Making use of materials like thatch and mahogany as well as lava stone procured from the volcanoes of Virunga, the charming buildings at Mikeno combine luxurious interiors with an authentic local feel that equates to everything a luxury lodge should be.
Set on a forested hillside that offers superb views of Virunga’s volcanoes and the Great Rift Valley, this lodge’s setting offers both intimacy and a connection with nature. Its location close to the park headquarters makes it a fantastic base for gorilla tracking excursions and treks to Mount Nyiragongo.
Accommodation & Facilities
The 12 detached bungalows here offer both comfort and intimacy here in the forest. Each one has its own wood-burning fireplace, as well as private decking areas and en-suite bathrooms featuring stone-carved sinks, baths and showers. The main lodge features open-plan communal areas where guests can relax, share a drink and sit down to dinner together. Taking to the upstairs balcony you can cast your eyes across the glorious green vistas afforded you by the lodge’s forest locale, or choose to sit beneath the boma, a traditional African structure with a thatched roof where communities gather for outdoor meals and get-togethers.
The chefs at Mikeno whip up delicious three-course meals in the onsite restaurant using the lodge’s very own vegetable garden, so you can be sure your dinner is made using produce that’s as fresh as fresh can be! In addition to the artfully designed dining room there’s also a well-stocked bar, perfect for an evening aperitif.
Gorilla and chimpanzee tracking isn’t the only activity you can enjoy here. Demonstrations by the Congohound Canine Unit, an anti-poaching team composed of rangers and their trusty sniffer dogs, give guests a glimpse into the hard work done to protect Virunga’s wildlife. The lodge is also within walking distance of the Senkwekwe Centre at Rumangabo, which cares for orphaned gorillas. Mikeno’s position just outside Virunga’s boundaries also allows you to walk through the local communities and coffee plantations, as well as visit the Widows Workshop, an initiative run by the park which helps rangers’ widows learn valuable skills with which they can support their families.
Children are welcome at Mikeno Lodge, but there are age restrictions for some park activities. Children must be at least 12 years of age to hike up Nyiragongo, or 15 years of age to track gorillas and chimps. A minder can be arranged for younger children if parents wish to go trekking.