The Virunga Classic Package

The Virunga Classic Package includes a six night stay in Virunga: four nights in Mikeno Lodge, including two gorilla treks and one night stay on Nyiragongo Volcano. This package departs Goma on a Monday and Wednesday.

About the Virunga Classic Package

__Day 1:__ Arrival at Grande Barriere border crossing by 11:30am and ensure check-in with Virunga tourism office by 12:30am. The tourism office is conveniently located in the Grande Barriere border post building, opposite passport control. Tourism staff will provide guests with gorilla and volcano trek permits at check-in. These permits must be presented before the start of each trek. Once check-in is complete, guests will be transported to Mikeno Lodge at the Park headquarters in Rumangabo. On arrival to Mikeno Lodge, a late lunch will be served and the afternoon can be enjoyed at leisure, including exploring Rumangabo’s several nature trails, bird watching or paying a visit to Virunga’s Congohounds.

__Day 2:__ After an early breakfast at Mikeno Lodge, guests will set off for the first gorilla trek at Bukima Ranger Post. On arrival to Bukima, trekkers will meet their Ranger guides and local pisteursto receive a briefing before starting the gorilla trek. Treks usually require 1-2.5 hours of hiking each way, depending on location of the group being trekked and the difficulty of the terrain. After spending the allotted hour with the gorillas, trekkers will return to Bukima Ranger Post, and will transfer back to Mikeno for a late lunch and an afternoon of relaxation or a visit to Senkwekwe Centre

__Day 3:__ After an early breakfast at Mikeno Lodge, guests will set off for their second gorilla trek at Bukima Ranger Post. On arrival to Bukima, trekkers will meet their Ranger guides and local pisteursto receive a briefing before starting the gorilla trek. After spending the allotted hour with the gorillas, trekkers will return to Bukima Ranger Post, and will transfer back to Mikeno for a late lunch and a visit to park headquarters and the widows workshop.

__Day 4:__ This is a day to relax, explore and enjoy the peaceful surroundings of Mikeno Lodge.

__Day 5:__ After breakfast at Mikeno Lodge, guests will be transported to the Kibati Ranger Post, departure point for the Nyiragongo volcano trek. On arrival to Kibati, climbers will receive a briefing and have the opportunity to hire porters. The climb up the volcano takes around four to six hours and trekkers will overnight on the summit.

__Day 6:__ Early in the morning, climbers 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 border crossing.

Additional Details

Included in this package:

  • 4 nights accommodation at Mikeno Lodge
  • 2 gorilla trek permits
  • 1 night stay on Nyiragongo
  • Volcano trek permit
  • All transport to, from and within the Park once in country

Not included in this package:

  • Drinks
  • Nyiragongo backpack
  • Porter fees
  • Gratuities
  • DRC visa

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