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'''Goma''' is the touristic capital city of the Democratic Republic of Congo, located in the extreme east near the Rwanda.
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{{warningbox|Although Goma is relatively safe. Travelers should '''not''' venture outside of the city proper for any reason, except to visit Virunga National Park. Those visiting the region on official business (UN, aid organizations, charities) should carefully follow the guidance of your organization concerning security when leaving Goma.
  
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In mid July 2012, the M23 rebel faction threatened to enter Goma to "protect" Tutsis from "harassment". How serious the threat is remains to be seen, but the UN peacekeeping mission replied that they will reposition 19 000 soldiers to protect the city, which raises the prospect of violent clashes on the outskirts of the city between M23 & the UN peacekeeping mission. Keep abreast of the latest news on this before travel to Goma.}}
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'''Goma''' is the touristic capital city of the Democratic Republic of Congo, located in the extreme east near the Rwanda.
  
 
==Understand==
 
==Understand==
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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.
 
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.
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Alternatively, it is possible to fly to Kigali -in neighboring Rwanda- by direct flights from Europe (France, Belgium, Germany), then by road to Goma (taxi (70- 100 USD) or collective bus (10 USD).
  
 
===By bus===
 
===By bus===
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From [[Kisoro]], [[Uganda]], you can take a minibus in Bunagana at the Uganda border.
 
From [[Kisoro]], [[Uganda]], you can take a minibus in Bunagana at the Uganda border.
  
From [[Rwanda]] there are hourly minibuses from [[Kigali]] to Goma, such as Atraco Express and Okapi Car.  
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From [[Rwanda]] there are hourly minibuses from [[Kigali]] to Goma, such as Atraco Express and Okapi Car. These will take approximately three and a half hours.
  
 
From [[Butembo]] you can fund a Bus in [[Butembo]] bus station. They may leave early in the morning.
 
From [[Butembo]] you can fund a Bus in [[Butembo]] bus station. They may leave early in the morning.
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There are daily ferries from [[Bukavu]] via [[Idjwi Island]].  There are several companies that offer the 2-5 hour trip.  Prices vary from 10$ to 40$.
 
There are daily ferries from [[Bukavu]] via [[Idjwi Island]].  There are several companies that offer the 2-5 hour trip.  Prices vary from 10$ to 40$.
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===By foot===
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From [[Gisenyi]] both towns are on the border and walking between the two city centers takes no more than half an hour.
  
 
==Get around==
 
==Get around==
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* Pygmies in Minova.
 
* Pygmies in Minova.
  
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==Do==
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* '''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$100. The park was closed  in May 2009 due to the rebel occupation but was reopened in March 2010. The permit is now 200$.
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** <do name="Hakuna Matata Tours" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.hakunamatatatours.com/Congo_travel_volcano_tours.html#Congo_tours,_Nyiragongo_Volcano_trekking_Goma_lava" hours="" price="~$320" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Offers a 2-day  climb and tour of Goma. Owner is a native of the region and very friendly, but it can take time to track him down. It's better bring your own equipment when trekking the volcano as the stuff Hakunamatata tours provide is of low quality (e.g. leaking tents)</do>
  
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*<do name="Green Hills Eco-Tours" alt="www.greenhillsecotours.com" address="Goma" directions="Nyiragongo Volcana" phone="+250788219495  RwandaCongoTours@gmail.com " url="http://www.greenhillsecotours.com" hours="4-5" price="US$200" lat="" long="">Local specialists tour guide organizing all kinds of tours in East D.R.Congo. Climb Nyiragongo live volcano, mountain gorillas and lowland Gorilla tracking, Goma sightseeing tour, Ijwi Island tours.</do>
  
 
==Buy==
 
==Buy==
 
 
* Traditional jewellery.  
 
* Traditional jewellery.  
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* 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.   
 
* 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.   
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* Other items, such as videos of the Nyiragongo volcano eruption, are available at the Don de Dieu shop on Rutshuru Road.
 
* Other items, such as videos of the Nyiragongo volcano eruption, are available at the Don de Dieu shop on Rutshuru Road.
  
 
==Eat==
 
==Eat==
  
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*<eat name="Le chalet" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">On the edge of the lake, a brand new restaurant, food is excellent and affordable.
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Considering the quality of the roads, is is quite far from the city center.</eat>
 
===Budget===
 
===Budget===
  
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.   
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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
  
 
* <eat name="Colibri Hotel" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Quiet restaurant with a friendly staff.</eat>
 
* <eat name="Colibri Hotel" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Quiet restaurant with a friendly staff.</eat>
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* <eat name="Coco Jambo" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax=""> The popular expats night club, serves the best meat in town (from the owners' farm, especially beef "brochettes"). Service is often slow and the place gets loud and crowded over the weekend.</eat>
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* <eat name="Hawaaii" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Quiet outdoor restaurant with a pool table in the backstreets of av. kanyabahunga, serves decent Lebanese food and good grilled meat. The excellent fresh strawberry smoothies are a rare delicacy in town. </eat>
  
 
===Mid-range===
 
===Mid-range===
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* <drink name="Zebra Night Club" cinemetro night club address="Ave. Mapendo" phone="" email=""cinemetro2000@yahoo.com  fax="" hours="" price="" url=""></drink>
 
* <drink name="Zebra Night Club" cinemetro night club address="Ave. Mapendo" phone="" email=""cinemetro2000@yahoo.com  fax="" hours="" price="" url=""></drink>
  
* <drink name="Coco Jambo" address="Blvd Kanyamuhanga" phone="" email="" fax="" hours="" price="" url="">The tunes are western, and so do the customers. It wakes up a bit late, but when it does, it’s a good time</drink>
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* <drink name="Coco Jambo" alt="" address="Blvd Kanyamuhanga" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">The tunes are western, and so do the customers. It wakes up a bit late, but when it does, it’s a good time. A place to be on saturday night.</drink>
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*<drink name="Flat Dallas" alt="" address="Gouverneur street " directions="Next to the power company office" phone="+243813804040" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Best place to have grilled tilapia fish </drink>
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==Sleep==
 
==Sleep==
  
 
===Budget===
 
===Budget===
 
 
* <sleep name="Colibri Hotel" address="" phone="+250782160547" email="" fax="" checkin="" checkout="" price="5$-10$" url="">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.</sleep>
 
* <sleep name="Colibri Hotel" address="" phone="+250782160547" email="" fax="" checkin="" checkout="" price="5$-10$" url="">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.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Shu Shu Guest house" alt="" address="" directions="signposted off the main road to/from Gisenyi" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="Rooms $15, camping $3" lat="" long="" email="" fax=""></sleep>
  
 
===Mid-range===
 
===Mid-range===
 
 
* <sleep name="Al matar Hotel" address="Ave. la Corniche (50m from Rwanda border)" phone="+243997734710" email="" fax="" checkin="" checkout="" price="30$-45$" url="">Quiet family motel is a good value.  Pleasant garden, TV and hot water.</sleep>
 
* <sleep name="Al matar Hotel" address="Ave. la Corniche (50m from Rwanda border)" phone="+243997734710" email="" fax="" checkin="" checkout="" price="30$-45$" url="">Quiet family motel is a good value.  Pleasant garden, TV and hot water.</sleep>
  
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===Splurge===
 
===Splurge===
 
 
* <sleep name="VIP Palace" address="Blvd Kanyamuhanga" phone="0997736797" email="" fax="" checkin="" checkout="" price="55$-225$" url=""></sleep>
 
* <sleep name="VIP Palace" address="Blvd Kanyamuhanga" phone="0997736797" email="" fax="" checkin="" checkout="" price="55$-225$" url=""></sleep>
  
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[[Wikipedia:Goma]]
 
[[Wikipedia:Goma]]
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[[nl:Goma]]

Revision as of 20:30, 6 August 2012

Travel Warning WARNING: Although Goma is relatively safe. Travelers should not venture outside of the city proper for any reason, except to visit Virunga National Park. Those visiting the region on official business (UN, aid organizations, charities) should carefully follow the guidance of your organization concerning security when leaving Goma.

In mid July 2012, the M23 rebel faction threatened to enter Goma to "protect" Tutsis from "harassment". How serious the threat is remains to be seen, but the UN peacekeeping mission replied that they will reposition 19 000 soldiers to protect the city, which raises the prospect of violent clashes on the outskirts of the city between M23 & the UN peacekeeping mission. Keep abreast of the latest news on this before travel to Goma.

Goma is the touristic capital city of the Democratic Republic of Congo, located in the extreme east near the Rwanda.

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Understand

In 2002 Goma was destroyed by lava from the Nyiragongo volcano which buried most of the town’s streets, particularly the town centre. Since then, Goma has been a city under constant construction. The town itself is worth a visit. While Goma is reasonably safe, any visits outside of Goma should be researched to understand the state of the fighting that persists in the North Kivu province. In particular any trips out of the city should be planned with caution. The city is also the base to climb the Nyiragongo volcano along with some of the cheapest Mountain Gorilla tracking in Africa. It is also a good starting point to Kinshasa via Beni and Kisangani.

Get in

By plane

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 (taxi (70- 100 USD) or collective bus (10 USD).

By bus

From Kisoro, Uganda, you can take a minibus in Bunagana at the Uganda border.

From Rwanda there are hourly minibuses from Kigali to Goma, such as Atraco Express and Okapi Car. These will take approximately three and a half hours.

From Butembo you can fund a Bus in Butembo bus station. They may leave early in the morning.

By boat

There are daily ferries from Bukavu via Idjwi Island. There are several companies that offer the 2-5 hour trip. Prices vary from 10$ to 40$.

By foot

From Gisenyi both towns are on the border and walking between the two city centers takes no more than half an hour.

Get around

See

Do

  • 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$100. The park was closed in May 2009 due to the rebel occupation but was reopened in March 2010. The permit is now 200$.
    • Hakuna Matata Tours, [1]. Offers a 2-day climb and tour of Goma. Owner is a native of the region and very friendly, but it can take time to track him down. It's better bring your own equipment when trekking the volcano as the stuff Hakunamatata tours provide is of low quality (e.g. leaking tents) ~$320.
  • Green Hills Eco-Tours (www.greenhillsecotours.com), Goma (Nyiragongo Volcana), +250788219495 RwandaCongoTours@gmail.com, [2]. 4-5. Local specialists tour guide organizing all kinds of tours in East D.R.Congo. Climb Nyiragongo live volcano, mountain gorillas and lowland Gorilla tracking, Goma sightseeing tour, Ijwi Island tours. US$200.

Buy

  • Traditional jewellery.
  • 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.

Eat

  • Le chalet. On the edge of the lake, a brand new restaurant, food is excellent and affordable. Considering the quality of the roads, is is quite far from the city center.

Budget

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 a friendly staff.
  • Coco Jambo. The popular expats night club, serves the best meat in town (from the owners' farm, especially beef "brochettes"). Service is often slow and the place gets loud and crowded over the weekend.
  • Hawaaii. Quiet outdoor restaurant with a pool table in the backstreets of av. kanyabahunga, serves decent Lebanese food and good grilled meat. The excellent fresh strawberry smoothies are a rare delicacy in town.

Mid-range

  • Al Matar Hotel. This hotel has a pleasant restaurant. The menu also includes hamburgers and a delicious pizza. Pita sandwiches from 3$ to 7$.
  • Salt & Pepper Restaurant. Good restaurant with Indian, Bengali, Chinese, and African food from 3$ to 10$. You will feel at home with the service n smile of staff.

Splurge

  • VIP Restaurant. Specializing in grilled fish & chicken, dishes 4$-10$.
  • Albacha Restaurant. Serves Mediterranean foods, kebabs, fatush, falafel, and good hummus. 3$-15$.

Drink

Goma has many kinds of Congolese beers such as Primus, Mitzing and Turbo King.

The proverbial Congolese nightlife is superb, and Goma is no different. In many nightclubs the tunes are a mix of local and western, and so are the Punters.

  • Dallas Club, Ave. De la Poste.
  • Chez Doga, Blvd Kanyamuhanga.
  • Zebra Night Club, Ave. Mapendo.
  • Coco Jambo, Blvd Kanyamuhanga. The tunes are western, and so do the customers. It wakes up a bit late, but when it does, it’s a good time. A place to be on saturday night.
  • Flat Dallas, Gouverneur street (Next to the power company office), +243813804040. Best place to have grilled tilapia fish


Sleep

Budget

  • 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$-10$.
  • Shu Shu Guest house, (signposted off the main road to/from Gisenyi). Rooms $15, camping $3.

Mid-range

  • Al matar Hotel, Ave. la Corniche (50m from Rwanda border), +243997734710. Quiet family motel is a good value. Pleasant garden, TV and hot water. 30$-45$.
  • Le Nyira Hotel, Blvd Kanyamuhanga, 0994000443. Pleasant, well maintained hotel. 40$.

Splurge

  • VIP Palace, Blvd Kanyamuhanga, 0997736797. 55$-225$.
  • Ihusi Hotel, Blvd Kaniamuhanga, 0813129560 or 0813532300. Popular top-end hotel in the centre. Has a lovely lake view and a swimming pool. 55$-110$.

Stay safe

The biggest danger in Goma during the day is crossing the busy roads. At night don't walk anywhere besides the main nightclub zone of Blvd Kanyamuhanga. It is advised to not leave valuables in hotels. Rebels have been responsible for killings of gorillas and the security situation remains precarious within the Virunga Park.

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