Exploring Nyiragongo Volcano in DR Congo

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Hiking Nyiragongo Volcano

Hiking Nyiragongo Volcano

Nyiragongo Volcano hiking is a new tourist activity attraction in Congo DRC mainly because  it offers a once-in-a lifetime opportunity to witness a breathtaking mountain range and live volcano. Seeing a lake of boiling lava with the naked eye may really be exciting for hiking enthusiasts, which, by the way, looks like the volcano from the famous movie Lord of the Rings.

Streams of molten lava create one of the most spectacular beauties coupled with rare forms of volcanic activities unique only to Nyirangogo. This is the reason why scores of eager tourists scramble over to Congo to witness this amazing nature experience.

If you’re planning to go on a nature trek to Nyiragongo Volcano, make sure all your papers are ready. Initially, you would need a visa to cross the border from Kigali. The visa processing itself may come at a hefty price for about $285 while the hiking permits at $200.

To get to the volcano means to hike for 4-5 hours in usually hot but rewarding conditions. The path is not all steep terrain which appears to be relatively easy for skilled hikers and avid mountaineers.

The Nyiragongo Volcano hiking tour usually starts at the foothill near the Kibati village. Your assigned guide will give you short briefings and will be happy to answer any questions you might have. Once all is set, you will take off and this is where the journey starts.

Along the way, you will admire the beauty of nature and its majestic surroundings. After the challenging trek, the tour summits at the volcano’s desolate rocky cone where you are free to admire the serene and peaceful lava lake all night long.

There are also a few wooden shelters available but these may be booked, so don’t forget to bring your own tent. The weather at this peak is very cold, about 5 degrees C, so make sure to bring a warm sleeping bag, enough to bring you a happy good night’s sleep after the long walk.

Of utmost importance is to bring water that would last you throughout the 1 ½ day hike as well as enough food and cooking supplies in case you plan to make something nice for dinner with your travel buddies. Other important things to bring along include a walking pole for hiking, walking boots, warm clothes for sleeping, light clothes for the hot regions and waterproof clothing for the wet regions of the hike, a day backpack, and sunglasses. And of course, don’t forget your camera to capture the movie-like  scenery up top.

Cutting yourself loose on a foreign land may not be the smartest choice. This is why you need an experienced and knowledgeable tour guide to experience the best of Nyiragongo Volcano. Allow Hakuna Matata Safaris to bring you what Congo has to offer from lowering language barriers to finding the sumptuous and best-tasting foods.

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