The Democratic Republic of Congo is an intrepid destination for the well-seasoned traveler. This comes with the best chances to experience some of the most beautiful natural spots in Africa, and see some incredible wildlife arenas.
In the east, volcanic peaks rise thousands of meters above the surrounding rainforest, often shrouded in mist. Hikers can climb up Mount Nyiragongo, looming above Goma, and spend the night on the rim above an active lava lake, one of just four worldwide!
Fascinating activities – Take a walk through the dense jungles, swim in natural pools, take boat trips down the rivers that never end, and also, don’t miss tracking the gorillas.
Explore – A journey to the Democratic Republic of Congo isn’t only about the wildlife, but their habitats too. The experiences are wonderful, with a rich cultural blend to be had; explore the traditional markets, indulge in numerous ports and cities, or simply just take it easy.
Rare wildlife – Track lowland gorillas, enjoy walking safaris to see forest elephants and even night drives to see the nocturnal wildlife species.
The environs around Goma have striking and natural scenery consisting of forests, lakes, hills, and misty mountains. Being a tourist hub owing to its location just a couple of kilometers from the Virunga National Park and the beautiful Lake Kivu with its culturally rich islands, Goma makes Eastern DR Congo to remain competitive with the rest of East African countries.
A key feature that should not be missed is majestic and towering like a sentinel, the Nyiragongo Volcano. Goma also has restaurants, museums, and theaters, as we shall see later. If you are in Goma or planning to visit and wondering what to do during your free time, then this might just be the article for you.
Visiting Eastern DR Congo requires more than just traveling. It also requires being updated with the latest security information as Eastern DR Congo is not your ordinary tourism destination. In spite of being endowed with pristine wilderness, landscape and endemic wildlife Eastern DR Congo’s dark history of civil unrest and conflict still hang a dark cloud that may make you ask about your safety while visiting.
A discovery to the southeastern part of DR Congo through Lubumbashi, will lead you to Upemba and Kundelungu National Parks. These parks are rich in diversity of natural habitats that range from the gallery forests, highland steppe, miombo woodlands, savannah and wooded grasslands. The parks have numerous gorges, waterfalls, wetlands to rivers and escarpments. On the other hand, depressions are filled with more than 20 lakes that are strongholds for exceptional fish, plants, insects, wildlife and rare bird species that are worth exploring.
With our up-to-date information, the security situation has normalized and the Virunga National Park opened, but still need to know what you might be getting into. Our advice is that it would be important to remain cautious and know the latest security updates especially if you are planning to explore other parts of the Eastern Congo.