Mikeno Lodge in Virunga National Park, Congo
Mikeno Lodge, Luxury Lodge in Virunga Park
It is always a pleasure for every tourist to sleep comfortably whenever he/she is on a safari in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Virunga National Park is arguably the mostly visited protected area in DR Congo and if you are seeking for a stay in luxury while in the Park, your first choice should be Mikeno lodge. Virunga is world-wide popular for inhabiting the rare endangered mountain gorillas and Mountain Nyiragongo of which at the summits of the mountain resides the world’s largest lava lake.
Luxury travelers in Virunga National Park visiting for the Congo gorilla tours should inform their chosen tour operators to book for them a stay in Mikeno lodge for memorable escapades while in the Park. The lodge is only a one and half hours’ drive from the town of Goma, capital of Northern Kivu Province.
This luxurious lodge, based in the Virunga National Park, will be the base camp for all activities there. Mikeno lodge was recently built and is surrounded by a lush green jungle forest. Its location offers you with amazing panoramic views over the Virunga rift valley and the Virunga volcanoes, Nyiragongo and Nyamuragira volcanoes. The lodge is constantly visited by a great variety of animals and you will be able to spot different kinds of birds, blue monkeys, Colobus monkeys and even a curious bush buck or more if luck is on your side. Chimpanzees are also frequent visitors to the area. Whether your stay is the starting point for gorilla, volcano, and chimpanzee adventures, or purely for a relaxing time-out in a peaceful location, Mikeno Lodge offers an extra-ordinary experience among the wildlife and beauty of Virunga National Park.
A short walk away from the lodge are; the Virunga headquarters and the Gorilla Orphanage, Senkwekwe. These places were the headquarters for the Virunga documentary, thus do not forget to bring some paper and a pen when you meet one of the stars from the documentary like Emmanuel de Merode, the director of the park, or André Bauma, who cares for the orphan gorillas.
When the sun sets, all guests come together around the fireplace for an African style evening and share their experiences and the things they saw or did that day. You can relax in your room, which is a private bungalow that comes with its own lounge and a natural-stone shower in the en-suite bathroom. You can also enjoy a revitalizing soaking tub after a day in the bush.
Mikeno lodge boasts 12 spacious and en-suite bungalows, including a fireplace and terrace. Fashioned from local lava stone, wood and thatch, the 12 eco – chic bungalows are large enough to house an entire gorilla family and come complete with outside terraces, mini-sitting areas and sizeable beds. Soft tones, sleek furniture and large glass windows keep things light and bright during the day and the log fire is a welcome addition in the evening. En-suite bathrooms are just as spacious and you can choose between an enormous stone tub and vast shower to wash off the day’s dust.
All bungalows have 24-hour electricity plus hot and cold running water. The lodge’s main area has a good restaurant, wireless internet and a dramatic fire place to gather around in the evening. Mikeno lodge offers a huge range of activities including chimpanzee trekking, nature walks, easy access to the Senkwekwe gorilla orphanage center, tours of the park headquarters and visits with the canine anti-poaching unit known as the “Congo Hounds.” Situated just outside Virunga National Park, Mikeno Lodge is a great choice for all travelers wanting to discover all that the park has to offer.