The safari starts from Kigali driving with your guide into Gisenyi crossing into Congo via Goma border of Congo-Rwanda. Mount Nyiragongo is one of the world’s greatest wonders, an active strata volcano situated in Eastern Congo with magnificent views of bubbling lava observed at a safe distance.
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 Kibati Village – the beginning of Nyiragongo hike. Hiking to the Nyiragongo summit usually lasts 8– 9 hours depending on the general group fitness. When hiking, you don’t leave anyone behind! Dinner and overnight at the top shelters.
The two days of Nyiragongo hiking are demanding. The most tiresome element are volcanic rocks that wobble under your feet but there is also the sheer distance and altitude factor. The good news is that you will not be in hurry. The trek is timed in a way that allows even a slow person to make it. You might take 7 hours instead of 4 but you will reach the crater and then have a night of rest before the descent. Your legs may hurt for some days afterwards but you will be fine.
Gorilla trekking in the Democratic Republic of Congo is not so perfect since the country was affected by war and conflicts, so travelers are advisable to check the situation before traveling to the country. The fighting in Virunga has greatly affected the number of gorillas due to habitat destruction and poaching. Most of the travel advisory organizations have considered the area so volatile for those planning to travel to Democratic Republic of Congo.
Gorilla trekking in the Virunga National Park has some strict rules and regulations that are supposed to be followed by the trackers on their Congo gorilla safaris expeditions. These include; group size, the groups to track per day as well as the time allowed spending with the mountain gorillas.
This sis also done to ensure the well-being of these endangered animals. This is because the gorillas are susceptible to many human diseases due to the great closeness between the humans and the mountain gorillas. It’s only a maximum of eight individuals per day that are allowed to trek, this helps to reduce the spreading of diseases from humans to the mountain gorillas. It’s only 15 years and over individuals allowed to trek. Gorilla trekking takes place during day time and it’s between 8:00qm to 7:00 pm and It’s strictly 1 hour allowed to spend with the mountain gorillas.