After spending two weeks in Kenya, often staying in very basic accommodations that were below US standards, we were agog every minute in Rwanda, and the Virunga Lodge was spectacular in every way. The views of two beautiful lakes and volcanos in three countries (Rwanda, Uganda and DRC) were out of this world. All Trip Advisor ratings below the top level were from 2009. It is well worth the extra driving up the mountainside as it is not close to the gorilla trekking. There is a 5 AM wakeup call with a tap on the door (with tea and coffee), a full breakfast at the lodge with interesting people and on your way to the thrill of the gorilla or golden monkey trekking. The lodge will provide gators if needed, box lunches (as well as lunch back at the lodge), gratis wine & beer or whatever you want, and a free massage. The traditional dance performance was not to be missed. A++++.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Virunga Hotel Ruhengeri
- Virunga Lodge Rwanda/Ruhengeri