Please note: trekkers must be over 15 years of age.
All treks are led by park rangers and depart from either Kakamero or Bukima. Tourists not staying at the lodge will likely depart from Kakamero, which is one hour from Goma by car. Treks from Kakamero usually require 2-3 hours of hiking in each direction, depending where the mountain gorillas spent the previous night. Tourists staying at the Mikeno lodge will likely begin their trek from Bukima, which is a one-hour drive from Rumangabo.
Hiking time can be anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours in each direction. The duration of the hike and difficulty of the terrain will depend on where the mountain gorillas spent the previous night. Regardless of where visitors begin their trek, time with the gorillas is strictly limited to 1 hour. Until further notice, guests staying at the lodge will need to arrange their own transport to Bukima (please see information about tour operators).