Your journey begins in the eastern city of Goma, where an expert PELORUS guide will escort you through immigration formalities before taking you further into the wilderness of Congo. Visit the Senkwekwe Orphan Mountain Gorilla Centre, the only facility in the world that cares for these orphan gorillas who are unfortunately victims of rising poaching and trafficking pandemics. In this experience, you will gain an astonishing insight into the challenges that this species faces in the wild.
Your route continues north to the Virunga National Park, a haven for wildlife and rich in biodiversity. Hugely diverse, feast your eyes on luscious forests, vast savannahs, lava plains, swamps, volcanoes and the glaciated peaks of the Rwenzori Mountains. Highly endangered, around 700 Mountain Gorillas exist in the world and a quarter inhabit this national park. You will be greeted by your tracker before commencing your trek through dense forest which is led by the inspiring park rangers. With just metres separating you and the gorillas, observe these charismatic primates as they sleep, eat and interact with one another in their natural environment. Gaining an insight into their captivating behaviour in a life-changing and unforgettable experience.
Accompanied by an expert guide and chef, venture across spectral lava fields and thick forest as you hike Mount Nyiragongo. Be greeted by the world’s largest lava lake – a mesmerising cauldron of angry fire and gas that will leave you intrigued for hours. Here, your accommodation is unlike any other on Earth as you settle in to one of the 12 shelters located on the crater rim. Drift off to sleep with the sounds of lava boiling and popping, and open your eyes to incredible morning views of the Congo.