Congo Volcano Hiking Safaris
When we talk about Congo Volcano Hiking Safaris in Africa we mean the most active volcano mount Nyiragongo in Virunga national park of DR-Congo, mount Sabinyo volcano, mount Muhavura volcano and mount Gahinga three of them are located in Mgahinga gorilla national park of Uganda and Mount Bisoke in Volcanoes national park of Rwanda.
Mount Nyiragongo volcano hiking safari?
Hiking Africa’s most active volcano Mount Nyiragongo, I must say that surely it is an experience that you will not find anywhere in the world unless you come to Africa, Mt Nyiragongo climbing/hiking safari in DR-Congo is a once in a lifetime experience offered to tourist and other visitors by Kisoro tours Uganda.
Getting an opportunity standing right at the edge biggest lave lake in Africa is amazing and memorable, Mt Nyiragongo volcano is located in Virunga national park in DR-Congo just about 30 minutes to an hour’s drive from Goma town in the north Kive, hiking Nyiragongo is always on the top of the bucket list of every tourist and other visitors whom comes Congo
Climbing Mount Nyiragongo volcano is not difficult because it’s only about 9 kilometers from the starting point and hiking to top the summit of this active volcano will take you about 4 hours. If you want to enjoy this lave lake you must spend a night on top because lave can clearly only be seen at night when its dark, accommodation at the top of Nyiragongo is not a problem because there is a camp you only have to take you sleeping bags.
Recommended packing list for hiking mount Nyiragongo?
If you have planes of climbing mt Nyiragongo you must have good hiking boots because you will be walking in the slippery volcanic rocks.
You must also have garden hand gloves which will help to protect your hands from sharp trees and sometimes form hot stones as you walk up and down
A waterproof jacket is also a must because Virunga national park is a rain forest which means that it can rain at any time of the day.
Warm sweaters or jackets will be something nice to bring because the weather in the mornings and evenings can be cold as you know the weather conditions of the rain forest is not predictable.
You will also need a walking stick but this can be provided by the park rangers after briefing before you start hiking
Before you start hiking please remember to take with you some snacks that are energy giving and also enough drinking water.
Where does Mt Nyiragongo hiking safari start from?
Mount Nyiragongo hiking starts and ends from Kabita patrol ranger post, all tourists and other visitor hiking Nyiragongo must be at Kabita ranger post by 8:30 are ready for briefing about the hike and by 9:30 am the hiking will start headed armed ranger guide who knows this park very well with many years of experience. NOTE tourist will not be at Kabita ranger post for briefing at 8:30 am on the day of hiking he or she will have to hike on another day because all tourists have to be briefed and start hiking at the same time.
From the starting point of Kabita ranger post, it will take you a minimum of 4 to 5 hours to hike to the top of Mount Nyiragongo volcano summit but also it depends on walking speed of all members in the group, for example, if you one person in the group who is slow it means that it will take more time because you live her/him behind. As you hike to the top of this amazing volcano there are few viewing and resting points that give a chance to explore more of this volcano.
Booking of mount Nyiragongo volcano hiking permit?
Mount Nyiragongo volcano hiking permits can be booked through a trusted tour operator like Kisoro tours Uganda or directly from Virunga national park offices in Goma town.
Mount Nyiragongo hiking permits costs?
Price for hiking permit of Nyiragongo volcano it is very much affordable, it costs only $300 per person, please book your hiking permit in advance because permits are limited to about 12 people per day and Nyiragongo volcano hiking permits are sold on first come first serve so booking in advance helps you to secure the permit on ant day you wish to hike Nyiragongo volcano. Kisoro tours Uganda can also combine your volcano hiking safaris and gorilla tracking safaris just contact with your preferred dates we will arrange it for you.
We recommend that you hire a Porters
For easy and successful Nyiragongo volcano hiking Kisoro tours Uganda recommends that your hire a porter because remember Nyiragongo volcano hike requires you to spend one night at Nyiragongo volcano so this means that you will take to carry enough drinking water, food and other things like your cameras, and baggage you came with, a porter will help you to carry that at only a minimum of $25. But if you think that you carry all your baggage by yourself then you don’t have to hire a porter but it is always recommended to all our clients on the volcano hiking safaris.
Mt Nyiragongo hiking Safety advice and Where to sleep/ Accommodation?
At the top of Nyiragongo summit, there are 12 shelters where tourists can sleep when you buy Nyiragongo hiking permit accommodation is included so you don’t have to worry about accommodation as long as you have hiking permit you have where to sleep, tourists who book via Virunga national park or though tour company like us you will still get free accommodation on the top of Mt Nyiragongo volcano.
About your Safety, security is good while on top and as you like, but at night you have to take care of your property because the cabins you camp in at the top of Nyiragongo are not secure from monkeys which can easily take your foods, cameras and other personal property, its important also to know that Mt Nyiragongo volcano is a lava lake so you must be careful while at the most active volcano in Africa so please when taking photos keep few meters away from the lava lake.
Uganda volcano hiking safaris in Mgahinga gorilla national park?
Mgahinga is the only please in Uganda where one can go for volcano hiking, apart from Mt Nyiragongo volcano Kisoro tours Uganda also offers volcano hiking tours in Mgahinga gorilla national park located in Kisoro bordering with DR-Congo, but the volcano mountains in Uganda are not active but you will get a wonderful hiking experience in Uganda.
If you are looking for a short hiking safari in Uganda then Mgahinga gorilla national park is a center of Uganda volcano hiking ranging from the one-day hike and also you can include gorilla tracking, golden monkey tracking, below are some of the volcanoes.
Mount Sabyinyo volcano 3669 Meters
When you hike Mt Sabyinyo you get a chance of standing in 3 countries Rwanda, Congo and Uganda Mt Sabyinyo volcano is known by local people in Kisoro as “old man’s teeth” just because of its shape which looks like local old man’s teeth, mount Sabyinyo volcano has 3 peaks which are shared between Congo, Rwanda, and Uganda.
Hiking to the top of mount Sabyinyo takes about 7 to 8 hours and you step in 3 countries Uganda, Rwanda and Congo without a visa and passport, please take NOTE that Mt Sabyinyo is very steep so we advise those who planning to hike Sabyinyo be physically fit in order to enjoy this hike.
Mount Gahinga Volcano 3474 Meters?
Among all three volcanoes in Mgahinga gorilla national park Mount Gahinga is the easiest to hike, it takes only about 4 to 5 hours depending on your fitness to get to the top of Gahinga volcano, local people in Kisoro translates Gahinga as a pile of rocks and once you are in Kisoro area you will be able to see a pile of stones everywhere, Mt Gahinga hike takes you through bamboo forest and other different vegetation before reaching crater lake on the top.
Mount Muhabura Volcano 4127 Meters?
Mt Muhabura is the highest volcano in Mgahinga gorilla national park, Mt Muhabura is known and translated by local people in Kisoro as “the guide”, the reason why locals named Mt Muhabura the “guide” because Muhabura can be seen from far in all direction in the area.
Hiking to the top of Mt Muhabura requires one to be physically fit because it takes about a whole day to reach the summit, we advise you to be at the starting point by 7:00 am because if you start early it means you will come back before it gets darker, hiking Mt Muhabura volcano gives a chance to have a good view of some Rwanda, Congo, and Uganda.
Other recommended things to do before or after Uganda volcano hiking safari?
Apart from volcano hiking Mgahinga gorilla national park has many other activities that tourists can enjoy before or after volcano hiking which includes the following.
Famous mountain gorilla tracking
Mgahinga gorilla national park is one the home to mountain gorillas, Mgahinga has only one gorilla group called Nyakagezi gorilla family, only 8 people are allowed to trek Nyakagezi per day and Uganda gorilla permit price is $600 per person but next gorilla permit price has been increased from $600 to $700 per person and this still cheaper if you compare with Rwanda where gorilla permit costs $1500 per person.
Golden monkey tracking
Mgahinga gorilla national park is the second place in Africa where you can trek golden monkeys another place where you can see golden monkeys is in Volcanoes national park in Rwanda, golden monkeys are one of the most endangered primates like gorillas and Mgahinga gorilla national park has biggest population golden monkeys in Africa. we highly recommend golden monkey tracking and it’s not expensive golden monkey permit cost only $100 per person and also in Uganda it’s the only place in the world where you can go for golden monkey habituation experience so you can choose to go for tracking or habituation
Rwanda volcano hiking safaris
Mount Bisoke volcano hiking safaris 3711 meters in Volcanoes national park?
Mount Bisoke Volcano hiking is Rwanda’s most popular hike as it has one of the most beautiful sceneries in Rwanda with an amazing crater lake at the summit, hiking Mt Bisoke to the top takes about 7 to 8 hours.
Mount Bisoke is located in the volcanoes national park and the hiking starts from park head offices with a briefing from a park ranger at 7:00 in the morning in Kinigi headquarters Volcanoes national park, all other activities also starts from here including Rwanda gorilla trek, golden monkey tracking among other activities offered in the volcanoes national park.
Book Volcano hiking safaris with Kisoro tours Uganda?
Kisoro tours Uganda we are specialists in organizing gorilla safaris and tours in Uganda, Rwanda, and DR-Congo. Kisoro tours Uganda is owned and managed by indigenous local people who have a very intimate knowledge of the cultures, land, and history of Uganda, Rwanda, DR-Congo, and East Africa.
Our company directors and all Kisoro tours Uganda team have personally visited all the destinations and accommodation that we offer and regularly make return trips to make sure everything meets with our high standards. Although we have sample safari itineraries and group tours, our specialty is creating custom safaris, listening to what our clients like to see and experience during their safari in Africa and creating a truly unique African safari experience
At Kisoro tour Uganda we have mastered to tailor safari experiences in Uganda, Rwanda and in DR-Congo that will last long in all our clients’ minds that books their African safari through Kisoro Tours Uganda, we are also highly recommended on Trip Advisor and on Safari bookings, our team is always at your disposal to give you all information and advice you need to finish your booking of Uganda Rwanda gorilla safaris and wildlife tours, we will respond to your inquiries any time of the day throughout the year.
Suggested packing list for Volcano Hiking Safaris
In order to have a successful hike of Mount Nyiragongo, you must have the following packing list
- You must have good hiking boots because you will be walking in the African slippery volcanic rocks
- Bring warm sweaters or jackets because weather conditions tropical rainforest of Africa is not predictable and also mostly in the mornings and evenings it can be cool.
- Bring a waterproof jacket because as I said above weather conditions can change at any time.
- Garden hand gloves are also used it is used to protect your hands from sharp trees and sometimes form hot stones as you hike up and down
- Walking stick but it can be provided by the park rangers after briefing
- Remember to bring with you some snacks that are energy giving and also enough drinking water
- Bring headlamp/ Light, at the top Nyiragongo crater there is no enough light so it is always recommended to bring the headlamp or the flashlight.
- Don’t forget to bring your camera, on this trip camera is very important to capture every movement
- It is also advisable to bring Sunscreen for protecting you from strong sun protection.
- Bring a change of dry clothes, when you get the summit you may need to change you’re your hiking clothes because they will be dirty and wet by the time you get to the top.
Another thing that you may need to include on your packing list for Congo volcano hiking safaris?
- Having some short-sleeved t-shirts which you can use after hiking/trekking is also good
- A pair of shorts would also be nice during the day, you may need before or after trekking
- A simple walking boot which you can use during your free time is also a nice thing to have with you
- A pair of sandals is also good for anyone when traveling in Africa
- A wide safari hat its nice when traveling in Africa, it can also protect you from the strong sun of Africa
- Few pairs of underwear are good when traveling
- Insect repellent is also a must when planning to go on safari in Africa
- Some personal prescription medicines from your own doctor are all recommended
Kisoro tours Uganda offers you the opportunity to hike Mt Nyiragongo volcano which is the most active volcano in Africa, Mount Nyiragongo is located in Virunga national park of DR-Congo.
Why Mount Nyiragongo volcano hiking safari
Getting a chance to hike Africa’s most active volcano Mt Nyiragongo is surely an experience that you will not find anywhere on this planet, we only have one option of coming to Africa, hiking all the way to the summit of the active lava lake is a once in a lifetime experience which we offer at a fordable price in you want to know more about Mount Nyiragongo volcano hiking safari contact Kisoro tours Uganda, our packages range from 2 days Nyiragongo hike, 3 days face to face with active lava lake of Mt Nyiragongo to any number of days you want and also we can combine your volcano hiking tour with mountain gorilla trekking.
Kisoro tours Uganda will arrange the African trip that gives you an opportunity to stand right at the edge of Africa’s biggest lave lake which is an amazing experience that you can only get here in Africa.
How hard is hiking to the summit of Mount Nyiragongo?
It is just about 40 minutes’ drive from Goma town to north Kive at ranger post where the Mt Nyiragongo hiking starts from. Hiking of mount Nyiragongo volcano is not difficult as some people may think because climbing up to the summit is only 9 Kilometers from the starting point to top the summit of this active volcano which take you about 4to 5hours depending one’s speed and fitness and I must say that the hiking trail of Nyiragongo is well maintained.
Hiking Mt Nyiragongo requires you to spend a minimum of at list one night at the top summit because lave can only be seen clearly at night when its dark and also the best photos of Nyiragongo are taken at night. About the accommodation at the top of Nyiragongo, yes there is accommodation at the top of the summit which accommodates only 8 people which means only 8 Nyiragongo hiking permits are issued per day, it’s the reason why we recommend that you book in advance to avoid missing out on your preferred dates. It is also recommended to bring your own sleeping bags but in case you don’t have it is still fine you can still hire from it cost only $30 per person.
Mount Nyiragongo hiking starts and ends from Kabita patrol ranger post, all hikers have to meet here for a briefing by 8:00 am and by 9:00 am the hiking will start headed armed park ranger guide. All those who are hiking must be at Kabita ranger post, if you there in time you will miss out and hike on another day because all tourists have to be briefed and start hiking at the same time.