Myself and a friend are planning a trip to the DRC in July, we are planning to enter through Gisenyi/Goma and exit through Uvira/Bujumbura. We want to climb the volcano, and go to see the gorillas in the Virunga national park.
I have exchanged emails with a tour company in the region who say that the volcano is currently closed to visitors as there is an operation in place to remove illegal woodcutters from the region. Has anybody else heard about this?
Also their prices were a bit more expensive that I imagined.
I'm thinking that it may be better just to turn up in Goma with our visas and hotel bookings etc and then try to organise things from there.
I've read in several places that permits to climb the volcano are $100 and permits to see the gorillas are $300, can anybody confirm this?
Can anybody recomend where would be a good starting point in Goma to organise such a trip on a low budget?