Virunga National Park is currently closed for security reasons. It is unlikely to reopen until 2019.
Bukima means the place where there are monkeys and whilst it was originally built as a base for researchers, it is now used as the starting point for Virunga mountain gorilla treks.
The six, large meru-style safari tents (4 doubles and 2 twins) are all en-suite (flushing loos and bucket showers) with a small dresser and simple safari chairs, with a similar, but much larger main mess tent, where wholesome, simple meals are taken and where batteries can be charged. This is very much a base canvas and wooden camp from which to explore the surrounding area and whilst simple, it is clean, comfortable and well located for access to the gorilla trekking.
Why We Like It
Being located on the edge of the forest in the foothills of the Mikeno Volcano, the views are spectacular. To the south, the view is dominated by Mt. Mikeno, whose 4437m (14,560’) summit towers over the gorilla sector and across the valley is Nyiragongo, whose lava lake colors the night sky with a red glow. Whilst not encouraged, the gorillas have been known to wander into Bukima camp, much to the distress of the rangers, but the delight of the guests.