International Airline Travel
Most tourists fly into the Kigali international airport and take a 3-hour taxi ride to the border crossing at Gisenyi, Rwanda. International flights often arrive in the evening, so we recommend spending the night in Kigali and leaving for Virunga the next morning. Most Kigali hotels will arrange an airport pick up for a small additional charge. Taxis typically charge $100-$120 from Kigali to the border. Hotels can arrange the taxi for you. Domestic airlines in the DRC fly into Goma, but the airport is not up to international standards.
Please note: A Yellow Fever vaccination certificate is required to enter Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Transportation to and from Virunga National Park
Virunga National Park is offering one-way and round-trip transportation for the following locations. You can also find transportation options specific to the various lodging and activities from within their booking pages. All pricing reflects per seat booking.
Please note: The boarder opens at 08:00 and closes at 19:00. Visitors departing from Goma are not permitted to leave past 15:30. When leaving Mikeno Lodge or Bukima Tented camp, visitors are not permitted to leave past 15:30.
Bukima – Goma
Goma – Kibati (Nyiragongo volcano)
Kibati (Nyiragongo volcano) – Goma
Goma – Mikeno
Mikeno Lodge – Goma
Bukima – Mikeno Lodge
Mikeno Lodge – Bukima
Bukima – Kibati (Nyiragongo volcano)
Kibati (Nyiragongo volcano) – Bukima
Bukima – Bunagana
Bunagana – Bukima
Kibati (Nyiragongo volcano) – Bunagana
Bunagana – Kibati (Nyiragongo volcano)
Kibati (Nyiragongo volcano) – Mikeno Lodge
Mikeno Lodge – Kibati (Nyiragongo volcano)
Mikeno Lodge – Matebe
Matebe – Mikeno Lodge
Mikeno Lodge – Bunagana
Bunagana – Mikeno Lodge
Bunagana – Jomba
Jomba – Bunagana
Katale – Mikeno Lodge
Mikeno Lodge – Katale
Goma – Tchegera Boat Pick-up
Tchegera Boat Pick-up – Goma
Kibati (Nyiragongo volcano) – Tchegera Island
Tchegera Island – Kibati (Nyiragongo volcano)
Tchegera Island – Mikeno Lodge
Mikeno Lodge – Tchegera Island
Tchegera Island – Bukima Camp
Bukima Camp – Tchegera Island
Visitor Safety in Virunga National Park
Virunga National Park is located in a region that is often troubled by unrest. The management of Virunga National Park is dedicated to ensure the safety and security of all its visitors. Park management does, however, emphasize the importance of all visitors making themselves aware of the current security situation at the time of their visit. Virunga National Park cannot take responsibility for any accidents or incidents. If any signs indicate a security issue, management may decide to temporarily close one or more of its attractions. All bookings for these attractions will be refunded in full.
Before organizing a trip to Virunga National Park, we advise that you check with your government’s Office of Foreign Affairs about any travel alerts. It is also a good idea to confirm whether or not your insurance covers travel in this region. If not, we recommend acquiring additional insurance to cover your travel to Virunga National Park.
Virunga National Park strongly advises against the use of self-arranged transport. Please use transport provided by Virunga National Park or by one of our trusted tour operators. Virunga National Park rangers escort all visitors using park transport. If you do decide to use your own transport, please inform our tourism office via email at email@example.com.