A group of western trekking tourists together with their local porters and guides descencing from the crater rim of Nyiragongo Volcano in Virunga National Park in January 2016.

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This likeable border town on Lake Kivu is unlike anywhere else in DRC, being home to an enormous UN and NGO presence that gives it an unusually cosmopolitan feel. Having been almost wiped off the map by the eruption of the nearby Nyiragongo volcano in 2002, Goma has done much rebuilding in the past decade and a half, and as a result the city has a attractive center.


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