The 7 day Congo gorilla safari is an adventure that allows you to trek both mountain gorillas in Virunga National Park and Eastern lowland gorillas in Kahuzi Biega National Park with an element of hiking Mount Nyiragongo the most active volcano in Africa.
Day 1: Transfer from Kigali – Bukavu
Upon arrival at Kigali International Airport, you will be picked up by the company representative who will transfer south wards to Cyangugu border on your way to Bukavu in Democratic Republic of Congo. En-route lunch and then proceed to cross the border to Bukavu. Dinner and overnight at Orchids Lodge meal plan F/B
Day 2: Eastern Lowland Gorilla Trekking
Wake up early and transfer to the visitors point at Kahuzi Biega National Park. After briefing, the trek through the mountainous jungle begins to find the large lowland gorilla family. The species here are Eastern Lowland gorillas and they are very different from the mountain gorilla species you seen in Volcanoes and Bwindi National Parks. For about 3 hours your will be enjoying the company of these rare species as you observe and watch them feed, play, sleep, and socialize with each other. The lowland gorilla stay in big families compared to mountain gorillas. These gorillas can only be found in Kahuzi Biega National in Democratic Republic of Congo. The gorilla trekking exercise is quite strenuous and tiresome but rewarding due to the amazing attributes of this these gentle apes. Retire to back to your lodge for relaxation with dinner and overnight.
Day 3: Bukavu – Gisenyi Lake Kivu
After breakfast transfer to Gisenyi, the long drive will take you through the green beautiful landscapes spotted with farmed land and rolling hills with en-route lunch and then continue to Gisenyi for your dinner and overnight at Serena Hotel meal plan F/B.
Day 4: Goma –Virunga
Following your morning breakfast, head to Goma a drive to Virunga National Park with a visit at Senkwekwe Gorilla Orphanage Centre and explore the gorilla conservation as you watch them eat and play for about 30 minutes. Senkwekwe gorilla orphanage is located about a ten minute walk from Mikeno Lodge. After retire to your Mikeno Lodge for dinner and overnight meal plan F/B
Day 5: Mountain Gorilla Trekking
Rise up very early in the morning for a quick cup of coffee and transfer to Bukima park station in Virunga National Park and assemble to be briefed about the whole exercise. After the briefing, proceed to the starting point as you are accompanied by armed ranger guides for the rigorous adventure of tracking down these primates starting from where they slept the previous day till when you come across them. Gorilla trekking is likely to last for about 2 to 7 hours and once found you will be allowed to stay with them for a full hour as you take photos and videos watching them feeding, playing, sleeping and interacting with each other as you take photography having switched off your flash. Once the gorilla trekking activity is done, you will return back to the park headquarters for issuing of gorilla certificates and after transfer back to your hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 6: Nyiragongo Hike Adventure
Rise up very early in the morning for an early breakfast together with packed lunch and head to the park headquarters for briefing with the park warden about the volcano hike. The climb may last from 6 to 7 hours of hiking through the beautiful rainforest. The climb continues on the lava eruption fissure, reach the summit and enjoy the whole evening viewing the lava lake. The night is spent in the shelters on the rim of the giant crater.
Day 7: Descend the Volcano – Kigali
Following your breakfast in the morning, descend the volcano for a transfer back to Gisenyi where you will later transfer to Kigali for an overnight or for scheduled flight back home.