Leave your Lodge at 08.00am to head to Kibati, the main base for the hike to the Mount Nyiragongo one of the active volcanoes. Arriving at Kibati ranger station, you will get a briefing and by 10:00 am you will start hiking, you can get porters to carry your luggage. Nyiragongo is 3,470m and it takes between 5 to 6 hrs to get to the top because of the magma
Nyiragongo Volcano is located in the east of Congo, at around 19kms from Goma town. It is the most active volcano in the world. In 1997 and 2002, flows of lava broke out from cracks in the slopes. They covered 17kms to Goma in just a few minutes, killed dozens of people, and left hundreds of thousands homeless. The eruption temporarily drained the lava lake in the summit crater; volcanic gas suffocated heather forest on the upper slopes. Now the forest is recovering, and the wildlife is coming back. The climb takes 4 to 5 hours; there are a lot of rare birds and small mammals along the trail.
Located in Virunga National Park, it is accessible to visitors from whole the world. The visit can take one to three days with a campsite located at 3470ms on the volcano. Spending one night on the top allows you to observe the sunset and sunrise, but especially to admire the nocturnal spectacle of the lava lake.
Arriving at the top you will start admiring the Lava Lake on the crater Rim. Don't expect to take a shower, though there is a field pit latrine for nature's call. At night, you will be able to see the boiling magma.
The cook will have accompanied you all the way and he will make for you a coffee or tea to warm you up and make you something for dinner as well as a morning cup of tea.