Welcome to Mikeno Lodge in Virunga National Park – Democratic Republic of Congo

In the jungle of Rumangabo the brand new Mikeno Lodge is arising which will serve as a comfortable central spot for tourists to start their visit to Virunga National Park. At Mikeno Lodge you can also visit the only four captive (orphaned) mountain gorillas in the world, at the spacious Senkwekwe centre.

Mikeno Lodge is Virunga National Park’s first lodge opened for tourists in August 2011. Centered between two main tourist attractions, it is a perfect location to begin treks to see the gorillas, and the Nyiragongo volcano. Nestled among the trees of a virgin forest, the weather is cool, the views spectacular, and the lodging luxurious.

As you enter the main Lodge you will receive a warm welcome before descending steps into a spacious lounge and bar. Adjacent to the lounge, the dining room offers full-course meals included in the price of your stay. Both the bar and dining area open onto a large terrace providing the perfect location for a relaxing drink and sharing of the day’s activities.

Accommodation and Rooms

Mikeno Lodge has 12 individual bungalows, each accommodating two people with either a double or twin beds. All the bungalows are designed in the same style with lava rock walls and thatched roofs. Each with its own private deck, spacious bathroom and a lounge area centered around a fireplace.

Whether your stay is the starting point for a gorilla, chimp or volcano adventure, or purely for a relaxing time-out in a peaceful location, Mikeno Lodge provides a unique experience among the wildlife and beauty of Virunga National Park.

While staying at the Mikeno Lodge you can take any trip of your choice and for photographers book the Gorilla Photography Special and other trips in Congo.

Conservation Programs in Virunga Park

Conservation Programs in Virunga National Park

Senkwekwe Gorilla Orphanage Centre

Visitors to Mikeno Lodge have an opportunity of visiting the Senkwekwe gorilla orphanage Centre, which is only a 3 minute walk from the lodge. The Senkwekwe gorilla orphanage Centre is home to four orphan mountain gorillas, Maisha, Kaboko, Ndeze and Ndakasi, they are the only mountain gorillas in captivity in the world.

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Congo Hounds – Mikeno Lodge

Again those staying at Mikeno Lodge can experience the Congo Hounds conservation program and here are the trained dogs deployed together with the trained rangers to hunt down the poachers. Stay at Mikeno Lodge and experience how this program is done to promote conservation in the Virunga National Park.

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Gorillas at Senkwekwe Orphanage Centre

Gorillas in Sekenkwe
Gorillas in Virunga
Virunga Gorillas
Mountain Gorillas in Virunga
Sekenkwe Gorilla Orphanage Centre
Trek Gorillas in Virunga

Virunga Safari Lodges & Camps

Kibumba Tented Camp

Located in Goma just close to the border with Rwanda, Kibumba Tented Camp on the misty slopes of Mount Mikeno offers sweeping views of the Volcano valley.

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Bukima Tented Camp

Started as a research station, Bukima is now an ideal base for trekking Gorillas in Virunga. Guests are not only overwhelmed by its posh tents but also magnificent views around are awesome.

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Tchegera Tented Camp

Nestled on the Tchegera Island, this Camp overlooks the stunning turquoise waters of Lake Kivu. From here sweeping views of Mount Nyiragongo, Mikeno and Karisimbi are endless during day.

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Nyiragongo Summit Cabins

A range of two-person tents inside small wooden structures are reserved at the top of Nyiragongo summit. From here, travelers admire scenic views of the entire Virunga Park. In addition to night views of red glow for the below Lava Lake after sundown.

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Ngila Lodge

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Lulimbi Tented Camp

One of the newly established facilities in Virunga, it consists of eight tents that are scattered in an area dominated by Savannah plains cut through by River Ishasha. From a Veranda, you can take in numerous views of the area.

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