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2 Days 1 Night Mt Nyiragongo Hiking Virunga National Park Congo is a popular safari holiday in Virunga National Park Congo that begins from Rwanda and ends in Rwanda Kigali. Mount Nyiragongo is an active volcano in the Virunga Mountains of East-Central Africa.

Mount Nyiragongo is located within the Democratic Republic of Congo (Kinshasa) inside Virunga National Park Congo near the border with Rwanda 12 miles (19 km) north of Goma.

The mountain is 11,385 feet (3,470 metres) high, with a main crater 1.3 miles (2 km) wide and 820 feet (250 metres) deep containing a liquid lava pool. Mount Nyiragongo is one of the most active volcanoes in the world, erupting on average every 30 years.

The city of Goma in eastern Congo is the best starting point for visits to Virunga. The climb up and down Mt Nyiragongo is strenuous and takes about 4 to 5 hours in often hot conditions, but the path is relatively easy and not excessively steep.

There are a lot of rare birds and small mammals along the trail. The best time to hike Mount Nyiragongo is during the dry season (January to march, June to October and December. The other months tend to be a rainy season, mid – March to May and as well as November.

Nyiragongo is frequently referred to as one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world. The nearby city of Goma is home to almost a million people and the volcano has a history of pouring rivers of lava into the city every few decades.

Safari Itinerary in Summary

Day 1: 0400 Hours: depart Kigali and drive to the border of Rwanda and The Democratic Republic of the Congo (also known as DR Congo). After clearing with Customs, enter Goma then proceed another 30 minutes by car to Kibati patrol post where treks to the summit of Nyiragongo begin. The hike takes about 4 to 6 hours to climb the summit.

Day 2: 0600 Hours: Our day today begins with an early breakfast at the peak then begin to descend at 0630 Hours taking about 3 hours. We get at the bottom/ base of the mountain at around 100 Hours or 1100 Hours, meet up with our driver guide and proceed back to Goma or Kigali.

Safari Itinerary in Detail

Day 1: Kigali/ Gisenyi Town/ Goma – Transfer to Virunga National Park Headquarters – Summit Hike

0400 Hours: Depart your hotel in Kigali at the drive to the border of Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (also known as DR Congo).

After clearing with the process of customs and immigration enter Goma then transfer to Kibati Ranger post located 12 km away/ 9 miles (30 minutes drive) where Treks to the summit of Nyiragongo begin.

0900 Hours: The hike up Mt Nyiragongo begins at 1,984 meters (6,510 feet) and finishes at 3,470 meters (11,385 feet) so the trek is about 8 km of walking straight up. The trekking time to reach the summit depends on the average fitness of each group but typically takes 4 to 6 hours.

Physically fit guests climb up and descend in one day, but most people choose to overnight in basic accommodation available at the top – the Nyiragongo Volcano Summit Shelters

The shelters are essentially two-person tents inside small wooden structures, this is not a luxury overnight! The hike is devided into 5 legs, so you get 4 rest stops of about 20 minutes each.

The volcano’s forested lower slopes are home to a variety of animals, including chimpanzees, monkeys, and bushbuck. Nyiragongo volcano trek guests are put in groups hiking together at all times. There is an armed guard at the front and rear of each group.

The last eruption of the mountain was in the year 2002 which sent a flood of lava all the way down to Goma town. The last 4 legs of the hike up are steep and the path has a lot of volcanic rubble slows you down.

1400 Hours: Once at the crater rim you will enjoy stunning views both day and night making this trip an unforgettable experience. Right after sunset and during the night is the best for viewing of the lava lake.

Later stay overnight in tents at the rim of the giant crater high above the active lava lake.

Overnight Accommodation: Nyiragongo Summit Huts
Meal Plan: {Lunch & Dinner}

Day 2: Decending Mt Nyiragongo – Transfer to Kigali/ Goma or Gisenyi

0630 Hours: Enjoy early breakfast and begin to descend at around 0700 Hours. While descending from the Volcano Mountain enjoy the different views of Lake Kivu, the Virunga National Park and the city of Goma.

Arrive in Kibati patrol post at around 1000 hours or 1100 hours. Meet your driver guide and transfer to Goma/ Gisenyi or Kigali – Rwanda. The driving time from Mount Nyiragongo to Kigali is 4 hours.

Meal Plan: {Breakfast & Lunch}

2 Days 1 Night Mt Nyiragongo Hiking Virunga National Park Congo Packing List

* Hat
* Gloves
* Water
* Raincoat
* Flashlight
* Camera lens
* Waterproof jacket
* Camera,
* Quick-dry underwear
* Quick-dry hiking shirts
* Hiking boots. walking stick
* Hiking socks, Shorts and Pants
* Food for lunch, dinner and breakfast
* Backpack for your personal properties
* Cooking utensils, Plate or bowl, Camping mug, Camp stove, Cooking pot/ pan
* (Note that most of the above can be arranged. Kindly inform us in advance what you may need to book for you)
* Immunization requirements: You are advised to have at least, Yellow fever, Tetanus and Polio vaccinations
* Visa: You are also advised to book your visa at least 14 days to visit Congo. Otherwise, further arrangements for last-minute bookings may be applied

2 Days 1 Night Mt Nyiragongo Hiking Virunga National Park Congo Prices

2 Days 1 Night Mt Nyiragongo Hiking Virunga National Park Congo Prices Include:

 Forest Guide + 1 Night accommodation + Hiking Volcano Mountain + Bottled water while on safari + Travel in 4×4 customized safari Vehicle + All Activities mentioned on the safari itinerary + Pickup and drop-off at your hotel/ residence in Kigali + Mt Nyiragongo Volcano Permit in Virunga National Park + Services of a professional English speaking Safari driver/ guide & 1 porter per person, Camping at the Top of Nyiragongo and cook

Dates From  Dates To Adult Rate  Children Aged
12 Years & Above
 1st January 2022 31st December 2022  Request for Rates Request for Rates

* Age limit for Mountain Nyiragongo Hike: 12 Years
* This tour departs every day (Subject to Volcano Permit Availability)
* Things to bring for Nyiragongo Hike: meals (lunch, dinner and breakfast), sleeping bag, rain gear, walking shoes, warm clothes (sweater or a jacket as it is cold at the peak), sun cream, safari hat, flashlight, camera etc

2 Days 1 Night Mt Nyiragongo Hiking Virunga National Park Congo Prices Exclude:

* All Drinks & laundry services
* Personal shopping bills
* Accommodation in Kigali
* All expenses of personal nature
* Personal health insurance & travel insurance
* Porters + Porter fee while trekking/ Hiking Mountain
* International flights, Rwanda Visa/ Congo Tourist Visa
* Tips/ Gratuities to local guides, driver guide, site guides and service staff at the lodges

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