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Virunga Lodge

“Pioneers of luxury Gorilla Safaris in Rwanda”

Budget level: High-End
When to Go
All year
Property Type
Volcanoes National Park
Kids Min Age

The magnificent Virunga Lodge, celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2019, is the luxury gorilla experience in Rwanda and one of Africa’s finest and most renowned lodges.

The lodge is perched high on a ridge with the finest views in Africa, overlooking the Virunga Volcanoes and the Musanze valley to the west and Lake Bulera and Ruhondo to the east.

The iconic property has defined Rwandese Afro-chic since the lodge was built by Praveen Moman in 2004. The understated, timeless, hand-made style has been further refined to meet the needs of today’s luxury traveller during 2020.

Fantastic food and exceptional personalised service by our carefully trained staff make it the first accommodation choice for tracking the endangered mountain gorilla.

Each of our ten luxurious bandas has a private terrace from which our guests can watch the sunrise over the dramatic landscape of mountains and lakes, an individual fire place, a shower room with a double vanity.

The two deluxe bandas – called Ibirunga and Ibiyaga – have their own private sitting room and more refined interiors and will also include a hot tub and a larger terrace overlooking the majestic Virunga volcanoes or the twin lakes.

Activities from the lodge include: Gorilla Trekking, Golden Monkey tracking, Intore dance performance, hike to Dian Fossey’s grave, hike Karisimbi or Visoke Volcanoes, visit to Lake Kivu and Gisenyi.

Why we like it

  • One of the first lodges to pioneer & bring back tourism to the area.
  • Luxury accommodation with stunning views.
  • Great community projects and ecotourism benefits.
  • Combines well with sister camps in Uganda.

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