Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda
The magnificent Virunga Lodge feels as if it’s located on top of the world, on landscaped grounds in the rugged wild of Rwanda, enveloped in mist. Perched high on a ridge in Volcanoes National Park, this mountain lodge offers stunning views of the area’s five majestic volcanoes and of Burera and Ruhonda twin lakes.
The Lodge is built in traditional “bush-chic” style from wood and stone, offering an eco-luxury experience for travelers from around the world. Each banda (cottage) has its own terrace with breathtaking views, and everything has been built with a sensitivity to the environment, ensuring the structures are both low impact and fit seamlessly into the rustic environs.
Relax around the outdoor fire and swap stories of the day. Track gorillas and golden monkeys through the jungle. Visit the grave of renowned conservationist, Dian Fossey. Hike to the top of volcanoes. Visit a local school. A stay at Virunga Lodge is an opportunity to connect with yourself, with fellow travelers, and with the stunning power of nature on full display.
Lightfoot Travel provides tailor-made itineraries that include daily tours and excursions, restaurant recommendations and bookings, and can incorporate Volcanoes National Park into a greater Rwanda or African holiday. Take a look at Rwanda Primate Adventure as an example of a bespoke itinerary that we can create for you.
Virunga Lodge Information
- Location & Getting There:
Virunga Lodge is located on a peak between Lake Burera and Lake Ruhondo in Volcanoes National Park. Kigali International Airport is 2 hours by car.
Virunga Lodge is built in traditional “bush-chic” style. The main lodge, forged of wood and stone, is home to the bar, dining room, and wide wraparound veranda, offering commanding views of the volcanoes and neighbouring lakes.
Ten guest bandas (cottages) are outfitted with tiled roofs, ensuite bathrooms, hand-carved windows, and king-size or twin beds. Hardwood floors are warmed by colourful woven rugs under traditional woven furniture. Two of the bandas are specially designed deluxe spaces that include expansive lounge areas, warmed by fireplaces for relaxation and private dining. All bandas are electricity-free, creating calm sanctuaries where you have permission to relax and recharge your mind instead of your phone.
Gorilla’s are the main attraction in the park, with daily treks to track these majestic creatures. There are also plenty of opportunities to climb volcanoes, hike to the waterfalls, track golden monkeys, or set out for a gentle stroll around the picturesque villages on the lake’s edge. In the afternoons enjoy a massage before dinner and the evening’s entertainment - a spectacular Intore dance performance at the lodge.
Children are welcome at Virunga Lodge.