How about a weekend spending time hiking up to see the Mountain Gorillas on the slopes of volcanos in the Virunga National Park?
Virunga National Park is home to more than 1/4 of the world’s critically endangered Mountain Gorillas.
Of the few remaining places left in the world to see the mountain gorillas, Virunga National Park stands alone as the most exotic. Mountain gorillas are highly intelligent, good natured, and fascinating to observe.
Whether you’re admiring one of majestic silverbacks or enjoying seeing the younger members of the family, we guarantee the experience will leave you awestruck and forever changed.
All treks are led by Virunga park rangers and depart from Bukima patrol post. Treks usually require 1 – 2 hours of hiking in each direction, depending where the gorillas spent the previous night and the difficulty of the terrain.
Long Weekend in Virunga – Suggested Itinerary:
Friday – Arrive at Goma (there are direct flights from Addis to Goma!) and you will be transported to Kibumba Camp. Overnight Kibumba Camp.
Saturday – After an early breakfast, you will leave for your gorilla trek. The trek will take between 3 to 6 hours depending where the gorillas are. After the trek – return back to camp and spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing or going for a small evening walk to see the lake that is in a crater. Overnight Kibumba Camp.
Sunday – After Breakfast, leave for Kibati which is the start of the trek up Nyiragongo. Nyiragongo is the world’s largest lava lake. The trek takes between 4 – 6 hours. Overnighting in the shelters on the summit, one can watch the lava lake for hours.
Monday – Trek down the volcano, which takes approx 4 hours. Transfer from Kibati to Goma.
High Season Rate (Mid May to Mid October and Mid December to Mid March): Double/Twin: $1,100 per person /Single: $1200
Low Season Rate (Mid March to Mid May and Mid October to Mid December): Double/Twin: $900 per person / Single: $1000
Kibumba Camp will open mid July 2017. It is the most affordable camp in Virunga. It is a traditional tented camp with ensuite facilities. Offering easy access to the gorillas and Nyiragongo.
- Directly East of Kibumba Village on the edge of the National Park
- Access by road
- 18 tents, two dining room and a lounge
- Run entirely by a dedicated staff of Congolese
- Views of Mt Mikeno, Karasimbi, Nyiragongo, Nyamulagira and some days the Albertine Rift.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to make a booking.
To safeguard the health of Virunga’s gorillas, visitors will be provided with surgical masks to wear when in the presence of the gorillas.
As moutain gorillas are extremely susceptible to human illness, we do ask that if guests are feeling unwell at the time of the scheduled trek that they please cancel.