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Virunga Lodge Rwanda

Fantastic. Luxury. Magnificent. Splendid Views. Great Hospitality.

These are some of the words that can sum up Virunga Lodge, which is holed up on the edge of a steep hill with absolutely amazing views of the Virunga Volcanoes, the Virunga Volcanoes National Park forest and the magical twin lakes of Bulera and Ruhondo. Virunga Lodge is the ultimate luxury accommodation of choice for visitors to Virunga Volcanoes National Park who wish to trek the endangered mountain gorillas on Rwanda in their natural habitat.

Virunga Lodge is right up there among the spots with the best views in the entire wide world, and perhaps one of the most luxury safari lodges in Africa, and without doubt one of the top 3 lodges in Rwanda. Virunga Lodge symbolises the best of the African wild and definitely a luxury eco-lodge for gorilla trekking clients to Rwanda. The Lodge is constructed using local Rwanda building materials in-tune with its conservation principles and socio-economic transformation objectives of benefitting local communities of the folks who live in the Musanze/Ruhengeri areas on the edges of Rwanda Volcanoes National Park.

The lodge has 8 bandas each of which has its own private veranda with awesome views of the Virunga Volcanoes and the famous twin lakes of Bulera and Ruhondo. In keeping with its ecological principles, the lodge uses low flushing toilets and solar power for supply of electricity and lighting.

8 accommodation bandas  built with stones and  tile roofs and local building materials in local Rwanda style.

 4 doubles and 4 twins

En-suite bathrooms with  low flushing toilet,.

Showers with hot water.

All the rooms have mosquito nets

Solar lighting

For your privacy each room has a private veranda with fantastic views of the Virunga Volcanoes

The lodge accommodation bandas are each named after lakes in Africa.

4 tour leader rooms available.

Wi-Fi available in the main building of the lodge.

The lodge has open fire places in the lounge and dining room. These come in handy as the Virunga area does get quite cold in the evening and nights given the high altitude.

Virunga Lodge is for gorilla trekking clients conveniently situated about 30 min from the Volcanoes National Park headquarters where briefing takes place and gorilla trekkers assigned into gorilla family groups before they proceed to the gorilla trekking trailheads at the base of the mountains. Virunga Lodge is only  about 20 km off the Ruhengeri to Cyanika border crossing road.
Virunga lodge offers one of the very few luxury accommodation options in Volcanoes National Park. However gorilla trekking clients are advised to anticipate an early wake up of about 5am in order to get to the park headquarters by 7am for pre gorilla trekking briefing. Departure from Virunga Lodge is usually by 6am. Guests are advised to arrange their own private 4x4 transportation to get them from the lodge to the park and onward to the base of the mountains to track the gorillas. 

 Activities from Virunga Lodge as a base.

Mountain gorilla trekking

Golden monkey tracking

Volcano hikes of Bisoke and Karisimbi volcanoes

Trek to Dian Fossey's grave

Guided mountain bike cycling excursions

Guided nature walks

Excursions to the Musanze caves

Escorted walks to the twin lakes of Bulera and Ruhondo

Visits to Ibyi'wacu cultural villages

Escorted visits to a local school(Mwiko Primary School) or a local market in Musanze town.

Intore local dance performances.

We have over the years been booking luxury gorilla trekking clients  into Virunga Lodge and have always received excellent reviews. Virunga Safari Lodge Ruhengeri PNV offers relaxing massage treatments to re-awaken your soul and body after a tiring  gorilla trek and hike to see the mountain gorillas.  The lodge also arranges guided bird watching walks, escorted nature walks into the forest, for cycling enthusiasts guided mountain bike rides in the local Virunga area.

Room Rates; 2014/2015

Low season rates at Virunga Lodge are only applicable on bookings from 15th October to 15th December and 1st March to 31st May. Children of 12 years and under staying in the same room as parents pay 50%. Children under 2 years stay free.

The Virunga Lodge tariffs are all-inclusive and in addition to accommodation and meals include: unlimited consumption of alcoholic and soft drinks; laundry services;. A single complimentary massage is also offered.



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High Season Single Occupancy


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