Nyiragongo Lave Lake, Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo

Nyiragongo Summit Shelter

Virunga National Park is currently closed for security reasons. It is unlikely to reopen until 2019.

They are very much a shelter and not much else! Very Spartan, squat, 5ft high, rigid A-frame structures, with a tiled roof and wooden slats inside, on which rests a small foam mattress.

There is a small window at one end. Basic sleeping bags are provided and whilst the shelters do keep out the elements and can be quite warm, we recommend you bring either your own sleeping bag, or at least a good sleeping bag liner. All food is brought by the porters and food is cooked on a small stove - surprisingly filling - along with some fresh fruit. Water is also provided although you will need to carry this yourself. There is no running water (bring travel hand wipes) and the loo is a long drop affair, reached by a short, but steep, walk on a rocky path (there is a safety rope to help you back up). Please be aware, this is a VERY basic affair, being nothing more than a tiny, bare hut!

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