Tour Overview

This 4-days Virunga tour features gorilla tracking and Nyiragongo Hike. For mountain gorilla tracking however in Virunga national park, you would have accommodation at Mikeno Lodge. With also an overnight on the summit of Mount Nyiragongo, this 4-days Virunga tour is an epic adventure. This package however has scheduled departures from Goma at 11:00am on a Friday.

Mountain Gorilla. 4-Days Virunga Tour
Mountain Gorilla Virunga NP. Photo by Adam Keifer

Tour Inclusions

  • Mountain gorilla permit
  • Volcano trek permit
  • Transport to and from Kibati Ranger Post
  • One night stay on Nyiragongo summit
  • Accommodation at Mikeno lodge
  • DRC Visa

Tour Exclusions

  • Nyiragongo backpack
  • Porter fees
  • Rwanda Visas
  • Gratuities and anything of a personal nature.

Tour Summary

Day 1: Transfer to Virunga National Park (Mikeno Lodge)

Day 2: Gorilla Tracking

Day 3: Nyiragongo Hike

Day 4: Descend the Volcano.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Transfer to Mikeno Lodge

Arrival at Grande Barriere border crossing by 10:00am and ensure check-in with Virunga tourism office by 11:00am. The tourism office is conveniently located in the Grande Barriere border post building, opposite passport control. Staff will provide guests with gorilla and volcano trek permits at check-in. Guests will be transported to Mikeno Lodge at the Park headquarters in Rumangabo. On arrival to Mikeno, a late lunch will be served and the afternoon can be enjoyed at leisure, including exploring Rumangabo’s several nature trails, bird watching or paying a visit to the Congohounds. Overnight at Mikeno Lodge.

Day 2: Mountain gorilla trek

After an early breakfast at Mikeno Lodge, guests will set off for the gorilla trek at Bukima Ranger Post. On arrival to Bukima, trekkers will meet their Ranger guides and local pisteurs to receive a briefing before starting the gorilla trek. Treks usually require 1-2.5 hours of hiking each way, depending on location of the group being trekked and the difficulty of the terrain. After spending the allotted hour with the gorillas, trekkers will return to Bukima camp and then will be transported back to Mikeno Lodge where the remainder of the day can be spent relaxing on the lodge terrace or visiting the gorilla orphans at the Senkwekwe Center.

Day 3: Mount Nyiragongo Hike

Have breakfast at Mikeno Lodge, guest will be transported to the Kibati Ranger Post, departure point for the Nyiragongo volcano trek. On arrival to Kibati, climbers will receive a briefing and have the opportunity to hire porters. The climb up the volcano takes around four to six hours and trekkers will overnight on the summit.

Day 4: Descend the Volcano & Departure

Early in the morning, climbers will leave the crater rim and start the descent back to Kibati. Average descent time is four hours. Once at the bottom, guests will be transported back to Goma with drop-off at the Grande Barriere border crossing.

End of Tour.