Safari Lodges & Hotels , Accommodations in Parc De Virunga
Welcome to the accommodation & safari lodges section of parc de virunga the home for the mountain gorillas in the wilderness of Africa. This complete selection of Hotels & safari lodges in Virunga national park Park, ranges from absolutely extravagant to romantically intimate to classic family retreats, and something to suit every budget while planning to visit the apes of Africa on congo gorilla safari tour or climbing nyiragongo volcano ( world’s largest lava lake) .
Virunga National Park is located in the eastern part of democratic republic of congo which is bordered by Uganda , Rwanda that are also known to be places for gorilla trekking safari experiences however gorilla permits are more expensive than the case in DR congo. Virunga foundation manages and built best safari lodges to offer accommodation for travelers visiting virunga park for gorilla safari holidays and rates are always on full board. ( Covering the three course meals , lunch, breakfast and dinner ) once selected to stay in their hotels & accommodations.
In democratic republic of congo, in the virunga section there are various accommodations, Safari lodges that are having a big range of standards from Budget level to Luxury level.
We recommend the most comfortable, reliable, affordable and to enable enjoy a most memorable gorilla safari in congo & Climbing Nyiragongo Hiking adventure either through a Trusted Tour operators or through the park officials.
Listing of Safari Lodges & Hotels
Virunga Foundation manages the top safari lodges & camps recommended to travelers seeking overnight stay while on a gorilla trekking or climbing nyiragongo volcano.
Mikeno Lodge -5* luxury hotel
This adventure camp features beautiful rooms decorated in a colonial and African style. Each room features a comfortable bed draped in mosquito netting. Additional features include ceiling fans and fire places.
The area is also home to a diverse range of bird-life, primates and other wildlife animals . Relax on your private patio while enjoying bird watching. Guests can also head out on exciting gorilla trekking safari in the Virunga National Park.
- Spot the primates while overlooking the Nyiragongo and Mikeno volcanoes.
- There is an abundance of bird life in parc de virunga
- Good for spotting blue monkeys, colobus monkeys, and baboons.
- Watching the Chimpanzees trekking experience in parc de virunga.
The essence of the camp is based on one of Africa’s most famous virunga sector called ‘ Rumangabo.’ This Section you will be over looking the mikeno volcanoes and Nyiragongo , nyamuragira Volcano.
Mikeno Safari lodge is located 90 minute (1 and half hour) drive from Goma and offers large bungalows and a good restaurant located in the forest with views of the rift valley , and the rates are always on full board.
The camp is situated in a 35 hectare including the home for the orphanage mountain gorillas forming the great virunga national park that is the Africa’s oldiest national park so guests can experience excellent primates viewing from the restaurant of this safari camp.
Stay in one of 8 elegant rooms which can accommodate just 18 guests allowing for an intimate safari experience. Guests staying at this safari camp in Virunga Park can look forward to participating in exciting chimpanzee tracking, orphaned mountain gorillas.
Mikeno Safari Lodge Rates.
- Single person: $330
- Double occupancy: $475
- Triple occupancy: $705
Bukima Tented Camp, 4 Star hotel.
Bukima tented camp is located along the borders of par de virunga , the main starting point for gorilla trekking. The camp was founded specifically for researchers though to date, it is mostly used by trekkers. Every tent includes an advanced bathroom with fresh water, a dresser for clothes and a soft bed with exceptional views of the nature, endangered Mountain Gorillas that wander around and surrounding.
This intimate bush lodge is situated in the Bukima sector, at the foothills of the virunga Mountains, in a private concession of the Virunga National Park.
- Ten guests are accommodated in 5 luxurious tented suites
- The lodge is situated within the Virunga National Park
- Mountain gorilla trekking & Nature walks
- Overlooking mountain Mikeno
- Children over 12 years old are accommodated at the lodge.
This authentically simple safari lodge is a smaller lodge located near bukima sector the area that is known for gorilla trekking experience . Most gorilla trekking is done in bukima and so travelers planning safari holidays that include gorilla watching experience in parc de virunga , its recommended that you book your overnight stay at bukima tented camp to avoid morning drive to bukima sector . The Safari camp tries to run in a sustainable manner so that there is minimal impact on the surrounding environment. Stay in comfortable mid range tented suites that have great views of the surrounding bush and the local community.
While staying at the Safari camp you can expect personalized service. The lodge has a spacious feel, and conveys the relaxed ambiance of the bush. The adults in the group can enjoy exciting game drives in search of the regions abundant wildlife, gorilla trekking , as well as delight in birding while on bush walks.
Bukima Tented Camp Rates
- Single: $316
- Double occupancy: $450
Prices for the camp include breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Alcoholic beverages are available for an additional charge. Of the six tents, four feature double beds and two are outfitted with twin beds.
Kibumba Tented Camp
Kibumba tented Camp is an excellent choice for those seeking a more affordable way to enjoy gorilla trekking in the great virunga national park, mountain gorilla trekking ranks among the things to do while on congo safari holiday with reliable safari company. The Safari 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.
Kibumba Tented Camp features all the necessities of a classic tented camp: great food, full bar, well-appointed tents with comfortable beds, and en suite bathrooms with hot showers.
Kibumba Tented Camp Rates
- Single person: $140
- Double occupancy: $200
- Triple occupancy: $280
Accommodation prices include breakfast, lunch, dinner, and 16% Gov’t VAT
Tchegera Island Tented Camp
Whether your looking for a romantic destination, family fun, or to relax and unwind – Tchegera island tented camp is the ideal beach safari getaway destination after gorilla trekking & climbing nyiragongo in virunga national park.
Lake Kivu is a renowned beach destination located within the rift valley at the border of Rwanda and Democratic republic of congo. From family-friendly shores to the untamed surf of the beaches , guests are sure to enjoy the endless swimming in the rift valley . Whether you are looking for a casual, bare-foot beach Relaxation safari or seek a bit of luxury and exclusivity, you can experience both during a beach safari in the wilderness of parc De virunga.
Embark on the many wonderful ways to explore the scenic parc de virunga on activities such as gorilla trekking , nyiragongo hike, chimpanzee tracking safaris, nature walks and many more. Also take the opportunity to journey on Mountain gorilla trekking to witness the incredibly diverse wildlife of Congo.
Tchegera Island Camp is an outlier from the rest of Virunga NP, a partially submerged caldera off the northern shore of Lake Kivu this private island is promoted as the perfect way to escape the hustle and bustle of Goma or to relax after climbing Nyiragongo volcano.
Nyiragongo and Nyamulagira especially at night since these excite guests due to the reddish color they shoot into the sky as a result of the vigorous beautiful lava fluid they posses. There is also many species of birds that enable one to fully relax and enjoy comfortably due to their singing tones for example the cormorants, African eagles, herons, gulls etc. We charge $100 per person for a permit and round boat trip and all rooms vary according to ones ‘preferences.
- Permit, round trip ground/boat transport from Goma: $100 per person
- Single with all meals: $218 per night, per person
- Double with all meals: $276 per night, per person
- Double w/ twin beds with all meals: $276 per night, per person
- Triple with all meals: $400 per night, per person
Accommodation prices include breakfast, lunch, dinner, and 16% Gov’t VAT
Nyiragongo Summit Shelter
The active lava lake at the top of Nyiragongo volcano boils like a gigantic atlas of doom. My heart is racing, but I try to grasp my camera steadily while stretching out at the edge of the Nyiragongo crater to immortalize the magical scene. This is the very reason we struggled to cross the border of the enigmatic Democratic Republic of Congo. Every step of our grueling 5-hour trek feels relevant now.
To hike nyiragongo volcano requires physical fitness due to the fact that those that are fit can hike the volcano in one day and the trails to the volcano start at Kibati patrol post which takes one only 30 minutes from the town of Goma and 1 hour & half from Mikeno Lodge. The time needed to reach the volcano depends on one’s physical fitness and the trails are led by park wardens with porters to help the guests carry their luggage/load up the volcano at fair prices.
The Nyiragongo Summit Shelters
Situated in Nyiragongo where one can spot a variety of wildlife species like the Chimpanzee, bush bucks, monkeys and the thick green vegetation often covered with snow, the summit shelters offer basic accommodation that is very adventurous and worth experiencing since it enables one to enjoy that other side of nature.These include two individual tents within wooden structures which are appropriate for guests who prefer to rest and relax at the top overnight as long as it is recorded on their permits. We have park porters ready to help you carry your luggage/load of a maximum of 15kgs till the top of Nyiragongo and these do this at a fair charge of $12 a day and $24 for the overnight trip. While at the top, one will be in position to clearly view the vigorous lava lake spewing into the sky and the tremendous nature of Congo. The 12 summit shelters we have include two single beds where sleeping bags can be laid and their costs are included in the Nyiragongo volcano trekking permit;
- Adult-international: $300
- Child-international: $125
Other Lodges in Goma Town
Lac Kivu Hotel
Gorilla Trekking in Congo
Gorilla trekking in the Democratic Republic of Congo is done in Virunga National Park, this is a UNESCO World Heritage Site is located in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and borders both Uganda and Rwanda. Virunga National Park covers an area of about 7800km and is home to over 200 of gorillas living mostly in the southern part of the park. Virunga park is managed by Congolese National Park Authorities with the Institut Congolese Pour la Conservation de la Nature (ICCN), these also partner with Africa Conservation Fund. After, the decline in these mountain gorillas numbers due to the brutal attacks which killed at least 10 gorillas, the gorilla population has increased and more stable now. Many thanks are given to the brave efforts of the rangers who live within Virunga National Park.