Nyiragongo Active Volcano Hike
What's Included?• The permit to the active volcanoes hike
• The city tour of Goma
Destination CoveredCongo Kinshasa
Best SuitedGroups, Honeymoon, Luxury, Solo travellers
Arrive at Kigali airport, where you will be welcomed by our English/French speaking guide- short briefing- and immediate transfer to Goma or Gisenyi on Lake Kivu. The drive from Kigali to LAKE KIVU (182km) and will generally take around Three hours to get to your Hotel.
Lake Kivu is a large deposit of fresh water that marks the western border with DR Congo and one of the Great Lakes of Africa. The lake lies in the Albertine Rift, a part of the Great Rift Valley and empties into the Ruzizi River, flowing southwards into Lake Tanganyika. Beneath the lake lie vast reserves of approximately 55 billion cubic of dissolved methane gas now being exploited. Lake Kivu is a wonderful tourist centre and is safe to swim so bring your swimming kit for a quick lunchtime dip. There are many stunning beaches, gorgeous landscapes and the sunsets are regularly stunning.
Arriving in Gisenyi you will do the city tour which will include the fishing village, the hot water spring and after you will go shopping for food, water and other requirement for the hike.
Accommodation: - Paradis Marahide
Meals Plan: Full Board
Day 2: Hike to the Nyiragongo
Leave the hotel at 08.00am to cross the border to Goma in DRC. After crossing by 9:00 am, you will be drive 15 Km from Goma to the base of Mount Nyiragogo one of the active volcanoes. Arriving at Kibati ranger station, you will get a briefing and by 10:00am you will start hiking, you can get porters to carry your luggage (at extra cost). Nyiragongo is 3470m and it takes between 5 to 6 hrs to get to the top because of the magma.
Nyiragongo Volcano is located in the east of Congo, at around 19kms from Goma town. It is the most active volcano in the world. In 1997 and 2002, flows of lava broke out from cracks in the slopes. They covered 17kms to Goma in just a few minutes, killed dozens of people, and left hundreds of thousands homeless. The eruption temporarily drained the lava lake in the summit crater; volcanic gas suffocated heather forest on the upper slopes. Now the forest is recovering, and the wildlife is coming back. The climb takes 4 to 5 hours; there are a lot of rare birds and small mammals along the trail.
Located in Virunga National Park, it is accessible to visitors from whole the world. The visit can take one to three days with a campsite located at 3470ms on the volcano. Spending one night on the top allows you to observe the sunset and sunrise, but especially to admire the nocturnal spectacle of the lava lake.
Arriving to the top you will start admiring the Lava Lake on the crater Rim. Don't expect to take a shower, though there is a field pit latrine for nature's call. At night, you will be able to see the boiling magma.
Accommodation: - In the Cabanas on the Top of the Mountain
Meals Plan: Picknick
Day 3: Descent Nyiragongo – Check Out
Early morning, you retrace your steps down the volcano. Arriving at the base you will be transferred to Kigali through Goma for your out bound flight.
The drive from Kibati to Kigali will generally around 4hours.
Depending on your flight time you can first do shopping around Kigali or in Goma before you are taken to the airport.
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