3 Day Nyiragongo Volcano Hike and Gorilla Trekking in Congo

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Nyiragongo Volcano lava Lake

Nyiragongo Volcano lava Lake

This tour to climb Nyiragongo volcano and Track Mountaing Gorillas in Virunga national Park start and ends in Goma, Hakuna Matata 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

About Visa, we will arrange it for you after confirming your booking. Visa cost 100usd.

Day 1: Mountain Gorilla tracking in Virunga National park

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 2: 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 tent 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.

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

Day 3: Back From The Nyiragongo Volcano

After your picnic breakfast at the top of the volcano, descend down to kibati village, which may take you 4-5 hours. Your driver will then transfer you Goma or in Gisenyi in Rwanda.

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

Cost From 840Usd 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)

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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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