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8 Days DRC Lowland Gorillas, mountains gorillas and Nyiragongo Hike - 8 Days

8 Days DRC Lowland Gorillas, mountains gorillas and Nyiragongo Hike

8 Days DRC trip combine a gorilla safari and Nyiragongo hike. D.R. Congo has both lowland and the mountains gorillas. The lowland gorillas are located in Kahuzi Biega National Park, mountains Gorilla in Virunga National.

A safari in D.R. Congo to view a group of these unique apes is undeniably one of the most thrilling and most sought-after adventures that you should count a must to include in your next safari holiday. Spending few hours on a face to face encounter with these dramatic creatures is such a magical experience that comes once in a lifetime! Visitor encounters with these Great apes entirely involves exploring their general behavior and lifestyles (feeding, mating, nesting, body gestures and others) while they are in their natural habitat. This is among the rarest experience for one visiting Africa.

Nyiragongo is a beautiful stratovolcano that features the world’s largest lava lake.

While the trek up to the volcano will not be the easiest (it takes 4 to 6 hours), it will completely worth it once at the top. The lava lake is incredible, and tourists spend hours watching the waves of lava and listening to its roars. At the peak of Mount Nyiragongo, you will sleep in basic huts (make sure to bring warm clothes as it’s quite cold up there) and will wake up above the clouds. This will surely be a truly amazing and unforgettable experience, and probably one of the best things you will ever do.

Day 1
Day 1: Arrival in Kigali – Rwanda

Airport pickup and transfer to your Hotel in Kigali. Early arrivals can take optional tour of Kigali city and the surrounding areas. Overnight and Dinner – City Blue Hotel.

Day 2
Day 2: Transfer to Bukavu- DR Congo

In the morning, you will be picked by the driver from your hotel in Kigali and drive southwards to Cyangugu boarder on the way to Bukavu in DR Congo. You will have a stop over in Butare, where you will visit the national museum of Rwanda, the king’s palace in Nyanza, and the Rwanda genocide memorial site. After lunch, continue on a scenic journey to Bukavu with wonderful views of the hills in Rwanda through the tropical forest of Nyungwe National park and a clear view of Lake Kivu. Dinner and overnight at Panorama (Luxury)

Day 3
Day 3: Lowland Gorilla tracking tour in Kahuzi Biega – DR Congo

In the morning, you will head for the memorable adventure of tracking the lowland gorillas in Kahuzi Biega National park. Tracking lowland Gorillas is very amazing, lowland Gorillas differ from the mountain gorillas, the lowland gorillas are bigger in size, usually takes 1-4 hours tracking the lowland Gorillas. The lowland Gorillas stay in bigger families as compared to mountain gorillas; you will not regret the safari effort once you meet the amazing Gorillas! Later in the afternoon drive back to your hotel.

Day 4
Day 4: Transfer to Goma

In the morning you will take a boat from Bukavu to Goma which takes 6-7hours. Upon arrival in Goma transfer to your hotel for rest and overnight at the Hotel. In the afternoon Goma city tour and return back to the hotel.

Day 5
Day 5: Transfer to Virunga National Park

At 11.30am pick up from the Hotel and transfer to Virunga National Park. In the afternoon nature walk and birds watching in Kibumba Village. Dinner and overnight Kibumba Tented Camp

Day 6
Day 6: Mountains Gorilla trekking

After an early breakfast at Kibumba Tented Camp, trekkers will head down the hill to meet their Ranger guides and have a briefing before the gorilla trek. Treks usually require 1-2.5hours of hiking each way, depending on location of the gorilla group being trekked and the difficulty of the terrain. After spending the allotted hour with gorilla family group, trekkers will make their way back to camp, enjoy a late lunch and have the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 7
Day 7: Nyiragongo Hike

After breakfast in Kibumba, proceed to Kibati Ranger post at 8:15am, departure point for the Nyiragongo volcano trek. The climb up the volcano will take around four to six hours and trekkers will overnight on the summit.

Day 8
Day 8 : Descending & Departure

After an early breakfast at the summit, downhill mountains where you will reach down at around 12am depending on the group speed. Upon arrival at the bottom proceed back to Kigali.

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