Goma is the touristic capital city of the Democratic Republic of Congo, located in the extreme east near the Rwanda.
By plane: There are several flights from many towns of Congo to Goma. There is a daily flight from Kinshasa to Goma which is operated by CAA and Wimbi Dira Airways. Alternatively, it is possible to fly to Kigali -in neighboring Rwanda- by direct flights from Europe (France, Belgium, Germany), then by road to Goma (taxi (70- 100 USD) or collective bus (6 USD).
By bus: From Butembo you can fund a bus from Butembo bus station. They may leave early in the morning.
By boat: There are daily ferries from Idjwi Island. There are several companies that offer the 2-5 hour trip. Prices vary from 10$ to 40$.
By foot: From Gisenyi both towns are on the border and walking between the two city centers takes no more than half an hour.
Climb Nyiragongo Volcano: This volcano, famous for its lava lake, is a technically easy climb from the direction of Goma. A trip to the top should take ~6-8 hours, so most climbers spend the night at the top. Entrance permits cost US$200. The park was closed in May 2009 due to the rebel occupation but was reopened in March 2010.
Hakuna Matata Tours, . Offers a 2-day climb and tour of Goma. Owner is a native of the region and very friendly, but it can take time to track him down. It's better to bring your own equipment when trekking the volcano. Hakunamatata tours has equipment and tents in very much used condition. ~$320. edit
Gorillas: Green Hills Eco-Tours: Local specialists tour guide organizing all kinds of tours in East D.R.Congo. Climb Nyiragongo live volcano, mountain gorillas and lowland gorilla tracking, Goma sightseeing tour, Ijwi Island tours. www.greenhillsecotours.com, +250 788 219 495, RwandaCongoTours@gmail.com. 4-5hrs for US$200.
- Basketball: There's a fabulous basketball association called Promo Jeune Basket []. You can get in touch with them here [].
- Boxing: There's a great boxing school in town run by Kibomango. The German magazine 'Der Spiegel' featured [] the school in 2013. You can reach Kibomango at 00243 896 230 099. Alternatively, Janosch is organizing private lessons at his place (00243 814 773 614).
- Breakdance: Visit Busara Dance Company [].
- Climbing: Hotel Ihusi has a climbing wall. It's $5 for a session and $30 for a month-long subscription.
- Football: There are several football clubs in Goma. Call Charles from the Goma Football Club (00243 817 107 544).
- Hash: Call Hicham at 00243 811 974 094.
- Horse riding: In Masisi.
- Kayaking: For information how to rent a kayak, call John (00243 (0)99 062 2714; 00243 (0)81 365 1131) or Mike (00243 (0)99 300 0851; 00243 (0)81 231 7198; firstname.lastname@example.org). Alternatively, visit the Facebook pages Go Kayak[] and Kayak Kivu[].
- Massage: Ihusi Hotel offers a massage for $1/hr. The Thai restaurant Blue Elephant (00243 814 737 389) on Avenue Kanyamuhanga offers one for $50/hr.
- Swimming: Hotels Ihusi, Mbiza, and Karibu have public pools.
- Tango: Every Tuesday at 7pm, Justin gives Argentinian Tango lessons at his house in downtown Goma. Pay what you want. email@example.com.
- Tennis: You can play tennis at Ihusi Hotel in downtown Goma. If you need an instructor, call Lupe (00243 995 446 232). Alternatively, you can play tennis at Hotel Karibu in Goma's Himbi II district with instructor Modeste.
- Visit Yole!Africa [] []. Avenue Pelican 8, Goma. 000243 997 123 055, 00243 820 207 799, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com.
- Check out the art gallery Vijana Kokoriko [], show casting incredible paintings. 00243 994 684 860, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Centre Culturel de Goma - Maison des Jeunes (00243 993 498 376).
- The Book(z)e Club [] is organized by Hannah (00243 852 185 819).
- Lunanga Stewart offers lessons in English, French or Swahili at the Amani Language Center (ALC)[]. You can contact Stewart at: 00243 813 650 630; 00243 995 959 576; Alc.email@example.com. Alternatively, you can take lessons with Hubert Kilakano (00243 991 017 031; 00243 859 747 919; 00250 788 452 176; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com.
- Each year, Goma is hosting the Salaam Kivu International Film Festival []. Avenue Pélican No. 08, Quartier des Volcans, Goma, 00243 997 123 055. firstname.lastname@example.org. In 2014, another music festival took place, the Amani Festival []. It might take place again in 2015.
- Bodega on Avenue Kanyamulanga.
- Coco Jambo[]: The popular expats night club, serves the best brochettes in town. Service is often slow and the place gets loud and crowded on weekends.
- Deo's Cafe[]: Call Deo's Cafe at 00243 994 452 437.
- Salt & Pepper. Good restaurant with Indian, Bengali, Chinese, and African food from 3$ to 10$. Known for their quality of customer service. edit
- Phenician Restaurant (Lebanese): 099 345 7272; 081 902 4073.
- Pette Brussels:
- Blue Elephant: 081 473 7389.
- VIP Restaurant. Specializing in grilled fish & chicken, dishes 4$-10$. edit
- Le chalet. On the edge of the lake, a brand new restaurant, food is excellent and affordable. Considering the quality of the roads, is is quite far from the city center. edit. Call Chalet at 00243 819 450 284.
- Lake Kivu Lodge:
- Colibri Hotel. Quiet restaurant with friendly staff. edit
- Hawaii. Quiet outdoor restaurant with a pool table in the backstreets of Ave. Kanyabahunga, serves decent Lebanese food and good grilled meat dishes and sandwiches. The fresh strawberry smoothies are a rare treat. edit
- Al Matar Hotel. This hotel has a pleasant restaurant. The menu also includes hamburgers and a delicious pizza. Pita sandwiches from 3$ to 7$. edit
- Albacha Restaurant. Serves Mediterranean foods, kebabs, fatush, falafel, and good hummus. 3$-15$. edit
There are many cheap restaurants which serve rice, meat, chips and beans. In addition, most also serve one of the the traditional African staples ugali, which is made primarily from flour and water. Natural yoghurt (called maziwa) is popular, often sweetened with sugar. It's available at many small shops around town for about $0.5
Goma has many kinds of Congolese beers such as Primus, Mitzing and Turbo King.
The proverbial Congolese nightlife is superb, and Goma is no different. In many nightclubs the tunes are a mix of local and western, and so are the customers.
- Coco Jambo, Blvd Kanyamuhanga. The tunes are western, and so are the customers. It opens a bit late. A place to be on Saturday night. edit
* Chez Ntemba:
- Dallas Club, Ave. De la Poste. edit
- Chez Doga, Blvd Kanyamuhanga. edit
- Zebra Night Club, Ave. Mapendo. edit
- Flat Dallas, Gouverneur street (Next to the power company office), ☎ +243813804040. Best place to have grilled tilapia. edit
- Ihusi Hotel, Blvd Kanyamuhanga, ☎ 0813129560 or 0813532300. Popular top-end hotel in the centre. Has a lovely lake view and a swimming pool. 55$-110$. edit
- Lac Kivu Lodge Hotel, 162 Ave. Alindi, Quartier Himbi, Goma, ☎ +14086639073, . Lac Kivu Lodge is a hotel located in Lake Kivu just 10 minutes away from the city center of Goma. The hotel offers Budget, Family and Deluxe accommodations. 75$. edit
- Karibu hotel: 00243 997 144 256. Unfortunately, internet does not work throughout the day as electricty is only provided from 6.30-7.30 am and 6.30-9 pm. Service and infrastructure are to be improved.
- VIP Palace, Blvd Kanyamuhanga, ☎ 0997736797. 55$-225$. edit
- Shu Shu Guest house, (signposted off the main road to/from Gisenyi). Rooms $15, camping $3. edit
- Al matar Hotel, Ave. la Corniche (50m from Rwanda border), ☎ +243997734710. Quiet family motel is a good value. Pleasant garden, TV and hot water. 30$-45$. edit
- Le Nyira Hotel, Blvd Kanyamuhanga, ☎ 0994000443. Pleasant, well maintained hotel. 40$. edit
- Colibri Hotel, ☎ +250782160547. A good budget option with spacious rooms in addition to gardens for campers and backpackers. Is also the location of the Goma branch of the "Go Congo" tourism office. 5$-10$. edit
- Internet: The fastest and usually most reliable wifi in the city center is at Lake Ihusi, Caritas Hotel, and Deo's Cafe. In Himbi, internet is good at Lake Kivu Lodge and Chalet Restaurant.
- Cell phones: Providers include Vodacom (081..., 082...), Airtel (09...), Orange (084...,085 ...), Tigo (089...), Super cell, and MTN. You can buy credit from street vendors. Each provider also offers daily, weekly or monthly internet programs for your phone.
Traffic might probably be the greatest danger in Goma followed by banditry during the evenings. At night don't walk anywhere other than the main nightclub zone of Blvd Kanyamuhanga.
For updates on the security situation, call UNDSS.
France, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom have permanent representatives in Goma.
There are several banks in Goma, including Access Bank, BIAC, BIC, EcoBank, FiBank, Rawbank, Standard, and TMB. You find five ATMs in Goma, namely at Ihusi Hotel, Planet Hotel, EcoBank, Rawbank and its second branch opposite of Orange.
- Check out Mapendo's boutique kivu hand craft et couture[] in downtown Goma. She sells clothes for man, women, children, post cards, bags for women, scarves, shoes, paintings, pictures, sculptures, and jewelry. 00243 995 502 550; email@example.com.
- Congolese wood crafts and canvas drawings. These are available at Ihusi and VIP palace hotels, albeit costly. For cheaper items, see the art street near the BEDGL roundabout in downtown Goma.
- You can buy books at Librairie Lave Littéraire on Avenue Beni in downtown Goma. Contact Mayaza Lumuna at 00243 994 133 614, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Next to kivu hand craft et couture[] there is a high-end clothes store in downtown Goma called Vlisco []. It's on Avenue Kanyamuhanga 3456 in downtown Goma.
- Le Potentiel []
- Le Phare www.lephareonline.net
- L'Observateur []
- L'Agence Congolaise de Presse []
- Radio Okapi []
- Top Congo FM
- Congo Planet
- Congo Mikili
- Amnesty International []
- Enough Project []
- Global Witness []
- Human Rights Watch []
- International Crisis Group []
- United Nations Group of Experts on the DRC []
- North Kivu Life[]
- South Kivu Life[].
- UNV in DRC[]
- PARLONS EN![]
- Blogosphère Gomatracienne[]
- Sauvons la RDC []