2 Days Nyiragongo Volcano Hike

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Overview

Join us for a 2-day hike to the Nyiragongo Volcano, one of the most active volcanoes in the world. You will witness the amazing sight of the lava lake at the summit, glowing in the dark and creating a spectacular natural show. You will also enjoy the stunning views of the Virunga Mountains, the Congo rainforest, and Lake Kivu.

This tour is a perfect way to experience the beauty and the thrill of Congo, without spending too much time or money.

This tour price includes everything you need for a safe and comfortable hike, such as:

  • Hiking permits
  • English-speaking guide
  • Transport in a 4×4 vehicle
  • Accommodation and meals at a campsite on the summit
  • Bottled water
  • Taxes and fees

This tour price does not include:

  • Flight tickets
  • Visa fees
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Tips for the guide and the porters
  • Other personal expenses

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Hike to the summit of Nyiragongo Volcano

You will start your tour from Kigali, Rwanda, where our driver will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the border with Congo. You will cross the border at Cyanika and drive to Goma, the capital of North Kivu province. You will then proceed to the Virunga National Park headquarters, where you will have a briefing and meet your guide. You will also get your hiking permits and equipment.

You will then drive to the Kibati starting point, where you will begin your hike at 10:30 am. The hike will take about 5 hours, depending on your pace and the weather. You will pass through steep, muddy and slippery trails, with thorns and tall trees along the way. You will also have some breaks to rest and enjoy the scenery.

You will reach the summit of Nyiragongo Volcano at 3,470 m (11,380 ft) in the afternoon. You will check in at the campsite, where you will have your dinner and accommodation in a tent. You will have some time to relax and admire the breathtaking view of the lava lake, which is the largest and most active in the world. You will see the lava bubbling and splashing, creating a red glow that contrasts with the dark sky. You will also see the lights of Goma and Lake Kivu in the distance. This will be an unforgettable night that you will remember forever.

Day 2: Descend from the summit and return to Kigali

You will wake up early and have breakfast at the campsite. You will then pack your belongings and start your descent from the summit. You will follow the same trail back to the Kibati starting point, where you will meet your driver. You will then drive back to Goma, where you will have a city tour if time allows. You will visit the Goma caves, which are natural lava tunnels that were formed by the previous eruptions of Nyiragongo Volcano. You will also see the effects of the most recent eruption that happened on 22nd May 2021, which displaced over 500,000 people and destroyed many buildings and roads.

You will then drive back to the border with Rwanda, where you will cross again and continue to Kigali. You will have another stop at the border for some photo opportunities, souvenir shopping or just relaxing. You will then reach Kigali in the evening, where our driver will drop you off at your hotel or at the airport, depending on your plans. This will be the end of your tour.

End of tour

Includes:

  • Park entries
  • Services of an English driver-guide
  • Transportation in 4×4 van customized for safari
  • Fuel for the whole round trip
  • Accommodation and meal plan as above
  • Airport transfers
  • Game drives and boat cruise to the bottom of the falls.
  • Drinking water on board.

Excludes:

  • International airfares.
  • Tips and gratitude
  • Expenses of personal nature like alcoholic drinks.
Start date1 Pax2 Pax3 Pax4 Px5 Pax6 Pax
Any date$1750$1150$933$825$760$720

Single room Supplement is USD 45.00 per person willing to stay alone in a single room.

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