Best Congo Gorilla Safari Lodges


Mikeno Lodge is a 90 minute drive from Goma and offers beautifully appointed bungalows and fine dining. The lodge, restaurant, and bar are all 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 Senkwekwe Center for orphan mountain gorillas is just a 10 minute walk from the lodge and can be visited daily.

Bukima tented camp (mid-range)

Just outside the Virunga National Park boundary lays the Bukima tented camp, which is one of the main starting points Virunga mountain gorilla treks. The camp was originally built for researchers, but is now used primarily by trekkers. As the name suggests, overnight guests at Bukima sleep in platform tents, but by camping standards they are quite plush. Each tent is equipped with a nicely appointed bed and dresser for clothes. The views from the tent sites – or anywhere in camp for that matter – are spectacular. To the south, the view is dominated by Mt. Mikeno, whose 4437m (14,560’) summit towers over the gorilla sector.

Across the valley is Nyiragongo volcano, whose lava lake colours the night sky with a red glow. Every few years, Nyamulagira volcano erupts and steals the night-time show by spewing hot lava hundreds of feet into the air. Occasionally, the mountain gorillas themselves wander into the Bukima tented camp. Although this is highly frowned up by park staff, it never ceases to impress the guests.

Tchegera Island Camp (mid-range)

Tchegera Island Camp is the perfect way to escape the hustle and bustle of Goma or to relax after climbing Nyiragongo volcano. Situated off the northern shore of L. Kivu, Tchegera camp offers spectacular views of the lake and four volcanoes. On clear nights, Nyiragongo and Nyamulagira volcanoes add to the drama by turning the night sky red with their glowing lava. There is also an abundance of bird life on the island, including African eagles, cormorants, heron and gulls. Whether one chooses to relax on the beach or explore other parts of the island in a sea kayak or by paddle board, Tchegera is the perfect place for rest and relaxation. Accommodation reservations include breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Lulimbi is located in the heart of Virunga and is home to a large percentage of the park’s elephants and hippos. Buffalo, warthogs, giant forest hogs, Topi, Kob, crocodiles, and a wide variety of bird life also abound. Lulimbi lies in the Ishasha Valley, on the eastern edge of the park’s Central Sector. In striking contrast with the volcanoes and gorillas of the south, this beautiful area is dominated by savannah plains, through which the Ishasha River cuts its way. The Lulimbi Tented Camp is nestled into the shoreline of the Ishasha River, which winds through Virunga’s vast savannah plains. Lulimbi is the first such camp in this area of the park and was created for two main reasons: to showcase Virunga’s spectacular savannah wildlife and to give visitors the chance to actively participate in conservation.

Kibumba Tented Camp

Experience Virunga’s newest offering Kibumba Tented Camp an excellent choice for those seeking a more affordable way to experience the mountain gorillas in Virunga National Park. The camp is conveniently located near the trail head for Nyiragongo volcano, which makes it the perfect place to stay for those wanting to experience both gorillas and the world’s largest lava lake. Guests can also enjoy nature hikes just outside camp or walk down to the local Kibumba marketplace for a vibrant cultural experience.

Orchids Safari Club offers the finest gorilla watching in Central Africa from its base on the banks of Lake Kivu near the Kahuzi-Biega National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Built on the banks of Lake Kivu, the Orchids Safari Club is a waterside haven that is situated near the Kahuzi-Biega National Park. Part of the Congo Democratic Republic (that was formerly Zaire), this central African hotel has views of water on one side and the animal kingdom on the other, depending which window you are gazing out of. The luxurious nature around Lake Kivu enables us to welcome you in an exceptional environment. This sleek and elegantly decorated hotel offers a mixture of contemporary and traditional African styles. An hour from Bukavu, along Lake Kivu, you can discover Kahuzi Biega National Park. This park is one of the last nature reserves to home gorillas.

The Coco Lodge is an inn in the heart of Africa, located in the city of Bukavu in the east of Democratic Republic of Congo, a city with exceptional charm; this hostel attracts a national and international clientele. With a private and secure parking, Qualified and friendly staff will be at your disposal. The Coco Lodge has 8 luxurious rooms with double, beds, decorated, according to the theme of Africa. All are equipped with bathrooms or showers, toilets and televisions. The wireless internet network is available everywhere indoors, on the terrace and in the restaurant. All screens have HD and cable, two lounges with bar and fireplaces in addition to a VIP lounge, private bar for guests.

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