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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.
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 The UN peacekeeping mission replied that they will reposition 19 000 soldiers to protect the city. On 20 November 2012, which raises the prospect of violent clashes on the outskirts of the city between M23 & the UN peacekeeping missiongained control over Goma. 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.
==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 At this moment (November 2012) Goma is reasonably safea battle field. Women are being raped, 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 people are being shot and it is unclear who has control over the city should be planned with cautionlooting soldiers. 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==
Due to the present, unstable situation, traveling from/to and within Goma may be hard, if not impossible. It would be advisable to check locally and calculate al lot of extra time for transport, as any information may be outdated within a day.
===By plane===
==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$100200. The park was closed in May 2009 due to the rebel occupation but was reopened in March 2010. The permit is now 200$.
** <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="~$320" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Offers a 2-day climb and tour of Goma. Owner is a native of the region and very friendly, but it can take time to track him down. It's better bring your own equipment when trekking the volcano as the stuff Hakunamatata tours provide is of low quality (e.g. leaking tents)</do>
* <sleep name="VIP Palace" address="Blvd Kanyamuhanga" phone="0997736797" email="" fax="" checkin="" checkout="" price="55$-225$" url=""></sleep>
* <sleep name="Ihusi Hotel" address="Blvd KaniamuhangaKanyamuhanga" phone="0813129560 or 0813532300" email="" fax="" checkin="" checkout="" price="55$-110$" url="">Popular top-end hotel in the centre. Has a lovely lake view and a swimming pool.</sleep>
==Stay safe==
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