"A volcano changed Goma and the life of thousands" Goma by Bonobo2005

Goma Travel Guide: 21 reviews and 21 photos

On 17/01/2002 Mt. Nyiragongo erupted, about 15 km from the town of Goma.
A more than 100 meter wide river of lava thundered down the lower slopes of the volcano, right through the town into Lake Kivu, destroying everything on it's way.


I know one can hardly refer to Goma as a tourist destination. What had happened caused a huge humanitarian crisis.
That in mind, but also obsessively curious, I visited Goma for a day and what I saw is hard to imagine but reality...

Important to say is that much of Goma is still intact and in parts a very lively town; I just concentrate here on the effects of the eruption....

  • Last visit to Goma: Feb 2003
  • Intro Updated Jun 21, 2003
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  • Firestar24's Profile Photo
    Dec 3, 2005 at 6:48 AM

    Quite an amazing experience. :o)

  • andal13's Profile Photo
    Apr 1, 2004 at 7:52 PM

    Touching page... and admirable experience.

  • Sharrie's Profile Photo
    Feb 28, 2004 at 11:07 PM

    Seems like u always managed to find different colored lakes. Excellent tip about the "legal" tenders!

  • mrdarius's Profile Photo
    Feb 22, 2004 at 7:25 AM

    incroyable! i read about goma in "we regret to inform you..." and it looks exactly how i imagined it.

  • aukjejetty's Profile Photo
    Jan 16, 2004 at 9:31 AM

    Wat een interessante pagina, jij ziet heel wat van de wereld!

  • maykal's Profile Photo
    Oct 8, 2003 at 10:22 AM

    Again a fascinating page. What happened to the thousands of refugees in Goma when the volcano erupted?

  • Aug 30, 2003 at 5:25 PM

    Truly, you’re a remarkable person. What courage & strength you have displayed here. I admire your humanity; especially since in our day & age, such love is scarce.

  • zrim's Profile Photo
    Jun 12, 2003 at 2:52 PM

    You are setting a standard of excellence on VT that is hard to equal. Keep it going.

  • nepalgoods's Profile Photo
    Jun 12, 2003 at 11:12 AM

    Absolute fantastic page! Great information and beautiful photos!!!

  • asgottl's Profile Photo
    Jun 11, 2003 at 3:31 PM

    What an amazing experience! Humanitarian relief is a noble cause for any destination. Thanks for the wonderful page!

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