Mikeno Lodge is favourably located amidst the dense forest of Rumangabo, within the southern section of the Virunga National Park. Surrounded by various attractions; the city of Goma lies to the north, whilst the Mikeno Gorilla Sector is situated to the east and the breathtaking Nyiragongo Volcano forms a scorching throne to the southwest.
Twelve unique bungalows, fashioned with lava stone, mahogany and thatch are nestled amidst the thick forest greenery and reaching trees. Comprised of a comfortable lounging area and fireplace to ward off the crisp evening air, the spacious bungalows enjoy en-suite bathrooms with stone carved baths and curved stone showers. The decor merges Congolese ethnicity and classic simplicity with patterned rugs, soft tones and sleek wooden furniture; whilst the private deck exhibits the playful shrieks and quizzical stares of Blue and Colobus monkeys. Enjoyed beneath the thatched boma at the main lodge, dining is delicious and flavoursome; the wide viewing decks displaying the telltale movements of cheeky baboons.
Hiking up the 3,470 metre Nyiragongo volcano is an experience of a lifetime. Traversing widespread lava fields and ascending the steep slope to the summit, rewards the intrepid climber with breathtaking views of the largest lava lake known to man. A night spent in simple accommodation near the summit adds to the adventure. The Virunga National Park is home to an incredible 200 of the world’s remaining 790 Mountain Gorillas and treks across into the dense forest provide the ultimate viewing arena for these gentle giants. The nearby Senkwekwe Centre gives opportunity for observing four orphan gorillas; despite their immense size, the unfathomable dark eyes of Kaboko, Maisha, Ndeze and Ndekasi are sure to capture the hearts of their observers – a memorable highlight.
Mikeno Lodge offers an experience of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s most prized landscape and the wondrous Mountain Gorillas.