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Best time to visit Nyiragongo Volcano- Virunga National Park Congo.

The Democratic Republic of the Congo often shortened to DRC is the largest and most populous country in Central Africa. It straddles the Equator and known for the gorilla safaris, hiking trips & Family vacations.

Although the Democratic Republic of the Congo is no longer considered as risky as it used to be, it remains a destination for only the most seasoned, hardcore African traveler. It is not a country for the casual “tourist”: the average backpacker, holidaymaker, and especially those seeking luxury safaris or organized cultural experiences with hiking adventures to the world’s largest lava lake ( Nyiragongo Volcano) .

General Climatic Conditions of Congo

Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire) is crossed by the Equator and the seasons are reversed in the north and south. Both regions have two short wet seasons and two short dry seasons while the central area has an equatorial climate with an average annual precipitation of 1,700 mm (67 inches). In general, humidity remains high and winds are light while the coastal area has a tropical climate. Average temperature ranges in Kinshasa are from 18 degrees Celsius (64 degrees Fahrenheit) to 32 degrees Celsius (90 degrees Fahrenheit).

When to Go for Nyiragongo Hiking Trip to Virunga National Park

Nyiragongo Volcano
World’s largest lave lake open for hiking trips to virunga national park

Among the factors considered by travelers for having a successful nyiragongo hiking trip to virunga national park is dependent on the season of the travelers visit to congo, age and speed ( fitness for the Hike) Check on the article about the difficult of the hike.

After great consideration that Democratic republic of congo is crossed by the equator and its experiencing both hot and warm climatic conditions. Roughly Virunga National Park’s the temperature remains roughly the same (hot and humid) throughout the year. The notable difference is between the rainy and non-rainy seasons, The best time for an Nyiragongo volcano hike is when the walking is ease due to the less rain , as it may start to rain when your at the foot hills of the volcano and deciding when to get a combined gorilla safaris with Nyiragongo hiking trip can be the most wonderful adventure to democratic republic of congo.

Deciding when to go on safari depends on what country you would like to visit and when you are able to plan your trip. Seasons differ in East and Southern Africa so you can really plan a great safari for almost every month of the year, if you are flexible about where you want to go to.

Below you’ll find a country specific guide for the absolute best time to plan a safari.

In Virunga Mountains , the highlight is the Nyiragongo volcano hike, best from July to October. Gorilla trekking is present all year, however, but the long rainy season in March to May (with the heaviest rains from April to May) is not the best time to visit as Mountain Gorillas  and is hidden by vegetation, and rain can make roads impassable. However, there are some great deals available during this period, so it’s worth considering if you’re on a really tight budget. Be aware that Nyiragongo climbs are risky in the wet season, and that afternoon downpours are heavier along the Nyiragongo volcano.
For gorilla trekking in Congo, be prepared if you are going during the rainy seasons of November, and from March to May – especially in Virunga Mountains, where treks usually take longer. It doesn’t rain all day every day, but comes in big bursts, and gorilla tracking permits may be heavily discounted – but if you aren’t a fan of rain, think about booking outside the rainy season.

When planning your Virunga National Park Safari  holiday it’s wise to do a bit of research on when to go for the experience that you want in Congo As a general rule, Democratic Republic of Congo is warm and sunny throughout most of the year and even regions within a country experience a variety of climates. The key thing to remember if you’re planning a Congo safari is the difference between the dry and wet seasons.

When to go Congo Safari Holiday

The best time to visit Democratic republic of congo shifts from south to east to north, depending on rainfall and wildlife, safari activities . You can find somewhere for a beach holiday year-round, but most people go for the Congo gorilla trekking & nyiragongo volcano hike. In Virunga National Park, the winter dry season falls between May and October when game viewing is at its best, but to gorilla trekking, you’ll need to travel between June and early September. Gorilla trekking in Uganda and Rwanda is year-round, but Jan-Feb and June-Sept are much cooler months.

Nyiragongo 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.

Hiking & Gorilla Permit  Costs

Nyiragongo Hike in Virunga national park will require you to secure the nyiragongo trekking permit that is sold by the virunga foundation . The nyiragongo permit always comes with the accommodation at the top of the summit of the volcano.

Nyiragongo Hike costs USD 300.