This is the capital of the North Kivu province. It is one of the DRCongo's best connected cities. In the year of 2002 the looming Nyiragongo volcano erupted and the lava buried most of the town's streets, particularly the center.Goma is also the base to climb Nyiragongo volcano, to see the mountain Gorillas tracked in Virunga National Park, to do a game drive in Virunga National Park or to begin a fascinating overland to Kisangani, and cruise on the Congo river up to Kinshasa.
The lava that burnt the town in 2002 destroyed the big cathedral which is an impressive site. The handcraft shops where you can buy traditional Congoleese masks are also nice to shop for souvenirs. Don't miss out on the nightlife of Goma and its traditional Lingala music.