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The Green Lake Tour

Country: Congo, Democratic Republic
City: Goma
Duration: 1 Day(s) - 0 Night(s)
Tour Category: Day Tours

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The Green Lake is a 1.93-kilometer crater site located about 10 kilometers west of downtown Goma on the Sake road. Mount Goma and Green Lake are the two tourist sites in the city of Goma.

Explore More About Congo:

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC and formerly Zaire) has a history that’s difficult to take in. From the mismanagement of Belgium’s King Leopold to the corrupt leader Mobutu Sese Seko, to the battlegrounds of Africa’s horrific “world war,” the country has experienced long periods of instability. But the second-largest African nation is staging a comeback and by most accounts, is headed in the right direction.

There are regular travel advisories for DRC, but during times of stability, there is a magic wilderness to explore here. The country is covered in UNESCO-designated national parks. They’ve got active volcanoes, raging rivers, and all the wildlife you expect of Africa. Caution is needed but the DRC is the literal and figurative heart of Africa.

The capital city of the Democratic Republic of Congo, as well as one of the 11 provinces, is Kinshasa. It’s chaotic and buzzing with energy and really huge – with over ten million residents. Established by Henry Stanley in the late 19th century as a trading post it’s now likened to an African New York City.

Enjoy a boat ride on the Congo or a BBQ picnic on its shores. The Marche des voleurs, or the city market, is colorful and intense and loads of fun. There is a great street art culture here and if you sit in one of the small cafes off 30 Juin Boulevard, the artists will come up and show you their pieces for sale. It’s a great way to talk to locals and relax.

Located along the borders of Rwanda and Uganda, Virunga National Park is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. As the country’s oldest national park, it’s also the most biologically diverse. You’ll find lava plains, savannas, forests, valleys, active volcanoes, swamps, and even glacier peaks in the Rwenzori Mountains. Roughly 25% of endangered mountain gorillas call the park home, and Virunga is the only park to have three of the four great apes in one place.

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