Overview of the 8 days lowland gorilla trekking safari Congo & Mount Nyiragongo hiking tour
Your 8 days lowland gorilla trekking safari Congo & Mount Nyiragongo hiking tour is an 8 days wildlife safari in Rwanda, gorilla trekking and hiking tour in Congo. The whole trip features a game drive and boat cruise at Rwanda’s Akagera national park, lowland trekking at kahuzi-Biega National Park and Mount Nyiragongo hiking tour in Virunga National Park Congo
Your tour starts with a pick up from Kigali international airport (closest airport to Congo with daily international flights) for a transfer to a booked accommodation facility close to Akagera National Park. Early morning, you go for a morning game drive then undertake an evening boat cruise at Akagera park. The next morning, you continue on a drive to Congo’s Bukavu town from where you go for lowland gorilla trekking at Kahuzi Biega National Park the next day. From Kahuzi Biega National Park, you are driven to mount Nyiragongo for a hike and descend before return to Kigali international airport for a departure flight.
Highlights of the 8 days lowland gorilla trekking safari Congo & Mount Nyiragongo hiking tour
Day 1: On arrival at Kigali international airport, you are picked up by a knowledgeable driver guide for a transfer to a booked accommodation close to Akagera National Park.
Day 2: After early morning breakfast, you are drive to Akagera national park for a big five wildlife encounter on a game drive then after go for an evening boat cruise.
Day 3: In the morning, your driver guide picks you up for a drive across Rwanda’s border to Congo’s Bukavu town.
Day 4: You are driven in the morning after breakfast for gorilla trekking in Kahuzi Biega national park.
Day 5: From Bukavu, you are driven to Goma where you spend the night as you prepare for a mount Nyiragongo hike.
Day 6: You will hike to the summit of mount Nyiragongo in the morning after breakfast and spend the night at the summit.
Day 7: Descend mount Nyiragongo and then your driver guide will transfer you to Rwanda’s Lake Kivu where you relax.
Day 8: You relax at the shores of the Lake and can also undertake water sports before a transfer back to Kigali international airport for your departure flight.
Detailed itinerary of the 8 days lowland gorilla trekking safari Congo & Mount Nyiragongo hiking tour
Day 1 of your 8 days lowland gorilla trekking safari Congo & Mount Nyiragongo hiking tour
Upon arrival at Kigali international airport on day 1of your tour, a professional safari guide will be there to ensure your drive to a booked hotel close to Akagera National Park. On arrival, you check in, have dinner and spend the night as you relax from jet lag and get ready for a game drive and boat cruise the next day.
Day 2 of your 8 days lowland gorilla trekking safari Congo & Mount Nyiragongo hiking tour
Early morning, you have breakfast then be driven by your driver guide to Akagera national park for a wild game drive that brings you up close to the wild animals. Meeting the early risers, you have chance to sight lions, leopards, antelopes, giraffes, Elephants, Buffalos, bush bucks, Rhinos among many others.
After about 2-4 hours on the drive, you go for lunch then after take an afternoon boat cruise on Lake Ihema, where you are rewarded with sight of wildlife like the hippos, crocodiles alongside numerous bird species. After the boat cruise, you are driven back to your lodging facility where you spend the night.
Day 3 of your 8 days lowland gorilla trekking safari Congo & Mount Nyiragongo hiking tour
From your lodging facility after having breakfast, your professional driver guide will pick you up for a safari drive to Bukavu in Congo. Driving southward to Cyangugu boarder to Bukavu you take about 7-8hours going past beautiful landscapes. Arriving in the evening you will have dinner and an overnight at your prior booked accommodation facility.
Day 4 of your 8 days lowland gorilla trekking safari Congo & Mount Nyiragongo hiking tour
This morning, your driver guide will be ready to drive you to the park headquarters for your memorable Congo gorilla trekking safari experience. The park has only 5 habituated gorilla families for gorilla trekking by tourists and family allocation is done during the briefing. Gorilla trekking briefing starts at 8:00am by the park rangers where after you get into the jungle in a total of 8 trekkers and armed ranger guides for about 2-5 hours. After spending 1 hour having a great experience that you always imagined, you will return to the park headquarters where you will find your driver guide ready to return you to your lodging facility for relaxation, dinner and an overnight.
Day 5 of your 8 days lowland gorilla trekking safari Congo & Mount Nyiragongo hiking tour
Continuing with your tour after an amazing Congo gorilla safari encounter, you will have breakfast then spend the day driving to Goma using a 4×4 safari land cruiser. You will arrive in the evening check in, relax and have an overnight at a booked accommodation facility in Goma town.
Day 6 of your 8 days lowland gorilla trekking safari Congo & Mount Nyiragongo hiking tour
In the morning, your driver guide will transfer you to Kibat station which is the starting point for your hike. You will then start the hike at around 9:00am taking about 6-7 hours to reach the summit depending on your physical fitness level. Mount Nyiragongo in Congo is one of Africa’s recently active stratovolcanoes. Mount Nyiragongo lava lake has ever been known as the most voluminous lava lake. 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). It’s a non-rivaled experience to hike this volcanic mountain on a Congo tour. You will spend the night on the summit cabins where a porter can help with the cooking and carrying luggage.
Day 7 of your 8 days lowland gorilla trekking safari Congo & Mount Nyiragongo hiking tour
On the last day of this amazing tour in Congo, you will descend from the summit of mount Nyiragongo back to Kibat station. Your driver guide will be ready to transfer you to your lodging facility for a meal, refreshment and start the drive to Rwanda where you relax at the shores of Lake Kivu.
Day 8 of your 8 days lowland gorilla trekking safari Congo & Mount Nyiragongo hiking tour
Still at Lake Kivu, you can opt to undertake some of the water sports here or go swimming. You have lunch and check out of your lodging facility for a drive to Kigali international airport for your evening departure flight.
End of the 8 days lowland gorilla trekking safari Congo & Mount Nyiragongo hiking tour
Congo and Rwanda are adjacent to each other no matter Rwanda being in Eastern Africa and Congo in western Africa and alongside Uganda in Eastern Uganda, they share the Virunga massif. Within the Virunga massif, you can also trek gorillas in Volcanoes national park on Rwanda gorilla trekking safaris or during a Uganda gorilla safari to Mgahinga gorilla national park.