The magnificent Virunga Lodge is one of the premier luxury gorilla lodges in Rwanda. 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, and is about a one hour drive to the Volcanoes National Park Headquarters.
As well as offering some of the finest views in Africa, it also boasts uniquely decorated rooms in the Rwandese style, fantastic food and exceptional and personalised service by carefully trained staff.
Tracking mountain gorillas through the dense African forests is a magical experience. Only 8 visitors are allowed per gorilla group each day, and to minimize possible transmission of human diseases, visitors are asked to maintain a distance of 7m (about 22 feet) from the gorillas. Typically, tracking can take from 3 to 8 hours and requires some agility and fitness, however, all fitness levels can be accommodated and no one should feel deterred from missing this once in a lifetime experience.
In addition, guests can also enjoy a trek to see the Golden Monkeys. With only a small number remaining in the world, these primates are characterized by their bright golden body, cheeks and tail, with contrasting black limbs, crown and tail end, and are a pleasure to watch. The walk will take you from the bamboo stands and forested gorge on the lower levels of the volcanoes, to the elevated heath and moorland higher up.
Accommodation at Virunga Lodge is in 10 luxury Guest Bandas. Each banda has a private terrace from which guests can watch the sunrise over the dramatic landscape of mountains and lakes. The 2 Deluxe Bandas have their own private sitting room in addition and are perfect for honeymooners or a family.
If you have a free afternoon at Virunga Lodge, guests often take advantage of the lodge's unique position by meandering down the mountain slope, through local villages, and to Lake Bulera, which sits at its foot. Passing through the local communities offers a colorful peek into village life and opportunities to visit local schools and community centres.
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All meals; house alcoholic drinks (excludes premium drinks) and soft drinks; a laundry service; and one 30 minute complimentary massage per guest per stay are included.
Children aged 12 years and older are welcome. Children under 15 years of age are not permitted to track the gorillas.