Accommodation – Hotels And lodges in Virunga National Park
If you are planning for a trip to Virunga national park in Democratic Republic of Congo, check on a list of accommodation properties with in and around the park. Virunga national park features a number of hotels and lodges that range from budget, mid-range and luxury.
Therefore, tourists interested in exploring the DR Congo, will stay in clean, comfortable and standard accommodation properties at affordable price. Please check some of our recommended hotels and loges below if you are planning a journey to Virunga national park. All lodges are safe, charming and eco-friendly for an African memorable holiday.
The rates for these hotels and lodge are subject to change without prior notice, therefore always check updated room charges before deciding on where to stay.
If you get hard time to make direct reservation for these hotels and lodges, we strongly advise you to book through a local tour operator like Africa Adventure Vacations.
Price sensitive travelers can opt to go lazy camping. Tents and other camping gears can be provided by different service providers or you may carry your own tent and other accessories gears more so if you plan to discover remote national reserves and parks in DR Congo.
Mikeno lodge is among the luxury accommodation properties located in Virunga national park. The lodge is destined in area with magnificent views of a rift valley and Nyiragongo volcano. Staying at Mikeno lodge gives you an opportunity to engage in a number of park activities ranging from gorilla trekking, Nyiragingo mount hiking, birding and visiting the Senkwekwe gorilla orphanage center. Guests do watch a number of bird species just right from the lodge, several monkeys and chimpanzees are also usual visitors of the property.
Mikeno lodge had well-built restaurant with an African touch to offer both indoor and outdoor dining, with a selection of fresh cuisine and vegetables.
The décor in the main building is luxurious and modern, yet colored with throws, furnishings, and textures that reflect the Lodge’s surroundings. All the bungalows are private, featuring en-suite facilities that include a fireplace, stone-carved baths, King sized beds and decking with tranquil views of the forest and the hilly landscape.
Kibumba tented Camp
Kibumba tented camp is a mid-range accommodation and a great choice for tourists looking at staying the outskirts of the park. The lodge offers authentic African camping experiences amidst Virunga’s flora and fauna with the added advantage of not driving a long distance to the starting point of gorilla trekking activity.
The lodge provides a warm and welcoming space for traveler to gather and share stories during their vacation in this wonderful UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Kibumba tented camp offers delicious meals both continental and local cuisines. Gusts who choose to stay at this property experience the true African wilderness in the Virunga national park. The lodge is an ideal place for those interested in hiking and trekking since it is near to the starting points for both excursions A relaxation at the lounge before and after safari activities such as gorilla trekking and mount Nyiragongo hiking is rewarding and memorable!
Lulimbi tented camp
Lulimbi tented camp has ten well-constructed and comfortable canvas tents built at the shoreline of Ishasha River, on the savannah plains of Vuringa national park. The camp is destined in the heart of Virunga and hosts a number of elephants and hippos.
The location of Lulimbi tented camp offers good access to savannah wildlife and trained rangers; Guests’ wilderness experience starts right from their room!
Out of the 10 private tents at Lulimbi tented camp, four have two twin beds, four with double beds and two with three beds. Each tent has an en suite bathroom with a solar powered shower and a flushing toilet. All tents overlook Ishasha River and have private verandas positioned to watch the passing hippos.
Rates for the camp are inclusive of breakfast, lunch and dinner however, alcoholic drinks come at an extra cost.
Lulimbi tented camp has a dining tent with a restaurant and well-stocked bar.
Yes, a number of activities can be done by guests who stay at this lodge such as elephant monitoring with a help of a professional ranger, Lake Edward boat excursions, chimpanzee habituation walks, bird watching, game drives, tilapia fishing and visiting the Nyakakoma fishing village.
From ethical and conservation perspective, Virunga national park has been harshly threatened by armed conflict in past years however, due to financial support and the dedicated park rangers, the park and Lulimbi Tented Camp have survived and the biodiversity of the park has been restored and protected.
Bukima Tented Camp
Bukima tented camp is a semi luxury accommodation located just outside the Virunga National Park boundary. Bukima is one of the main starting points for Virunga mountain gorilla trekking experiences. This lodge was formerly built for researchers, but currently it is mostly used by tourists intending to go for gorilla trekking. Just like the name of this property, travelers at Bukima sleep in platform tents but the camping standards are quite luxurious. Each tent is well equipped with standard beds overlooking the magnificent views of Mt. Mikeno, whose height goes for 4437m (14,560′) above the sea level. Across the valley is stunning active mount Nyiragongo volcano, whose lava lake colors the night sky with a red glow. Every few years, this mountain erupts and steals the nighttime show by spewing hot lava hundreds of feet into the air. The last eruption happened on 27th May 2021 after 9 years.
Occasionally, mountain gorillas wander Bukima tented camp hence on a lucky day, you may be warmly welcomed by these gentle primates of the Virunga region upon opening your door in the morning after a pleasant night at the camp!
Tchengera Island camp
Tchegera Island Camp is located off the northern shore of Lake Kivu in Virunga National Park, just 30 minutes boat ride from Goma and offers standard safari accommodation to tourists on an isolated and horseshoe-shaped island.
The camp is an ideal accommodation for tourists to stay after an adventurous mount Nyiragongo hiking and Goma city tour. Each tent opens up to Lake Kivu and the four volcanoes of Virunga region. The main building is a simple mess tent and includes a lounge, dining and bar.
Tchegera Island Camp has a total of eight simple but comfortable safari-style tented rooms and can be set as single, double and twins; sitting on black sandy shore of the island. All tents have flushing toilets, bucket showers, sockets and lights powered by a generator. More so, tents have verandas to enable guest sit outside and relax while enjoying the sunset over the lake.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner is served communally in the main mess tent. Usually after dinner, hurricane lamps and a campfire are set up at the beach. Be keen to watch mountain Nyiragongo and Nyamulagira volcanoes turn the night sky red.
The rate for a single room at this camp is $168 and $226 for a double and twin tent. These rates are subject to change without prior notice.
Guests staying at Tchegera Island Camp enjoy a number of activities such as bird watching and kayaking to explore different islands. You may as well, enjoy the beaches, relax and sunbath in the morning and evening hours.