Bukima tented camp
Bukima Tented Camp is a simple camp located outside the Virunga National Park boundary and is one of the starting points for gorilla trekking in this Park. The camp has 6 tents whereby four feature double beds and the remaining ones feature twin beds. This facility was initially constructed for researchers but it now mainly offers quintessential accommodation for gorilla trekkers who visit Virunga National Park. Each tent within this place is furnished with cozy beds and a dresser for putting clothes. The Southern side of the Camp enjoys picturesque views because it is dominated by Mount Mikeno towering at 4,437meters above sea level. Not only that, Nyiragongo Volcano is found across the Valley and its Lava changes the night sky to red glow. Some guests are always lucky to see some of the mountain gorillas that roam the area around Bukima Tented Camp. Room rates for Bukima Tented Camp include $316 per room per night for single occupancy, $450 per room per night for double occupancy, and these rates include 16% of government VAT and the meal plan is breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
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Lulimbi Tented Camp
This is the newest Camp in Virunga National Park (built in July 2016) and is nestled in the heart of Virunga, on the Ishasha River with Queen Elizabeth National Park of Uganda. This Camp is composed of 10 private canvas tents whereby 4 have twin beds, 4 have double beds and 2 are set up with 3 twin beds. Each of the tents features en-suite bathroom and is fitted with flush toilets, running water and solar showers. In spite of the fact that the tents are quite simple, they are cozy and well equipped. Other amenities at the Camp include a restaurant, well stocked bar and a lounge tent where guests can relax and enjoy the beauty that nature offers. What makes accommodation here even more beautiful is that all the tents face the Ishasha River, have private verandas that allow guests to see the nearby pond of hippos, warthogs, elephants, buffaloes and topi, which increases the excitement of being at this camp. This facility was set to serve two reasons; allow tourists to explore the Virunga gorillas and other savanna wildlife and allow visitors to actively involve themselves in conservation programs. Since it is a new Tented Camp, it will be open with effect from 2nd June 2017 with rates being $340 per night for single occupancy, $450 for double occupancy and $760 per night for triple occupancy. These rates include breakfast, Lunch and Dinner plus 16% Government VAT.
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Nyiragongo Volcano Summit shelters
This Spartan accommodation facility offers only camping for tourists to experience the primitive wilderness of Virunga National Park. This facility is mainly used by tourists who participate in the Nyiragongo Volcano hike. There are 12 summit shelters with each shelter containing two single beds where visitors put their sleeping bags. The fact that it is situated about 5 feet high, tourists enjoy the spectacular views of the surrounding area. There is no place where you will relax as you enjoy the eye-catching views of parts of Congo except within this Camp. Comfortable sleeping bags are offered for those that do not have their personal sleeping bags, food is always prepared locally by the porters on small cooking stoves offering a true wilderness camping. The rates for staying in these shelters is usually included in the Nyiragongo Volcano Trekking permits and they include $25 and $125 for Congolese and International children respectively, $90 and $300 for Congolese and International adult tourists respectively. Porters can be hired at $12 per day and $24 for the entire overnight trip, and these porters carry luggage of a maximum of 15kgs. Do not miss night camping in Nyiragongo Volcano Summit shelter while on a safari in Virunga National Park In conclusion, with several accommodation facilities existing in Virunga National Park such as Mikeno Lodge, Bukima Tented Camp and Nyiragongo Volcano Summit Shelter, tourists who visit Virunga National Park for their gorilla trekking safaris are guaranteed of having a memorable experience.
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Mikeno lodge in virunga National Park
This luxury Lodge is a hidden treasure within Virunga mountain ranges and can take long for someone to even discover. It is found in the center of Virunga with spectacular views of the forest, Nyiragongo and Mikeno Volcanoes and the rift valley. The upscale and comfortable bungalow accommodations in this Lodge are capacious, splendid and exclusive with phenomenal views of the valley and trees. The advantage of visiting this Lodge is that it is very accessible from Goma (less than 2 hours from Goma to the Lodge). Each bungalow has a personal fireplace which is normally lit in the evening by the staff so that you enjoy your mouthwatering meals in a relaxed environment. Talking of the meals, there is a restaurant on site that serves finger-licking local and international dishes. There are interesting activities that can be conducted within the Lodge and they include nature walks, community walks and Birding among others. This place is endowed with several bird species, chimpanzees, baboons, Black and white colobus monkeys and blue monkeys among others. Their rates are very attractive and they include $316 per room for single occupancy (on full board) and $450 per room per night for double occupancy (on full board).
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Tchegera Island Tented Camp.
This tranquil Camp is located off the Northern shore of Lake Kivu and offers a perfect place to relax after a hectic Nyiragongo volcano hike and is the best escape way from the noise, buzz and bustle of Goma town. Guests who visit this Camp enjoy a breathtaking view of Lake Kivu and four Volcanoes, and interestingly Nyamulagira and Nyiragongo volcanoes make your stay more ravishing because they sometimes turn the night to Sky red with their adulatory lava. This camp has 8 comfortable tents with amenities like hot/cold water and electricity and meals are served to make your stay memorable. With the abundant bird species such as Cormorants, herons and gulls, tourists can engage in bird watching when they visit this Camp. Other activities include primate walks, Boat trips, relaxation at the beach and Kayaking among others. The amazing views of Lake Kivu, the Volcanoes and Goma town make this place a “must stay” for tourists who visit Virunga National Park. Their room rates include $160 per night for single rooms and $216 per night for double rooms
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