My girlfriend and I spent 3 months traveling around east Africa and coming to this park trumped it all. It was an experience that can never be replicated nor forgotten. The scenery is absolutely stunning with high volcanoes across the horizon and forests that are brilliant colors of green resembling broccoli from a distance.
We visited the mountain gorillas, hiked up Nyragongo and experienced the power Nyamuragira’s explosions. All were amazing in their own ways.
The accommodation exceeds all expectations. The camps at Bukima were well kept and very comfortable not to mention an epic panoramic view facing Nyamuragira’s glow at night. The huts on the rim of Nyragongo were sturdy shelters that protected us from the elements but be sure to bring a couple extra layers;). Mikeno Lodge is the crème de la crème of resort lodges. Our lodge had an amazing view of the valley and is surrounded by massive fig trees attracting colobus and blue monkeys in the morning. We used this lodge as our R & R for the trip, it was a real treat. I would definitely recommend this park over others. We felt safe and all the ICCN staff and Military are very professional making your visit safe and memorable.
We had an amazing time and if the opportunity came up again I wouldn’t hesitate to say, “yep we’ll go”. So we would like to say thank you to all the staff at ICCN, including military personnel and of course a special thanks to Sarah, Laura, Cai, Domonick, and Luann for a great time in Virunga!
Emily & Kevin