Just got back from trekking in Rwanda and Uganda. Wow what an amazing experience. We stayed at 3 Volcanoes lodges (the review of the other 2 come under trekking in Uganda) The lodges and staff were fantastic, the food was superb and plentiful and nothing was too much trouble. The views from Virunga just took your breath away. Our driver Abbey was fantastic and very knowledgeable. The local people are just so friendly and welcoming. We went in the rainy season but were so lucky as it never rained when we were trekking. Gorillas are so peaceful and beautiful. We managed to get so close to them to the point where one of them grabbed my partners leg! I think he wanted to play We hired a porter who was worth his weight in gold. We also shared our lunch with the porters, guide and trackers as they don't have much to eat, very sad indeed. It is pleasing to know that the Mountain Gorillas are now protected hence the numbers are on the Increase. The part of the country we saw was so picturesque, definitely a small piece of heaven. One word sums up this holiday, PERFECT.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The magnificent Virunga Lodge is the premier luxury gorilla lodge of Rwanda and one of Africa’s finest and most renowned lodges. The lodge is perched high on a ridge with stunning views of the Virunga Volcanoes and the Musanze valley to the west and Lake Bulera and Ruhondo to the east. It offers the finest views in Africa, uniquely decorated rooms in the Rwandese style, fantastic food and exceptional and personalised service by our carefully trained staff. It is the first accommodation choice for the luxury traveller tracking the endangered mountain gorilla. Each of our ten luxurious bandas has a private terrace from which our guests can watch the sunrise over the dramatic landscape of mountains and lakes. Luxuriously appointed, with the accent on vibrant Rwandese fabrics and stylish locally inspired furniture. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Virunga Hotel Ruhengeri
- Virunga Lodge Rwanda/Ruhengeri