Congo Local Guides has Designed Walking Goma City Tour to help you discover its diversity. Goma is the capital city of North Kivu province, and is built on the north shore of Lake Kivu which is located in the centre of the volcanic chain of Virunga. This has two craters still in operation: Nyiragongo and Nyamulagira. The town is around Mount Goma. Goma comes from “ngoma” which means drum in english, presumably because of its shape.
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With approximately 1 million of population 2016, Goma is the most attractive city for nationals and internationals. At the beginning, the city was only a tourist transit area to its surrounding destinations and not a residential city. Destinations include Lake Kivu Islands, Virunga Park and Nyiragongo volcano. Goma comes also from a political perspective as a corridor for several natural resources from. This being a main reason for to see Goma having an International Airport in mid-1970s. People started coming from all corner in the Former Zaire to reside in Goma where life is relatively cheap. Its population is growing rapidly, and the government is extending it to Buhimba and Mugunga, 15 km far west.
Before we organize you a Walking Goma City Tour, we need to welcome you on our land. Goma is today one of the best served cities in the country at the transport level. Before Goma opens international flights, it was easy to reach it coming from Kigali, . However, today with the opening of Goma Airport to international flights, you can now land directly in Goma. The recent good news is also the new Rwandair destination to Kinshasa, which will be transiting in Goma.
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Here is the link to the different entry to the DRC. An easy access Goma is a direct flight to Goma, or come through Gisenyi, Rwanda. Or cross through Bukavu Border with Rwanda. If so, you will need a ship or speed boat that may take you from 2 to 6 hours to reach Goma; or taking a bus from Chiangugu to Gisenyi.