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Hike Nyiragongo Volcano

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Tour Operator: Hakuna Matata Safaris

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 and Dates: $400 - $600
Includes internal flights: No
Length of safari: 2 days
Best months: January - February, June - December
Countries visited Democratic Republic of CongoDR Congo
Parks visited Virunga
Activity level Easy - Game drives, bush dinners
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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.