Mountain Gorilla trek is an activity commonly done in Africa within the Virunga territories covering specified countries of Uganda, Rwanda and DR.Congo. The endangered mountain gorillas have been habituated in gazetted premises of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest national Park and Mgahinga gorilla National Park in Uganda, Virunga ranges (National Park) in DR.Congo and Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. Gorilla trek along with Nyiragongo volcano hiking is one of the best safari experience that visitors have credited as you get to either double track gorillas in both Rwanda and DR.Congo and go further to exploring the active volcanoes of Nyiragongo Volcano in DR.Congo
Mount Nyiragongo lies in the volcano region of Virunga National Park, Congo (Kinshasa), near the border with Rwanda, 12 miles (19 km) north of Goma, this makes it quite easy to undertake gorilla trek with Nyiragongo Volcano due to close proximity between the two countries of Rwanda and DR. Congo.
Mt Nyiragongo is one of eight volcanoes in the Virunga Mountains and one of the largest and most active volcano amidst the 4 world’s permanent lava Lakes. The beauty with having an encounter to this place is enthusiastic and with a lot of storytelling since it’s formed with hundreds of small volcanic cinder cones originated from different eruptions creating as well a churning lava lake in the crater.
Along the journey, you will enjoy amazing sights and views of rare birds and undersized mammal groups. On reaching the peak, you will enjoy the view of the lakes of boiling lava and get to relax at the peak of this volcano.
Best time to hike Nyiragongo Volcano
Depending on your preference, the hike can be done at any time of the year however there is a vary in seasons having both wet and dry season. The dry season usually run from JUNE- OCTOBER AND DECEMBER-JANUARY which give stunning views for photography and clear views of the mountain peak and warm temperatures however the area being at a high altitude in the middle of the equatorial rain forests. During March to May and November tends to be a rainy season. Keep in mind there is unpredictable weather changes such as regular rains during certain months of the year because Nyiragongo is in the middle of equatorial rain forests
Requirements for both gorilla trekking and Mount hiking
Gorilla trek along with Nyiragogo will require you to acquire both trekking and hiking permits, Gorilla permits in Rwanda are issued out by Rwanda development Board a regulatory body responsible for conservation of the primates in the jungle and each gorilla permit costs $1500 per person per trek and thus Mount Nyiragongo Hiking cost is $300 and the permits are issued by Virunga National Park. Access to booking the permits can be done by a trusted tour operator and thus at Safari Vacations & Travel Services we always help our clients on all the required credential’s needed for the safari at a fair cost.
Ensure that you carry your travel documents like Passports, Visa and other bio-data requirements and more so book in advance which will guarantee you access to the permits on the actual days for your gorilla trekking experience and Nyiragongo Hiking.