Mikeno Lodge is a luxury facility in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Virunga National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Always singled-out for its comfort and the friendliness of its staff, it is perfectly located for gorilla treks.
The communal areas at Mikeno Lodge centre around some large and comfortable lounges, both in-side and stretching out onto a deck with a large fireplace and bar. Here it’s possible to stay warm and snug in the sometimes chilly evenings while enjoying a drink and socialising with other guests. The ambience throughout combines comfortable, high-quality contemporary furnishings with tradi-tional touches that include bare-stone floors covered with a range of rugs and carpets, local art on the walls and thatched roofs. There is an excellent restaurant that offers indoor or outdoor dining, with a range of fine cuisine – breakfast is included but additional meals are not – and plentiful charming touches including a good range of drinks, and friendly service.
There are twelve bungalows available at Mikeno Lodge, each unique yet sharing with the others a general approach and aesthetic: all are situated in the surrounding forest, and all are constructed from a mixture of local lava stone, mahogany and thatch. As in the main areas, the decor is luxuri-ous and modern yet coloured with throws, furnishings and textures that remind of the lodge’s exot-ic surrounds. All bungalows are private, feature en-suite facilities that include stone-carved baths, a fireplace that’s lit while dinner is being served, double or twin beds and decks with excellent views, of the forest and sometimes of the mountainous landscape beyond.
Mikeno Lodge is the perfect base for a range of safari/trekking activities, but for obvious reasons the region’s most distinctive feature are its mountain gorillas.