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.

Weekly Scheduled Gorilla Trips in Congo

Here are some of our daily scheduled gorilla trips to Virunga National Park. Re – opening of Mikeno and Bukima Lodges on the 1st July 2019, we would like to make you aware that the packages revolving around these lodges will operate on a set departure schedule.

This schedule was designed in order to ensure tourism security procedures can be upheld whilst giving your clients flexibility over arrival dates.

The Le Petit Virunga package will now be split into 2 options: Le Petit Virunga Mikeno and Le Petit Virunga Bukima. The Virunga Classic and Great Ape packages will remain unchanged.

The scheduled departures for each package will be: Virunga Classic and Great Ape: Mondays and Wednesdays at 11:00 am from Grande Barriere Border Post.

Le Petit Virunga Bukima: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 11:00 am from Grande Barriere Border Post and Le Petit Virunga Mikeno: Fridays at 11:00 am from Grande Barriere Border Post.

4 Day Le Petit Virunga Mikeno

Virunga GorillasEnjoy Congo Gorilla trek taking Le Petit Virunga Mikeno package includes three nights’ stay in Virunga National Park: two nights’ accommodation at Mikeno Lodge, mountain gorilla trek. This package departs Goma 11:00am on a Friday. Read More

5 Day Great Ape Trek

Chimpanzee Primates in Virunga MassifThe Great Ape package offers the opportunity to see two great ape taxa in Virunga National Park. It consists of one initial night..This package departs Goma on Monday and Wednesday at 11:00.Read More

4 Day Le Petit Virunga Bukima

Mountain Gorillas in VirungaBespoke Le Petit Virunga Bukima package includes three nights’ stay in Virunga National Park: one night’s accommodation at Bukima Camp, one night’s accommodation.This package departs Goma at 11:00 on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Read More

6 Day Virunga Classic

Mountain NyiragongoVirunga Classic is a five-day trip into Virunga: one-night initial accommodation at Mikeno Lodge, one-night accommodation..This package departs Goma on Monday and Wednesdays at 11:00.Read More

Congo Gorilla Journeys

3 Day Nyiragongo Hike

Mountain NyiragongoVisit Virunga and experience the Nyiragongo volcano trek in Democratic Republic of Congo, this Congo adventure trip is done in 3 days.Read More

4 Day Mikeno Mist

Mountain Gorillas in VirungaEnjoy the Congo gorilla and Nyiragongo trek and this program is the Mikeno Mist package that includes a three night stay in Virunga.Read More

10 Day Rutshuru Expedition

Tchegera Island RetreatThe Rutshuru Expedition package offers the best of Virunga National Park minus the Nyiragongo volcano trek expeditions.Read More

Conservation Programs in Virunga Park

Senkwekwe Gorilla Orphanage Centre

Senkwekwe Gorilla Orphanage CentreVisitors 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.

Congo Hounds – Mikeno Lodge

Congo HoundsAgain 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.

Virunga Safari Lodges & Camps

Kibumba Tented Camp

Kibumba Tented CampLocated 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.

Bukima Tented Camp

Bukima Tented CampStarted 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.

Tchegera Tented Camp

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

Nyiragongo Summit Cabins

Nyiragongo Summit CabinA 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.

Ngila Lodge

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Lulimbi Tented Camp

Lulimbi Tented CampOne 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.