Ngila lodge in Virunga National Park
Ngila lodge is luxury tented camp located in Virunga national park with outstanding views of different Volcanoes and it is an ideal accommodation property to stay before and after trekking the rare mountain gorillas of Virunga tropical forests.
All in all, the lodge largely opens to the panoramic stunning views of Mount Mikeno, Mount Gahinga, Mount Karisimbi, Mount Muhabura, Mount Bisoke and Mount Nyiragongo emits a dazzling red glow from its lava lake into a sparkly night sky.
The main building of Ngila lodge is a well-built banda with some art of both traditional and modern architecture, very close to a site once used as a research centre to monitor the mountain gorillas of Virunga national park in Democratic Republic of Congo.
The main building is grass thatched and well designed with a comfortable lounge area, classy dining room, well stocked bar and a fire place to give you a cozy feel during cold hours.
Ngila lodge in Virunga national park has a wide range of services and amenities such as WiFi in the main building, Bar & Lounge, room service to the safari tent, child care to guests going for gorilla trekking from the lodge, a nightly campfire at the main building and helipad at the lodge.
All luxury safari tents are built on raised platforms, each positioned with a panoramic view of a volcano. The rooms are fully furnished and equipped with log fires, large comfortable beds, en suite bathrooms and private verandah to accommodate guests.
Travelers interested in flying safaris to Virunga national park DR Congo can access Ngila lodge by both plane and helicopter. Those who choose to fly by plan, the closes landing sites to the lodge is Goma International Airport which is about 2½ hours’ drive from Ngila. And If you’re flying using a helicopter, the lodge is equipped with a private helipad. other selected landing sites around the park include the smokey crater of Mount Nyiragongo for travelers interested in viewing the lava lake without hiking.
Visitors are highly advised to get enough information if planning to fly to Virunga national park for a safari. Get details on flights to the park, climate & weather of the region, wildlife & our collection of fly-in safari activities.
You may spot a number of wildlife at Ngila lodge such as vervet monkeys, black & white colobus and red-tails monkeys running through the surrounding trees, a lot of rainforest birds and on a good day, mountain gorillas pay a visit.
Rates at Ngila lodge starts from $490 person/night. This is subject to change without prior notice.
A number of activities can be done while staying at Ngila, these include, mountain gorilla trekking, Nyiragongo volcano hiking, nature walks, chimpanzee trekking and visiting Senkwekwe gorilla orphanage centre
Packing list for a visit to Ngila Lodge In Virunga National Park
Travel documents: Anyone traveler planning for a safari to Virunga National park must possess a valid passport, Visa and Yellow Fever vaccination card. These documents are required while traveling to DR Congo and failure to have them may prolong your time at the border offices. You are advised to have both hard and soft copies of these documents. Besides having these three essentials, travel with your medical insurance documents, an updated local map and your travel plan or itinerary.
Clothes: Weather condition at Ngila lodge and generally Virunga national park is unpredictable. However, if you are planning for typical African adventure safari experiences, you are required to carry a rain jacket, sweater, long sleeve shirt and trousers, strong hiking shoes, good stockings and indoor shoes for relaxation while in your hotel.
Emergency telephone numbers: It is recommended to acquire a sim-card upon entering DR Congo. A local phone number is important in case of any emergencies like an accident. There are a number of telecommunication networks in Congo with masts even in the remotest areas.
Pocket change: Yes, dollars and other major world currencies are easily accepted in hotels, tourist lodges and big restaurants but you need to get some local currencies to help you during your safari to make simple transactions such as buying souvenirs, giving tips, pay for transport and hotel services excluded from your package.
A camera and binoculars: Virunga National Park is naturally beautiful destination with gorgeous forests, landscape, people and wild animals. Therefore, you need a good camera to capture all the great moments and encounter during your tour. Other electronic gadgets to carry may include a phone, ipad and laptop. Keep these gadgets safe in a waterproof backpack in case of rain.
Other essentials: The following items are considered optional but may become essential during your visit to Ngila lodge in Virunga national park DR Congo. They include allergy medicines, antibiotics, pain killers, vitamins, insect repellents, lip balm, flashlights, electric adapters, hair shampoo and hand sanitizers.
Climate & Seasons in Virunga National Park
Virunga National Park can be visited throughout the year for fly-in safaris. In dry season the trails in the park can easily be accessed compared to wet season. However, in dry season, gorilla and Nyiragongo volcano hike are highly demanded, therefore, you are strongly advised to book permits in advance through a local tour operator or Virunga national park.
In the rainy season there is less mist, which is a bonus for photography and few visitors travel to the park during wet season, therefore it is easier to secure gorilla trekking permits. Please note that the above climate information is a rough guide as weather patterns keep changing and since the park is covers a rainforest, it can rain any month of the year.
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