tour, visit local markets, head to the Kigali Memorial Centre, a moving and highly informative monument to the country’s genocide. And after transfer to Volcanoes national park.
Day 2: Gorilla tracking and transfer to D.R. Congo.
An early start as you head to the park’s headquarters for a briefing on the mountain gorillas. After briefing an experienced park ranger leads you up into the forest to view a troop/Family of gorillas that has been allocated to you, which is usually led by a huge male silverback.
You will have an unforgettable hour to observe them from close quarters – an amazing wildlife experience. After tracking return to the lodge, refresh and cross over to D.R. Congo.
Day 3: Nyiragongo volcanic Hike.
Wake Up early in the morning, have breakfast and drive for about 30 minutes to Nyiragongo Park headquarters. A guide will brief about the hike and after you will be given one who will lead you as you hike. Nyiragongo summit rim is largely devoid of vegetation and is sometimes dusted with snow. Standing at the vent, visitors can peep down into a churning lava lake, see, and hear hot gases exploding up though a mosaic of molten lava.
The volcanicity is predictable and therefore hiking is safe for tourists. It is possible for fitter people to climb up and descend in one day, but you can choose to have an overnight in the basic accommodations available at the top because the best time to view the lava lake is at night.
Day 4: Decend Nyiragongo and Transfer to Lake Kivu.
At 06:00am you will begin to descend the Nyiragongo Volcano arriving Kibati Ranger station at around 11am and proceed to Goma, have lunch and cross to Rwanda. You will have a stop at the northern town of Gisenyi. Wander in to the town to sample the food at one of the local restaurants and then drive to Lake Kivu for relaxation.
Day 5: Lake Kivu to Kigali and departure.
Enjoy your breakfast at the lodge. Have a morning boat ride at the lake for an awesome relaxation and then later begin the drive towards Kigali for your exit flight.