Expedition

DRC

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DRC

(5 customer reviews)

Hands down, one of the biggest adventures you can find today! Our Expedition will explore active volcanoes, the biggest lava lake in the World, the lush rainforests of the emblematic Virunga NP, underrated gems like Lake Kivu and of course, the majestic mountain gorillas. Most tourists come for the gorillas, but miss all the local life and culture. Having 8 days in Eastern DRC will allow us to fully experience this region.

COVID-19 Update

DRC is open for tourism – a negative PCR test is required to board the plane and another PCR may be issued on arrival.

itinerary

Day 1: Goma – Masisi.

  • Arrival in Goma in the afternoon. After checking in and registering in the immigration office at the airport, we’ll will stop in Goma town for lunch and drive to Masisi Hills and enjoy the pleasure of winding down with some coffee or chai before a very delicious barbecue surrounded by the endless lush grass hills.
  • In the afternoon, we’ll walk in the village for a glimpse of their lifestyle and experience their cattle farms.
  • Overnight near Masisi.

Day 2: Masisi.

  • Full day exploring the lush green hills of Masisi. We will take local moto-taxis up these muddy paths through the winding fields and villages.
  • Lunch with the community, with incredible views overlooking Lake Kivu.
  • After a long day of exploring, we return to Goma, to the old colonial complex of Hotel Karibou.

Day 3: Goma.

  • In the morning, we explore the old town of Goma, from the markets to the craftsmen going about their daily work. We will get an in-depth look at this bustling town in the heart of eastern Congo.
  • After lunch, we will attend a local wedding bearing gifts for the newly weds. It’s a huge ceremony and the festivities take a few days, and we will be experiencing part of them first hand.
  • Dinner and overnight at Hotel Karibou.

Day 4: Tchegera Island

  • Tchegera Island is a small hideaway banana-shaped isle in Lake Kivu with incomparable views of the active Nyiragongo volcano.
  • In the morning we will settle in on our private luxurious tented camp and hike around the island while they prepare a tasty barbecue.
  • After lunch we’ll enjoy an afternoon kayaking with fabulous views of
    the Nyiragongo volcano, as the sun sets, the volcano’s lava lake lights up with a bright red color.
  • We’ll have an evening around camp fire before a delicious fine dining experience and retiring to our luxurious tented rooms at Tchegera Island.

Day 5: Idjwi Island

  • We spend the day in Idwi Island, exploring every aspect of the local community here, which mostly relies on fishing in Lake Kivu, infamously dubbed “The most dangerous lake in the World” due to the high concentration of methane and other gases from the nearby volcanoes.
  • Overnight at the Hamilton Hotel.

Day 6: Virunga NP

  • We head back to Goma for PCR tests and then straight North, to Virunga NP.
  • We will be greeted at Kibumba Lodge for lunch and in the afternoon will receive our briefing for our gorilla trek the next day.
  • The day is spent with village walks, a short forest hike, or just enjoying the views from our beautiful and luxurious lodge over a camp fire.
  • Dinner and overnight at Kibumba Luxury Tented Camp.

Day 7: Gorilla trekking

  • Early in the morning, we will split in groups and hike to our designated gorilla family.
  • Gorilla trekking in DRC is an incredible experience, probably the best place in the World to enjoy wild mountain gorillas. Gorilla families are very numerous, and visitors only hike in small groups of 5 or 6 people.
  • After a thrilling 1-2h hike across the rainforests of Virunga NP, we will reach our gorilla family and spend a full hour with them.
  • Dinner and overnight at Kibumba Luxury Tented Camp.

Day 8: Fly out

  • After breakfast, we return to Goma, pick-up our PCR results.
  • Before we leave, we’ll race each other with the local Tchukudus, a traditional wooden bike used to transport goods around town.
  • Farewell lunch, and straight to the airport to catch our flight connection.
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Included

Hotels

Shared twin room in 4-star hotels (when available).

Guides

Expert local guide and fixer.

Transport

Private minibus with driver.

Visa Support

We will take care of your visas so you can pay and pick it up on arrival.

Food

Three meals a day with a drink (water or soft drink).

Entrance Fees

All entrance fees to sites on your itinerary.

FAQ

how to join?

Unfortunately, our Expedition to DRC is sold out or has no open process at this time.

If you want us to organize a private tour for you, please contact us:

expeditions@wanderexp.com

TRIP DATES

April 2021. Soon, new dates.

5 reviews for DRC

  1. mcarper823@gmail.com

    Had the best week in the DRC, climbing a volcano, eating chocolate for the first time on a remote island, going to a wedding and delivering a lamb/goat. The best part was seeing gorillas up close and personal- (almost too personal). Would highly recommend this trip

  2. Ada Iriso

    It was such a special trip! I had always dreamt of climbing a volcano, and Alvaro made it happen! Tchegera Island was one of the highlights of the trip, it was such a dreamy island, with amazing views of the volcano, and needless to say, the gorilla trek was very special, to see them up close, and spend a full hour with them! This trip had it all!

  3. Atm1424

    The expedition to DRC organized by Alvaro and Wanderexpeditions was hands down a trip of the life time. This expeditions added value to my life far beyond the 7 days spent on the trip. The true family found amongst the fellow people from around the globe on the trip are now people I cherish in my life. We don’t go long without talking to each other, planning future trips and just living life in a community of like minded people. DRC is definitely a destination worth investing in!

  4. Ursi

    This trip was amazing! DRC offers many different activities. The volcano hike and the gorillas were definitely the highlights for me. But Tchegera Island and Masisi were beautiful and fun too. Alvaro created a great trip and i can 100 % recommend it.
    And the group was amazing too 🤗!

  5. Tregg Garner

    The DRC expedition is amazing! From exploring the Masisi hills, spending the night on Tchegera island, and trekking the gorillas, this trip had so many highlights. It’s truly the perfect itinerary for a trip to Africa, I would highly recommend it!

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