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Congo Nyiragongo and Eastern Lowland Gorillas - 6 Days

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Congo Nyiragongo and Eastern Lowland Gorillas

This 6 days Nyiragongo and Eastern Lowland Gorillas brings you to Congo. It features Nyiragongo, a stratovolcano that boasts the world’s largest lava lake and the Eastern lowland gorilla in the Kahuzi Biega national park. Located in South Kivu, Kahuzi Biega is a World Heritage site and one of two homes of the Eastern Lowland Gorillas.
The trek up to the volcano will not be the easiest (it takes 4 to 6 hours). However, 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. You will end the visit by experiencing the Hunde tribe after going through a majestic cruise on the Lake Kivu.
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Day 1
Pick up in Kigali and transfer to Bukavu – DR Congowanda

In the morning, you will be picked by the driver from your hotel or from the airport in Kigali and drive southwards to Cyangugu boarder on the way to Bukavu in DR Congo. You will have a stopover 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 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 Hotel (Luxury)

Day 2
Lowland Gorilla tracking tour in Kahuzi Biega – DR Congo

In the morning, you will head for the memorable adventure of trekking the lowland gorillas in Kahuzi Biega National park. Trekking lowland Gorillas is amazing, the lowland gorillas are bigger in size and stay in bigger families as compared to mountain gorillas. The trekking experience usually takes 1-4 hours. This comes as a once in a lifetime experience as Eastern lowland gorillas are endemic to the DR Congo. Later in the afternoon drive back to your hotel.

Day 3
Transfer to Goma City

In the morning you will be transferred to Goma city using a speedboat. Upon reaching Goma, you will be checked in at your hotel and go for a crash Goma city tour that will include the Goma beach, Goma downtown, the docks, the city vibes, the people, the market and shopping for some Congolese hand crafts. You will end your day tour at Maghali Restaurant where you will taste local foods. Dinner and overnight at Goma Serena Hotel

Day 4
Boat cruise and Cultural visits in Masisi territory

On this day you will embark in a boat cruise on the majestic Lake Kivu. You will enjoy the scenic views on your way to Minovah using a speedboat. Upon your arrival to Minovah, you will familiarize with the Hunde tribe by getting to know about their culture and their history. Dinner and Overnight at Goma Serena Hotel

Day 5
Nyiragongo hike

After breakfast at your hotel, 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. Overnight in wooden shelter

Day 6
Descent volcano

In the early morning, start the descent back to Kibati. Average descent time is four hours. Once at the bottom proceed back to Kigali

End of the trip


  • National museum fees (Rwanda)
  • Private transportation
  • Bottled water
  • Professional guide
  • Gorilla Trekking Permit
  • Nyiragongo Hiking Permit
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Congolese visa fees (105$)
  • Cruising fees
  • Ferry


  • Porters
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
  • Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, etc.)
Is it safe to travel to Kahuzi Biega National Park?

All Congo Safaris tours are fully guided from the moment you step over the border to your departure back home. Almost all our tours start and end in Kigali (the capital of Rwanda), and we ensure that our guests are assisted across the border without any hassle. Members of our team will collect you as soon as you land in Kigali, and will remain with you until you enter Congo – at which point the Kahuzi Biega National Park team will take over. As the Park is responsible for the livelihood and infrastructure of the four million people who live around it, its officials, rangers and visitors are highly respected by the locals. You’ll be transported in our vehicles but escorted by official parks vehicles loaded with rangers, and will be made to feel safe and warmly welcomed by all whom you encounter. Kahuzi Biega National Park as the third best destination in Africa by Best Top 100 Destination showing global leadership in actively protecting its scenic views, natural habitats and wildlife, and showing respect for animals, a basis for its sustainable tourism development. (https://greendestinations.org/2019-top100-awards/). Tourists are enjoying unique Eastern Lowland Gorillas found only in the DR Congo.

Is it safe to climb Nyiragongo?

You can’t escape the fact that Nyiragongo is one of the world’s most active volcanoes. So is it really safe to climb an active volcano? I would say yes, but the truth is that you never know. Walking around independently might be dangerous, since volcanic area has fractures emitting gas, but locals know how to avoid them. Goma has its own seismologic observatory monitoring both Nyiragongo and its sister volcano, Nyamuragira, which is titled the most active volcano in Africa. Volcanologists should know well in advance what these giants are up to.

I want to hike the Mount Nyiragongo, what should I expect? What should I pack?

Park rangers lead the trek even if you have booked the trip through a tour company. Only one group can trek to the Nyiragongo summit daily and the group size is limited to 24 people, due to the accommodation capacity. During June and July, the treks can be fully booked, so assure your spot well in advance. The climb takes 4-6 hours depending on the weather conditions and overall fit of the group. It is possible to conquer Nyiragongo also on a day trip, but it will be a long and very challenging day (for sure). You must arrive to the Kibati ranger station before 9AM; the hike starts around 10AM. Be sure to pack full rain gear, warm layers, long underwear, enough warm socks, gloves, a hat, and some snacks. When finally reaching the summit, you need to change to a dry base layer immediately. Don’t underestimate the conditions, as temperature at the summit might be near freezing and the risk of hypothermia is real. Sleeping bags can be rented for 10$. If you don’t have a cook with you, bring also enough food. A hot 3-course dinner can really make the day after an exhausting trek, when you are shivering from the cold night. So consider hiring either a cook or cooking utensils. Porters can be hired at the Kibati ranger post for 25$ and I strongly recommend taking one to save your energies. The maximum weight for one porter is 15 kg.

Why should I visit Congo to see the gorillas? Why not Uganda or Rwanda?

Not only, the DRC like the two other countries has got Mountain Gorillas in the Virunga National Park but also, Congo has got Eastern Lowland Gorillas which are unique and can be found nowhere else but in the Democratic Republic of the Congo precisely Kahuzi Biega National Park Congo which is located 50 kms away from Bukavu town, a town known among the biggest towns in the eastern part with developed accommodation facilities including the orchids safari club, Coco lodge with modern amenities.

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