International Airline Travel
Visitors to Virunga National Park usually fly into Kigali international airport and take the 3+ hour taxi ride to the border crossing at Gisenyi, Rwanda/Goma, DRC. International flights often arrive in the late afternoon or evening. For such arrivals, we recommend spending the night in Kigali and leaving for Virunga the following morning. Most Kigali hotels will arrange an airport pick up for a small additional charge. Ethiopian Airlines and domestic DRC airlines fly into Goma, but the airport is not up to international standards.
Taxis typically charge $100 from Kigali to the DRC border. Hotels can arrange a taxi for you. Virunga National Park staff and many visitors use Dieudonné Nkongori’s taxi service ($100). Reservations can be made by emailing him at dnkongori
Disclaimer: Virunga National Park is not affiliated with, and receives no financial or other benefit from, any taxi or other transportation service. Virunga National Park therefore is not liable or responsible for any act or omission of any taxi operator, taxi business or other transportation service, whether or not recommended by Virunga National Park.
Transportation to and from Virunga National Park once in the DRC
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.
The Grand Barrière border crossing is open to Virunga visitors from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm daily. One can cross the border at 8:00 am for a same day volcano trek. If you book park transport for the volcano (Goma to Kibati), the driver will pick you up at the border at 8:30 am. Same day gorilla treks are NOT possible because park transport leaves Goma for Bukima at 6:00 am.
- 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.
- Private vehicles are NOT allowed in Virunga National Park.
- Virunga transport pick up locations are the Grand Barrière border crossing (or) Virunga’s Goma office on Boulevard Kanyamuhanga (opposite Au Bon Pain and Ethiopian Airlines). Please make sure to let us know your preferred location at the time of your order.
Kibati – Goma
Kibati – Kibumba
Kibati – Bukima
Kibati – Mikeno Lodge
Kibati – Bunagana
Mikeno Lodge – Bukima
Mikeno Lodge – Katale Coffee Plantation (round-trip)
Mikeno Lodge – Matebe (round-trip)
Mikeno Lodge – Bunagana
Mikeno Lodge – Kibumba
Mikeno Lodge – Kibati (Nyiragongo volcano)
Mikeno Lodge – Goma
Jomba – Bunagana
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 ensuring 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Yellow Fever vaccination certificate is required to enter Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Please note that you must receive this vaccine at least 10 days before your trip.