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Exterior View of Verandah in Forest, Mikeno Lodge, Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo


Below is some of the wonderful accommodation to include on your journey.

Nyiragongo Summit Shelter £££££

  • Democratic Republic of Congo

They are very much shelter and not much else. These fibre-glass huts keep out the wind and stay surprisingly warm but are very spartan. Inside each hut are small foam mattresses, which lie directly on the floor. However, after the hike to the top, they will feel like a king-size bed. There is a small window at one end. Basic sleeping bags are provided and whilst the shelters keep out the elements and can be quite warm, we recommend you bring either your own sleeping bag or at least a good sleeping bag liner. All food is brought by the porters and food is cooked on a small stove – surprisingly filling – along with some fresh fruit. Water is also provided, although you or your porter will need to carry this. There is no running water (bring travel hand wipes) and the loo is a long drop affair, reached by a short, steep walk on a rocky path (there is a safety rope to help you back up). Please be aware, this is a VERY basic affair, being nothing more than a tiny, bare hut.

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Bukima Camp £££££

  • Democratic Republic of Congo

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.

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