Volcanoes Virunga Lodge
At a Glance
Visit the local community projects and the school
Trekking for Eastern Lowland Gorillas in the Virunga Mountains
Sit on the deck and soak in the spectacular views
Beautiful walks around the lodge
Trek for the Golden Monkey
Visit Dian Fossey's grave and learn about her work - extremely moving and uplifting.Anna Hearn
The lines above the gorillas nostrils are like a finger print for each individual gorilla.Louisa Ross-Taylor
Meet our specialists
Call us on 858 345 1761 to start planning your vacation to Volcanoes Virunga Lodge or take a look at our itineraries to Virungas and northern Rwanda
The magnificent Volcanoes Virunga Lodge, set on a stunning hillside, has eight bandas and two new larger deluxe banda cottages with breath-taking panoramic views of six of the eight surrounding volcanoes in between lakes Ruhondo and Bulera. The terraced gardens on this high ridge are now well established, with a magical sunken paradise garden as their focal point.
Aside from gorilla tracking, clients can climb a volcano, track the golden monkeys, visit Diane Fossey's grave or go for gentle strolls around the picturesque villages near the lakes. The lodge is about an hour's drive from the park headquarters, where the gorilla treks depart from. The eight spacious stone cottages, all have wooden floors, chunky wooden furniture and large verandas. Each is connected by a short covered walkway to a private loo and shower. The loos are low-flushing eco loos and the shower has solar heated hot water. The deluxe bandas are a little larger with a sitting room and open fireplace and larger deck from where you can relax and soak up the endless view. Virunga Lodge is quite a sociable place to be as everyone eats at one large table in the evening. Aside from gorilla-tracking, a local 'Intore' dance troupe perform here and massages are available.
Volcanoes Virunga Lodge has eight stone cottages and 2 deluxe suites with a panoramic view of the Virunga volcanoes and the lakes Ruhondo and Bulera. The eight spacious en-suite stone rooms, all have wooden floors, chunky wooden furniture and large verandas. The rooms are bright and airy.
Children of all ages are welcome at Volcanoes Virunga Lodge. The family cottage was especially designed with families in mind and it therefore provides the perfect choice of accommodation if you are traveling with younger ones. However, it should be noted that children under the age of 15 are not permitted to visit the gorillas.
Gorilla trekking, to one of the six gorilla families in the vicinity, is the primary activity form the Lodge but there are plenty of other excursions such as a visit to Diane Fossey’s grave, tracking the Golden Monkeys, climb a volcano or hike to some lovely waterfalls. Guests can also experience some local culture with a walk to the local village, watch Intore dancers as well as visit local community projects and a local school.
Also, if you are looking for a souvenir or two, there is a well stocked curio shop at the lodge where guests can purchase a variety of locally made and sourced items.
Location & Directions
Volcanoes Virunga Lodge is located in north western Rwanda, around 45 minutes' drive from the park headquarters where you start your gorilla trekking adventures. The lodge has a beautiful hillside position overlooking the twin lakes, Burera and Ruhondo.
When to go
Rwanda can be visited at any time of year. There are two annual rainy seasons: the big rains which last from mid-February to the beginning of June, and the small rains from mid-September to mid-December. Rainfall, especially over the mountains, is heavy during these two periods, particularly from March to May. The long dry season, June to September, is the best time for tracking gorillas in the Volcanoes National Park and for hiking in Nyungwe Forest Reserve.