Best Congo Hiking Safaris, Trails & Mountain Climbing Tours

DRC Congo is a great place for hiking safaris. With our Congo hiking safaris, you will go mountain climbing some of Africa’s greatest mountains. Mountaineering in Congo is unique and one of a kind. DRC Congo is a place to be for hiking. It is well known for its mountain gorillas in Virunga National Park and Lowland gorillas in Kahuzi-Biega National Park. Besides gorilla experiences, Congo is well known for its mountain climbing physical challenges as well. The country has unique and tremendous mountains that can offer you a memorable mountaineering experience while on your safari holiday to Congo.

Some of these mountains include Mount Nyiragongo, Mount Kahuzi, Mount Biega and Mount Mikeno (one of the hardest mountains to hike in the world). DRC Congo is located in central Africa with an unmateched magnificent view of untouched vegetation. The country is so rich in wildlife and minerals as well. As you plan your hiking safaris in DRC Congo, you should know that the mountains that can offer great mountain climbing experiences include Mount Nyiragongo and Mount Nyamuragira Virunga Volcanoes in the North-Kivu province then Mount Kahuzi and Mount Biega in the South-Kivu province.



Hiking & Mountain Climbing Adventures in Congo

Mount Nyiragongo is the only active volcano among the eight Virunga Mountains featuring the world’s largest lava lake and a rich pristine landscape that is unique only to this mountain. Located at the edge of East African Rift Valley, Mt. Nyiragongo is perched north of the town of Goma and Lake Kivu on the western outskirt of Rwanda and DR Congo alongside Virunga Gorilla National park which is Africa's biggest and oldest National Park. Mount Nyiragongo is known for having the largest lava lake in the world on its summit, and most hikers have experienced the boiling magma and its cob-web structure.

Mount Kahuzi and Mount Biega

You can also carry out hiking in Kahuzi-Biega national park which is comprised of the two extinct volcanoes that are Kahuzi and Biega mountains. Hike mount Kahuzi which can take about 5 hours as you pass through the bamboo plantation on the lower slopes and sub-alpine vegetation. This rewards hikers with a magnificent view of Bukavu town and lake Kivu while on the summit which is 3,308m high. Also, one can hike mount Biega whose height is 2790m of an altitude differing from Mt Kahuzi, also it has magnificent ecological vegetation making it a great experience you need not miss out. Hiking to the summit can take up to 7 hours and descent takes only about 3 hours.

Hiking these mountains may sometimes become hectic and may require some energy but nevertheless, even novice trekkers can manage. One is only advised to use hiking sticks for support, strong hiking boots to manoeuvre through the rocky and slippery trails, light clothing, sunglasses and a cap to prevent you from direct sunlight.

Best time for hiking safaris in Congo

It is recommended to carry out hiking during dry seasons when there is little rainfall; during months of December – February, and June through to October. This is because the slopes are dry and can easily be hiked than in the rainy seasons (March, - May and November) when there is too much rain and the trails are muddy and slippery. The weather also will not give you a chance of viewing clearly because of heavy clouds.

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