This 5 Day Great Apes Trek in Virunga awards the opportunity to behold two great apes (Gorillas & Chimpanzees) in Virunga National Park. It includes one night at Mikeno lodge, two nights at Mikeno corresponding to the two gorilla treks in Virunga. The package departs from Goma at 11:00am on Monday and Wednesday.
Detailed Itinerary of 5 Day Great Apes Trek in Virunga
Day1: Cross Goma border to Mikeno.
Early in the morning at 10:00am cross border and ensure to check in at Virunga office by 11:00am. At the office, staff will provide you with the Gorilla and Nyiragongo hike permit you must present before the trek.
After check-in, you will be transferred up to Mikeno lodge in Rumangabo. Check in at the lodge for lunch, relaxation or explore nearby natural trials or visit the Congo hounds.
Day2: First Gorilla Trek in Virunga
In the morning have your breakfast and after head to Bukima Ranger post. On arrival, you are briefed by the ranger guides about Gorilla trek and after the journey to the Jungle starts. It takes for some good time to locate the presence of these apes and when you discover their presence you will stay with them for only one hour. Later to the lodge for relaxation or visit the park’s bamboo project.
Day3: Second Gorilla Trek
At 8:30am in the morning you do the same as before – you will do the second Gorilla trek and after return to Bukima tented camp for lunch. After you are transported back to Mikeno Lodge. You can relax and later visit the Senkwekwe Gorilla orphanage Centre.
Day4: Chimpanzee Habituation Experience.
Prepare and at 6:00am you will be in for the Chimpanzee trek. This unique experience allows visitors to study and habituation the chimpanzee primates in Mahura Forest. After return to the lodge for breakfast, later you are free to explore other parts of the Park or relax a bit after three days of trekking.
Day5: Transfer to Goma – Return to Kigali.
Have morning breakfast, pack your things and later you will be transferred to Goma border, cross for a drive back to Kigali. End of Safari.
The package includes:
- Airport Pick & Drop.
- Three nights accommodation at Mikeno Lodge
- Two gorilla trek permits
- One night accommodation at Bukima Tented Camp
- All transport to, from and within the Park.
- DR Congo Tourist Visa.
- Personal expenses
- Luxury Drinks
- Porter fees.