Day 1: Arrive in Kigali international Airport and Transfer to Virunga National Park in Congo.
On your arrival to Kigali international airport, you will be warmly welcomed by our professional driver guide who will transfer you to Virunga Park in Congo. The drive journey of about 4-5 hours without enroute stopovers is very interesting. The 5 Days safari will take you through majestic landscape sceneries dotted with unique natural setting and local populations. On arrival to the park, you will advance to the lodge to check-in, have dinner and overnight.
Accommodation: Mikeno Lodge (Luxury/Upmarket), Bukima Tented Camp (Mid-Range) Nyiragongo Volcano Summit Shelters (Budget)
Day 2: Do Early Morning Gorilla trekking in Virunga National Park.
Following your early morning relaxed breakfast, you will be driven to Bukima park station in the Virunga National Park area where trekkers assemble at 7:00am to be allocated a gorilla group, be briefed on how to ”behave” while staying with a gorilla group. After the briefing, you will proceed to the appropriate starting point for the trek to confront the gorilla group you have been allocated. The length of the trek varies depending on movements of the gorillas as well as weather conditions. Meeting these gentle giants in their natural habitat is a unique and wonderful experience. When you meet these ape species, you will be given one hour to observe and take photos of these stunning Apes. After the one magical hour allocated to you, you will retire back to the trekking base and thereafter retreat back to your hotel/lodge for the late lunch and relaxation. Accommodation: Mikeno Lodge (Luxury/Upmarket), Bukima Tented Camp (Mid-Range) Nyiragongo Volcano Summit Shelters (Budget)
Day 3: Early Morning Nyiragongo Volcano Hike
After an early morning breakfast, you will embark on 30 kms transfer drive from your Mikeno lodge to Kibat Patrol Post in Nyiragongo Volcano. On arrival to the hike trail head, Park rangers will lead you with your porters to start hike to the top of Nyiragongo Volcanoes. Nyiragongo Volcano hike will take you around 4-6 hours to reach to the summit of the world’s most active Volcano. The path to the summit of the Volcano is relatively easy but a bit strenuous, often in hot and uncomfortable conditions. Along the trial, you may enjoy the views and sights of rare bird species and small mammal species. Upon reaching the top, you will enjoy the views of lakes of hot lava and relax on top of the volcano. The night will be spent in tents on the rim of the giant crater, high above the active lava lake.
Day 4: Make Decent from Nyiragongo Volcano and Transfer to Kigali
After an early morning breakfast, you will begin your descent by 7:00am from the summit of Nyiragongo to the head trail in Kibat Patrol Post. Arrive at the trail head before lunch and transfer back to the lodge to have lunch and relaxation. Accommodation: Mikeno Lodge (Luxury/Upmarket), Bukima Tented Camp (Mid-Range) Nyiragongo Volcano Summit Shelters (Budget)
Day 5: Transfer from Virunga national park to Bukavu
Following your early morning breakfast, you will depart Virunga national park to Bukavu. The drive transfer to Bukavu is very interesting as it will take you through impressive landscape. On arrival to Bukavu, you will connect to your pre-booked lodge/hotel for relaxation, dinner and overnight stay. Accommodation: Orchid safari Lodge. (Luxury),Hotel Horizon (Mid-Range/Budget).
Day 6: Lowland Gorilla trekking in Kahuzi Biega – DR Congo and Afternoon Nature Walks
After an early morning breakfast, embark on an early morning drive transfer to the park headquarters for an early morning briefing about the dos and don’ts of lowland gorilla trekking in Kahuzi Biega National park. After briefing, you will head for the memorable adventure of tracking the lowland gorillas in Kahuzi Biega National park. Trekking lowland Gorillas offers unique experience of its own and it usually takes 1-4 hours. The lowland Gorillas stay in bigger families as compared to mountain gorillas; you will not regret the safari effort once you meet the amazing Gorillas. After one memorable hour of encounter with the lowland gorillas, you will retire back to the lodge for lunch and relaxation. After lunch, embark on an afternoon nature walk in the Kahuzi Biega Park .The nature walks will take you through Tshibati waterfalls, visit Bukavu town, Mbayo tea plantations, the research Centre and the surrounding traditional homes. Thereafter, retreat back to the lodge for dinner and overnight. Accommodation: Orchid safari Lodge. (Luxury),Hotel Horizon (Mid-Range/Budget).
Day 7: Transfer from Bukavu –DR Congo back to Kigali
Following an early morning breakfast, you will embark on transfer drive to Kigali Capital City. The drive journey will take you through Bukavu in Congo crossing via Cyangugu boarder to Rwanda. You will have an en route stop in Butare, where you will visit the national museum of Rwanda, the king’s palace in Nyanza, and the Rwanda genocide memorial site. On arrival to Kigali, you will have your lunch and thereafter advance with the drive to Kigali International Air Port for your scheduled flight back home. End of the Safari the 7 Days Congo Wildlife Safari