STAY AT: Kibumba Tented Camp
GETTING THERE: You will be transferred to Kibumba Tented Camp from Kigali Serena Hotel by road. It is an easy three-hour drive on good roads with great scenery. Upon reaching the Grande Barriere border crossing into the Democratic Republic of Congo at Goma, you will stop to pick up gorilla and volcano trekking permits, before continuing to Kibumba Tented Camp which is one hour from Goma.
EXPERIENCE: Spend the afternoon settling in and soaking up the spectacular green wilderness setting of the camp which is situated in lush volcanic forest inside Virunga National Park. Enjoy spotting the abundant birdlife and monkeys from your private deck, or take a guided nature walk through the surrounding forest. After an early breakfast on your second morning, you will meet your ranger for a briefing on the gorilla trek. Tracking the gorillas usually takes around one to two-and-a-half hours of hiking each way, depending on the location of the gorilla family being trekked and the difficulty of the terrain. Spend one magical hour with the gorillas, observing, photographing, and marvelling at these majestic giant primates, before making your way back to camp for a well-earned rest. Enjoy a late lunch and restful afternoon of leisure, with the option for nature walks and bird watching if desired. Relax with a drink around an open fire in the evening and share your gorilla adventures from the day.