Face the active lava of Nyiragongo (3 days / 2 nights)

Face the active lava of Nyiragongo

Day 1

Arrival at Kigali International Airport and transfer to Goma –Congo on a smooth road through the beautiful hilly Rwanda’s countryside. Overnight: Goma.

Day 2

Breakfast followed by the transfer to Virunga national park office for the briefing and start ascending the active volcano. Hiking will take 3 or 4 hours depending on your fitness. Overnight: Tents on the top of the volcano.

Day 3

Descend the volcano after your morning tea and arrive Goma town for lunch, Afternoon transfer to Kigali-Rwanda for your onward flight.

Face the active lava of Nyiragongo

Lava lakes are huge volumes of molten lava which form in the vents or craters of volcanoes. Lava partially fills the crater or vent following an eruption, or when a new vent erupts for a period of weeks, leaving a crater that then fills with lava. They usually have a grey crust that forms over the top as the molten rock partly solidifies in the cooler air. This crust measures between two inches (5cm) and 11.8 inches (30cm) and after it forms it gradually shifts and moves into the molten lava below and is replaced by another crust. This process can take a few minutes, or a few hours depending on the size of the lake. This movement is often referred to as ‘tectonic’ activity because it resembles the way in which the Earth’s plates move, spread and slip. Mount Nyiragongo is part of the Virunga volcanic chain that straddles the border between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda. It is one five major lava lakes that have formed since the 1980s and has remained in existence for decades.

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