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Mikeno Lodge in Virunga

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Mikeno Lodge - Congo

Tucked into a forested hillside at Virunga National Park headquarters, Mikeno Lodge offers guestsa peaceful refuge after a day visiting mountain gorillas or climbing a volcano. The air is cool, the views impressive, and the lodging comfortable.Each of the 12 private bungalows, made from lava stone with a natural thatch roof, includes a roomy interior with cozy seating around a stone fireplace. On cool nights, the fireplace warms the bungalow, while on warm afternoons the private mahogany terrace provides a prime position for spotting the Blue and Colobus monkeys that use the surrounding trees as their playground.Mikeno Lodge is perfectly situated between three major attractions in Virunga National Park, and only one hour from Goma. Whether your stay is the starting point for gorilla, volcano, and chimp adventures, or purely for a relaxing time-out ina peaceful location, Mikeno Lodge provides an exceptional experience among the wildlife and beauty of Virunga National Park.
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Bukima Patrol Post Tented Camp – Congo

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Bukima Patrol Post Tented Camp

BukimaPatrolPostTentedCampLocated at the starting point for gorilla treks, this basic but comfortable tented camp can sleep up to 16 people at a time. It provides all necessary requirements for a comfortable night in the wilderness, with a magnificent view of Mount Mikeno. Prices for the camp are based on two people sharing a tent (twin beds). The price also includes a basic evening meal and breakfast (drinks can be purchased on site). For budget travelers, it is possible to bring your own camping equipment and food and stay for a reduced price.
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Tchegera Island Tented Camp

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Tchegera Island Tented Camp

Tchegera Island Camp is the perfect way to escape the hustle and bustle of Goma or to relax after climbing Nyiragongo volcano. Situated off the northern shore of L. Kivu, Tchegera camp offers spectacular views of the lake and four volcanoes. On clear nights, Nyiragongo and Nyamulagira volcanoes add to the drama by turning the night sky red with their glowing lava. There is also an abundance of birdlife on the island, including African eagles, cormorants, herons and gulls. Whether one chooses to relax on the beach or explore other parts of the island in a sea kayak or by paddle board, Tchegera is the perfect place for rest and relaxation.
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Nyiragongo Volcano Summit Shelters

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Nyiragongo Volcano Summit Shelters

Nyiragongo is a beautiful stratovolcano that features the world’s largest lava lake. The volcano’s forested lower slopes are home to a variety of animals, including chimpanzees, monkeys, and bushbuck. Nyiragongo’s summit rim is largely devoid of vegetation and is frequently dusted with snow. From the rim, visitors can peer down into a churning lava lake and see and hear hot gases exploding up though a mosaic of molten lava. Although predictable and therefore safe for tourists, Nyiragongo is greatly feared during eruptions. Because of the high silica content of its lava, Nyiragongo’s lava flows are extremely fluid. During the 2002 eruption, some of Nyiragongo’s lava flows were clocked at 100 km/hr (62 mph) and reached all the way to Lake Kivu. Treks to the summit of Nyiragongo volcano begin at the Kibati patrol post, which is approximately 30 minutes by car from Goma. The patrol post is less than a one hour drive from the Mikeno Lodge in Rumangabo. Park rangers lead all treks and porters (unaffiliated with the park) are available for hire. The time required to reach the summit depends on the average fitness of each group, but typically takes 4 – 6 hours. Altitude sickness can be an issue for some because the climb begins at 1989m (6,525 ft) and ascends to 3470m (11,382ft) in a short time. Proper hydration is the best way to adapt to the change in altitude. People prone to Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) should speak to their physicians about taking preventative measures before making the climb. It is possible for fitter people to climb up and descend in one day, but most groups choose to overnight in basic accommodation available at the top (included in the permit fee). Trekkers are advised to bring raincoats and cold weather gear. Rain showers are a common occurrence on the climb up during the rainy season and temperatures at the summit can dip below 0°C/32°F. Guests staying at the Mikeno lodge can arrange packed meal service for the trip, while those coming with tour groups must supply their own. There is no food service on Nyiragongo. Porters can be hired at the base of the climb to carry loads for $12/day ($24 for the overnight trip). The maximum weight that porters are authorized to carry is 15kg.
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Caritas Hotel Goma

Caritas Hotel Goma
New and moderate guest house managed by a catholic diocese, acceptable but on medium budget rooms, few rooms are self-contained, others sharing outside bathroom and toilets. Restaurant serves international and continental cuisine.

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