Getting to Mount Nyiragongo Volcano, the largest Active lava lake in the World
Mount Nyiragongo volcano can easily be accessed and bother less through Rwanda taking a pleasure in a beautiful 3 hour drive from Kigali international Airport all the way through the land of a thousand hills to arrive at the port of Gisenyi on Lake Kivu have an overnight at ParadisMalahide just about 7 km from Gisenyi and enjoy the beautiful views across Lake Kivu. Your local will always ensure safe border crossing.
Concerning cross border security in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the security divisions and greater Virunga park management is there to protect and provide information regarding safe and unsafe routes hence you are advised to always seek information before you make travel plans.
The insecurity threat and negative image that was posed by rebel groups such as the M23 in recent years has been restored by the rangers who carry out regular patrols to ensure the trails are safe for tourists therefore safe for tourists.
Through the town of Goma – Rumangabo early in the morning after your breakfast quickly transfer to the kibati border patrol post just about 30 minute drive from Goma town at the bottom of mount Nyiragongo where the trekking commences at 9:00 am.
The ascent up Nyiragongo takes approximately four to six hours is backbreaking and habitually in humid and rough conditions, save for the trail is reasonably simple and not extremely steep; expecting to see rare species of birds and animals such as monkeys, bushbucks and chimpanzees alongside the track and the sight whilst you arrive at the apex, is eye-catching.
How to get there
Congo is also known to be a vibrant region that is full of mystery, ancient cultural experience as well as its beauty. It’s also ready for exploration. We have also come to realize that safety is also the primary concern for the tourists in the recent days and it’s also important to always stay updated on the internal issues which might affect travel in the democratic Republic of Congo. Since it’s not completely safe in all the parts of the DRC and it’s important to choose a tour operator who is knowledgeable about the local conditions. Some of the tour operators are starting to offer eco safaris to Congo. These operators will safely bring you to the destination.
By Means of Air
Just from Kigali International Airport, it’s a 3 hour taxi ride to Rwanda border crossing at Gisenyi on Lake Kivu or you can cross the border and live in Goma and get accommodation facility there for the night. The guides will also help you with your border crossing and find the accommodations.
By Road means
The main entry point to Virunga National park is through Goma, the main entry point as well as the Banagana in southwest Uganda. And the best way to arrive in Goma by road is moving from Rwanda in Kigali and reach Goma which will take 3hours. Border crossing at Goma also needs a valid Congolese tourist Visa as well as a passport. The tourist Visa in Congo costs $ 100.
At the border, you will change the vehicles and it’s a short distance which is only 10 minutes to Goma where you pass your passport and it’s checked and the Visa stamped and you will meet your vehicle from Virunga National Park.in case you are traveling from Uganda, the shortest way to arrive to Virunga will be through the Bunagana border crossing where you buy a local visa.
Many car hire companies give transportation to Congo & Rwanda and most of the times, it’s not safe to visit Congo on a self-drive safari. You can also check out many car rental companies that will serve you during any of the gorilla expeditions to Congo.