I have applied to do a Mountain Gorilla trek in Virunga NP at the end of July, 2018. After booking the trek on the Virunga website, I used my purchase confirmation number to apply for a 2 week DRC visa. This was two months ago. I do realize that they won't issue a Visa unless it is within 3 months of actually traveling to the country, otherwise, the visa would be invalid. When I spoke to someone at the office, they told me that the staff would send the application over to…
I will travel between Goma and Bukavu (and then cross the border to Rwanda at Cyangugu) on the 16th, 17th and 18th of May.
I am not climbing the volcano in these 3 days.
I will use a guide from Okapi Tours at US $100 per day to help stay in the safer parts.
If you would like to join and share the costs of the guide, let me know.
just a quick question.
As we are a little short on time we would like to continue to Kigali on the day of our Nyiragongo descent.
Do you think this is possible? And when will we reach Goma after the descent and when Kigali?
I travelled to Goma in the beginning of March in order to do the volcano trek. I also ended up staying two nights in Goma. Here are some general thoughts/advices:
- Even as a female muzungu (white person) traveling solo, I felt very safe in Goma. There are soldiers everywhere and even though people are extremely poor, I did not got the impression that crimes such as pickpocketing is worse than in Kampala where I usually stay. During daytime I walked alone everywhere but after seven I…
I intend to travel to Goma, stay for three days before I travel to the Virunga National Park, sleep one night on top of the Nyriagongo, do the gorilla trail, visit the Boyoma, Inga and Zongo falls, see the Bonobos and the flatland gorillas and spend one week at the beach near Muanda in the "La Beviour" hotel and travel home. All together I am thinking about three to four weeks. Does anybody know any reliable tour operators that DO NOT charge 8000-10000 per person? I am only a little…
Is there an alternative to the $200 Goma to Bukima transfer offered by the Virunga park, can a local Goma driver also bring and fetch me? Or is it just a good idea to go with the park people? Any tips appreciated.
Hi everyone, I finally got around to writing up a trip report on my visit to Goma and Virunga park in DRC (with quite a detailed section on safety/security, which is the main question anyone visiting the area has!)
The volcano trek is an incredible experience - would have loved to seen the gorillas as well if I had more budget! Back home though, I do have trouble recommending the experience as I think adventurous backpackers are put off by the cost and the need to travel in an organised way…