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Virunga National Park Climate – Mount Nyiragongo Climatic Conditions- Climbing Nyiragongo

The Climatic condition of Eastern Congo is unique and Virunga National Park is located with in the region close to Lake Kivu and Kahuzi Biega National Park bordering Volcanoes National Park and Mgahinga National Park which share the same vegetation cover within the region.


The temperatures in Nyiragongo are relatively high throughout the year due to its tropical location. The average annual temperature ranges between 20°C (68°F) and 25°C (77°F). The area experiences minimal seasonal variation in temperature.


Nyiragongo receives significant rainfall throughout the year, with no distinct dry season. The average annual rainfall is around 1,200 to 1,500 millimeters (47 to 59 inches). The highest rainfall amounts are typically observed from March to May and from October to November.

Nyiragongo VolcanoHumidity:

The region has high humidity levels due to its proximity to the equator and the presence of abundant moisture from nearby Lake Kivu. Relative humidity often remains above 80%, contributing to the tropical feel of the climate.Mountain gorillas


The combination of high rainfall and temperatures supports lush vegetation in the area. Nyiragongo and its surroundings are part of the Albertine Rift montane forests ecoregion, characterized by diverse plant life, including rainforests and bamboo forests at higher elevations. Read More

Altitude effect: Nyiragongo is a stratovolcano and features a significant elevation gain from its base to its summit. The higher elevations experience cooler temperatures compared to lower elevations, with the summit reaching around 3,470 meters (11,380 feet) above sea level.

Weather patterns can vary, and climate change can influence long-term climate trends. Therefore, for the most accurate and up-to-date information, consult local weather sources or meteorological data specific to Nyiragongo

Nyiragongo volcano climbing tours are available throughout the year and we do tailor group and private adventure trips to Virunga National Park in Congo staying in classic accommodations in Goma and in the park !

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