Bukima Tented Camp is a simple tented camp at the border of the park and one of the main starting points for gorilla treks in Virunga. The camp was originally built for researchers, but is now used primarily by trekkers. Overnight guests at Bukima sleep in platform tents, but by camping standards they are quite plush.
Each tent is equipped with a nicely appointed bed and dresser for clothes. 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, Nyamuragira 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. Prices for the camp are based on double occupancy and include breakfast and 16% Gov’t VAT. Lunch, dinner, and drinks are available for an additional charge. Of the six tents, four feature double beds and two are outfitted with twin beds.