The chain of Virunga volcanoes
The trip to DR Congo was incredible! Congo is an extremely complex and fascinating country with around 480 tribes in the country each with their own distinctive culture. Hand down the most beautiful thing about DRC is the Congolese people who are some of the most hard working and resilient individuals on earth. In order to survive in a country like that you have to be tough.Jakob Van De Wiel
We based ourselves for the majority of the trip in the city of Goma which is a short hop away from the Rwandan border. We used the city as a base to explore surrounding towns, lake Kivu (with the help of local agency such as SAFARI CONGO ADVENTURES);to hike the incredible Nyiragongo Volcano that last errupted in 2002 which destroyed the majority of the town.Aimé Zaphirakis
The Nyirangongo volcano moutain.
Photographing on top of the Volcano NYIRAGONGO IN Congo
Nyiragongo is a beautiful stratovolcano that features the world’s largest lava lake. Treks to the summit of Nyiragongo volcano begin at the Kibati patrol post, which is approximately 30 minutes by car from Goma. The patrol post is less than a one hour drive from the Mikeno Lodge in Rumangabo. Park rangers lead all treks and
porters (unaffiliated with the park) are available for hire. The time required to reach the summit depends on the average fitness of each group, but typically takes 4 – 6 hours. Altitude sickness can be an issue for some because the climb begins at 1989m (6,525 ft) and ascends to 3470m (11,382ft) in a short time. Proper hydration is the best way to adapt to the change in altitude. People prone to Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) should speak to their physicians about taking preventative measures before making the climb. It is possible for fitter people to climb up and descend in one day, but the vast majority choose to overnight in the basic accommodations available at the top (included in the permit fee) because the best time to view the lava lake is at night.
The Mikeno Lodge is a 90 minute drive from Goma and offers large bungalows and a good restaurant. The lodge and restaurant are located within a forest and offer beautiful views of the rift valley and Nyiragongo and Mikeno volcanoes. Nature walks and visits to local places of interest can be arranged. There is an abundance of bird life, as well as resident blue monkeys, colobus monkeys, and baboons. Chimpanzees are also frequent visitors to the area.
The Journey to Epulu
The tour will start in Goma and end in Kigali; please let us know the number of people.
Day One : Border pick up – GOMA
Rwanda border pick up in afternoon time, cross to DR Congo precisely Goma town, after immigration formalities, drive down town, overnight at your Hotel
Day Two : GOMA-KISANGANI
Meeting with the crew of SAFARI CONGO ADVENTURES in Kisangani after noon time around 2pm, after warm greetings and briefing, overnight
Congo Stanley Falls
The historic Stanley Falls at Kisangani. These rapids rush noisily over boulders. Wagenia fishermen, who’ve lived on the banks of the Congo River since time immemorial, dive in and out of the water and giant stones (with huge cone-shaped baskets) trying to get the catch of the day.The Congo River can throw up surprises. It’s not always what you expect.When you hear the word “falls” associated with bodies of water, don’t you think Victoria Falls or Niagara Falls?
Akagera National Park
Plenty of animals can be seen, including elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, zebras, hippos, crocodiles and also many other mammal species. Known as one of the most scenic savannah in East Africa, the game drive in Akagera provides you with the opportunity to also view gentle hills blending beautifully with lowland swamps and water bodies.
Mountain Gorillas In Congo-virunga National Park
A visit with a mountain gorilla family is a life changing experience
Mountain gorillas are highly intelligent, good natured, and fascinating to observe. The silverback’s powerful presence is awe-inspiring, yet his calm clearly earns him the title, “gentle giant”.
Treks usually require 1-2 hours of hiking in each direction, depending where the mountain gorillas spent the previous night and the difficulty of the terrain.To safeguard the health of Virunga’s gorillas, visitors will be required to wear surgical masks (provided) when in the presence of gorillas. Time with the gorillas is strictly limited to one hour. If you don’t feel well at the time of your scheduled trek (i.e. you have a cold, fever, diarrhea, or persistent sore throat) – please cancel. Mountain gorillas are extremely susceptible to human illnesses. Gorillas have died after being exposed to human respiratory viruses and other common ailments.
1 DAY GORILLA TOUR DETAILED I TINERARY.
Day 1: Kigali – Volcanoes National Park and back
We meet you in Kigali very earlier in the morning at around 4:30Am if you request for airport pick up since you need to be at the park head quarter before 7AM- short briefing- and transfer to the Volcanoes National Park in Musanze District/Northern part of this country.
The drive from Kigali to the volcanoes (116km) will generally take around two hours and a half.
Arriving at the park headquarter you will go under the formalities to trek the gorillas before you have another drive to the park gate where you will enter the forest for trekking.
We will track one of the ten habituated Gorilla groups in Rwanda. Habituation of a gorilla group takes a minimum of two years, with daily visits to allow the gorilla group to tolerate human presence. It is only when the gorillas are completely comfortable with human presence that tourists are allowed to share the daily hour of contact with them.
Park and Reserve Tours
- Game Drives
- Exploration of different towns and cities
- Crater Lake Tours
- Birding Tours
- Cultural and Historical Tours
- Congo River Expedition
- Primates trekking
- Island Tours
- Mountain Tours
- Wildlife Tours
- Villages Tours
- Congo Nile Trail
- Adventure Tours
- Border crossings
- Customized Tours
- Biking Tours
- Canopy walk in Nyungwe National Park