Nyiragongo Volcano Hiking Tour

4 Day D.R. Congo Tour - Mid-range Option

Journey through Uganda down to the Democratic Republic of Congo to summit the most active volcano on the African continent and visit the world’s largest lava lake! This unbelievable experience demonstrates the raw power of our planet and can’t fail to impress. After your hike you’ll be heading to relax at Lake Mutanda in the Ugandan highlands with a volcano panorama.

From $1,340 PP

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- Visit Virunga National Park, the oldest national park in Africa.
- Summit Africa's most active volcano.
- Watch the world's largest lava lake in action.

N.B This tour start and ends from Kigali, Rwanda.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 - Drive from Kigali to Virunga National Park.
Day 2 - Hike to the summit of Mount Nyiragongo.
Day 3 - Descend Mount Nyiragongo and relax at Lake Kivu.
Day 4 - Make the return journey to Kigali.

N.B Itineraries and quotes available to start and end this tour from Kampala, Uganda on request.
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Day 1 - Virunga National Park

You will be collected from your accommodation in Kigali and drive along the winding roads through the ‘land of a thousand hills’ stopping off on the shores of Lake Kivu for lunch. You will then drive the short distant to reach the border crossing into the Democratic Republic of Congo. On completing the border crossing you will be guided through Virunga NP. The park is amazingly diverse with over half of the biodiversity found in sub Saharan African recorded here. Your intimate lodge is nestled in the forest with resident colobus and blue monkeys scampering though the trees. As the sunsets unwind with a superb view of Mount Mikeno and the red glow of the lava lake of Mount Nyiragongo. Then after dinner retire to your private cottage for the night to find a roaring fire awaiting you and prepare to commence the hike to summit Mount Nyiragongo tomorrow.

Mount Nyiragongo's lava lake casts a red light into the night sky. Image © Orlando Von Einsiedel

Day 2 - The Worlds Largest Lava Lake

This morning you’ll be driven to the Kibati border post at the base of Mount Nyiragongo to receive your safety briefing from the rangers. The hike covers a steep ascent starting at 1989m above sea level, to the crater rim at 3470m. The path winds up the volcano for a distance of 8km taking between 4 and 6 hours to summit with 4 break points along the way to allow you to adjust to the altitude (ask your guides if you need any additional breaks). On summiting the volcano the billowing smoke and roaring of the lava filled crater is a phenomenal sight. But the real spectacle will be when the sun has set and the glow and full scale of the lava lake comes into view. Watch the mosaic cooling lava plates migrate across the scorching surface, until they are dragged down, sending up splashes of molten rock. You’ll have several hours to watch the spectacle before retiring to your huts containing thermal tents for the night.

Day 3 - Volcano Descent

This morning descend down the side of Mount Nyiragongo. This part of the trek can be as challenging as your ascent, as you clamber down the loose volcanic rock. The hike will take about the same amount of time as you took to reach the summit, with breaks along the way. The hike will be completed in the early afternoon when you reach the Kibati border post where your vehicle will be waiting to drive you back south, passing Goma to reach the border. Once you have cleared the border crossing back in Rwanda you will drive a short distance to your accommodation for the night on the shores of Lake Kivu where you can relax for the evening.

If you choose to leave for Kigali in the morning, spend your afternoon on a city tour. Image © William Boase

Day 4 - Heading Home

Take a slower start to the day after volcano hiking the previous days, your lodge on the lakeshore is the perfect place to relax. This morning you, drive back to Kigali for a city tour, or opt to stay a Lake Kivu hire boats to explore the lake (*for an additional cost) or unwind with views over the lake, relax and read a good book. After lunch your driver will take back through ‘land of a thousand hills’ to Kigali International Airport in time for your flight home.

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This Tour Includes

All overland transfers as specified in your itinerary in a private vehicles.
All Meals (as specified in the ‘Meal Plan’ above)
Accommodation (please view TripAdvisor links in itinerary for impartial ratings)
- 1 night at Mikeno Lodge (single / double or twin cottage, SC)
- 1 night at Nyiragongo Summit Shelters (single/ twin cabin, NSC)
- 1 night at Paradis Malahide (single / double or twin room, SC)
Bottled Drinking Water (3 liters per person, per day)
All Activities
- Mount Nyiragongo hiking package (VNP)
Wildlife & Tracking Permits
- N/A
Park & Vehicle Fees
- Virunga NP x 3 days (Park Entry, Driver Entry, Vehicle Entry)
Specialist Guides and Rangers
- Mount Nyiragongo rangers / guides x 2 per group (VNP)
- Porters to carry equipment on Mount Nyiragongo x1 per person (VNP)
A $10 per person donation to the Virunga Alliance (see CSR Program)
Collection from and drop-off at your desired location in Kigali, Rwanda.
Lodging & food for your guide/driver (same lodge premises as you, where possible)
A dedicated Tours Manager in daily contact with your Driver/Guide and on call, 24/7 in case of an emergency.

This Tour Excludes

Items marked ‘(*for an additional cost)’
Alcohol (unless provided as complimentary by the accommodation)
Laundry (unless provided as complimentary by the accommodation)
Souvenirs & items of a personal nature
Personal Insurance
International or Domestic Flights
Visa for the Democratic Republic of Congo (can be arrange for an additional cost)
Other Visas, please refer to your embassy (please refer to your embassy)
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