Mikeno Lodge is ideally located for visiting two of Virunga’s main attractions, the mountain gorillas and also the Nyiragongo Volcano. For those visitors who would prefer to enjoy activities in close proximity to the lodge, you have the options of visiting the orphaned mountain gorillas at the Senkwekwe Centre, taking a leisurely walk along our Nature Trail through the forest, or simply relaxing on our grand terrace with the various monkeys, birds and other wildlife for your viewing pleasure.

The close proximity of Mikeno lodge to the Senkwekwe Center means guests have the opportunity to visit the four orphan gorillas (Kaboko, Maisha, Ndeze and Ndekasi) living in a spacious natural enclosure with viewing platforms around the periphery.

Meet the Orphans

For more information on each of the individual orphans who are housed at the Senkwekwe Centre please see the links listed below:


Virunga’s Orphan Gorillas

It is inevitable that some of the Mountain Gorillas in any given population …

Mountain Gorillas in the Wild

Visit the critically endangered Mountain Gorillas in the wild by hiking in small groups, through dense forest, across the steep slopes of volcanoes

Virunga National Park is home to approximately 200 of the world’s remaining 790 Mountain Gorillas. The park’s gorillas live in the Mikeno Sector, an area of forest situated on the flanks of a range of mostly dormant volcanoes

Visiting the Mountain Gorillas in the Wild

Visiting the mountain gorillas is an incredible experience. The animals are truly enormous, but they are also good-natured and playful, living up to their reputation as “gentle giants.” You will …

Nyiragongo Volcano

Climb the Nyiragongo volcano and spend the night in a comfortable shelter on the edge of the crater in the glow of the largest lava lake in the world.

The two-mile-high volcano is located 20 km (12 miles) north of Goma near Kibati where the hike begins. The trek takes approximately five hours and involves walking through lush forest and lava fields with a steep incline near the top. Please note that this is a serious hike and visitors need to be fit.
The standard trip includes an overnight stay on the rim of the volcano, although a one-day trip …