Camping is the only accommodation available at the Nyiragongo Volcano summit in Virunga National Park. A night camping at the Nyirango summit should not be missed. It is a great way to experience the primitive wilderness that we know as the Congo.
For freedom, relaxation, and seeing some the most spectacular parts of the Congo you cannot beat camping at the Nyirango Volcano Summit Shelters.
Nyiragongo’s summit rim is largely devoid of vegetation and is frequently dusted with snow. From the rim, visitors can peer down into a churning lava lake, see and hear hot gases exploding up though a mosaic of molten lava. The crater eruptions are predictable and therefore safe for tourists.
The Virunga National Park closely monitors geological activity at the Nyiragongo crater. In March 2016 the park officials announced that it was stopping access to the crater and was refunding fees to all travelers that had booked trips to hike the Nyiragongo Volcano due to increased signs of geological activity. Park rangers lead all treks and porters (unaffiliated with the park) are available for hire. The time required to reach the summit depends on the average fitness of each group, but typically takes 4 to 6 hours.
Those coming with tour groups must supply their own food water and sleeping bags. There is no food service on Nyiragongo Volcano. Porters can be hired at the base of the volcano to carry loads for $12 per day. The maximum weight that porters are authorized to carry is 15kg (33 pounds). Trekkers are advised to bring raincoats and cold weather gear. Rain showers are a common occurrence on the climb up during the rainy season.
Nyiragongo is a beautiful volcano that features the world’s largest lava lake. The volcano’s forested lower slopes are home to a variety of animals, including chimpanzees, monkeys, and bush buck.