10 Days of Virunga Safari

10 days of Virunga safari takes you to multiple corners in different forests of Virunga national park. You will spend the nights at different accommodation centers which will all give comfortable stay in the wild of Virunga. You will also have a great experience at Tchegera Island for relaxation after the adventure in the park.

Itinerary for 10 Days Congo Safari

Day 1: Grande Barriere to Virunga national park

You are required to arrive at Grande Barriere at 9:00am to check in at the Virunga tourist office and obtain your activity permits which will be used to access the park. You’ll thereafter be transferred to Mikeno lodge located in Rumangabo near the Pak headquartes, you’ll have lunch and relax. You may get involved in nature walks, a visit to the Congo Hounds or read books to occupy the evening. Dinner and the overnight will be at Mikeno lodge.

Day 2: Gorilla trekking

Wake up early and have breakfast, then set off to Bukima ranger post to start the trek. We are not sure of the time at which you’ll spot the gorillas but it may take from 30 minutes, an hour, 2 hours or 3. Once you spot them, you’ll have an hour to interact with them and thereafter get back to Bukima , have lunch and relax.

Day 3:  second Gorilla trekking

This day also starts with a trek to once again search for Gorillas. It will start at Bukima where you’ll still come back for lunch after the trek. Transfer to Mikeno lodge, relax and later on visit Senkwekwe gorilla orphanage. This is the only orphanage center in the whole world and you’ll have a great experience there. Dinner and the overnight will be had at Mikeno lodge.

Day 4: Chimpanzee trekking/habituation experience

You’ll set out to Mahura forest with a team that habituates the Chimps in Virunga national park. The time you’ll spend to learn about the chimps, interact with them and take photos for memories of the experience is wonderful. Return to the lodge for breakfast and take a walk around the neighboring areas. You’ll have lunch and relax throughout the afternoon. Dinner and the overnight at the luxurious Mikeno lodge.

Day 5: Transfer to Lulimbi tented camp

After breakfast at Mikeno lodge, you’ll be transferred to another wonderfully located accommodation center in the savannah plains in the East of Virunga national park.  It is found near the shores of L. Edward and close to Ishasha River. You’ll have lunch in the afternoon and you may relax or have a walk around the surrounding areas later on when the weather is cool. Dinner and overnight will be had at Lulimbi tented camp.

Day 6: Nature walk and game drive

The weather in the morning is very friendly for a walk around the plains in Ishasha. You’ll have breakfast and move out on a walk where you’ll spot various birds, animals like antelopes, elephants, hippos and others. There will be an evening game drive in the plains of Ishasha where we might spot lions, buffaloes, elephants and more.

Day 7: Birding

This is an awesome day for bird lovers. The area has beautiful bird species which will be spotted when you go out for birding in the plains and along the water bodies. Have lunch and relax at the camp as you enjoy the scenery, water flowing in the river and some of the animals that may cross.

Day 8: Transfer to Tchegera Island

After breakfast, you’ll drive to Goma at one of the ports where we shall get on the boat and ride to Tchegera Island. This is where we shall have lunch and then relax. It gives good views of the surrounding areas and of volcanoes across. Dinner and the overnight at Tchegera island camp.

Day 9: Tchegera Island

A beautiful morning at the Island starts with a yummy breakfast and them you may choose to go for Kayaking, snorkeling, birding or a nature walk around the Island. Night comes with views of the red sky above Nyiragongo volcano.  You’ll have a good time of relaxation at this island as you come close to the end of the tour.

Day 10: From Tchegera – Goma – Grande Barriere

  • After breakfast at the camp, you;ll leave for Goma and connect to Grande Barriere to end the tour.
  • The package includes;
  • Transportation from and back to Grande Barriere, and throughout the tour
  • Accommodation
  • Gorilla permits