We are thinking about doing the same things you did in DRC, the Gorilla tracking and the volcano expedition. However, I'm afraid for the safety, as I've been reading that some embassys do not recomend visiting DRC now.
Could you give any advice? Did you feel safe in Goma?
I've just returned from the DR Congo (Jan 2017). We travelled through Rwanda from Kigali airport to the border. We stayed in Goma for one night on arriving & Lake Kivu one the last night. In both locations, out for dinner and on the streets and markets we felt safe, just as safe as I felt in Tanzania & Kenya. We stayed at Virunga National Park at the lodge and staff couldn't do enough for you to be comfortable and relaxed. They will still mention the conflict and war that is part of their recent past but they are incredibly resilient, they were keen to see people return. We spent time trekking and with mountain gorillas and hike Mt Nyiragongo. Between these locatiosn and the lodge we travelled with Virunga drivers and vehicles & I felt very safe at all times. They have an armed ranger accompanying you & the vehicle. Obtaining your visa through Virunga is apparently much easier as well, they are set up to facilitate tourist trying to negotiate their way into the western parts of the country. There are flare ups and conflict in Kinshasa due to elections but that is so far away from Virunga that it didn't seem to impact the peace in Goma. I would recommend going through Virunga for safety, ease and because they are truly incredible and dedicated conservationists that deserve support. about 1 year ago