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Gorillas in the Mist – Take a weekend away to see these amazing animals

Mountain Gorillas in Virunga Nation Park

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.Mnt GORILLA pic2__1494847223_5.226.137.179

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 worlds 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.

Booking Information:

Email: virunga@tesfatours.com for more information or to make a booking.


Practical Information: 
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.

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Always wanted to see the spectacular Danakil?

Ertale Volcano

Ertale caldera – feel the heat of a live volcano

Why not come and se the spectacular Ertale Volcano, and the Dalol salt flats with their mineral deposits? Its like no place on earth!

We have two clients looking to make a trip to the Danakil within the period 17th November -28th November.

An ideal group size is 4-6 people.  We do not like sending large groups.

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Spectacular mineral deposits at Dalol

We have expert guides and drivers and the best rugged Toyota Hardtops (landcruisers) with A/C electric windows etc, to make sure your trip is safe and comfortable.

We take a good cook and equipment from Mekele including a camping shower and toilet.

We take jerrycans of good drinking water from the highlands to save the environmental cost of taking too many plastic bottles although we do take  some plastic water bottles.  All along the route local people – police, local guards and guides etc – demand water.

Tesfa Tours own well-maintained 4WDs

Tesfa Tours own well-maintained 4WDs

Prices vary upon the final numbers. If you are interested email tigist@tesfatours.com for more details, or call Tigi on 011 126 0303 or 011 124 5178, or alternatively pop in to our office on Kebena roundabout in Addis.

Caravans carry the salt from the Danakil

Caravans carry the salt from the Danakil

Salt and other mineral deposits take strange shapes and interesting colours

Salt and other mineral deposits take strange shapes and interesting colours

Salt blocks

Salt is still cut and taken from Danakil

Mineral springs - very colourful

Mineral springs – very colourful

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Danakil adventure

How about a Danakil Adventure?

Its an incredible trip with visits to the mineral lakes and deposits in the Danakil Depression and a night ascent of the live Volcanic crater – Ertale.

You will see caravans of salt and the salt being extracted from the desert floor.

A typical trip departs Mekele on day 1 in the morning (around 9 or 10am) , and returns to Mekele in the afternoon of day 4 – 4 days and 3 nights. Costs depend very much on numbers, we will provide you with top quality 4WDs with experienced drivers and a top class guide.

Please contact us on – info@tesfatours.com – if you are interested to join on this trip.

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