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Virunga National Park, Rumangabo Democratic Republic of the Congo
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Just outside the Virunga National Park boundary lays the Bukima tented camp, which is the main starting point Virunga mountain gorilla treks. The camp was originally built for researchers, but is now used primarily by trekkers. As the name suggests, overnight guests at Bukima sleep in platform tents, but by camping standards they are quite plush. Each tent features an adjoining bathroom with running water and a nicely appointed bed and dresser for clothes. The views from the tent sites – or anywhere in camp for that matter – are spectacular. To the south, the view is dominated by Mt. Mikeno, whose 4437m (14,560’) summit towers over the gorilla sector. Across the valley is Nyiragongo volcano, whose lava lake colors the night sky with a red glow. Every few years, Nyamulagira volcano erupts and steals the nighttime show by spewing hot lava hundreds of feet into the air. Occasionally, the mountain gorillas themselves wander into the Bukima tented camp.
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Virunga National Park, Rumangabo Democratic Republic of the Congo
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Niall G wrote a review Oct 2019
Dublin, Ireland73 contributions49 helpful votes
We stayed one night in Bukima (between our two gorilla treks). The location is ideal as the camp is situated about an hour’s walk from two different gorilla families. The scenery at the camp is lovely with views of Mt.Mikeno (and Nyiragongo if you’re lucky with the cloud cover). The area is in the middle of farmlands and the terraced fields are beautiful to walk through. The camp itself is a relatively standard safari camp. Accommodation is in safari tents. Our tent was clean and quite spacious. Hot water bottles were placed in our bed during dinner. There is no electricity in the tent but phones can be given to staff to charge in the main building. Shower is a small bucket of hot water and must be ordered in advance. Don’t plan for anything more than a quick body shower! The camp is located high up a mountain above water sources but the owner is building lots of rainwater storage tanks which hopefully will improve the availability of water in future. Food is a set menu and very good given the isolated location. Lots of local vegetables were used.
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Date of stay: September 2019
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Peter wrote a review May 2019
Antwerp, Belgium7,954 contributions596 helpful votes
Stayed for 3 nights in this small paradise. Camping becomes glamping at the foot of Mount Mikeno, with views of the Nyiragongo. Fabulous food, attentive staff, very experienced rangers. In all fairness, a far better experience than a stay in some of the modern world 5* hotels.
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Date of stay: May 2019Trip type: Traveled solo
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benj wrote a review Mar 2018
London, United Kingdom292 contributions73 helpful votes
This glamping spot is situated at the starting point of your trek to see the wondrous gorillas. It's a pretty area that's well maintained and with friendly staff who will serve you lovely food and assist you in anyway they can. The sturdy tent is large, well furnished and stocked full of conveniences. The shower need to be pre-filled with hot water by the staff so you can arrange when you want to shower. The water will smell faintly of the smoke from the fire used to heat it! In the centre of the area is a large tent where dinner will be served and from which there are power points to recharge your phone, sofas and a cat. The cat eats most things - even salad! It's not cheap to stay here, but if you have the money this is a great spot especially if you've just descended down Niyaragongo. When you retire to bed after dinner you'll find hot water bottles in your bed - small things make me happy!
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Date of stay: February 2018
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Trip type: Traveled with friends
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tamanapa wrote a review Mar 2018
Napa, California115 contributions33 helpful votes
It was pouring and cold so everything felt slightly damp. The tents are large and very clean. They provided hot water bottles to have in your bed which was a great treat. The main tent was functional for a tented camp. The food was ok. The staff were very attentive and helpful. The best thing was in the morning we walked 3 mins to the start of the gorilla trek which was great. I only stayed one night.
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Date of stay: March 2018Trip type: Traveled with family
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Jarek S wrote a review Feb 2018
Amsterdam, The Netherlands22 contributions3 helpful votes
Ok, I’ve read the other reviews and I’m just utterly shocked. Wake up people! You pay $450 per night and what you get for this price is very mediocre. First, the biggest disappointment was the food. We arrived at Bukima after the Niyragongo trek and got an overcooked pasta with 5 olives and 7 capers, and some tomato sauce. So you’re in the middle of Africa, in Congo, in a region with the most fertile soil in Africa and you serve olives and capers imported from Europe!!??? Wtf? Is it so hard to buy some local vegetables? Second, you pay 450 dollars per night and you still have to pay extra for tea and coffee? Really? And finally the staff, they are very nice but nothing is on time. I asked for some water for the shower (yes you have to ask for it) in the morning and was advised to take the shower after diner. They weren’t ready in the morning. After the diner, we were in a hurry and had to wait 75 minutes for the water. I’m hugely disappointed with this place. It’s really not worth the money your paying for it.
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Date of stay: February 2018
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Democratic Republic of the CongoNorth Kivu ProvinceRumangabo
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Frequently Asked Questions about Bukima Tented Camp
What food & drink options are available at Bukima Tented Camp?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Are there any historical sites close to Bukima Tented Camp?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Iby'iwacu Cultural Village (7.9 miles).