4 Days Le Petit Virunga Package (Mikeno)
4 days Le Petit Virunga Package (Mikeno) is one of the best packages for tourists who wish to trek the endangered mountain gorillas in the Democratic Republic of Congo with in Virunga National Park and also hike up the most active volcano known as Mount Nyiragongo whose last eruption was so destructive to both humans, wildlife and property. This 4 days Le Petit Virunga Package (Mikeno) comes with a convoy pick up from Goma, 2 nights on full board at Mikeno luxury lodge, a gorilla trekking permit, Mount Nyiragongo hiking permit and a Nyiragongo backpack. This package sets off from Goma only three times a week that is on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and this implies that one MUST spend an overnight in Goma a day before starting your safari in order to start together with other travelers.
Highlights of 4 days Le Petit Virunga Package (Mikeno)
- Day 1: Pickup from Goma and transfer to Virunga national park
- Day 2: Gorilla trekking in Virunga national park
- Day 3: Mount Nyiragongo Volcano Hike (Ascend)
- Day 4: Descend Mount Nyiragongo and be driven back to Goma
Day 1: Pickup from Goma to Virunga national park and Guided nature walks
Pickup from Goma and transfer to Virunga national park: In the morning on day 1 of 4 days Le Petit Virunga Package (Mikeno), you will be ready for pickup from Goma at Rwanda Congo border by a convoy and be driven to Virunga national park via park headquarters to obtain your Gorilla trekking permit and Nyiragongo hiking permit then proceed to your lodge for check in and lunch. Relax abit and spend your evening on a guided nature walk as part of your package to encounter with plenty of birds and other possible wildlife. Return to the lodge later in the evening for dinner and overnight sleep as you wait for the next day’s activity.
Meal plan: lunch and dinner
Accommodation: Mikeno luxury lodge
Day 2: Gorilla trekking in Virunga national park
Gorilla trekking in Virunga national park: Enjoy a heavy breakfast as early as possible on day 2 of 4 days Le Petit Virunga Package (Mikeno), pack some snacks, drinking water to keep you hydrated throughout the trek and be driven to Bukima police patrol for a pre gorilla trekking briefing about the possible expectations, the dos and don’ts and all you need to know about the gorilla trekking in Virunga national park. After briefing, the porter will assist you in carrying the backpack then start the journey in the wild amidst security of armed rangers as you trek via different trails in search of habituated gorilla family for trekking. This takes about 30 minutes to 7 hours or more depending on the fitness level of trekkers and the movement of a particular gorilla family. During the trek, you will be in position to encounter with several species of fauna and flora and once you finally find the gorilla family, you will spend one hour within close vicinity of gorillas taking photographs and watching them as they move on with their daily life style in the wild feeding, grooming, breastfeeding, copulating among others. Trek back to Bukima police patrol to be driven to the lodge where you will spend your evening at leisure, dinner and overnight sleep.
Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Accommodation: Mikeno luxury lodge
Day 3: Hike Mount Nyiragongo (Ascend)
Hike mount Nyiragongo (Ascend): On day 3 of 4 days Le Petit Virunga Package (Mikeno), have your breakfast and check out of the lodge and be driven from your lodge to Kibati ranger post for a briefing before starting to ascend mount Nyiragongo. Ascending starts at 10:00am from Kibati together with local guides amidst tight security of armed rangers to summit the top of Mount Nyiragongo and view the stunning Lava Lake that was formed as a result of volcanic eruption. During the hike, look out for different wildlife species including gorillas, mammals, birds and many other species that make your hike more enjoyable. You will enjoy your lunch along the way while dinner will be at the summit. In the night do not forget to capture as many photographs as possible especially when it rains as the lake glows brighter amidst darkness. This is one of the best moments you ought to enjoy at least once in a lifetime.
Meal plan: breakfast, packed lunch, dinner at the summit of Nyiragongo.
Accommodation: you may sleep in a tent or opt for camping.
Day 4: Descend Nyiragongo and drop-off in Goma to transfer to Kigali
Descend Mount Nyiragongo: On day 4 of 4 days Le Petit Virunga Package (Mikeno), wake up early for breakfast at the summit of Mount Nyiragongo, then meet other hiker to start descending back to Kibati ranger post where you will be driven by the convoy back to Goma the Rwanda Congo border where your safari started to meet your safari drive for a drive back to Kigali. Enjoy an enroute lunch and once in Kigali, you may spend some time on Kigali city tour exploring different parts of Kigali before you are finally dropped off at your hotel or at the airport for departures.
Meal plan: Breakfast and lunch
END OF 4 DAYS LE PETIT VIRUNGA PACKAGE (MIKENO)
Inclusive in 4 days Le Petit Virunga Package (Mikeno)
- An English speaking guide
- Pick up and drop off
- Congo Gorilla trekking permit
- Mount Nyiragongo hiking permit
- Accommodation for 2 nights at Mikeno luxury lodge
- Mount Nyiragongo backpack
- All mentioned activities as per itinerary
- Congo visa
- Ranger fees and convoy
- Enough drinking throughout the safari
Exclusive in 4 days Le Petit Virunga Package (Mikeno)
- International travel expenses including Visa and air ticket
- Tips to the porter /Guide
- Additional accommodation before or after the safari
- Optional activities
- Souvenirs and crafts
- Life insurance while on your safari
- Laundry fees
- Alcoholic drinks and other beverages
- Other expenses of personal nature such as airtime, cigarettes, emails etc.