Mikeno Mist Package

The Mikeno Mist package includes a three night stay in Virunga: two nights in Kibumba Tented Camp with a gorilla trek and one night stay on Nyiragongo volcano.  This package departs on Wednesdays and Fridays from Grande Barrier at 1300hrs.

About the Mikeno Mist Package

Day 1: Arrive at Grande Barriere border crossing at 10:30am and ensure check-in with Virunga tourism office by 11:15am. The tourism office is conveniently located in the Grande Barriere border post building, opposite passport control. Guests will receive gorilla and volcano trek permits at check-in which must be presented at the start of each trek. Once check-in is complete, visitors will be transported to Kibumba.

Day 2: After an early breakfast at Kibumba Tented Camp, trekkers will head down the hill to meet their Ranger guides and have a briefing before the gorilla trek. Treks usually require 1-2.5 hours of hiking each way, depending on location of the gorilla group being trekked and the difficulty of the terrain. After spending the allotted hour with the gorilla family group, trekkers will make their way back to camp, enjoy a late lunch and have the rest of the day at leisure, including time for nature walks and bird watching.

Day 3: After breakfast in Kibumba, guests will be transported to the Kibati Ranger Post at 8:15am, departure point for the Nyiragongo volcano trek. On arrival to Kibati, guests will receive a briefing and will have the opportunity to hire porters. The climb up the volcano will take around four to six hours and trekkers will overnight on the summit.

Day 4: In the early morning, guests will leave the crater rim and start the descent back to Kibati. Average descent time is four hours. Once at the bottom, guests will be transported back to Goma with drop-off at the Grande Barriere.

Additional Details
  • Included in this package:
  • 2 nights accommodation at Kibumba Tented Camp
  • Gorilla trek permit
  • 1 night stay on Nyiragongo
  • Volcano trek permit
  • All transport to, from and within the Park once in country

Mikeno Mist brochure

Not included in this package:

  • Drinks
  • Nyiragongo backpack rental
  • Porter fees
  • Gratuities and items of a personal nature
  • DRC visa

COVID-19 requirements to visit the Park

COVID-19 protocol for guest transfers and activities

What our guests say...

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    “Mt. Nyiragongo is gorgeous and I can say without any doubt that this trip is going to remain in my top 5 trips forever.” (Ignatious Enas)

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    “All we can say is WOW.  What an experience.  Without doubt the best experience of our lives – Virunga was so beautiful, and every part of the trip was perfect.  Everyone on the park staff was so professional, and we felt safe the entire time we were in the DRC.”  (David Barnes)

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    “I would just like to express my sincere thanks to all the staff, rangers, trackers and drivers – I had the most incredible stay and experience over the last few days filled with memories that are unforgettable.”  (Christy Bennie)

Frequent Asked Questions

A. No, you are not able to see the orphanage on the Mikeno Mist package as the orphans live at Mikeno Lodge in Rumangabo.

A. There is Wi-Fi in Kibumba Camp.

A. For security reasons we do not allow clients to walk around.

A. Sleeping bag, Jacket, fleece, raincoat and food and cooking equipment and fuel and at least 6 litres of water.

A. An hour and twenty mins.

A. It would be better to leave your car at a hotel in Gisenyi.

A. All transport is either organised by the Park or trusted DRC tour operators. If you are taking Park transport, it is included in the price of your package.

A. All transport to and from Grande Barriere and within the Park is included in your package price. If you will be staying in Goma prior to or after your stay in Virunga, you can independently organize additional transport directly with a tour operator.

A. If arriving by car and after clearing passport control at the Grande Barriere border crossing, please check in with the Virunga tourism office conveniently located in the same building. If arriving by plane, a Virunga staff will meet you at the arrivals area upon clearing passport control. In both cases, Virunga staff will guide you to the appropriate transport thereafter.

A. For logistical reasons, it is likely that you will share transport with other guests.

A. Between an hour to two and a half hours and one hour with the gorillas.

A. Two to four rangers.

A. For a group of gorillas with more than 10 family members, we allow 6 clients. For a gorilla group with less than 10 family members, we allow 4 pax.

A. 3470m

A. June, July, August and September.

A. 2 degrees C to below freezing.

A. You can leave your luggage at Kibati Ranger post, where it will be looked after for you

A. A sleeping bag, warm jacket, poncho, water and breakfast, lunch and dinner.

A. 15kg and to make it easier for them, it would be better in a backpack.

A. It is difficult and steep at times but done slowly it is ok.

A. 6 rangers.

A. There is a maximum of 16 guests.

A. Virunga National Park is currently welcoming tourists. The safety of our visitors is of the highest priority and our staff consistently assess the situation on the ground to ensure appropriate security protocols are in place. If any signs indicate a security issue, management may decide to temporarily close one or more of its attractions. All bookings for these attractions will be refunded in full or alternative options offered. All visitors must make an assessment on advice from their respective consular services. If you have any further queries, please contact the tourism team by email visit@virunga.org.

A. Protection for at least USD 100,000 emergency medical evacuation plus USD 100,000 medical expenses is mandatory. Visitors are wholly responsible for arranging their own insurance and ensuring that they are in possession of private Travel Insurance with protection for the full duration of the trip in respect of medical expenses, injury, death, repatriation, cancellation and curtailment, with adequate benefits. Visitors making their own arrangements should ensure that there are no exclusion clauses limiting protection for the type of activities included in their tour.

A. Filtered drinking water is provided for guests staying at all Virunga accommodations with the exception of Nyiragongo.

A. All tourists must provide a certified negative PCR test for COVID 19 taken in the last three days or a COVID vaccination certificate. Please read our full COVID-19 guidelines before booking.