Mikeno Lodge in DR Congo

Are you planning to go for mountain gorilla safari in Congo (Virunga National Park) but you are wondering about where you spend a night before or thereafter your breathtaking adventure? Have you ever heard about Mikeno Lodge? Well, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is one of the three only countries in the world where the rare mountain gorillas are inhabited and to realize your dreams with these special creatures while they are in their natural home has been facilitated by presence of luxury and comfortable accommodation facilities and Mikeno Lodge is one of a kind lodging facilities that shouldn’t miss out in your travel plan.

This lodge is features as a luxury facility and it is only one and half hours drive off Goma and it comes with huge bungalows and the best restaurant. Mikeno Lodge and its restaurant are situated in the forest and they present the most spectacular views of the mighty rift valley and the Nyiragongo and Mikeno Mountains. If you are a nature lover, you can as well embark on nature walks and exploration of local areas of your interest or simply sight out most of the bird species and several of resident blue monkeys, colobus monkeys, baboons and chimpanzees that come around the lodge area. The cost of accommodation goes at $330 per person for single room, $475 for double and $705 for triple including breakfast, lunch, dinner and 16 percent of government value added tax but excluding transport cost.

If you are looking for hidden natural wonders then Mikeno Lodge is one of the best options for you while on safari to Virunga National Park. The lodge’s bungalow accommodation is spacious, luxurious and offer adequate privacy that any traveler wishes to have while on safari, each of which features incredible trees or offer spectacular valley views. Every bungalow also features its own fireplace that the staff light each evening while visitors are out enjoying their dinner. The lodge features materials such as thatch, mahogany and lava stone from the Virunga Mountains that make it one of the most beautiful places compared to the rest of the lodging facilities in the Virunga National Park.

Mikeno Lodge features 12 detached bungalows all of which present comfortable atmospheres for visitors while in the jungle. Each of the bungalows features en-suit bathrooms; stone curved sinks, baths and showers. The main lodge comes with open plan communal areas where visitors can chill, share a drink and sit down for dinner. The balcony comes with stunning views of the luxuriant vegetation and the traditional African structure with a thatched roof where communities gather for outdoor meals and get togethers. The lodge has professional chefs that make about 3 (three) course meals in the onsite restaurant using the lodge’s very own vegetation garden and this offers you opportunity to have a taste of fresh products. There is also a fully deigned room and stocked bar for you to relax in the evening.

The lodge is strategically located in away that visitors can engage in mountain gorilla trekking and chimpanzee trekking in the Virunga National Park. It is just within a walking distance of the Senkwekwe center at Rumangabo that takes care of orphaned gorillas. You can also take a cultural walk to the nearby local communities and coffee plantations and visit the Widows Workshop-a project operated by the park that assists rangers’ widows learn significant skills that they can support their families.

Also, children are also welcome to have a stay at Mikeno Lodge however certain adventures have limitation especially hiking the Nyiragongo Mountain which requires persons above 12 years and for mountain gorilla and chimpanzee trekking, you have to be 15 years and above. However, there are some activities that can be organized for children as well as parents embark on strenuous mountain hike at Nyiragongo or mountain gorilla and chimpanzee trekking.

In conclusion therefore, Mikeno Luxury Lodge is not only for visitors to have comfortable accommodation but also a place for one to have the most exciting and interesting experiences while on mountain gorilla trekking, chimpanzee adventures, hiking Mountain Nyiragongo, nature walks, bird watching and many more.

Things to Do in Lake Kivu Rwanda

Lake Kivu features among the leading safari destinations that are frequently explored by visitors on Rwanda safaris. Considerably, it forms a section of the African Great Lakes just at the border between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) along the Albertine rift that makes up the western branch of the Great East African rift valley.

Lake Kivu features the outlet of River Ruzizi that flows to the south feeding into Lake Tanganyika. Count Adolf von Gotzen was the first European and German national to explore the Lake around 1894 and the Lake turned to be main dumping ground for genocide victims during the 1994 Rwanda genocide.

The Lake covers an area of around 2700 square kilometers at altitude of about 1460 meters. 58 percent of its waters are located in the DRC while the rest in Rwanda. Lake Kivu’s bed straddles on the rift valley floor and it is continuously being pulled apart making volcanic activity and enhancing its depths to its recent maximum depth of about 1575 feet approximately 480 meters that makes it the 18th deepest Lake in the world and the best tourist attraction that is worth including in the bucket list while on your African safari in Uganda and Rwanda.

This Lake also comes with Idwiji that features as the 10th biggest Island in the world. There is also the stunning Tchegera Island that is situated around the Virunga National Park, DR Congo. Several Lake shores settlements are also available most of which include the Kabare, Bukavu, Kalehe, Sake and Goma in the DR Congo while in Rwanda the settlements are featured at Cyangugu, Kibuye and Gisenyi.

After gorilla tracking in Volcanoes National Park, spend time at Lake Kivu and enjoy activities like;

  • Swimming

Lake Kivu is perfectly one of the fresh water Lakes with no crocodiles, hippos and Bilhazia. It features cool temperatures and if you are interested in cooling yourself during a hot sunshine, this is the perfect place that you should consider visiting. It is from this Lake that you can find beaches around its shores that come with fine sand where one can easily chill out in the mild sun after having amazing swim in the Lake. For exceptional swimming experiences, you can choose to start your swimming around Kibuye, Cyangugu and Gisenyi.

  • Hiking and biking adventures

Visitors can also embark on a walk in the Lake’s beaches. Hiking adventures are worth taking while on safari in Lake Kivu especially for honeymooners. This comes with incredible views of the fresh water Lake and cool breezes from the waves that reward visitors with lifetime experiences.

  • Water sports

You can set off for a local canoeing experience or use speed engine boats to cruise along the fresh water Lake so as to discover more about what this incredible country holds for the world. The boat cruise can be done within few meters on the Lake and interestingly, you can even have dinner especially for long boat rides to the main islands like Napoleon and Amahoro Island. Lake Kivu is worth visiting especially if you want to get out of the stress.

  • Exploring Nyamirundi Island

Nyamirundi Island is located next to Gisenyi and much of coffee cultivation and processing is done in this place. A visit to the Island helps one explore more on the entire coffee processing and have opportunity to taste the locally processed and made coffee. You can explore more about other crops that are cultivated in the Island especially the bananas and other main food crops. Nyamirundi Island offers visitors with remarkable views of the terraced gentle slopes that come with coffee and banana plantations.

  • Exploring Imbabazi orphanage

Imbabazi orphanage was established by the late Rosamond Carr to take care of the orphans whose parents lost lives during the terrific Rwandan genocide of 1994. Carr stayed in Rwanda for a good time and became close friends with Dian Fossey the famous American primatologist and conservationist. At the time of the genocide, the orphanage was transferred to another area because of the insecurity reasons and after the bloody genocide, it was permanently set up around Gisenyi and cares for about 400 orphans. This orphanage was re-established and well built and currently it features the most stunning gardens and restaurant which prepare delicious and standard food as well as amazing views of the surrounding areas including the Virunga Mountains.

  • Wind surfing and many other water sports

Lake Kivu’s waters feature waves which support most of the water sporting experiences especially windsurfing, speed boat rides, sport fishing, kayaking and many more. You can hire kayaking and wind surfing gear around Gisenyi.

From the discussion above, Lake Kivu is one of the unique tourist attractions on its own way that are worth adding in the bucket list. It supports a number of exciting activities for visitors on Rwanda safari to enjoy with their dear ones.