Hiking Mount Nyiragongo Volcano in Congo, Mount Nyiragongo Volcano is one of the world’s largest volcanoes and one of the major attractions in DR Congo it raises at 3470 meters above sea level. It is one of the world’s most dangerous Volcanoes. Mount Nyiragongo Volcano is one of the eight volcanoes found in the Virunga ranges which are shared with Uganda and Rwanda. Other Volcanoes include Mount Muhabura, Sabyinyo and Gahinga Located in Uganda, Mount Bisoke and Karisimbi Located in Rwanda and Mount Nyamuragira shared between Rwanda and DR Congo.
One of the most interesting things you will experience during Hiking Mount Nyiragongo Volcano in Congo is the overnight stay at the top of the summit of the volcano where you will have an opportunity to see the burning lava, sound and smoke out of the crater. At the top of the summit, it can be freezing and there are strong winds, from the overnight stay cabins you can smell the boiling and bubbling lava out of the crater floor. Eco Adventure Safaris has a great team in DR Congo who have hiked this volcano and will guide you all through from firsthand experience during Hiking Mount Nyiragongo Volcano in Congo. Contact us here and we start planning your hike to one of the most active volcanoes in the world accordingly.
DR Congo Visa and Work permits Advice
All travelers need a visa to be allowed to enter the Democratic republic of Congo for Hiking Mount Nyiragongo Volcano in Congo. Unlike Uganda and Kenya, where one can obtain a visa upon arrival, the Congo visa must be applied for in advance at the closest Consulate or Embassy. The Congo Visa for Single entry costs $100 Single entry (1 month validity visa), Single entry (2 months validity visa) $135 and Single entry (6 months validity visa) $400 you will need to apply for this Visa atleast 2 to 3 weeks in advance before your travel date as it cannot be gotten on arrival. You will not be allowed to enter DR Congo without a visa that was not processed in advance. You need an invitation letter as well as a yellow fever card. Please contact us for more details on how to secure the Visa for entry into DR Congo.
Is it safe to hike Mount Nyiragongo Volcano?
Yes it is safe to hike on Mount Nyiragongo Volcano. Generally, the Democratic Republic of Congo has for the past years been hit by various unprecedented disasters that are civil and rebel wars in parts of Mount Nyiragongo Volcano, Ebola disease among others which has stopped many from visiting DR Congo for Safari. However, Congo is now getting back to better days and it is safe for safari and as a company we keep on monitoring the security situation time to time and we will always advise you before any safari starts. Contact us here for update security situation in DR Congo.
How to get to Congo for Hiking Mount Nyiragongo Volcano in Congo
Mount Nyiragongo Volcano is located in the Eastern part of DR Congo and there are options for accessing it. You will fly to Kigali International Airport then connect to Gisenyi town from Gisenyi town you will cross the Rwanda-Congo border to Goma town in DR Congo then drive towards the park headquarters. The drive to the park is approximately 2 hours from Gisenyi town to reach the park headquarters you can as well fly into Kinshasha City and then drive to the Park. You must have cleared your equipment for it to be allowed into the country as they are susceptible to security reasons and safety while on safari in Congo.
Where to stay during Hiking Mount Nyiragongo Volcano in Congo
Lodge options to stay in during on Mount Nyiragongo Volcano in DR Congo range from budget, mid-range to luxury. Budget options include Bukima Tented Camp and Kibumba Tented Camp among others fares range from 90-100 dollars a night per person, mid-range options include Tchegera Island Camp and Lulimbi Tented Camp among others fares range from 100-200 dollars a night per person and then Luxury options include Mikeno Lodge fares range from 200-400 dollars a night per person. You let us know the best option that works for you and we will book you accordingly.
What is the best time to Hike Mount Nyiragongo Volcano in Congo?
Hiking Mount Nyiragongo Volcano in Congo is done throughout the year and the best time is during the dry season which occurs in the months of December, January, February, June, July, August and September. Congo is located in the tropics and with this it experiences tropical climate and weather throughout the year with the park is prone to receiving uncertain rains any time of the day or week.
Other things to do in Congo apart from Hiking Mount Nyiragongo Volcano in Congo
Mountain gorilla trekking, this is one of the major activity done in the Virunga National park, you shouldn’t miss out of this experience, there are not so many mountain gorilla individuals in Virunga despite availability of the large habitat and it is only 6 families open for gorilla trekking activity, these include Kabirizi gorilla group, Humba gorilla group, Rugendo gorilla group, Mapuwa gorilla group, Lulengo gorilla group, Munyaga gorilla group, Nyakamwe gorilla group and Bageni gorilla group. Among these groups it is Kabirizi that is popular for gorilla trekking and loved by many tourists because it is the largest group with over 3 dozens of gorilla individuals. If you are interested in trekking this specific gorilla group, you will be required to book early enough your gorilla permit atleast 3 months in advance so that you don’t miss out on the trek.
Chimpanzee tracking and Habituation, Chimpanzee tracking and Chimpanzee habituation are the second most popular activities to do in Virunga National Park, chimpanzee tracking gives you a one hour encounter with the chimpanzees while chimpanzee habituation gives an entire day encounter with the chimpanzees, both treks begin in the morning hours where you will be joined by trackers and researchers to walk through the Virunga forest and search for chimpanzees you will have a chance to observe and discover their habits, feeding and natural behavior for those on the chimpanzee habituation treks will spend the day with them until they nest for the night. Same with the gorilla trekking permits for the chimpanzee tracking and habituation experiences you will still need to book your permit in advance in oder not to miss out atleast 3 months in advance.
Nature walks through the Virunga Forest, Virunga National Park is one of the oldest tropical rain forest in Africa with super dense vegetation, a nature walk through this forest on your DR Congo mountain gorilla safari from Kigali will give a chance to discover and see breathtaking beauty of the unique Virunga Landscape as well as learn about the various tree species, spot birds and if keen enough you will see some mammals and reptiles.
Bird watching, Virunga Forest being one of the most diverse forest in the tropics it has various habitats and landscapes ranging from Forests, swamps to grasslands, these have thus attracted a vast number of bird species making the birding expedition one of the must do activity on your visit to virunga national park on your DR Congo mountain gorilla safari from Kigali. There are more than 706 recorded bird species that one on a birding safari will have a chance to spot and see. Contact us here and we will organize for you this safari accordingly.
Lowland Gorilla Trekking, Lowland Gorilla trekking is done in Kahuzi Beiga National Park and this activity is guaranteed when you acquire a permit, but kindly note given the park has 2 families open for trekking this makes the gorilla permits very competitive and scarce most especially during peak seasons of June, July, August, September, December and February. Sometimes gorilla tracking permits get sold out four months in advance so any traveler is recommended to book their gorilla permits 3-4 month in advance.
Why book Hiking Mount Nyiragongo Volcano in Congo with Eco Adventure Safaris
Eco Adventure Safaris provides unrivalled and professional tour and travel services in Uganda, Congo, Tanzania and Rwanda. Since then, Eco Adventure Safaris as established herself as one of the leading tour operator for Hiking Mount Nyiragongo Volcano in Congo. Eco Adventure Safaris boosts of a professional office and field team that takes care of all your requests and inquiries. We are full members of AUTO (Association of Uganda Tour Operators) and work closely with Uganda Wildlife Authority. We are highly recommended on trip advisor as well as Safari bookings. Our website is one of the best and reliable point to help you start preparing for your DR Congo mountain gorilla safari from Kigali as we have the best and update information that you can rely on. Eco Adventure Safaris is owned and run by Ugandans and as such, you will be dealing with a team that sells what they know