5 Days Congo Gorilla Trekking Safari (Ngila Classic Package)

5 Days Congo Gorilla Trekking Safari is strictly a Congo gorilla tour taking on an adventure to a triple gorilla trek and a visit to Senkwekwe gorilla orphanage. This package also comes 3 nights stay at Ngila lodge and one night stay at Mikeno lodge. This 5 days Congo Ngila classic package starts and ends in Kigali Rwanda.

5 Days Congo Gorilla Trekking Safari

Highlights of the 5 Days Congo Gorilla Trekking Safari

  • Day 1: Kigali pick up and transfer to Virunga national park Congo
  • Day 2: First gorilla trek in Virunga national park
  • Day 3: Second gorilla trek in Virunga national park
  • Day 4: Third gorilla trek in Virunga national park and visit Senkwekwe gorilla orphanage
  • Day 5: Transfer back to Kigali for departures

Detailed Safari Itinerary

Day 1: Pick up and transfer to virunga national park

Transfer to Virunga national park: On day 1 of 5 Days Congo Gorilla Trekking Safari, you will be picked up from any hotel in Kigali and set off on a drive to Goma as your safari driver briefs you about this 5 days Congo itinerary. Upon arrival in Goma, you will be cleared at tourism to obtain a Congo visa then visit virunga park offices to obtain gorilla trekking permits and finally be driven to your lodge for lunch. Spend the remaining hours of your 1st day at leisure and later in the evening be served dinner and grab an overnight sleep.

Meal plan: Lunch and dinner

Accommodation: Ngila lodge

Day 2: First gorilla trek in Virunga national park

First gorilla trek in Virunga national park: After breakfast on day 2 of 5 Days Congo Gorilla Trekking Safari, prepare your back pack with everything that you might require during gorilla trekking adventure in Virunga national park including enough water for drinking, snacks and wear your best gorilla trekking gear including long sleeved attire, garden gloves, water proof hiking shoes, sun glasses, a cap and be ready to be transferred to Bukima police post for a pre gorilla trekking briefing where you get to know the basics about gorilla trekking, the dos and don’ts and possible encounters while on the trek. After briefing, hire a porter and be led by the armed rangers into the forest to start the search of endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitats. The entire forest walk takes few minutes to about 7 hours depending on how the gorillas move and the trekking speed used by the trekkers since you must consider the slowest person amongst the group. As soon as you land on the habituated gorilla family, you will spend only one hour in its presence gorillas taking photographs and interacting closely with the endangered mountain gorillas then exit the forest and be returned to Ngila lodge for lunch and a relaxed evening awaiting dinner and your 2nd night stay at Ngila lodge. 

Meal plan: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Accommodation: Ngila Lodge 

Day 3: Second gorilla trek in Virunga national park

Second Gorilla trek in Virunga national park: After breakfast on day 3 of 5 days Congo Ngila classic package, you will repeat similar procedures just as on day 2 and finally be transferred back for a second pre gorilla trekking briefing where you will be able to request for a different gorilla family or in case you need a similar family still you need to request for it during briefing. After briefing and gorilla family allocation, you will return in the wild to start the trek up and down via different trails until you encounter with the gorilla family that has been habituated and available for trekking. Spend an hour once again taking photographs but remember to keep your camera flash light off for as long as you’re still in the habitat of these endangered primates. After spending an hour with these gentle giants, trek out of the forest and be transferred back to Ngila lodge for lunch as you wait for a relaxed Barbeque dinner on your 3rd night stay at Ngila lodge as the way of saying goodbye and thanking you for your stay at the lodge. Enjoy your barbeque then head to your room for a splendid night.

Meal plan: breakfast, lunch and Barbeque dinner 

Accommodation: Ngila lodge

Day 4: Third gorilla trek in Virunga national park and visit Senkwekwe gorilla orphanage

Third gorilla trek in Virunga national park: On this day 4 of 5 Days Congo Gorilla Trekking Safari, have an early breakfast at Ngila lodge then check out and be transferred for a third gorilla trekking still in Virunga national park which as usual starts at Bukima police post with a briefing then be led once again into the forest for third gorilla trekking in Virunga national park. You may as well request for a different gorilla family or trek a similar family depending on your choice.an hour as usual is the maximum duration you will spend with endangered mountain gorillas then be returned back to Bukima police post where you will be transferred to Mikeno lodge for lunch. 

5 Days Congo Gorilla Trekking Safari
5 Days Congo Gorilla Trekking Safari

Later in the evening, you will be led on a visit to the orphanage gorillas at Senkwekwe gorilla orphanage where you will spend time with the gorillas that were rescued from poachers. Later in the evening, return to Mikeno lodge for dinner and overnight sleep.

Meal plan: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Accommodation: Mikeno lodge

Day 5: Drive back to Kigali Rwanda for departures

Drive back to Kigali for departures: Enjoy your breakfast at the lodge on day 5 of 5 days Congo Ngila classic package then check out of Mikeno lodge and be driven back to Goma where you will then be picked and driven to Kigali city Rwanda. While in Rwanda, you will enjoy lunch then spend the remaining time you have on Kigali city tour exploring different attractions in the city such as Genocide memorial sites, craft shops, markets and many more. The final destination will be either at a hotel in Kigali or direct at Kigali international airport for departures.

Meal plan: breakfast and lunch

End Of the 5 Days Congo Gorilla Trekking Safari

Inclusive in this 5 days Congo Ngila classic package

  • Kigali Rwanda pickup and drop-off
  • Congo visa
  • 3 Congo gorilla trekking permits
  • English / French speaking safari guide
  • Congo security
  • Accommodation for 4 nights as per itinerary
  • All meals as per itinerary
  • Rangers 

Exclusive in 5 days Congo Ngila classic package

  • International travel expenses like visa and ticket
  • Rwanda visa
  • Porter
  • Tips
  • Optional activities
  • Additional accommodation
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