Welcome to Mikeno Lodge in Virunga National Park in 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.
A Beautiful Lodge in the forests of the Virunga Mountains
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.
Dining, Bar and Lounge
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.
Conservation Programs in Virunga Park
Senkwekwe Gorilla Orphanage Centre & Congo Hounds
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.
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 and stay at Mikeno Lodge and experience how this program is done to promote conservation in the Virunga National Park.