From terrific music to an obsession with fashion and mayonnaise, Congo has much to offer despite its tragic colonial history and endless civil wars. Congo’s magnificent calling card is Virunga NP, Africa’s oldest national park and home to mountain gorillas, chimpanzees and the incredible, active Nyiragongo volcano.
Nyiragongo is a beautiful stratovolcano that features the world’s largest lava lake. Nyiragongo soars above the city of Goma and the surrounding Virunga NP and sends plumes of smoke into the sky, before becoming a flaming beacon visible for miles around after sundown. The trek to the top is an absolutely unmissable experience
Nyiragongo’s summit rim is largely devoid of vegetation and is frequently dusted with snow. The night will be spent in tents on the rim of the giant crater, high above the active lava lake.