Volcanoes Virunga Lodge

Volcanoes National Park, Virungas and northern Rwanda, Rwanda

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

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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.

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Insider's View

Visit Dian Fossey's grave and learn about her work - extremely moving and uplifting.

The lines above the gorillas nostrils are like a finger print for each individual gorilla.

Spot the 7 of the 9 volcanoes in the chain of volcanoes which defines the skyline

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Description

Virunga Lodge has ten cottages set in an incredible position with views of the Virunga volcanoes and shimmering lakes Ruhondo and Burera. The lodge is a great base from which to go gorilla trekking in the Volcanoes National Park.

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.

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Accommodation

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.

Childcare

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.

Activities

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.

Reviews

5

(Press)

If you go all dreamy at the very thought of mountain gorillas, put this at the top of your bucket list. Virunga Lodge has been here for ten years, and to celebrate has created two new suites, overlooking Lake Bulera and the very volcanic foothills where Dian Fossey had her big gorilla love-in. It's all terrifically 'Out of Africa': shared candlelit suppers, wraparound verandas, four-poster beds, open fires and private terraces for misty mountain gazing and sun-drowsy snoozes. You'll need those naps, as you're here for one thing: the gorillas, which you'll be tracking from before dawn, scrambling up through slippery forest (often in mud and pouring rain, for hours and hours and hours). But it's all worth it when you find them, hanging out, having a natter, chomping away, giving you the once-over every now and again. Magical.

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Sharing time and space with wild gorillas in their natural habitat could be one of the most intimate and moving experiences of your life. And there is no better place to enjoy this than the Virunga Lodge, a new safari base perched on a lush hillside near the Virunga volcanoes in Rwanda an ideal location for the sometimes arduous trek through the mist-cloaked forests.

There are only eight bandas dotted around Virunga Camp, which is committed to eco-friendly principles: it uses solar power and has limited water consumption. It is not a luxury camp, but the far reaching views over the volcanoes and lakes Ruhondo and Bulera are the best substitutes for hot baths and fluffy towels.

Experiences

  • Experiences and activities in the Virungas

    Rwanda's Parc National des Volcans surely must rank at the top of any list for the sheer majesty of its landscapes. It's a land of soaring cloud capped volcanoes, beautiful mountain lakes and warm welcoming people.

  • Golden Monkey trekking

    Trekking to see the Golden Monkeys in Uganda and Rwanda is a great trip where you will witness these inquisitive animals leaping from branch to branch around you.

  • Gorilla Trekking

    Gorilla tracking in Parc National des Volcanoes, through the mountainous forest on the slopes of the Virunga range, is a magical experience. Seeing a mountain gorilla in its natural habitat is one of the world's most thrilling wildlife experiences.

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Location & directions

Volcanoes National Park, Virungas and northern Rwanda, Rwanda

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.

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