Mount Nyiragongo, is located in the Virunga National park which is in the country of Democratic Republic of Congo. The mountain approximately 20 km north of the town of Goma and Lake Kivu, west of the Rwanda border.
The main crater of mount Nyiragongo is two kilometers wide and it contains a lava lake. There are two lava benches that are within the crater walls, and one is 3,200m which is lower than the one of 2,975m.
Mount Nyiragongo has been the most voluminous lava lake in history. The maximum elevation of the lava lake is recorded to be 3,260m this happened in 1977 eruption; the depth of the lake is 2,000ft.
Mount Nyiragongo and Mount Nyamuragira are the only two volcanic eruptions that are recorded in Africa with a 40% eruption.
Mount Nyiragongo crater had an active lava lake, however the crater walls fractured and the lava drained in less than an hour. The lava kept flowing down the flanks of the volcano at a speed of 60km/hr and within 30 minutes the lava was empty. It had flown to the south, north, and west of the volcano.
The Nyiragongo mountain is capable of causing a natural disaster and this caused the raise of awareness of the unique dangers of Nyiragongo.
The Mount Nyiragongo eruption of 1982-1994, was a major eruption where by the elevation reached the outskirts of Goma, which is the provincial capital on the northern shores of lake Kivu. Because of the streaming through Goma people were encouraged to evacuate from Rwanda city into Gisenyi.
The mountain is very safe for every traveler visiting the Democratic Republic of Congo throughout the year. There many attractions /activities one can opt to do when they visit Nyiragongo.
You can opt for a number of activities as you visit Africa’s oldest and largest National park of Virunga where Nyiragongo is found. Virunga National park has over 90% of the Virunga mountain Ecosystem, which is shared between Rwanda, Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo.
Mount Nyiragongo is the main mountain that welcomes all tourists to the lava lake which is located is the Virunga National park located in the east part of Congo.
Mount Nyiragongo is hiked for 2 days however some reliable operators consider it a 3 days hike.
The Nyiragongo safari is a full adventure where one can experience mountain gorilla trekking, hiking and there are many choices of tour packages ranging from Budget, midrange and luxury of packages.
Visit the chimpanzee habituated groups where you will spend one hour with the primates and continue with their day to today activities in the wilderness.
Mount Nyiragongo and Kahuzi Biega nature walk are those where you will experience the nature of the wilderness through the dense tropical rainforest and enjoy the amazing magnificent scenery. The hikes lead you to chimpanzee tracking, Gorilla trekking, Golden monkey trekking, Mount Kahuzi hike, Boat cruise, Wildlife watching, culture walk experience.