Gisenyi and the neighbouring city of Goma across the border in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) lie on the shores of Lake Kivu. Both of these cities are located below Mount Nyiragongo – one of 37 active volcanoes worldwide and located in the DRC.
Much of our time here in Gisenyi it has been hidden by mist but yesterday we were able to see it on a boat trip out in the lake.
On the Rwandan side of the border there seems little threat from this giant, but Goma has been affected as recently as 2002 with fast flowing lava streams leading to loss of life. Apparently the lava is so runny it can flow at 100kph. Thankfully for now the lava remains in the crater lake.
Pictures (not mine) can be seen here.
One effect that does occur on our side of the border is the presence of hot springs which we visited yesterday and form part of the next blog post.