8 Days of Virunga Gorilla Extravaganza (Mondays only)

8 Days of Virunga Gorilla Extravaganza: Take on an 8 day safari to the Democratic Republic of Congo visiting the Virunga national park for the two major attractions that are the mountain gorillas and the overnight Mount Nyiragongo hike. Get a chance to not only visit the mountain gorillas on one day but on several occasions or even opt to visit different gorilla families per day. Get to also hike u the world’s largest volcanic crater lake at the top of Mount Nyiragongo.

8 Days of Virunga Gorilla Extravaganza

This package sets off from Goma DRCongo on only Mondays so be sure to make travel arrangements aligning with the schedule if you are interested in it.

Trip highlights

  • 5 Mountain gorilla treks
  • Mount Nyiragongo hike
  • Mikeno lodge
  • Ngila lodge
  • Senkwekwe gorilla orphanage visit
  • Virunga park headquarters

Trip Description

Day 1: Drive to Goma

Connect to Ngila lodge

Your driver guide will be in Kigali at the agreed pick up point and time preferably by 8 am to pick you up to start your 8 day safari. You will drive 6 hours from Kigali to connect to the Goma Grande Barrier border building to check-in and receive your permits for the next days’ activities.

After all protocol has been observed, you will drive with the Virunga security team headed to Bukima ranger post where your hotel is located. You will check into your hotel and have a late lunch and settle in as you wait for night fall. Dinner will be served and the first night will be spent at Ngila lodge

Day 2: Mountain gorillas trekking in Virunga national park.

Mountain gorilla trek 

Wake up to catch a glimpse of the sunrise and have a quick breakfast thereafter grab your packed lunch boxes and connect with your driver-guide who will be waiting to transfer you to the Bukima ranger post where the brief before the trek is given. Enter the forest in search of the mountain gorillas and spend the allotted 1 hour in their presence shortly before you exit the park to have your lunch boxes. 

Drive back to your hotel to spend the rest of the evening at leisure as you await dinner to be served at Ngila lodge

Day 3: Second mountain gorilla trek

Mountain gorilla trek

Wake up for the second chance to meet the mountain gorillas of Virunga national park. Grab your breakfast at the hotel and your lunch packs then drive along with your driver-guide to connect back to Bukima ranger post for the pre trek brief. Set out into the forest and trek for about 2 to 5 hours according to how far in the forest the gorillas are. 

After trekking exit the park and drive back to you hotel to spend the evening as you may wish to read a book at the lodge or take on a more active activity like visiting a community project and return before it gets dark in time for dinner and second night at Ngila lodge.

Day 4: Third mountain gorilla trek

Mountain gorilla trek

Early morning after having breakfast, you will set out back to the park as the days before anticipating the third chance with a mountain gorilla family. Be a part of the pre trekking brief and follow the rangers into the forest. 

After the gorilla trekking, drive back to your hotel for lunch and take some time at the lodge as you wait for dinner. Dinner and overnight at Ngila lodge 

Day 5: Fourth mountain gorilla trek

Mountain gorilla trek

Early morning after having breakfast, you will set out back to the park as the days before anticipating the third chance with a mountain gorilla family. Be a part of the pre Gorilla trekking brief and follow the rangers into the forest. 

After the gorilla trek, drive back to your hotel for lunch and take some time at the lodge as you wait for dinner. Dinner and overnight at Ngila lodge 

Day 6: Fifth mountain gorilla trek

Mountain gorilla trek

Early morning after having breakfast, you will set out back to the park as the days before anticipating the third chance with a mountain gorilla family. Be a part of the pre trekking brief and follow the rangers into the forest. 

After the gorilla trek, drive back to your hotel for lunch and take some time at the lodge as you wait for dinner. Dinner and overnight at Ngila lodge 

Day 7: Hike up Mount Nyiragongo

Mount Nyiragongo hike

You driver guide will be waiting for you after breakfast to drive you to Kibati Ranger post where the Nyiragongo hike starts from. You will hike up hill for about 6 hours with 2 stopovers and reach the summit in the early evening hours. 

9 Days Best of Congo safari
8 Days of Virunga Gorilla Extravaganza

Enjoy the sunset view from the top and watch the lights from Goma light up the darkness from a far on a clear night. Dinner and night stay will be at the Nyiragongo summit.

Day 8: Connect back to Kigali

Descend the Mount Nyiragongo

Wake up early to catch the sunrise and the last moments at the top of the volcano. Have a simple Congolese breakfast shortly before you start your descent back to the volcanoes trailhead. Your driver-guide will be waiting to drive you back to Kigali and drop you off at your hotel or the Kigali international airport as you will advise.

End of trip

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