Virunga Gorillas & Nyiragongo Hike Tour

Congo 2018

16-21 April 2018

Virunga Gorillas & Nyiragongo Hike Tour

GOOD Travel is proud to have partnered with a Rwandan tour company specialising in sustainable tourism to bring you this once in a lifetime tour to the Democratic Republic of the Congo! This trip is ideal for intrepid travellers who love hiking, camping and getting off the beaten track.

Dates: 16-21 April 2018

Size: Maximum of 10 participants + trip facilitators

Location: Kigali - Goma - Parc National des Virunga - Mount Nyiragongo - Kigali

Trip highlights:

  • ‍Observe mountain gorillas in their natural habitat
  • Experience the magic of the Virunga national park
  • Visit the town of Goma and learn about the impact of the Mount Nyiragongo eruption in 2002
  • Visit a gorilla orphanage to learn about how your trip donation is being used
  • Hike one of the world’s most beautiful and active volcanoes, Mount Nyiragongo

Safety: Our partner organisation communicates regularly with the Virunga park officials to monitor safety in the park and the surrounding area. Their current assessment is that the safety risk level is relatively low for the areas we will be visiting. We will continue to monitor this closely and inform you if any unrest occurs that could affect this trip.

Cost: US$2,750 including all accommodation, activities and 24/7 in-country support

Details & Itinerary

Monday 16 April: Arrival in Kigali, Rwanda and transfer to Goma, Congo

On arrival at the Kigali international Airport in Rwanda, you will be met by a representative from GOOD Travel. We will travel as a group for approximately 3 hours to Grande Barriére (Congo border). After clearing customs and entering the Democratic Republic of the Congo, we will visit the town of Goma and learn about the impact that the 2002 Mount Nyiragongo eruption. We will spend the night at a basic hotel near the town of Goma.

Tuesday 17 April: Mountain gorillas

After an early breakfast, we will depart for Virunga National Park where will explore the park to find mountain gorillas. Once we spot them you will be allowed to spend an hour watching your closest long lost cousin! This is perhaps one of the most breath-taking wildlife experiences on earth! These massive primates are extremely rare, with less than 700 living today. In the afternoon, we will return to Goma to spend the night.

Wednesday 18 April: Chimpanzee tracking

Following an early start, we will depart for our Chimpanzee tracking experience. Groups are limited to 4 people and time with the chimpanzees is restricted to one hour. Please note that we cannot guarantee to see the chimps as they are unpredictable and can move long distances in one day. In the afternoon, we will visit the gorilla orphanage - the project benefiting from the donation portion of your trip. We will spend the night in Goma.

Thursday 19 April: Mount Nyiragongo hike

Today we will spend the day hiking the Nyiragongo volcano, one of the world’s most beautiful and active volcanoes. At 3468 meters, Nyiragongo towers above the thick jungles of Virunga National Park. A five-hour hike to the rim of the 1.2 km wide crater reveals the fiery lava lake deep inside. We will spend the night camping within the park. The stunning views both day and night make this an unforgettable experience. 

Friday 20 April: Mount Nyiragongo descent and return to Kigali, Rwanda

After breakfast, we will descend the volcano arriving at the trail head before lunch. After lunch, we will then be transferred to the Grande Barriére (Congo border) to clear with customs before proceeding to Kigali. We will spend the night at a hotel in Kigali to regain our energy from the amazing trekking experience and to reflect on the fantastic memories.

Saturday 21 April: Departure

The trip ends here in Kigali, Rwanda.

What's GOOD about this trip?

GOOD Travel has partnered with a Rwandan tour company specialising in sustainable adventures in order to bring you this tour. Our partner organisation works hard to ensure that all visitors to Rwanda and the Congo make a positive contribution to economic development, community development, environmental protection, and international understanding. In addition $100 of your trip fee will go directly towards supporting a gorilla orphanage, which you will have the opportunity to visit during this trip.

Trip Facilitators

This trip will be led by Shelley Bragg from GOOD Travel as well as a guide from our partner organisation who will be with us throughout our time in the Congo. We will also have the opportunity to get to know many local people through our different tours and activities.

Shelley Bragg

Shelley is GOOD Travel's co-founder. She is originally from South Africa, but currently resides in Bangkok, Thailand. She has extensive experience planning and organizing purpose-centered travel experiences. She is passionate about social development and promoting tourism in Africa. She loves hiking, being in nature and, of course, travelling!

What's included

Cost: The total trip cost is US$2,750 and includes the following:

  • 3 nights shared accommodation in a basic hotel in Goma, 1 night camping and 1 night in a hotel in Kigali
  • Airport pick-up in Kigali and all transport within Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • All activities and park fees outlined in the itinerary, including a tour of Goma, a gorilla tracking experience, a chimpanzee tracking experience, a visit to the gorilla orphanage and a Mount Nyiragongo hike
  • All meals except lunches on days 4 and 5
  • Sleeping bag rental
  • Tourist entry visa for Congo
  • $100 donation to the gorilla orphanage
  • Exclusive membership in our Gorillas 2018 Facebook group
  • 24/7 support from a GOOD Travel guide and a local guide throughout your stay

Please note that the following are not included and are your responsibility to arrange:

  • International flights and entry visa for Rwanda
  • International health and travel insurance - required
  • Tips for local guides, driver, porters and restaurants
  • Lunches on days 4 and 5
  • Hiking gear - a list will be provided to you in your Welcome Pack
  • Vaccinations - we strongly encourage you to visit your doctor at least two months prior to the trip to get all the recommended vaccinations
  • Snacks, drinks and souvenirs

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The trip fee is US$2,750. The non-refundable deposit of US$500 will confirm your spot on the trip. 

Note that this trip is limited to 10 participants so spaces will be allocated on a first-in, first-served basis. If your deposit is received once the trip is already full, you will be provided with a full refund and given priority on our next trip.

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