What to do when you visit Goma
Welcome to Goma, a unique and cosmopolitan border town on Lake Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo. One of the wealthiest countries in Africa due to its mineral-rich landscape and thriving mining industry, DR Congo comprises a stunningly beautiful and diverse landscape that is home to an array of activities for urban nomads and outdoor adventurers alike.
In Goma, Lake Kivu – Africa’s 8th largest freshwater lake – and some of the world’s most active volcanoes provide amazing experiences that no other part of the world can offer. Visitors can set off in search of the endangered mountain gorillas in Virunga National Park, take in the beauty of the African Great Lake on a chartered boat cruise, or view indigenous wildlife like bonobos, African forest elephants, mountain gorillas and okapi in any of five national parks, all of which are World Heritage Sites. The active lava lake atop Mt. Nyirangongo is one of the world's largest and most volatile lava lakes, offering stunning testimony to nature’s power and beauty.
The region’s different customs and strong colonial heritage have greatly influenced the Congolese culture. One of its most colourful attributes is the music, a blend of Cuban rumba and merengue that gave birth to Soukous. Additionally, Congolese artists are some of the most popular in Africa, having drawn their inspiration from the famed Lingala musical style.
Set in the heart of North Kivu’s capital, Goma Serena Hotel, the only 5-star hotel in Goma, offers an authentic gateway to Goma’s attractions, culture and recreational excursions. Whether you’ve come to explore the region from end to end or just have a few hours free between meetings, our staff are available to recommend exciting activities in the area and assist with arranging tours, transportation, tickets and anything else you require.
Whether you would like to scale Mount Nyirangongo and take incredible pictures of the beautiful caldera lake, go in search of the greatest ape on earth – Grauer's gorillas in the south of Kivu at Kahuzi –Biega National Park, revel in the Congolese musical culture or enjoy water sports on the Great Lake Kivu, once-in-a-lifetime experiences await.