Nyirangongo Volcano is an active volcano open to climbing for the adventurous tourist. You've seen it in pictures, but you can never really appreciate it until you've felt the impact of its lava rock under your feet and peered down into its intimidating crater.
The Congo in Africa is home to one the the world's most popular volcanoes - Nyirangongo. This 3470-metre high stratavolcano practically exhausted its lava lake during a disastrous eruption in 1977, but the volcano, itself, it still active today. A visit to the nearby capital of Goma shows the result of a 2006 lava flow from the volcano, where homes, buildings, and vehicles are buried under up to 5-meters of lava rock.
A trek up the volcano must be escorted for obvious safety reasons, and groups are usually taken in numbers of 15. With the steep altitude, even the most fit person may find the climb difficult - it's recommended that you check with your doctor before attempting this climb. You can expect the trip to take an average of five hours to reach the top. While the altitude has been known to cause lightheaded-ness and nausea, the view from the top is quite stunning - you can see for miles. The lake of lava can be seen, bright and hot, but it is warned that you say far enough back from the edge of the crater to avoid falling in.
There are several tour operators who can set you up with a climb of the volcano, so talk to your travel agent about planning a trip. Prices for tours can vary greatly, from $150 to over $300, depending on how long you plan to stay, what equipment you need supplied, and how many meals you require.