Virunga NP camps - Bukima Tented Camp

Bukima Tented Camp

Bukima Tented Camp is all about Mountain Gorillas - set immediately adjcent to the Virunga Park boundary this tented camp was originally built as a research station, now it is the main starting point for Virunga mountain gorilla treks. As the name suggests, guests at Bukima sleep in platform tents, but by camping standards they are pretty plush with good sized beds and en-suite facilities (hot-bucket showers in command). The views from the tents – or anywhere in camp for that matter – are spectacular. To the south, the view is dominated by Mt. Mikeno, whose 4437m summit looms over the gorilla sector. Across the valley is Nyiragongo volcano, whose lava lake colors the night sky with a red glow. Occasionally, the gorillas wander into the camp and while this is highly frowned up by park staff, it never ceases to impress the guests. An interesting feature near the camp is a lava tunnel which has created a good sized cave, a must for anyone with an urge to do a spot of spelunking in the Congo.

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