Vulcan's Forge - an active lava lake located within the crater at the top of Mount Nyiragongo volcano in Virunga National Park, Congo (DRC). Photography by Ian Plant

Vulcan's Forge - an active lava lake located within the crater at the top of Mount Nyiragongo volcano in Virunga National Park, Congo (DRC). Photography by Ian Plant Mais

Lava lake by moonlight in Mount Nyiragongo, Democratic Republic of the Congo Photo by Martin Rietze

Lava lake by moonlight in Mount Nyiragongo, Democratic Republic of the Congo Photo by Martin Rietze

Lava lake by moonlight in Mount Nyiragongo Democratic Republic of the Congo Photo by Martin Rietze - Photorator

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Nyiragongo Volcano in the Virunga Mountains of East Africa, along the northern border of Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Uganda.

Democratic Republic of the Congo, Virunga National Park, Mount Nyiragongo (Olivier Grunewald)

Image of Lava Lake at Nyiragongo Volcano located in Zone de Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Magma churns and gushes in the lava lake of Mount Nyiragongo, one of Africa's most active volcanoes, in Goma, Congo on March 31, 2010. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

2010 in photos (part 1 of 3)

Magma churns and gushes in the lava lake of Mount Nyiragongo, one of Africa's most active volcanoes, in Goma, Congo on March (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Lava lake at Mount Nyiragongo, Virunga National Park, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  Photograph by Cai Tjeenk Willink

Lava lake at Mount Nyiragongo, Virunga National Park, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Photograph by Cai Tjeenk Willink

The World’s Most Notorious Volcanoes – Mount Nyiragongo, Tambora and Mt. Vesuvius

The World’s Most Notorious Volcanoes – Mount Nyiragongo, Tambora and Mt. Vesuvius

Gorilla trekking, Mount Nyiragongo, and Lake Kivu extravaganza (Africa Geographic)

Climbing Mount Nyiragongo, mountain gorilla trekking and Lake Kivu extravaganza - Africa Geographic

See mountain gorillas in Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo. India Dowley, Digital Editor of Suitcase Magazine, told us this is the best place to see mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. "Climb 3,470 metres to the summit of Mount Nyiragongo, an active volcano that last erupted in 2002 and spend the night in a shelter overlooking the world's largest crater lake," she said. © Getty Images/Brent Stirton

See mountain gorillas in Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo. India Dowley, Digital Editor of Suitcase Magazine, told us this is the best place to see mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. "Climb 3,470 metres to the summit of Mount Nyiragongo, an active volcano that last erupted in 2002 and spend the night in a shelter overlooking the world's largest crater lake," she said. © Getty Images/Brent Stirton

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