Day 1: Arrival and Welcome
On your arrival you will be picked by our representative greets you at the airport (Kigali or Kinshasa), or picks you up in Goma or Gisenyi, and assists and drops you at your hotel. After you comfortably check-in to your hotel, you have an option of a short tour, or just enjoy a rest and refreshment after a briefing from the local guide.
Day 2: Fly to Goma (if Kinshasa start) or Cross From Rwanda Border (if Kigali start)
After breakfast, you will transfer to the airport for a flight to Goma, in eastern DR Congo, border with the Republic of Rwanda. Upon arrival comfortably check-in to your hotel. Afterward enjoy a city tour, see the UN operations, and cruise on beautiful Lake Kivu until the sun sets. In the evening transfer to your hotel for rest before the action-packed next day. (B, L, D)
Day 3: Virunga National Park, Trekking to see Mountain Gorillas
After breakfast, drive to Virunga National park for Gorilla trekking into the tropical rainforest, where rare Mountain Gorillas dwell. These "Gentle Great Apes” are one of the 4 different primates you can visit in the heart of Africa. During our trek in this true and vast jungle see chimpanzees, baboons, colobus, and vervet monkeys. The Virunga national park is a UNESCO World Heritage site that include vast plains and forests, home to antelope, elephants, giraffes, lions, leopards, and buffalo to name a few. The Park is also a paradise for birdwatchers: there are more than 2000 bird species living in the region, during our trekking you can easily see more than 100 of them! In the evening we transfer back to the Hotel for rest. (B, L, D)
Day 4 & 5: Nyiragongo Volcano Hike and Overnight Summit Camp
After breakfast, drive to Nyiragongo Volcano and climb one of the most active volcanoes in Africa. It is noted for long active lava lakes which appear in the summit crater. It will take 5-10 hours to reach the top after a long day hiking and taking in sweeping vistas, depending on physical fitness. Bring stable hiking boots and we will bring plenty of water with our porters to support your hike. Nyiragongo is one of eight volcanoes in the Virunga Mountains. The volcano is located north of the town of Goma. We will climb all day and camp on the top to admire the lava of a red and active angry volcano. This is Africa at its most exotic. (B, L D)
Day 6: Nyiragongo Descent
In the morning we descend back down the mountain. It takes another 4-6 hours to get down to the security checkpoint and entrance to the park. In the afternoon we transfer back to Goma city center for sightseeing, including the lava flow from 2002 that smothered the town in a black fiery inferno, and shop for handicrafts if desired. In the evening transfer back to the hotel. (B, L, D)
Day 7: Final Day - Departure
After breakfast and hotel check-out, relax by the lake and relive the high points of your expedition before a final transfer to the airport for flight to departure city, or drive to border and drop-off. (B)
End of the services
Our overland tours include all insurance, transport, permits, entrance fees, taxes, 4x4 with a/c, and accommodation in safari-style lodges, villages, and tourist hotels (where applicable). Alcoholic drinks are extra. We will arrange your visa facilitation upon purchase of a tour, and you must apply with our invitation letter at your nearest possible embassy.