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Volcanoes Virunga Lodge

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.

Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda
Volcanoes Virunga Lodge
  • 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


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

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Volcanoes National Park, 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.

It is an 8-hour 30-minute international flight to Nairobi followed by a 2-hour international flight to the capital city of Rwanda, Kigali and from there the Volcanoes Virunga Lodge is then around a three hour drive.


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