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Mount Nyiragongo

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Mount Nyiragongo

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This trip is a fascinating insight into Rwanda giving you the opportunity to learn about the country's culture and history, take part in community workshops, interact with the local people, enjoy sports activities and spend the nights in a tent at Virunga Community Program campsite. Enjoy the thrill of sleeping under the canvas, in a relaxing environment where you can unwind, enjoy a refreshing deep sleep and get away from the city to absorb the sights and sounds of the bush, without walls separating you from nature. Virunga Community Programs strives to ensure visitors have enjoyable experiences and meaningful connections with local environment, people and host communities.
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tornac2017 wrote a review Dec 2020
4 contributions2 helpful votes
Climbing to the Niyragongo was a once in a lifetime experience for me. As a reasonably fit 56yr old, the ascent was quite demanding and I greatly appreciated having someone to carry my stuff. The changes in the terrain on the way up were fascinating as were some of the views. The caldera is truly spectacular. I found watching the movement in the lava lake mesmerising. Staying overnight was fun, the opportunity to view the caldera at night was worth it and mitigates the risk of the weather closing in which didn’t happen on my trip. The descent was considerably less demanding, though I spent a lot of time looking at my feet. I recommend giving yourself a day of rest after returning to Goma, something I didn’t do and it took me several days to fully recover. Needless to say seeing the mountain gorillas was an extraordinary experience. After roughly two hours trekking I found myself amongst an assortment of black-backs, female and baby gorillas going about their daily business, cavorting in the trees and on the ground; I reckon there were around 15 I all. The silver-back made a brief appearance when we arrived, giving us a mock charge to let us know he was there and in charge before disappearing into the undergrowth. I also highly recommend taking a trip across Lake Kivu to Kahuzi-Biega National Park to see the eastern lowland or gauers gorillas. In my case the trek to see these gorillas was ridiculously easy, requiring a walk of about 200 metres along a flat track after which I found myself in very close proximity to an enormous silver-back casually hoovering up the vegetation whilst several juveniles leapt about around him and the females keeping an eye on the situation from the trees. This time the silver-back stayed the whole time. The lowland gorillas were about the same size as mountain gorillas and the difference was most obvious in the silver-back which had shorter and lighter coloured hair and a different shaped head. As with the mountain gorillas, they were very aware of our presence but pretty much ignored us. There is a fast boat from Goma to Bukavu during the day but I took the slow overnight boat; next time I will take the fast boat. My guide on both my trips to Eastern DRC and Rwanda was Emmanuel, who did a stellar job organizing everything for me and generally smoothing my path. If you are planning a trip to Eastern DRCongo, Rwanda or Uganda, I happily recommend his services. His contact details are: Tel: +243970980749 +243853436378(whatsapp) Email: okapitoursandtravelcompany@gmail.com
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Date of experience: May 2020
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magumbamusa22 wrote a review Dec 2020
Kampala, Uganda8 contributions
Wonderful Trip!" Climbing Mountain -Mount Nyiragongo in Dr. Congo, during this 3 Days Hiking Nyiragongo volcano with Ultimate Wild Safaris My two friends and I decided to go for 3 Days Hiking Nyiragongo volcanoand after some research we chose to go with Ultimate Wild Safaris. After having successfully reached the summit and experience the Volcana, it was clear we could not have made a better choice. From the first minute to the last, it was the amazing crew that made our trip so memorable. Especially given the fact that I was slow to do these difficult ones - as our guide told us -we can, we would never have made it to the top and experienced the amazing feeling of accomplishment without the Ultimate Wild Safaris team. Our two wonderful experienced and determined guides. Of course, the same could be said for the rest of the great staff that carried our stuff, cooked amazing food on the mountain every day, etc. I there recommend Ultimate Wild Safaris for this trip, very professional team, here is the Email: Info@ultimatewildsafaris.com WhatsApp: +256705087906
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Date of experience: January 2020
pascqa l wrote a review Apr 2020
48 contributions3 helpful votes
I am lucky to have hiked Nyiragongo in February 2020, a month before many countries aroung the globe shut down their borders to try and contain the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic. I was impressed by the visa handling process at the Grand barrier boarder, the organization by the park officials, the security, the knowledgable rangers, the dedication of the porters, the stunning views of the boiling lava at the crater rim....you just haveto be there to grasp the wonder of Nyiragongo.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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SSSUCHAN wrote a review Mar 2020
Canada156 contributions148 helpful votes
The hike to see Mount Nyiragongo’s lava lake is what many refer to as a ‘bucket list’ trip. It is definitely worthy of the title. There are only a couple of places on earth where one can walk to the crater rim of a volcano and get a glimpse of what churns beneath the crust of our planet. It is truly awe-inspiring. You will find all the superlatives that describe the wonders of this experience in other reviews however this review is based more on practical advice and one unfortunate event. Wherever I travel I try my best to support the community beyond the park or tour operator itself. One method I regularly use is to employ extra and often unnecessary porters (especially during the low season) which was the case on Nyiragongo. Unfortunately, I have to report to my fellow travellers that while my bags were in the hands of these porters several of my personal belongings went missing. I am a constant traveller and habitually pack certain items in specific locations for ease of access. Had one item from one location been missing I would have questioned myself but several items from several locations including the exterior and interior pouches of my bags were missing. These were items I packed myself in the morning of the descent and noticed were gone when I returned to Rwanda to reorganize my things. Being on a private journey my bags only passed through the hands of the porters and myself during that time. There is only one conclusion to be drawn. In a larger context the missing items amount to nothing more than trinkets that I can replace for a couple of hundred dollars. With the exception of one item that I required for my onward travels I would have gladly given the items away if asked. The porters were very young and seemingly lack the wisdom that theft does not make them rich as much as it speaks about the place they are from and the organization that they represent. Prepping for descent, descending and departing can be a hurried and distracting affair. My recommendation to all is to either take the time to do a proper inventory of your goods before getting on your vehicle to depart and/or bring small locks or zip ties to secure your bags closed if your personal items are going to be in the possession of the porters. Beyond this what I can say is that before doing this hike I sought advice on travel blogs and review sites such as this one and I can now confirm that a good amount of what has been written consists of traveller’s hyperbole: I have been there, and you haven’t so let me exaggerate this for you. If you are unsure or nervous about the hike you need not be. In my group there were people ranging from the svelte to the obese and others who are seasoned athletes to those who are more sedentary and yet others who normally have trouble with altitude and rapid ascents. Everyone made it with time to spare. It can be a little difficult, but it is not a challenge that requires extreme physical fitness or a herculean effort. The guides and support staff are there to help you and will do everything possible to accommodate you if you are having trouble. I would only suggest that if you do suffer from an existing health condition that you see a doctor and discuss the climb before attempting it. I’m sure that an emergency evacuation from the site would be very difficult. Proper footwear for the climb would consist of a shoe or mid-boot designed for hiking with a tough sole such a Vibram with an aggressive grip pattern. There are people who climb in running shoes, rubber boots and even sandals. It is possible but not recommended. Waterproofing or water resistance is advisable. For clothing I brought a lightweight merino wool full base-layer and a heavier merino wool mid-layer top that I added about half way to the rim. My top layer consisted of a light windproof/waterproof jacket and pants that did come in handy as there was some rain. For the rim I planned to spend a lot of time outside, so I also brought a light, compressible down jacket, insulated winter pants and a hat and gloves. They were required. The windchill was considerable. You never know what Mother Nature is going to give you. How hot or cool you usually feel while active or at rest combined with the fact that to a point your pace is going to be set by the guides and/or the slowest climber translates to the necessity of having a lightweight clothing kit that covers the warm, moist hike to frequent downpours of rain and the potentially frigid rim. Clothing is a far more important factor in your failure, success and comfort on this hike than your level of fitness. In the backpack provided to you by the park there is some clothing included but I cannot speak to the usefulness or integrity of these items as I did not use them. You could inquire with your tour agent or the Virunga office if this is a concern. *** As a last piece of advice I would like to add that many people book this hike through a Ugandan or Rwandan tour operator as part of a larger package. Be aware that there is no value added by booking through an external agency other than convenience. A Ugandan or Rwandan agency will not only charge a commission on top of the Virunga park fee and their prices may be fixed and withhold promotional or low-season discounts from you. It is far wiser and potentially much cheaper to book directly with the park at Virunga.org*** Kevin, I know that you take great pride in your work and the park. My apologies for the tone of this review but it is an experience, however isolated that people need to be made aware of.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Yuki K wrote a review Feb 2020
Dubai, United Arab Emirates6 contributions2 helpful votes
I witnessed such beatiful view! It took 5.30 hours of hike to go up.we were 16 hikers plus our porters I arranged my trip with virunga.org.booked back pack and a stay one night on top We were met by ranger, our chef and porters.We left our bag on their base and took warm clothes for up only.The back pack includes sleeping bag,fleece raincoat, water food jacket and was carried by porter.Hands down and applause to rangers and porters who goes up to summit 3x a week.Hiking up was relatively hard.Im amazed by the staff as they have enough stamina and used to hike 3470 m up TBH, I was struggling yet the rangers encouraged me by saying be strong.we do have breaks/stops. When I reached the summit, my tiredness just disappeared as Im overwhelmed with the view! the Lava lake and the mini volcano-its like a poem. If you do time lapse, you will notice the changes in lava lake. Smell of sulfur is not too strong. Going down next day is tricky yet I was assisted by my porter. My porter was holding my hand while stepping confidently on steepy rocks and guiding me where I can step easy. While doing this, he carries my back pack 8kg. I remembered the ranger was saying prior to climb, to trust the porters. I must say my porter was amazing! He knew the way and gave a good support! Not to forget, our dinner and breakfast done by our chef John louie was delicious! I did not expect to have a good dinner in volcano. if you do go, Please give tips for rangers and your porters. Trust me they deserve it!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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