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Another place you might or might not want to visit Aug 05

Yup, a volcano. In the middle of nowhere—well, in the middle of the Republic of Congo. This is a twin peak, so to speak. It’s in the Great Rift Valley, and its name is Nyiragongo. The caldera is full of lava, which makes for quite a view if you can get to it. It’s the only volcano of this type in the world with a lake of such liquid lava. Here’s what the tourism website says (edited to correct the English. It was written by someone whose first language is French).

The Nyiragongo and Nyamuragira volcanoes offer spectacular, though difficult, hiking. Red lava flows can be seen on both volcanoes inside their craters, and the crater at Nyiragongo is still smoking up to now. Nyiragongo volcano is located at about  15 km from Goma town, and 18 kms from Gisenyi Rwanda. The  good way to see red lava is to visit this mountain at night. You will need to sleep at the top of the mountain with rangers in tents. The national park fee for nyiragongo volcano is $100.

So what do you get for all this hiking? This.

To be fair, this scene was during a recent eruption. Lava covered part of the runway. Most of the time You “just” have a lake of lava.

Lake of lava

At least “Nyiragongo” has a nice ring to it when you say it out loud. See you on the rim!

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