4 Day Nyiragongo Volcano Hiking and Gorillas Trekking

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Nyiragongo Volcano lava lake

Nyiragongo Volcano lava lake

Tour Overview

This Tour to climb Nyiragongo volcano and Track Mountaing Gorillas in Virunga national Park start and ends in Goma, Congo Discovery safaris is one of the few tour operators who offers well organized and hassle free tours to DR Congo with a professional English speaking tour leaders! This short tour will take you to kibati where you will climb the famous active Nyiragongo volcano to see the world’s largest lava lake, also go to track Mounatin gorillas in Virunga National park.

  • You’ll go to DR Congo DR Congo & Rwanda Rwanda
  • This tour starts and ends in Goma
  • You’ll visit Virunga & Mt Nyiragongo
  • Activities: gorilla tracking and Volcano Hiking
  • Getting around: minivan & normal 4×4 vehicle
  • transfer from and back to the airport (or hotel) can be arranged for extra cost
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour can be arranged for extra cost

Day By Day tour Program

Day1 Drive To Goma From Kigali

Meet you At The airport or at Your Hotel In Kigali And Transfer To Goma via Musanze and Gisenyi at the shore of lake Kivu. Goma is the capital city of the North Kivu province in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is located on the northern shore of Lake Kivu next to the Rwandan city of Gisenyi. The lake and the two cities are in the Albertine Rift, the western branch of the East African Rift system. Goma lies only 13 to 18 km due south of the crater of the active Nyiragongo Volcano. The recent history of Goma has been dominated by the volcano and the Rwandan Genocide of 1994, which in turn fueled the First and Second Congo Wars. The aftermath of these events were still having effects on the city and its surroundings as recently as 2010.

  • Main destination: Virunga National Park
  • Accommodation: Bungwe Guest House
  • Meals & drinks: Lunch & dinner (Breakfast not included)Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 2: Gorilla tracking.

Early in the morning at 5:30am, you will depart from Goma and Drive up to the Virunga national park station where you will be briefed about the dos and don’ts while you are with the Gorillas. After the briefing, you proceed for the memorable adventure of gorilla tracking. This rather strenuous but unforgettable adventure will take you through thick and muddy environment, and may take you 2-4 hours to locate the amazing apes, depending on their movements. After a maximum period of one hour with the Gorillas, you descend to the headquarters where the driver will transfer you to Goma for Dinner and overnight.

  • Main destination: Virunga National Park
  • Accommodation: Bungwe Guest House
  • Meals & drinks: Lunch & dinner (Breakfast not included)Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 3: Nyiragongo Volcano Hiking.

After your breakfast, you will move from the hotel, and do some shopping in the supermarket before transferring to Kibati Village where you start you hiking experience. Start the hiking and arrive at the top in the afternoon. This will take you 5-8hours, with enroute view of some animals and birds along the trail. Admire the lava lake all evening, before retiring in the Shelter on the rim of the giant crater high above the active lake. The climb up to and down from Nyiragongo is strenuous and often in hot conditions, but the path is relatively easy and not excessively steep. You can hire a porter to carry your luggage at US$ 24 per porter to be paid on ground. The Nyiragongo is one of the world’s most active volcanoes. Recently erupted in 2002 creating a mass destruction of Goma city where the lava lakes can still be seen and important buildings have been destroyed by it.

  • Main destination: Mount Nyiragongo
  • Accommodation: Virunga Shelters
  • Meals & drinks: All meals included and Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 4: Back From Nyiragongo Volcano

In the morning you will enjoy your breakfast with the breathtaking view overlooking the Nyiragongo crater before you descend. Around noon you will be back at base camp. After this amazing experience it is time to relax. Your driver/guide will take you to Goma then cross the border and Drive to Kigali Rwanda. End of The tour.

  • Main destination: Goma
  • Accommodation: End of tour (no accommodation)
  • Meals & drinks: Breakfast, Lunch and Drinking water Included (Other drinks not included)

Cost From 940Usd Per persom

Included

  • Park fees (for non-residents)
  • Gorilla permits (one per person, non-resident)
  • All activities (unless labeled as optional)
  • All accommodation (unless listed as upgrade)
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation (unless labeled as optional)
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Meals (as specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinking water (on all days)

Excluded

  • International flights (from/to home)
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips
  • Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
  • Some meals (as specified in the day-by-day)

Regarding Visa, we will certainly arrange it for you after confirming your booking.

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NYIRAGONGO VOLCANO LAVA

The lava emitted in eruptions at Nyiragongo is often unusually fluid. Nyiragongo’s lavas are made of melilite nephelinite, an alkali-rich type of volcanic rock whose unusual chemical composition may be a factor in the unusual fluidity of the lavas there. Whereas most lava flows move rather slowly and rarely pose a danger to human life, Nyiragongo’s lava flows may race downhill at up to 100 km/h (60 mph). This is because of the extremely low silica content (the lava is mafic). Hawaiian volcanic eruptions are also characterized by lavas with low silica content, but the Hawaiian volcanoes are broad, shallow-sloped shield volcanoes in contrast to the steep-sided cone of Nyiragongo, and the silica content is high enough to slow most Hawaiian flows to walking pace.

History

Not much is known about how long the volcano has been erupting, but since 1882, it has erupted at least 34 times, including many periods where activity was continuous for years at a time, often in the form of a churning lava lake in the crater. The existence of the lava lake had been suspected for some time, but was not scientifically confirmed until 1948. At that time, it was measured at nearly 120,000 square metres (1,300,000 sq ft). Subsequent expeditions showed that the lake fluctuated in size, depth, and temperature over time. The lava lake activity continued through 2010. At present, the lake is mostly confined within a broad, steep-sided cinder cone on the crater floor, roughly 60 feet high by 600 feet wide.

 

 

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