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The heart of darkness becomes the heart of light in Nyiragongo
Virunga: Africa’s oldest national park
Virunga, Nyiragongo, Rwanda and Burundi
One of the most bio-diverse places in the world and home to the last of the mountain gorillas
May 12 - May 25
For the first time in years, due to peace in the region and following release of the incredible documentary, VIRUNGA (now available on Netflix), the oldest and most diverse national park in all of Africa, Virunga, has reopened to visitation. Congo is one of the last places on Earth where you can find endangered Mountain Gorillas and chimpanzees, and the only place to find the Grauer’s gorilla –less than 130 remain in the wild! Join me, Jessica Pociask, as I personally guide you through Virunga to see gorillas and chimps, then to the sop of Nyriagongo Volcano to see one of the four active lava lakes in the world! From here we will head to Kahuzi-Biega, to see lowland gorillas, then it’s off to Rwanda to visit Nygunwe National Park, home of the world’s largest troop of Colobus Monkeys, then continue onto Burundi, for relaxing end to our incredible expedition, along the shores of Lake Tanganyika. This trip is for the most intrepid of travelers.

WANT an amazing introduction to Virunga? Check out Virunga the Movie out on Netflix!
Detailed itinerary:
May 12 Arrival/Goma, DRC
  Flights into Goma, DRC arrive mid-afternoon from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Ethiopian Airlines. Upon arrival, you will be greeted at the airport, and transferred to your hotel. Our trip officially begins this evening at 7:00 pm for a Welcome Orientation and Dinner in our hotel.
  Accommodation: Hotel
May 13 Virunga National Park/Parc National Des Virunga, Democratic Republic of Congo
  Following breakfast, we'll load up our 4x4's and begin the journey into Virunga National Park/Parc National Des Virunga, or as it is locally known, simply Virunga - home to Mountain Gorillas, chimpanzees and Nyiragongo - an active strato volcano where a visitor can observe one of the four active lava lakes in the world!
  Accommodation: Lodge
May 14 Virunga National Park/Gorilla Trekking, Democratic Republic of Congo
  Today we will be in the heart of Virunga National Park walking with our dedicated trackers in search of Mountain Gorillas. After our incredible time, we will spend the evening chatting with the rangers and park staff that keep this area protected and safe for our visit.
May 15 Virunga National Park/Gorilla Trekking, Democratic Republic of Congo
  We have another full day dedicated to tracking Gorillas in this amazing ecosystem!
May 16 Virunga National Park.Chimpanzee Trekking, Democratic Republic of Congo
  One of the many perks of visiting Virunga, is that when it comes to chimpanzee trekking, one doesn't have to go far. This morning we awake at our beautiful lodge and head out early in search of the local chimpanzee population, that can be often found less than 20 minutes from the lodge. We'll spend the morning following groups and individuals. In the afternoon, we will have a birding session and demonstration with rangers, on how they use dogs for tracking poachers and unconvering mines that are unfortunately hidden throughout the park.
May 17 Nyirangongo Volcano Visit, Democratic Republic of Congo
  Nyiragongo is one of eight volcanoes in the Virunga Mountains and one of the most beautiful and active volcanoes in Africa. It has a 1.2 km diameter summit caldera containing the world's most active and largest lava lake. Nyirangongo is infamous for its extremely fluid lava that flows like water when it erupts. Its a full days hike, but the rewards are well worth it once we set camp on the rim of this incredible volcano to photograph the captivating lava flow at night.
May 18 Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo
  It's almost guaranteed that after our hike yesterday, everyone will appreciate a day of rest. For those of you with extra energy, there is an option to visit the local coffee plantation and see how Texas A & M is working to market Arabica coffee from the to the rest of the world.
May 19 Democratic Republic of Congo
  Today will be a long day of transportation down to the southern end of Lake Kivu to Kahuzi Biega National Park. The last remaining home of the Grauer's Gorilla. Less than 130 remain in the wild, and less than 20 tourists visit this park each month. Kahuzi-Biega is a small, but beautiful park and every tourist dollar helps to protect these incredible animals!
May 20 Kahuzi Biega National Park/Eastern Lowland Gorilla Trekking, DRC
  Kahuzi Biega National Park is a vast area of primary tropical forest dominated by two spectacular extinct volcanoes, Kahuzi and Biega. The park has a diverse and abundant fauna. One of the last groups of eastern lowland gorillas (consisting of only some 250 individuals) lives at between 2,100 and 2,400 m above sea-level, and we will visit them today!
May 21 Nyungwe National Park/Black and White Colubus Monkey Trekking, Rwanda
  With a 310 bird species, 26 of which are endemic, Nyungwe is one of the most important, and still undiscovered, bird watching destinations in Africa. Reaching to almost 3000 metres above sea level with Mount Bigugu, the higest point in the park. Nyungwe's forests extend to altitudes occupied by few other forests in Africa. We'll explore the park this afternoon and see the largest troup of Black and White Colobus Monkeys.
May 22 Nyungwe National Park/Chimpanzee Trekking, Rwanda
  Nyungwe is also home to one of Africa's greatest concentrations of chimpanzees and we will head off this morning to see them in their natural habitat. At any given time, we can be surrounded by upwards of fifty individuals, and it is something spectacular to hear them calling and see them moving around us.
May 23 Lake Tanganyika, Burundi
  Our next stop is crossing into Burundi to Lake Tanganyika. We will have the afternoon resting along the beautiful shores, and enjoy a wonderful dinner under the open air.
May 24 Rusizi National Park, Burundi
  This morning starts with a sunrise boat trip into Rusizi National Park. Here we have a chance to see large groups of hippos and a multitude of the beautiful water birds that frequent this region. Afterwards, we'll head into Bujumbura for a city tour and a wonderful Farewell dinner.
May 25 Bujambura, Burundi
  Today you will be transferred to the airport in time for your departure. Safe travels and we hope to see you soon!
  Accommodation: None
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Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Burundi Copyright © WantExpeditions

Trip price: in double room: USD 12,499
  in single room: USD 14,999

Trip images:
Baby Mountain GorillaCopyright © WantExpeditions
Nyiragongo lightsCopyright © WantExpeditions
Lava Lake of NyiragongoCopyright © WantExpeditions
Chimpazees of VirungaCopyright © WantExpeditions
Rangers of VirungaCopyright © WantExpeditions
Breakfast at BukimaCopyright © WantExpeditions
French Crater atop NyiragongoCopyright © WantExpeditions
Grauers Gorilla, Kahuzi BiegaCopyright © WantExpeditions
Rugendo Silverback - Mountain Gorilla - VirungaCopyright © WantExpeditions
Father vs. son Rugendo group of VirungaCopyright © WantExpeditions
ChimpanzeesCopyright © WantExpeditions
Canopy Walk Nyungwe National Park RwandaCopyright © WantExpeditions
Black and White Colobus Monkey Nyungwe National ParkCopyright © WantExpeditions
Camping atop Nyiragongo CraterCopyright © WantExpeditions
Beautiful tea plantations of RwandaCopyright © WantExpeditions
Soldiers atop NyiragongoCopyright © WantExpeditions

Trip price: in double room: USD 12,499
  in single room: USD 14,999
Price includes:
· all accomodation
· all meals
· all activities mentioned in the program
· all land transportation
· Water in transport vehicles
· all airport and local transfers
· all national park fees
· all camping gear except sleeping bag
· all entrance fees
· all local guiding fees
· international tour leader
· all tips
· all government taxes and levies
· all domestic flights

Price excludes:
· international flights
· travel insurance
· personal expenses at accommodation
· departure taxes at airports
· visa fees
· any other items not mentioned above