Bukima Tented Camp is all about Mountain Gorillas - set immediately adjcent to the Virunga Park boundary this tented camp was...
Africa's most diverse National Park, Gorilla, Chimps, Eles, Buffalo, Hippos, sensational birding and ascending an active volcano
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- Guide-led trip to the Virunga NP
- Track Mountain Gorillas and Chimpanzees
- Climb the Volcano
- See the conservation work first hand
- Walking safaris where possible
A week in the Virunga is arguably the most diverse safari experience on offer anywhere - particularly now there is access and accommodation in the central savannah area. This trip can easily be combined with other safari destinations in East or Southern Africa (especially Rwanda, Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania or Zambia).
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Rod led a group of six very well travelled Swedes in to the Virunga NP for a week long-safari in July 2016. "This Park had been our radars for some time and when the opportunity arose, combined with a window of calm in the Congo, we jumped at it".
We began by doing a couple of consecutive days Gorilla trekking at Bukima a fabulous experience that can never fail to impress - "at the briefing we were instructed to stay seven metres away from the Gorillas but at times it was less than a meter as these awesome gentle giants lumbered past us".
Next-up it was a hour-long drive and thirty minute flight to Lulimbi - a brand new camp in the central sector of the park, proper savannah and a million miles from the thick montane forest that the gorillas inhabit. "This was more familiar Africa with lots of elephant, hippos, topi, kob and buffalo and an opportunity to walk amongst them all. Wonderful to be the inaugral guests in a camp that will hopefully have a long and happy future."
Mikeno was the next stop - nerve centre of the Virunga and an opportunity to meet some of the folk who are involved in saving this great Park, see the Sekwekwe centre which features heavily in the Virunga documentary and watch the Congo Bloodhounds at work. "It was great to see the conservation effort at first hand and to know that our presence is in some small part assisting their work. We also successfully tracked down a local group of Chimps and ticked off a few lifers".
A change of pace the following day as we climbed Nyiragongo - Africa's largest active volcano. "There was some trepidation within the group about this as it is a signifcant ascent (1994m to 3470m) but to camp above the lava lake is an experience that defies description or photography. The walk up is steady but not technical and much more vegetated than I imagined - we were all absolutely delighted to do it and it was an absolute highlight".
After descending Nyiragongo we drove back in to the colourful, vibrant, chaos that is Goma and in to the fish market to catch our boat across to Tchegera Island "the perfect retreat to relax in after the exertions of the volcano climb and reflect on an incredible week".
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