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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 June 2015

This luxury boutique hotel sits on the top of a mountain overlooking 2 lakes and 5 volcanoes. Really the nicest views from a hotel you can imagine. The hotel itself (really a collection of separate units surrounding a main dining a lounging lodge) was beautifully done in a eco-modern theme. Like most people we were there for the gorilla treks,... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 June 2015

We just spent three nights here and loved every minute of it. Our travel agent highly recommended it because just staying here is amazing. We travel quite a bit and don't stay at high end hotels unless the location and services are something special. Coming to Rwanda for gorilla trekking is a big deal and this lodge is not just... More 

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Varese, Italy
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 May 2015

Without any doubt one of the most incredible resorts we have ever been. I will try to sum up why. Location:almost two hours drive from Kigali (on a beautiful panoramic road which allows you seeing the famous thousands hills of this fantastic country) perched high on a ridge with stunning views of the Virunga Volcanoes and the twin lakes Bulera... More 

4 Thank Diego S
Los Angeles, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 April 2015

We were in Rwanda for 4 days and 3 nights through Gamewatchers/Mapendano Voyages, for gorilla trekking. We booked one night at Virunga and the next two at Lake Kivu Serena. Not knocking Lake Kivu Serena, as it was enjoyable, but Virunga was an experience like none other! The view is beyond unbelievable! You have your own private bungalow. The amenities... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed 5 April 2015

We really enjoyed our stay, in fact we were the only people there for the whole stay! The staff particularly Gilson and Innocent were fantastic. The rooms are spacious and clean and private, each one separated from the others. plenty of hot water! Food was very good, Marcellin listened to requests and adjusted accordingly. The main area is very cosy,... More 

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Reviewed 30 March 2015

Beautiful views of this beautiful country. Wonderful hospitality, nicely appointed rooms, good food, wifi, local tribesmen and women dancing and singing, someone even got up to fetch me another bottle of wine at 2 am. What more can you ask for?

2 Thank Mark N
Toronto, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2015

Comfortable and charming large rooms, big bathroom, front terrace. The main lodge has two terraces, each overlooking a different volcano - fantastic for lunch and evening drinks. It got a little cooler in the evening, so we moved inside by the fire for further relaxing before dinner. The tour I took through Volcanoes Safaris included a free massage at each... More 

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Orlando, FL
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 February 2015

We wanted to experience as much as possible from Rwanda in our four days there. This Lodge gave us a great opportunity to see the countryside, the people, the gorgeous views , the Lakes and stay in a beautiful cabin: eco friendly, but not so much that it became any inconvenience. The first greeting was warm and everyone was extremely... More 

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Prague, Czech Republic
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 January 2015

Set atop a hill, app 1 hr from Volcanoes national park, this lodge will present you Africa from a totally different perspective. Views are amazing, nights are dark, one has to accommodate to quietness of the place. Food is tasty and fresh, smartly served, you will be well taken care of. Access to wine and gin&tonic is sufficient. Lodges are... More 

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Reviewed 24 January 2015

Even in the haze of the dry season, the first thing that strikes you is what a view! The lakes far below the hotel (you are up high at 2300 meters) and the volcanoes that surround it provide an amazing perspective that is worth the trip alone. In the early morning the distant sounds of the villages far below filter... More 

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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 

Additional Information about Virunga Lodge

Address: Lake Bulera, Ruhengeri, Rwanda
Region: Rwanda > Northern Province > Ruhengeri
Number of rooms: 8
Also Known As:
Virunga Hotel Ruhengeri
Virunga Lodge Rwanda/Ruhengeri
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“Don't expect a normal boring old room, expect African style and elegance with everything working and even a charcoal fire at night, cosy!”
 of 5 bubbles lizziebarty, 1 Dec 2016 | Read review
“the road up is only for 4x4”
 of 5 bubbles Schmidhauser, 18 Nov 2016 | Read review
“If you travel as a family ask for bandas close to each other.”
  • One of the lakes surrounding the hotel
 of 5 bubbles HarpreetsWanderlust, 23 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Take your pick - sunrise view with lake or sundown view with lake and volcanoes”
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 of 5 bubbles GeorgeandJaki, 18 Oct 2016 | Read review
“We felt the best rooms were with lake view”
 of 5 bubbles rwlwtrips, 22 Aug 2016 | Read review
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