Overview of the 5 days Congo gorilla safari Kahuzi Biega & Nyiragongo hike
Your 5 days Congo gorilla safari Kahuzi Biega & Nyiragongo hike will features memorable safari activities done within one country though starting and ending in a different country. Your Congo safari starts and ends in Kigali Rwanda yet all the activities of gorilla trekking and mount Nyiragongo hike are done in Congo within 2 different safari destinations.
The park’s name was derived from the 2 dominant mountains that form the park namely Mont Kahuzi (3,308m) and Mont Biega (2,790m). The park has only 5 habituated gorilla families for gorilla trekking by tourists on Congo gorilla trekking tours. Kahuzi Biega national park is a natural habitat to the largest population of the Eastern Lowland gorillas situated near the southern shores of Lake Kivu. The Eastern lowland gorillas are the largest of the living primates and of all the gorillas in the world.
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.
5 days Congo gorilla safari Kahuzi Biega & Nyiragongo hike tour highlights
Day 1: Arrive in Kigali international airport. You will be driven across the border to Congo in Bukavu.
Day 2: Do your gorilla trekking safari Congo in Kahuzi Biega national park.
Day 3: Your driver guide will transfer you to Goma
Day 4: You will spend the day hiking mount Nyiragongo and spend the night at the summit.
Day 5: Retire from mount Nyiragongo and then transfer you back to Kigali international airport for your departure flight.
Detailed itinerary of the 5 days Congo gorilla safari Kahuzi Biega & Nyiragongo hike
Day 1 of your 5 days Congo gorilla safari Kahuzi Biega & Nyiragongo hike
On this first day of your safari in Congo, the safari will start from Kigali international airport in the neighboring Rwanda. Your professional driver guide will brief you about the safari upon arrival then start the drive to Bukavu in Congo. This is a long road trip southward to Cyangugu boarder to Bukavu where you will have dinner and an overnight at your prior booked accommodation facility.
Day 2 of your 5 days Congo gorilla safari Kahuzi Biega & Nyiragongo hike
By 7:00am your driver guide will be ready to drive you to the park headquarters for your memorable Congo gorilla trekking safari experience. 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 3 of your 5 days Congo gorilla safari Kahuzi Biega & Nyiragongo hike
Day 4 of your 5 days Congo gorilla safari Kahuzi Biega & Nyiragongo hike
Your driver guide will transfer you to Kibati 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. Nyiragongo is one of the most active volcanoes in the world with red lava lakes. You will spend the night on the summit cabins where a porter can help with the cooking and carrying luggage.
Day 5 of your 5 days Congo gorilla safari Kahuzi Biega & Nyiragongo hike
On the last day of this amazing gorilla trekking safari in Congo, you will descend from the summit of mount Nyiragongo back to Kibati station. Your driver guide will be ready to transfer you to your lodging facility for a meal, refreshment and start the drive to Kigali international airport for your departure flight.
Apart from trekking lowland gorillas you can also trek mountain gorillas in Virunga national park on Congo gorilla safaris. Within the Virunga massif, you can also trek gorillas on Rwanda gorilla trekking safaris in Volcanoes national park or during a Uganda gorilla safari in Mgahinga gorilla national park. Adjacent to Mgahinga gorilla national park in Uganda is also Bwindi impenetrable national park which is the popular destination by tourists on gorilla trekking Uganda safari tours.