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Nyiragongo Lava Lake and Mountain Gorillas

- 8-days volcano expedition to Nyiragongo volcano & mountain gorillas in the Virunga Park -

"I had a wonderful trip - thoroughly enjoyed it!" (Jay Ramji)
Nyiragongo's lava lake as observed during our pilot tour in January 2006
Nyiragongo's lava lake as observed during our pilot tour in January 2006
Street children near Goma
Street children near Goma
Location of Nyiragongo volcano and tour tinerary
Location of Nyiragongo volcano and tour tinerary
Starting the trek to the volcano
Starting the trek to the volcano
The illuminated inner walls of the crater at night
The illuminated inner walls of the crater at night
Note: After a pause of 2 years, the Virunga National Park opened again in November 2014 and has been successful ever since in both offering travelers the opportunity to explore Nyiragongo´s lava lake and the park´s wildlife in safety, as well as protecting the park´s endangered wildlife and creating a more stable climate across the region! More info: www.virunga.org

The heart of this adventurous expedition is three nights camping on the rim of the giant crater of Nyiragongo volcano, above its violently active lava lake which is the word´s largest! Second highlight is a trek through dense rainforest to observe some of the last mountain gorillas which are under protection in Virunga National Park. A visit of the volcano observatory and Goma city, where life goes on from the ashes of the destruction caused by Nyiragongo´s 2002 eruption, beautiful scenery along the way, friendly people, good accommodation and food make this trip complete.
  • The world´s largest and most active lava lake
  • Trekking through beautiful rainforest
  • Text-book volcanic features along the way
  • 3 days/nights camping on the volcano summit
  • Summit visit near full moon for photography purposes
  • Africa´s oldest national park
  • Chance to see the last mountain gorillas

8 days itinerary (3 nights on Nyiragongo)

Note:
If you are not interested in the unique opportunity to visiting the mountain gorillas, you can shorten the itinerary by one day or have a relaxed day at the Kivu lake (refund of gorilla ticket: 400 USD).
Day 1: Arrival in Kigali (Ruanda)
Meet on arrival at the airport in the morning/noon-time or evening (depending on chosen flight). Transfer to Kigali centre, overnight in good mid-class hotel. Depending on arrival time, visits in the city centre can be arranged.
Acc.: hotel in Kigali (Rwanda) (D)
Day 2: Kigali-Goma
Transfer in private 4WD minibus through the beautiful landscape of Ruanda to the Congolese border, crossing to Goma.
Acc.: hotel at lakeshore in Goma (B, L, D)
Day 3: Climb Nyiragongo volcano
Hike to the crater of Nyiragongo (5-6 hours) along an impressive trail through rainforest, the lava flows of 2002 and volcanic desert. Camp at the crater rim, observation of the lava lake.
Acc.: Camp on Nyiragongo (B, L, D)
Day 4-5: 2 full days on Nyiragongo volcano
Two full days to observe Nyiragongo's lava lake.
Acc.: as before (camp on Nyiragongo) (B, L, D)
Day 6: Descend from Nyiragongo - Goma town and Volcano Observatory
Descend back from Nyiragongo, return to hotel for shower & lunch. Visit Goma town and the Goma Volcano Observatory.

Acc.: comfortable lodge or guesthouse near the Virunga park (B, L, D)
Day 7: Park National des Volcans - Mountain gorillas (g. g. beringei)
Trek through rain-forest to track and observe mountain gorillas
Acc.: as before (Goma) (B, L, D)
Day 8: Return to Kigali, departure (or own extension)
Transfer back to Kigali and the airport, departure in afternoon / evening.
Acc.: none (B)
Tour code: AFR_NGG
Tour type: Volcano expedition: adventure - photography - wildlife
Difficulty: Moderate-Challenging
Group size: 3-10
Duration: 8 days / 7 nights

Dates:

4-11 Jun 2017
8-15 Jul 2017
5-12 Aug 2017
3-10 Sep 2017
2-9 Dec 2017
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Price (p.p.): $ 3950  ? 

Included:

  • Accommodation in double rooms with private bathrooms or tents
  • Full board (B, L, D) from dinner on arrival day in Kigali to breakfast on last day including 1 drink per meal
  • Private transport in 4WD safari vans with driver during the whole tour
  • Entrance fees to national parks
  • Porters, cook and assistants for camp
  • All camping equipment (except personal sleeping bag)
  • Experienced English-speaking guide
  • Volcanologist guide from Goma Volcano Observatory
  • Gorilla ticket

Tour guide:

The tour will be accompanied by a local English- and French-speaking main guide as well as a volcanologist from the Goma volcano observatory and/or a volcanologist from our team (if group size >6).
Additionally, there are drivers, a cook, assistants, porters, and park rangers for security.
Lava trees on the lava flow of 2002
Lava trees on the lava flow of 2002
Honoré exchanging an automatic thermometer placed on a fracture
Honoré exchanging an automatic thermometer placed on a fracture
Dismantling the camp
Dismantling the camp
Orange flowers
Orange flowers
The lava lake seen from the campsite
The lava lake seen from the campsite
Encounter along a stop on our way...
Encounter along a stop on our way...
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