Welcome to Goma

People generally visit Goma en route to tracking mountain gorillas, climbing Nyiragongo or trekking in the Rwenzori Mountains. The city itself has no proper attractions, but it's a great pre- and post-Virunga hang-out, with some excellent sleeping and eating options.

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$900 Food, Wine & Nightlife


ItineraryDay 1: Mt. Kigali, Kigali, Kigali ProvinceStop At: Mt. Kigali, Kigali, Kigali ProvinceMeet and greet tour Driver /guide at our office or somewhere in Kigali – short briefing about your city tour. Proceed for a city tour in Kigali, Rwanda’s capital city which was named in 1907 by Dr. Richard Kandt, the first colonial resident governor of Rwanda. Kigali city is surrounded by lush hills of green. On the tour through the city, expect to see the following:Tour will start by visiting Mount Kigali for a fantastic view of the city, surrounding hillside and countryside. It is one of the highest points in Kigali cityDuration: 30 minutesStop At: Kandt House Natural History Museum, Kigali, Kigali ProvinceKigali Museum and learn the history of city and country’s pre-colonial and colonial period as well as the colonial masters in Rwanda.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Kigali Genocide Memorial, Kigali, Kigali ProvinceVisit the genocide memorial site, a grim reminder of a senseless massacre of innocent’s lives in 1994. Learn about Rwanda’s history from pre-colonial times to 1994 genocide and how Rwanda has dealt with that past. We continue with our tour and see the new developments in Rwanda; the recovery has been incredible, a testament to humankind’s resilienceDuration: 2 hoursPass By: Camp Kigali Memorial, Kigali, Kigali ProvinceMille Collines Hotel (Hotel Rwanda) for lunchKigali city tour will include a stop at the historic 'Hotel Rwanda'. Still a classy hotel to this day, the Mille Collines Hotel offers a delicious buffet lunch including African Food such as Amateke, Ibijumba etc. Stop At: Kimironko Market, Kigali, Kigali ProvinceVisit the Kimoronko Giant Market, where you will have a chance to bargain as locals do and test to african food such fruits, drinks and also you will have chance to the hand art and craft market of CAPLAKI for souvenir shopping. Duration: 1 minuteStop At: Inema Art Center, Kigali, Kigali Provinceoptionaly if you still have time will be able to visit the most populary art gallery in East Africa called Inema Art Center where you will meet magician doing their things. After you will be transferred to lemigo Hotel for Dinner and Overnight stay.Duration: 30 minutesMeals included: • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Legend HotelDay 2: Drive from Kigali to the beautiful Nyungwe forest Pass By: Kigali Genocide Memorial, Kigali, Kigali ProvinceThis morning we depart Kigali for a 3 day chimpanzee trekking safari in Nyungwe forest national park.Stop At: National Museum of Rwanda, Butare, Southern ProvinceThere is an optional stopover in Huye at the ethnographic museum formerly the national museum of Rwanda.Duration: 1 hourPass By: Butare catholic Cathedral, Butare, Southern ProvinceYou will then proceed to the park after having Lunch at the Hotel Credo near the Very popular Catholic cathedral at Butare.Stop At: Canopy Walk & Emergent Tower, Kirtland, Lake County, Ohion the afternoon, you will take on the canopy walk in Nyungwe forest in Rwanda.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Nyungwe National Park, Butare, Southern ProvinceThe drive to Nyungwe forest is rewarding with views several hills, Duration: 2 hoursPass By: Lake Kivu, Goma, North Kivu Provinceyou will also have a chance to experience in the distanceLake Kivu and Kibira national park in Burundi. After you will be transferred to your Hotel.End of day one of tourMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Gisakura guest houseDay 3: Chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe forest national parkStop At: Nyungwe National Park, Butare, Southern ProvinceEarly morning at about 5.00 am depending on location of your lodge, your driver guide will pick you up and transfer you to the briefing point at the Uwinka visitors center in Nyungwe forest before you can start your chimpanzee trekking. The forest is rich in botanical diversity hosting over 200 species of trees and flowering plants and about 300 bird species.The forest is also home to 13 species of primates including Olive baboons, L’Hoest’s monkeys, Ruwenzori colobus, Vervet monkeys, silver monkey, Grey-cheeked manga-bey, red-tailed monkey etc. You will most likely sight some of these forest inhabitants on your chimpanzee trekking.After receiving a briefing and depending on the number of people present for the chimp trek you will be divided into two groups. One will track starting at he Uwinka center and another starting at Cyamudongo – which will require your driver guide to transfer you to the starting point. Your range guide will be in communication with the trackers who live early morning to locate where the chimpanzee nested the previous night. You are allowed to stay with the chimps for only 1 hour after locating them, photography is allowed but be reminded that the flash is prohibited.Duration: 4 hoursStop At: Lake Kivu, Kibuye, Western Provincefter you will transferred to Hotel for Lunch or if you have shortage of time you will leave hotel with parked lunch then we will have some rest to make ready return to Kigali via Kibuye Road where you will pass by shore of Lake Kivu.Duration: 20 minutesMeals included: • Breakfast • LunchNo accommodation included on this day.

$1380 Kid Friendly

Mountain gorilla trek and volcano hike in Virunga National Park

ItineraryDay 1: Arrival and transfer to the parkStop At: Virunga National ParkMeeting at the border Grande Barrière Rwanda-DRC. Welcoming with our staff at the border. Assisted to clear with formalities. Ensure crossing the border at 10:30 am and check-in with Virunga tourism office by 11:15 am which is located in the Grande Barrière border post building, opposite passport control. Once check-in is complete, transfer to Kibumba.Duration: 2 daysMeals included: • Lunch: Accommodation on full board basis • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in Kibumba Tented CampDay 2: Mountain Gorilla trekkingStop At: Virunga National Park, Goma, North Kivu ProvinceAfter an early breakfast at Kibumba Tented Camp, trekkers will head down the hill to meet their Ranger guides and have a briefing before the gorilla trek. Treks usually require 1-2.5 hours of hiking each way, depending on location of the gorilla group being trekked and the difficulty of the terrain. After spending the allotted hour with the gorilla family group, trekkers will make their way back to camp, enjoy a late lunch and have the rest of the day at leisure, including time for nature walks and bird watching.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast: Full board basis • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in Kibumba Tented CampDay 3: Nyiragongo Volcano hiking Stop At: Mount Nyiragongo, Goma, North Kivu ProvinceAfter breakfast in Kibumba, guests will be transported to the Kibati Ranger Post at 8:15am, where treks to the summit of Nyiragongo volcano begin. On arrival to Kibati, guests will receive a briefing. Park rangers lead all treks and porters (unaffiliated with the park) are available for hire at Kibati ranger station. The time required to reach the summit depends on the average fitness of each group, but typically takes 4 – 6 hours. It is possible for fitter people to climb up and descend in one day, but the vast majority chooses to overnight in the basic accommodations available at the top (included in the permit fee) because the best time to view the lava lake is at night. Sunset at the summit of Nyiragongo. Enjoy watching, in the night, the world’s largest lava lake. Dinner and overnight at the summit of Nyiragongo Volcano in the shelter. Trekkers are strongly advised to bring full rain and cold weather gear (moisture-wicking base layer, sweater or fleece, jacket, rain resistant pants, long underwear, warm socks, hat, and a 0°C/32° – rated sleeping bag), good walking shoes, sun cream, etc.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Dinner: Bring your own food and ask us to arrange food for youAccommodation included: Overnight in shelters at the summit of the volcanoDay 4: Nyiragongo Volcano descent and departureStop At: Mount Nyiragongo, Goma, North Kivu ProvinceAfter a very early morning visit to the lava lake, have your breakfast around 7:00 am. After breakfast, start descending the volcano and arrive back at Kibati station. Average descent time is four hours. Drive back to Goma town. Be transferred back to the border and return to Rwanda, to Kigali International Airport for departure.End of mountain gorillas and Nyiragongo tour!Duration: 12 hoursNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.

$1800 Multi-day & Extended Tours

3 Day Congo gorilla trekking safari

Day 1: Kigali to Bukima in DR CongoIn the morning, you will be picked up from your lodge by our driver guide who will drive through kigali heading to the Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This will take you roughly 4 hours to reach Goma where you will have a stop over for lunch refreshment. Later, dinner and overnight stay at Rusina Hotel.Day 2: Gorilla tracking in CongoYou will have a morning breakfast and then transfer to the national park headquarters for briefing by the park rangers. here you will be told the rules while trekking to ensure a peaceful and enjoyable experience,. you will then hike into the jungle searching the allocated gorilla family. Interaction with the gorillas will last for an hour after which you will descend back to the starting point. Non flash light cameras are the only ones allowed to take photographs. Dinner and overnight at Rusina Hotel.Day 3: Return to KigaliHave a morning breakfast and return to kigali for your return flight.End of the tour

$1296 Outdoor Activities

3 Day Nyiragongo Volcano Hike

Pick up at the border or at your hotel/Airport then drive to volcano hiking point in Kibati Mount Nyiragongo is an active strato volcano with an elevation of 3470 m (11382 ft) in the Virunga Mountains associated with the Albertine Rift. It is located inside Virunga National Park, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, about 20 km (12 mi) north of the town of Goma and Lake Kivu and just west of the border with Rwanda.The main crater is about two kilometres wide and usually contains a lava lake. The crater presently has two distinct cooled lava benches within the crater walls – one at about 3,175 metres (10,417 ft) and a lower one at about 2,975 m (9,760 ft).Nyiragongo and nearby Nyamuragira are together responsible for 40% of Africa’s historical volcanic eruptions.Hike will take 5 hours with 4 stops along the path, when at the top, cabins are available for your night, 1 cabin for 2 people. Overnight at the crater rimDay 2: Nyiragongo Volcano Hiking & DescendMorning after your breakfast at the crater rim, you will be overlooking the city of Goma as well as the 2 other older crater lakes.Not much is known about how long the volcano has been erupting, but since 1882, it has erupted at least 34 times, including many periods where activity was continuous for years at a time, often in the form of a churning lava lake in the crater.The volcano partly overlaps with two older volcanoes, Baratu and Shaheru, and is also surrounded by hundreds of small volcanic cinder cones from flank eruptions.Drop off at the border and Overnight at Palm Garden LodgeMeals : Full BoardDay 3: End of 3 Days Experience in Congo Safari TourAfter Break Fast you will Drive to Kigali and Take City tour Exploring Kigali Visit some Craft Markets for your Souvenirs Before Transfer to the Airport.Meals : Break fastNOTE: Safari prices will be availed to you on request. Fill our booking form for your price quotation.End of East African Jungle Safaris ServicesWhen to Climb NyiragongoNyiragongo volcanoes can be visited all year round but keep in mind there is unpredictable weather changes such as regular rains during certain months of the year because Nyiragongo is in the middle of equatorial rain forests. Like from March to May and as well as November tends to be a rainy season.The dry season begins in June to October and also December. So during the dry seasons  the forest are always clear giving you a chance to enjoy and take photographs of the stunning landscape views of the greater Virunga mountains national park.Nyiragongo Hike & Gorilla trekking in Congo is a year-round activity but Nyiragongo hike will be  appreciative during the drier and cooler months of January and February and again from June to September.