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Nyiragongo Lava Lake and Mountain Gorillas

- 8-days expedition to Nyiragongo volcano & mountain gorillas in Virunga National Park -

Curious to know what our previous participants thought of this tour? Below we list just some of the many positive feedbacks we received over the past years!

The organisation throughout was brilliant, in an area where its anything but straightforward.

At the end of January 2018 the southern hornito was active again, creating a lava flow that fed the lava lake (image: Mike W)
At the end of January 2018 the southern hornito was active again, creating a lava flow that fed the lava lake (image: Mike W)
Observing and photographing the lava lake at night (image: Mike W)
Observing and photographing the lava lake at night (image: Mike W)

"Hi Ingrid,

I just wanted to thank you for a really great week last week. The lava lake was incredible - particularly at night, and while I hadn’t been that fussed about seeing the mountain gorillas, they were pretty amazing so close-up and a real highlight.

Sam was outstanding throughout - he certainly had to put up with some slightly trickier times with his guests than I think he should have - but he kept an amazing sense of humour throughout and honestly did far more than anyone could reasonably have asked of him. Without doubt he’s the best guide I’ve ever had on any trip and I learnt a huge amount about Rwanda from him.

The organisation throughout was brilliant, in an area where its anything but straightforward.

Thanks for giving me my first opportunity (definitely not my last) to see lava (and to hear it - particularly at night, which I thought was amazing!).
Can’t wait to travel with you - and hopefully meet you in person - in the future."

- Mike W. (UK) about his Nyiragongo lava lake and mountain gorillas expedition in January 2018)

Nothing to complaint or suggest - just a big thank you!!!

"Dear Ingrid,

this was a very nice tour, which i enjoyed very much. Nothing to complaint or suggest - just a big thank you!!!
Preparation and info in advance by you (incl. very quick and useful answer of any question) and your team was perfect. Driving and management in Ruanda and Congo was excellent thanks to Samuel. Food was excellent too - also the one cooked at Nyirangongo.

We were lucky with the weather and got dry up and down Nyiragongo as well as to the Gorillas and back. The views from the crater edge down to the magma lake were magnificent during all 3 evenings spent up there. And watching the gorillas was also very spectacular.

Best Regards"

- Tobias F. (Germany) about his Nyiragongo lava lake and mountain gorillas expedition in January 2018)

The local staff were fantastic!

"Ingrid,

the local staff were fantastic. Sam - our main guide - was very reliable & handling local problems. The cook was excellent. The porters were very helpful when they saw people in trouble especially coming down Nyiragongo."

- Alan R. (UK) about his Nyiragongo lava lake and mountain gorillas expedition in January 2018)

I had a wonderful trip (thoroughly enjoyed it)

View across Nyiragongo´s summit caldera (image: Jay Ramji)
View across Nyiragongo´s summit caldera (image: Jay Ramji)
The glowing, bubbling lava lake around sunset (image: Jay Ramji)
The glowing, bubbling lava lake around sunset (image: Jay Ramji)
Portrait of a mountain gorilla (image: Jay Ramji)
Portrait of a mountain gorilla (image: Jay Ramji)

"Hello Ingrid, Tom,

Here is my feedback on the recent trip to DRC. ... I had a wonderful trip (thoroughly enjoyed it). Nyiragongo volcano was spectacular. Although you could see the side vent smoking away, there is no longer a lava fountain running into the main crater. At times there was high activity but you could also see the level of lava going down and then coming up again. Sometimes there was too much cloud/fog to see the crater but then it would clear and it was great to be able to see it in different light conditions. The volcano was a hard climb (~2000m altitude gain in one go is quite a lot), but not too bad. ...the climb down was much harder (due to steep slippery slopes covered in moss), ...
Seeing the gorillas was also wonderful and am glad of having had the opportunity to do so.

- Jay Ramji (UK) about his June 2016 Nyiragongo lava lake and mountain gorillas expedition

A truly enjoyable experience

The Volcano-Adventures group at the summit of Nyiragongo volcano in July 2016 (photo by Fadi A.)
The Volcano-Adventures group at the summit of Nyiragongo volcano in July 2016 (photo by Fadi A.)

"Dear Friends,

Please find below the link to the photos i took during our recent volcano adventure, which I would like to share.
It was a truly enjoyable experience, I am very grateful to all those who participated and facilitated the organization of this trip. Thanks—"

- Fadi A. (Jordan) about his Nyiragongo lava lake and mountain gorillas expedition in July 2016)

Trip was incredible!

Lava fountains of ca 150 m height from the 2011-2012 active flank vent eruption of Nyamuragira volcano, DR Congo
Lava fountains of ca 150 m height from the 2011-2012 active flank vent eruption of Nyamuragira volcano, DR Congo

The trip was incredible and – this (extra excursion to erupting Nyamuragira) was most definitely a highlight. We were incredibly lucky – our viewpoint was better than when the eruption first started due to the orientation of the new cone..."

- Lorraine F (UK) about her January 2012 Nyiragongo Lava Lake & Mountain Gorillas expedition
to which an excursion to Nyamuragira was added as the volcano as then in an intensely active phase.

Die Reise war super! (Nyiragongo Vulkanexpedition)

"Hallo Tom,
...Ich bin Dir noch ein Feedback vom Nyiragongo schuldig:
Die Reise war super! Trotz nicht ganz Trockenzeit-konformer Witterung am Vulkan war die Sicht auf den Lavasee, der recht aktiv war, mehrmals sehr gut. Die Gorillas konnten wir aus geringer Distanz beobachten, und bei guter Witterung. In der Gruppe verstanden wir uns bestens (war ja auch nur eine Miniaturgruppe), und Sam hat uns bestens betreut. Auch der anschliessende Besuch im Akagera Nationalpark, auf dem mich Camilla Walter begleitet hat, war lohnenswert."

-Markus H. (Schweiz) zur seiner Sommer 2011 Nyiragongo Vulkanexpedition)

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