There is nothing to fault about this lodge. The banda (individual cabins) are beautiful, big, clean, private, quiet and nicely designed. The service is impeccable, everyone is polite and helpful. The views of the lakes, valley, and volcanoes is spectacular. Sipping a glass of chilled white wine on the terrace admiring the view is a a very pleasant way to spend an afternoon after gorilla trekking. The lodge is an expensive stay but it's so good it still seems value for money. The only possible downside compared to other lodges in the area is that it is a 45 minute drive from the lodge to the gorilla trekking ranger station where you start your day of trekking, meaning a 5am wake-up call and 6am departure from the lodge. I would guess that the other lodges and hotels are closer. For us the views and venue were well worth it.
- Also Known As:
- Virunga Hotel Ruhengeri
- Virunga Hotel
- Virunga Lodge Rwanda/Ruhengeri
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In a spectacular location overlooking the Virunga volcanoes and shimmering lakes Ruhondo and Bulera.The magnificent Virunga Safari Lodge, set on a stunning hillside, has eight bandas with a panoramic view of the Virunga volcanoes and the 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 monkey, visit Dian Fossey's grave or go for gentle strolls around the picturesque villages near the lakes. Three hours' drive from Kigali or a long day's drive from Kampala. ... more less