If you want to see mountain gorillas, who are the nearest cousins to humans, plan a trip to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). There is no better wildlife encounter than sitting with gorillas. You travel in small groups to one of the recognized mountain gorilla groups, where the species are accustomed to human presence. Many people will only go on with their normal experiences, while others will look at you with interest. This trip needs a Yellow Fever and PCR negative test certificate.
Day 1: Kigali, Rwanda – Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Begin your journey to the Virunga National Park by leaving Kigali. Virunga National Park is one of the world’s most biologically rich protected areas. Virunga is home to half of Sub-Saharan Africa’s biodiversity. The park is also a geological marvel, with two of the world’s most active volcanoes. Virunga National Park, on the other hand, has been seriously threatened by military violence for most of its long existence. Virunga has survived thanks to the determination of the park’s rangers and wardens. Certain politicians, the European Union, conservationists, philanthropists, and private donors have all contributed significantly to Virunga’s survival.
Day 2: Gorilla Trekking in Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Another early start when you make your way to the park’s headquarters for a mountain gorilla briefing. An seasoned park ranger can take you up into the forest to see a troop, which is normally headed by a massive male silverback. You have an enjoyable hour to watch them up close – an incredible nature encounter. Travelers who are sick would not be permitted on gorilla-tracking trips due to the near interaction between gorillas and tourists (often as close as 7m) and the chance of passing on illnesses that are lethal to them.
Day 3: Nyiragongo Trekking in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
After breakfast, we will travel to Kibiti Ranger Station in order to climb Nyiragongo. Kibati patrol post is about 30 minutes by car from Goma. Both treks are led by park rangers, and porters (unaffiliated with the park) are available for hire.
It’s a stunning stratovolcano with the world’s biggest lava bath. The lower slopes of the volcano are host to a host of species, including chimps, monkeys, and bushbuck. The summit rim of Nyiragongo is often bare of foliage and is sometimes dusted with snow. Visitors will look down into a churning lava lake to see and hear hot fumes exploding back through a mosaic of liquid lava from the rim. Despite being predictable and therefore harmless for travelers, Nyiragongo is extremely dangerous during eruptions. Nyiragongo’s lava flows are highly fluid due to the low silica content of the lava. During the 2002 eruption, some of Nyiragongo’s lava flows entered Lake Kivu at speeds of up to 100 km/h (62 mph).
Day 4: Travel from Nyiragongo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, to Kigali, Rwanda.
Climbers usually descent the volcano between 6:30 and 7:00 a.m. the next morning, arriving at Kibati station around 11:30 a.m., accompanied by a transition back to Kigali. After the day’s activities, travel back to Kigali Airport for around 4 hours, including the border crossing to the south-east. Your private guide and 4WD vehicle will drop you off here to begin your ride, either back home or to your next destination. This is the end of the sentence.