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Nyiragongo Volcano Trekking/ 2 Days

Climb the Nyiragongo Volcano from Goma and camp for 1 night on the rim of the giant crater high above the violently active lava lake.

Safari tour package: A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Prices: $400 - $600
Includes internal flights: No
Length of safari: 2 days
Best months: January - February, June - December
Countries visited: Democratic Republic of Congo DR Congo
Parks visited: Virunga
Activity level: Easy - Game drives, bush dinners
Safari type:
Lakes of hot lava are one of the most spectacular forms of volcanic activity, but they are very difficult to see since there are only a few of them in the world at any given time. So, if you want to see a really impressive lava lake, you have only one option left: Nyiragongo. Lakes of hot lava are one of the most spectacular forms of volcanic activity, but they are very difficult to see since there are only a few of them in the world at any given time. So, if you want to see a really impressive lava lake, you have only one option left: Nyiragongo. Nyiragongo Volcano is located in the east of Congo DRC, at around 19 km from Goma and is the most active volcano in the world. In 1997 and 2002, flows of very liquid lava broke out from cracks in the volcanic slopes. The lava covered 17 km reaching the town of Goma in just a few minutes, killed dozens of people living in refugee camps, and left hundreds of thousands homeless. The eruptions temporarily drained the lava lake in the summit crater while volcanic gases suffocated the heather forests on the upper slopes. Now the forest is recovering, and the wildlife is beginning to return. The climb up to and down from Nyiragongo is strenuous and takes about 4-5 hours in often hot conditions, but the path is relatively easy and not excessively steep; there are a lot of rare birds and small mammals along the trail.

Day1. 

8. 00 Am. Meet you at your Hotel either in Goma/Congo or Kisoro/Uganda and transfer at the super market for Shopping- 9.00am. Transfer to Kibati Village where the Climb starts. 10.30 Am. Start Climbing- arrive at the top late in the afternoon at around 04 or 05.00 am. You will admire the lava lake all the evening- Overnight in tents on the rim of the giant crater high above the violently active lava lake.

Day2. 

After breakfast at 7.00am, Back down- arrive in Kibati village at around 10 or 11.00am- Meet your Driver and transfer to Goma or Kisoro/Uganda at 12.00am

What to Bring:
You must bring appropriate walking or hiking shoes as trainers are not suitable for the forest terrain. Waterproof clothing, preferably dark in colour as bright colours will attract insects, is necessary since the forest is at high altitude so there is a good chance of rain. Remember to bring high-factor sunscreen and a hat too. During your trek you will need to have plenty of water with you, so it is a good idea to hire a porter for the day. Many of the porters are kind, so, let them help you, be generous and create a job for a day!

NOTE/ Clients who choose to stay for more days at the end of their safari are free to do so. We can arrange hotel accommodation for your extended stay. Should you wish to spend more time exploring Rwanda, Congo, Burundi, Uganda, Kenya or Tanzania, we can arrange further safaris and city tours to meet your requirements. 

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