5 Days Mount Nyiragongo hiking coupled with mountain gorilla trekking with Africa Adventure safaris starts from Kigali driving with your guide into Gisenyi crossing into Congo via Goma border of Congo-Rwanda, on return back to Rwanda transfer to Volcanoes national park where you trek Gorillas.
For this tour, one can choose to trek gorillas in either Virunga national park Congo or Volcanoes national park Rwanda.
Your guide will pick you up from your hotel in Kigali for a transfer to Gisenyi – Lake Kivu. If you have time, you can have a boat cruise to the Nyamirundi coffee island to learn how the coffee is grown, harvested, processed and consumed in the cup. Dinner and overnight at Dinner and overnight at Paradise Malahide/Kivu Serena Hotel.
Today you will wake up very early for a quick cup of coffee and your guide will transfer you to Rwanda – Congo border at Goma and there transfer to Kibatsi village – the begining of Nyiragongo hike. Hiking to the Nyiragongo summit usually lasts 4 – 6 hours depending on the general group fitness. When hiking, you don’t leave anyone behind! Dinner and overnight at the top shelters.
Early morning, you will begin the descent of the volcano, where your guide will drive you back to Goma by midday. You will then cross over back to Rwanda and drive back to volcanoes national park.
You can opt to trek gorillas in Congo in the Virunga national park.
Dinner and Overnight at Mikeno Lodge (luxury)/ Bukima Lodge (Midrange)
Enjoy your breakfast and head to the park headquarters with packed lunch to be briefed about the dos and don’ts while with the gorillas then proceed to track the gorillas.
Dinner and overnight stay at Muhabura Guest House (Budget) / Hotel La Palme (Deluxe) / Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (Luxury).
We have several options on this day, viz:
– hike to Dian fossey grave yard / tombs
– Golden Monkey tracking
– Ibyiwacu cultural village among others
Later transfer to Kigali for a city tour or your scheduled flight.
End of Tour
The Trip Cost Includes
- Gorilla Trekking Permits
- Golden Monkey Tracking
- Tour Guide
- Drinking bottled Water during safari
- All included tour activities in the above itinerary
The Trip Cost Excludes
- Hotel fees while in Kigali
- International Flights and Visas
- Kampala accomodation fees(the night after and the eve of the safari)
- Personal expenses like Cigars, beers, tips, souvenirs, laundry services among others
- Other extra activities which are not mentioned in the itinerary
Frequently asked Questions
Annapurna Base Camp is a Grade B or a moderately difficult trekking route. So any fit person can do this trek, even if you do not have any previous experience. You should be aware of what to expect and mentally prepare for it. Then, as long as you will to, you can.
On average, you walk about 4 to 6 hours per day. One or two days can be as less as 3hrs and one or two days can be as long as 7hrs.
The highest altitude reached is 4190m. This is the elevation of Annapurna Base Camp. ABC is the highest we will climb in this trek.
Yes, you can charge batteries en route. Charger should be brought. There are hot shower facilities as well. You may have to pay certain amount for both ($1-$2). Negotiate. Also, hot water facility could be free at lower elevation.
No. There are no ATMs on this trek route. You will have to draw enough cash in Pokhara or Kathmandu. There are a number of ATMs in these cities. Everything is paid in Nepali rupees. So money should be exchanged before the start of the trek.
Yes. Internet can be accessed in most places. Sometimes, there might be some technical problems. Internet in Nepal is not as fast as you are used to and at times you can just lose connection.
Not really. It depends on you. If you want, ABC trekking can be done independently. You could hire a guide and a porter by yourself instead of going through an agency or not hire a guide at all. Although, not having a guide can be a little problematic during off season. It really depends on you. Is it your first time in Nepal? How confident are you of being able to find your way around? How pressed on time are you? If you go through an agency, it will be costlier but everything will be planned. You will only have to come, trek and return.
For Annapurna region, pay for guides range from $20 to $30 per day and porters take $15 to $25 per day.