Have you ever dreamed of seeing an active volcanic activity right before your very eyes? Much like the magnificent and bubbling lava lakes you get to see from the famous movies of our time? If your answer is a resounding yes, then Nyiragongo Volcano is the perfect destination.
Nyiragongo is a stratovolcano located inside the Virunga National Park in the Virunga Mountains within the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is associated with the Albertine Rift and is about 20 kms to the north of the town of Goma and Lake Kivu.
Its earliest recorded eruption was in 1882. Since then, it has erupted around 34 times, with its worst eruption in 2002, displacing more than half a million people. It has also been one of the most voluminous lava lakes in recent years causing it to create so much tourist attraction from geologists to avid mountaineers. Not everyone gets an opportunity to visit an active volcano right? This is why Nyiragongo Volcano hiking is worth the try.
Another neighboring volcano, the Nyamuragira, together with the Nyiragongo Volcano are together responsible for 40 percent of the historical volcanic eruptions in Africa. This might give you an idea of how intense the volcanic activities had been in these areas and the kind of damage it had brought to the surrounding towns.
As much as it is the primary goal to keep the city and the people safe for forthcoming eruptions, the bubbling truth is that today, tourists are flocking to the town to witness this rare beauty unfolds.
Preparation is the key to enjoy your trek. Aside from being physically fit, which, by the way, will be challenged by the 4 to 5-hour walk, you will need to be emotionally and psychologically prepared as well. It’s not a walk in the park, but the rewards are well worth your time.
The first few hours of the trip is considered strenuous probably due to the hot weather condition, but as you go nearer the summit, the temperature drops making the walk pleasurable. The area is teeming with wildlife from rare birds to small mammals for your eyes to feast.
As with any other trips you have had, be sure to bring enough water and food supply. And don’t forget to bring a warm sleeping bag because it gets really cold up there at night. Remember, if it’s east of Congo DRC, it got to be Nyiragongo Volcano hiking tours.
There are probably tons of reasons why seeking help from experienced tour guides such at Hakuna Matata Safaris is a smart choice. Manned with experienced personnel, Hakuna Matata company will keep your stay enjoyable while keeping you safe from dangerous spots.