6 Days Congo Double Gorilla trekking & Nyiragongo hike safari (Ngila Classic package)
6 Days Congo Double Gorilla trekking & Nyiragongo hike safari: Book this Congo safari that takes you to the oldest national park in the country, the Virunga national park Congo. Virunga National Park is a national park located in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo and was established in 1925 making it Africa’s first protected area.
The Ngila classic package is a 6 day Congo tour including three mountain gorilla treks, with a mount Nyiragongo hike that can be booked any time of the year but only departs Goma on Mondays and Wednesday at 11 am so ensure to book flights to Kigali Rwanda or Goma in accordance to the schedule.
- Day 1: Leave Kigali for Ngila lodge
- Day 2: Mountain gorilla trekking in Virunga national park
- Day 3: Mountain gorilla trekking in DR Congo
- Day 4: Mountain gorilla trekking in Virunga national park Congo and night in Mikeno lodge
- Day 5: Mountain Nyiragongo hiking
- Day 6: Slope down mount Nyiragongo
Day 1: Leave Kigali for Ngila lodge
By 8 am, your driver guide will expect you to be ready for pick up from your communicated pick up place. You will get briefed on the next few days and set out on your 5 hour transfer to Goma Congo. You will check in at the Virunga tourism office that is located in the Grande Barrier building. After all proceedings have taken place, you will join the Virunga security convoy headed to your hotel.
You will arrive in time for a late lunch and a cold glass of juice. Settle into your room as you relax and wait for dinner. Dinner will be served in the dining area and you will spend the first night in Virunga national park. Overnight stay will be Ngila lodge
Day 2: Mountain gorilla trekking in Virunga national park
Wake up early enough to grab some breakfast and head out to the Bukima ranger post where you will receive the morning brief before you head into the forest to search for the mountain gorillas. The mountain gorilla trekking in Virunga national park takes about 2 to 4 hours until you meet the gorilla family of the day.
You will spend the allotted one hour in the presence of the gorilla family and after exit the forest headed for a late lunch at Ngila lodge. You will spend the rest of the evening at Ngila as you wait for dinner and that is where you will spend the night in anticipation of the second gorilla trek. Dinner and overnight stay will be Ngila lodge
Day 3: Mountain gorilla trekking in DR Congo
Wake up early like the day before and grab some breakfast at your hotel and meet your driver guide who will drive you back to Bukima ranger post for the briefing of your second mountain gorilla trekking in Virunga park congo. You may opt to trek the same family or choose another family for this day. Spend about 5 hours in the forest searching for the mountain gorillas and after head back to the trailhead to connect back to the Ngila lodge where you will have lunch and spend the rest of the day.
You can opt to visit the community projects with your guide or enjoy the lodge’s terrace reading a book with the view as dinner gets ready. Spend your third night in Virunga national park.
Day 4: Mountain gorilla trekking in Virunga national park Congo
The third chance to trek mountain gorillas in Virunga national park! Join the group headed for the day’s mountain gorilla trekking. Receive your brief and after head out to the forest, spend about 2 to 5 hours in the forest and after exit the park to meet your driver guide to Mikeno lodge where you will have your late lunch and spend the rest of the day.
You can take some time to visit the Senkwekwe gorilla orphanage as you wait for dinner to be served.
Day 5: Mountain Nyiragongo hiking
Right after having breakfast, you with your driver will drive to the Kibati ranger post to join the team headed for the Mount Nyiragongo hike. The brief before the hike up the world’s largest Crater Lake starts at 8 am and you start your hike by 10 am. Hike up for about 5 hours with two stopovers to refresh and grab something to eat.
Reach the summit in the afternoon hours in time to catch the sunset. Check into your summit shelters that you will spend the night. Temperatures can go as low as 0 degrees so ensure to carry enough warm clothes.
Day 6: Slop down mount Nyiragongo
The last day of this 6 day Great Ape with Nyiragongo Congo safari will have you waking up to catch the sunrise at the top of the volcano, have a simple Congolese breakfast of tea and a doughnut and start your descent to the trailhead.
Arrive by midday and join the Virunga security team that is headed to Goma for drop off and continue further with your diver guide for your drop off in Kigali. You may have the Kigali city tour on this day visiting the Kimironko market and the Kigali Genocide Memorial grounds.
End of the 6 Days Congo Double Gorilla trekking & Nyiragongo hike safari
Quote to include
- Fully fueled safari vehicle
- English/ French speaking driver-guide
- All transfers
- Accommodation as indicated in the itinerary
- Mountain gorilla permit
- Mount Nyiragongo hike permit
- Meals; breakfast, lunch, dinner
- Bottled water
Quote to exclude
- International flights
- Visa fees
- Personal need like phone calls, laundry, tips, alcoholic drinks