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Lodging in Virunga National Park

The Mikeno Lodge is a one and a half hour drive from Goma and offers large bungalows and a good restaurant. The lodge and restaurant are located within a forest and offer beautiful views of the rift valley and Nyiragongo and Mikeno volcanoes. Nature walks and visits to local places of interest can be arranged. There is an abundance of bird life, as well as resident blue monkeys, colobus monkeys, and baboons. Chimpanzees are also frequent visitors to the area.

The Bukima luxury tented camp is perched on the flanks of Mt. Mikeno and is the main launching point for mountain gorilla treks. Bukima features panoramic views of southern Virunga and is truly one of the most spectacular places in the park.

“Mikeno Lodge is a hidden gem within Virunga National Park that will not take long to be discovered. The bungalow accommodation is spacious, luxurious & very private, each with fabulous tree or valley views. Each bungalow has it’s own fireplace, which the staff light every evening while you are out enjoying the scrumptious dinner […] We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Mikeno Lodge. It was hard to leave & we will be back next time we’re in Africa!”– Visitor Review

Mountain Gorilla Treks

Hiking time can be anywhere from 1-2 hours in each direction. The duration of the hike and difficulty of the terrain will depend on where the mountain gorillas spent the previous night. Time with the gorillas is strictly limited to 1 hour.

Chimpanzee Habituation Walks

Walks to see Virunga’s habituated chimpanzee are available to guests staying at the Mikeno lodge. These walks typically take one hour in each direction. Time with the chimpanzees is limited to 1 hour.

Chimpanzee Habituation Walk

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Volcano Treks

Treks to the summit of Nyiragongo volcano begin at the Kibati patrol post, which is approximately 30 minutes by car from Goma, and less than one hour from park headquarters in Rumangabo. Park rangers lead all treks and porters (unaffiliated with the park) are available for hire. The time required to reach the summit depends on the average fitness of each group, but typically takes 4 – 6 hours.

“The summit is out of this world! You really feel you’ve entered a movie scene and are suddenly in the Lord of the Rings. You stare down on an actively boiling lava lake […] I didn’t even realize you could see something like that.”– Visitor Review


Virunga National Park is offering round trip transportation for the following locations. You can also find transportation options specific to the various lodging and activities from within their booking pages.