Congo National Parks
Virunga National Park Congo
Trekking to see the gorillas is a definite highlight of a Congo Safari Tour. It takes place in Virunga National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with you a population that constitutes 604 of the world’s critically endangered Mountain Gorillas, 1004. Its surface area of 7,800 Km2 (3000square miles) comprises an outstanding diversity of natural habitats, ranging from tropical rainforests, swamps, volcanoes, and rivers. It steps to the snowfields of Rwenzori at an elevation of 5,109meters above sea level.
If you are interested in having one of the best experiences of your life and helping a critically endangered species, a gorilla tracking adventure in Virunga will leave your jaws dropping in awe. Gorillas are vulnerable to human germs, a reason you are required to keep a seven-meter distance from them.
Mount Nyiragongo & Climbing
Meet Mount Nyiragongo, a beautiful stratovolcano with one of the world’s largest lava lakes. Hiking to see it is an experience that is highly recommendable to anyone adventurous who wants to feel the serenity that an active volcano provides.
Treks to the summit of Mount Nyiragongo volcano takes 4-6 hours and begins at the Kibati patrol post. Here, you can hire some porters to carry your luggage up the mountain. Among the things to pack when coming here include a sleeping bag, raincoats, and some food, plus of course your camera.
The lava lake is spectacular and beautifully lights up the sky with its orange glow at night. There is a basic wooden cabin/hut above cloud level where you can stay as you marvel at the waves of lava and listen to its roars. The view, the smell and the sound of the lava boiling down in the lake is a real treat for the senses.
The hike starts in the morning with a hike of about one hour a forest. During the second part of the hike, you will walk on loose volcanic rocks. This is considered the most tiring phase as there are no trees to provide shade. You are directly exposed to the sun’s rays, so carry sunscreen. During the third leg, the incline starts to increase but luckily, the volcanic rocks are not really that slippery to walk on. The final lap is a steep hike up to the summit which can be seen from the rest stop.