10 Days Special Mountain Rwanda

| April 24, 2016

D1.Arrival at Kigali Airport. Transfer Kempinski Hotel or Equivalent.

D2.Transfer Kempinski Hotel Kigali-Lac Kivu Lodge Goma

Morning after your breakfast, visit of the genocide memorial centre, after visits, Kigali city tour then proceed to Rwanda-Congo border

D3.Climb to Nyiragongo summit

Mount Nyiragongo is an active stratovolcano with an elevation of 3470 m (11382 ft) in the Virunga Mountains associated with the Albertine Rift. It is located inside Virunga National Park, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, about 20 km (12 mi) north of the town of Goma and Lake Kivu and just west of the border with Rwanda. The main crater is about two kilometres wide and usually contains a lava lake. The crater presently has two distinct cooled lava benches within the crater walls – one at about 3,175 metres (10,417 ft) and a lower one at about 2,975 m (9,760 ft). Nyiragongo’s lava lake has at times been the most voluminous known lava lake in recent history. The depth of the lava lake varies considerably. A maximum elevation of the lava lake was recorded at about 3,250 m (10,660 ft) prior to the January 1977 eruption – a lake depth of about 600 m (2,000 ft). A recent very low elevation of the lava lake was recorded at about 2,700 m (8,900 ft). Nyiragongo and nearby Nyamuragira are together responsible for 40% of Africa’s historical volcanic eruptions.

Hike will take 5 hours with 4 stops along the path, when at the top, cabins are available for your night, 1 cabin for 2 people.

D4.Descend from Nyiragongo summit.

Morning after your breakfast at the crater rim, you will be overlooking the city of Goma as well as the 2 other older crater lakes.

Not much is known about how long the volcano has been erupting, but since 1882, it has erupted at least 34 times, including many periods where activity was continuous for years at a time, often in the form of a churning lava lake in the crater. The volcano partly overlaps with two older volcanoes, Baratu and Shaheru, and is also surrounded by hundreds of small volcanic cinder cones from flank eruptions.

D5.Resting day at Mikeno Lodge.

The main area and restaurant feel as though they are set high in the trees with fabulous views over the park and the Nyiragongo and Mikeno volcanoes. Some of the bungalows have similar views while others are set in among the trees. There is an abundance of bird life as well as resident blue monkeys, colobus monkeys, and baboons. Chimpanzees are also frequent visitors to the area.

Mikeno Lodge offers a huge range of activities including chimp trekking, nature walks, easy access to the Senkwekwe gorilla orphanage, tours of the park headquarters and visits with the canine anti-poaching unit known as the “Congo Hounds.”

D6.Gorilla Trekking Virunga NP

A visit with a mountain gorilla family is a life changing experience. Mountain gorillas are highly intelligent, good natured, and fascinating to observe. The silverback’s powerful presence is awe-inspiring, yet his calm clearly earns him the title, “gentle giant”. People are equally struck by the tenderness and care that mothers show their young. And then, of course, there are the juveniles who spend most of every waking hour at play and never cease to make visitors smile. We believe your time with Virunga’s mountain gorillas will leave you feeling changed for the better.

Duration of the visits is an hour.

D7.Leave Mikeno Lodge next morning and drive back to Rwanda for encountering with Mountain gorilla in Rwanda

Overnight Mountain Gorilla View Lodge or Equivalent

D8.Gorilla Trekking Rwanda

Overnight Mountain Gorilla View Lodge.

D9.Rest day at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge

Visit of twin lakes in the afternoon

There are also known as the twin lakes of Rwanda, Burera and Ruhondo are situated on the borders of Rwanda and Uganda with their own special attractions. It should be noted that, Lake kivu is the largest Rwanda but Burera and Ruhondo are the most beautiful and the canoe sailing on these lakes (Burera and Buhondo) is memorable.

Musanze town is superbly located at the foot of the volcanoes. In the city suburb, you can see the natural bridge of Musanze – solidified lava flow – which signals the volcanoes’ activity that shaped the landscape, visiting also the market is a truly memorable things to do while in Musanze.

D10.Transfer to the airport , end of the tour.

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