WARNING:The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to eastern and north eastern DRC, including Goma. During fighting in the region in recent months, shells landed on Goma causing civilian deaths and injuries. There was also shelling around the border with Rwanda and explosions in the town of Gisenyi on the Rwandan side of the border. You should avoid travelling around alone and at night. The security situation in eastern DRC, including Goma, remains unstable.
Due to the present, unstable situation, traveling from/to and within Goma may be difficult, dangerous, if not impossible. If it is essential travel, it would be advisable to check locally and calculate a lot of extra time for transport, as any information may be outdated within a day.
The border with Rwanda is open from 6am until 6pm every day.
There are several flights from many towns of Congo to Goma. There is a daily flight from Kinshasa to Goma which is operated by CAA and Wimbi Dira Airways. Alternatively, it is possible to fly to Kigali -in neighboring Rwanda- by direct flights from Europe (France, Belgium, Germany), then by road to Goma. Take either a taxi (70- 100 USD) or collective bus (6 USD).
Climb Nyiragongo Volcano — This volcano, famous for its lava lake, is a technically easy climb from the direction of Goma. A trip to the top should take ~6-8 hours, so most climbers spend the night at the top. Entrance permits cost US$200. There are tour companies organizing hikes to the volcano.
Basketball: - there's a fabulous basketball association called Promo Jeune Basket []. MONUSCO also has a basketball team (firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com).
Biking:- you can join a bicycle club that organizes weekly bike rides.
Climbing:- Hotel Ihusi has a climbing wall. It's $5 for a session and $30 for a month-long subscription.
Football:- There are several football clubs in Goma.
Massage:- Ihusi Hotel offers a full-body massage for $15/hr. Sun-fr, 11.30a-5.30p. Towels, flip flops and locker rooms are provided. You can take a shower before and after the massage. The Thai restaurant Blue Elephant (00243 814 737 389) on Avenue Kanyamuhanga offers one for $50/hr from 11a-10p every day.
Check out the art gallery Vijana Kokoriko , show casting incredible paintings. 00243 994 684 860, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Centre Culturel de Goma - Maison des Jeunes : Contact 00243 993 498 376, Maisonjeunes.email@example.com, Johnny Wenga (firstname.lastname@example.org, 099 42 52 532), Jackson Muhindo Seno (email@example.com, 097 49 25 653).
You can pay with US Dollars and Congolese Francs. Note that dollar bills published prior to 2006 will not be accepted. Make sure that the bills do not have the slightest crack as they will not be accepted.
Congolese wood crafts and canvas drawings. These are available at Ihusi and VIP palace hotels, but if you're looking for a bargain check out the shop on the roundabout near the post in the centre of town.
Other items, such as videos of the Nyiragongo volcano eruption, are available at the Don de Dieu shop on Rutshuru Road.
There are many cheap restaurants which serve rice, meat, chips and beans. In addition, most also serve one of the the traditional African staples ugali, which is made primarily from flour and water. Natural yoghurt (called maziwa) is popular, often sweetened with sugar. It's available at many small shops around town for about $0.5
Colibri Hotel. Quiet restaurant with friendly staff.edit
Coco Jambo. The popular expats night club, serves the best brochettes in town. Service is often slow and the place gets loud and crowded on weekends.edit
Hawaii. Quiet outdoor restaurant with a pool table in the backstreets of Ave. Kanyabahunga, serves decent Lebanese food and good grilled meat dishes and sandwiches. The fresh strawberry smoothies are a rare treat. edit
Lac Kivu Lodge Hotel, 162 Ave. Alindi, Quartier Himbi, Goma, ☎ +14086639073, . Lac Kivu Lodge is a hotel located in Lake Kivu just 10 minutes away from the city center of Goma. The hotel offers Budget, Family and Deluxe accommodations.75$. edit
Colibri Hotel, ☎ +250782160547. A good budget option with spacious rooms in addition to gardens for campers and backpackers. Is also the location of the Goma branch of the "Go Congo" tourism office.5$-10$. edit
Shu Shu Guest house, (signposted off the main road to/from Gisenyi). Rooms $15, camping $3. edit
France, the Netherlands (Francesco Mascini, Francesco.firstname.lastname@example.org) and the United Kingdom (3 Avenue Corniche; last house after Hotel Ihusi on the right before the border) have permanent representatives in Goma.
A danger in Goma during the day is crossing the busy roads. At night don't walk anywhere other than the main nightclub zone of Blvd Kanyamuhanga. Many people do not venture out at night due to the high murder rate and extremely high rape rate. It is advised to not leave valuables in hotels. The security situation remains precarious within the Virunga Park due to poachers who kill gorillas and may point a gun at you.