MOUNT NYIRAGONGO ERUPTION 2021

Mount Nyiragongo eruption 2021 : It was on May 22nd 2021 when the world’s most active volcano Mount Nyiragongo was seen erupting. Mount Nyiragongo is not only an active Volcano in Democratic Republic of Congo but as well in the African Continent and probably world at large thus its eruption in 2021 has made news throughout the globe. The eruption of mount Nyiragongo was reported to have happened at around 5:00pm Central African Time as confirmed by the Military governor of North Kivu Province and this led to the flowing of Lava that moved as far as Goma International Airport and also cut off the Beni Highway.

Mount Nyiragongo last erupted in 2002 on 17th January and now after just 9 years on 22nd May 2021, it has again erupted though it was estimated to erupt in 2024 but it managed to erupt 3 years before the estimated year making it the 35th time ever since the year 1882 though no one is sure of how many times it erupted since no records until 1882.

Signs of this 2021 Mount Nyiragongo Eruption were spotted in the early morning hours on Saturday the 22nd May 2021 as the areas surrounding the volcano were smelling Sulphur gas and the skies above were turning red which were serious warnings and a signal to the people in the areas of North Kivu, Goma, and Gisenyi that something strange was yet to befall them. Later in the evening hours, an eruption occurred and the Lava flows were being observed as people started evacuating their homesteads and streets for safety purposes since no one is sure of when the lava flow is going to stop.

Mount Nyiragongo eruption 2021
Mount Nyiragongo eruption 2021

Most of the people have been seen fleeing Democratic Republic of Congo into Rwanda where they are camped in schools, places and worship and many other areas near the Rwanda Congo border.

Back in history, the eruption that occurred in 2002 claimed over 250 lives of people, displaced several homes and left several livestock dead. However this time round Mount Nyiragongo Volcano has been closely monitored and the moment it started erupting, evacuation plans were implemented to ensure that people are relocated to safer place.

Mount Nyiragongo thrills in Virunga national park in Eastern part of Democratic Republic of Congo and is yet one of 8 volcanoes standing in Virunga Massif which is conservation Area shared by Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo. Other volcanoes in Virunga massif include Mount Nyamulagira, Mount Mikeno, Munt Karisimbi, Mount Bisoke, Mount Sabyinyo, Mount Gahinga and Mount Muhabura. These volcanoes are shared amongst Virunga national park in DRCongo, Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and Mgahinga gorilla national park in Uganda. Amongst all these 8 volcanoes in Virunga Massif, Mount Nyiragongo is the most active one and obviously the most visited standing at an elevation of  3,470M above the sea level.

Mount Nyiragongo is unarguably one of the wonders of the world due to existence of a large lava Lake that is situated at the summit thus most travelers on an African Safari to Democratic Republic of Congo especially in Virunga national park usually combine their gorilla trekking safari with a Mount Nyiragongo hike to spend an overnight at the summit of the mountain watching the boiling Lava Lake that offer a stunning and a picturesque as one watches this boiling lava lake taking plenty of photographs.  The lava lake boils brighter especially when rain drops within it normally rains at night as tourists are camping at the summit of Nyiragongo watching the crater.

As of now, all the park activities in Virunga national park are under suspension till further notice for safety of both the people of DRCongo and the tourists. In case you already booked your safari to Virunga national park, I would advise that you reschedule your trip to a nearer future when all park activities resume. Affected activities include Mount Nyiragongo Hike, Mountain gorilla trekking and many other activities enjoyed by several travelers in Virunga national park.

Mount Nyiragongo eruption 2021
Mount Nyiragongo eruption 2021

This has greatly affected the tourism sector in virunga National park and Democratic Republic of Congo at large but we believe that it won’t last longer.

Let’s know when you wish to embark on your Congo safari to visit the newly erupted Mount Nyiragongo, trek endangered mountain gorillas and many more. 4 days safari to Virunga national park can enable one to combine both Mountain Gorilla trekking and Mount Nyiragongo Hike. However those who wish top only visit the erupted Mount Nyiragongo only the 2 or 3 days itinerary is all they need.

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