This 13 day experience encompasses 4 highlights of Virunga National Park, that will leave imprinted memories for years to come, ticking off not one but three bucket list favourites: Trekking through the Virunga rainforests to find the endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitat, An overnight stay on the Nyiragongo volcano summit, with a spectacular view of the world's largest lava lake, and exploring the remote and previously inaccessible Isahasha plains to view wildlife in the Savannahs of Virunga National Park.
SERIOUS MONKEY BUSINESS
The first section of this adventure will include staying at 2 of Virungas beautiful properties, Mikeno Lodge,
which is based at the Rumangabo headquarters, where you will have the opportunity to visit some of the
Community and Conservation projects that are located at the headquarters, including:
The Senkwekwe Mountain Gorilla Orphanage
The Congo-Hound Anti-Poaching Unit
The Fallen Rangers Widows Sewing Project
The Rumangabo Village Kindergarten
Here we are able to provide you with a ‘Pack for Purpose’ list, where you may want to donate items of need to some of these projects.
At Mikeno you can also enjoy nature walks, sitting on the terrace reading your book, while the resident monkeys come to visit. It is here that you will also experience a Chimpanzee Habituation walk on one of the days. A trek with these animals is a unique experience that allows visitors to join Virunga’s research team as they study and habituate the family of chimpanzees found in the Mahura Forest surrounding Rumangabo.
Bukima Tented Camp is located at the start of all the Gorilla treks, and was previously used a research centre for Gorilla habituations projects, and later converted to a camp for guests to stay. If you are lucky, the gorillas may even come into camp to visit you. It is at Bukima where you will start and finish both your Gorilla treks. You will trek to different families on each day. You may also use the opportunity while here to visit the Park’s bamboo project and do some great bird watching.
Gorilla treks usually require 1 - 2.5 hours of hiking each way, depending on location of the Gorilla family being trekked and the difficulty of the terrain. After spending the allotted 1 hour with the gorillas, you will return to Bukima camp where a late lunch will be served.