#GirlsTrip: A Kigali Experience & A Hike to the World’s Largest Lava Lake

The title screams adventure. If you sign up for this, you will be signing up to see the world’s largest lava lake in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Ever since I picked up hiking last year, I have been daring myself to see the world’s wonders and summiting up Mount Nyiragongo, an active volcano that also happens to be the world’s largest lava lake is an exciting experience for you that loves and appreciates hiking. The volcano is also monitored by volcano experts every single day of the year.

Now, DRC is not your usual tourist destination and the press available on this country is not very encouraging either. I am working with a team based in DRC that work with travelers every day to ensure our safety and comfort for the two days and one night that we will spend in DRC. After the hike, we will proceed back to Gisenyi, Rwanda

Hiking up Mt.Nyiragongo in the DRC is an unforgettable, adventurous experience. It might also be one of the most expensive hikes you’ll ever go on seeing the permit required to hike costs 300 USD per person.

My friend Drew hiked the Nyiragongo last month and his experience is the inspiration for this girls trip. Here is a video of what to expect during the hike. You can watch it here.

A summary of the itinerary (1st -5th Sep, 2021)

Wednesday, 1st September

we will meet at Kigali to be transferred to Gisenyi where we will check into our rooms for the night.

Thursday, 2nd September

Early morning pick up from our hotel to travel to DRC where we will be briefed before our Nyiragongo hike begins. This hike is a bit challenging so we will have to train together and two prep hikes before the main summit. On this day, we will see the lava lake then spend the night camping. This will be the highlight of our trip.

Friday, 3rd September

Hike down Nyiragongo, transfers from DRC back to Gisenyi, Rwanda.

Saturday, 4th September

Early morning transfers to Kigali, check in to our hotel. Afternoon city tour of Kigali. We will have the privilege of immersing in the Rwandan culture and visiting a couple of attractions in Kigali. We will then have dinner at Pilipili restaurant where we will have a view of Kigali’s skyline at night.

Thankfully, Rwanda is visa free or visa on arrival for all Nationalities. Later, you will be free to check out the night life

Sunday, 5th September

Chill morning before we prepare to fly back to our respective cities.

Our Accommodation

We will spend two nights in Gisenyi, one night camping in DRC and one night in Kigali. The hotel is Gisenyi is right next to Lake Kivu and the hotel in Kigali is in the heart of the cleanest city in Africa. Having interacted with both managers of the hotels, you are assured comfort during this adventure.

Important details

  • Dates: Sep 1st-5th 2021
  • Slots available: 11 (women only)
  • Rate: kshs 75,000/750 USD per person.

You can reserve a slot by depositing 10,000 kes to the till number 685993 ‘justrioba tours’. Email me a screenshot of your payment once it goes through. For those who that prefer paying via PayPal. Reach me on winnie@justrioba.com. I’ll share the payment details with you.

What does the cost cover?

  • Nyiragongo permit fee (300 USD per person)
  • Porters
  • Camping fee and equipment during the summit
  • Packed meals during the summit
  • DRC visa fees
  • All ground transfers in Rwanda and DRC
  • Hotel costs in Rwanda on double occupancy
  • Daily breakfast
  • Kigali city tour

Things to note

  • Balances for this trip should be cleared by 30th July 2021
  • All deposits are non refundable a week after depositing
  • If for any reason you are unable to make if for this trip, you can find another lady to replace you. You will cater for any costs that might arise with cancellation
  • I do not provide travel insurance. Please remember to cater for yours.
  • You need to be fit for this experience. I organize prep hikes and monthly morning runs which are mandatory before taking on such a mountain.
  • All deposits are non refundable after a week
  • If for any reason you are unable to make if for this trip, you can find another lady to replace you. You will carer for any costs that might arise with cancellation like flights or bus tickets.
  • I do not provide travel insurance. Please remember to cater for yours.
  • Please note that price does not include alcohol, lunch, dinner, flights/transport into/out of Kigali. However I will assist you in getting the best price for this leg.

Have any questions or comments? Email me: winnie@justrioba.com

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