This 2 Days Mount Nyiragongo hiking safari is one of the short safaris to Congo that offers you an opportunity to climb the world’s most active volcano in Virunga National Park. While on top of the mountain you will be in position to see the boiling lava of the mountains lave Crater Lake.
Mount Nyiragongo is attached to the great East African Rift Valley and is one of the Virunga Massif. It lies in the Democratic Republic of Congo, close to the border with Rwanda (Goma – Gisenyi Border).
Note: Carry a torch and make sure your camera is fully charged because there is no power at Nyiragongo shelters. You are also required to carry a rain jacket and other thick clothes because it is very cold at the rim.
Programme for the 2 Days Mount Nyiragongo hiking safari
Day 1: Nyiragongo hiking to the summit
After your early morning breakfast, you will checkout by 6:30am from your hotel of residence in Gisenyi town and immediately embark on your journey to Viruga national park headquarters driving through Goma town. Upon arrival head to the Nyiragongo starting point (Kibati) where you will be briefed about the hiking guidelines. Alternatively, you can have an overnight stay in Goma Congo for a quick straight drive to the Nyiragongo park headquarters.
At around 10:00am, you will start off with your hiking activity. It will take you approximately about 5-6 hours to reach the Nyiragongo summit. You will pass in steep, muddy and slippery route, thorns and tall trees will be on the way.
Along the way you will be in position to see a number of plant, wildlife and bird species. Upon arrival at the summit, you will be amazed with the great views of the large lava lake of Nyiragongo volcano containing the molten fire.
Dinner and overnight stay at the summit of the mountain huts.
Day 2: Descending to the bottom and transfer back to Kigali
After your delicious breakfast at the Nyiragongo summit, you will start descending to the bottom where you will find your driver guide waiting to transfer you back to Kigali international airport or your preferred drop off point.
- Transport to and from
- Hiking permits
- Bottled water
- English speaking driver guide
- All mentioned activities except for the optional ones
- Visas, personal travel insurance and items of a personal nature
- Charter/Scheduled flights also optional extra
- Plus all expenses of personal nature like tips, drinks etc