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Virunga Lodge is set on a remote hillside with breathtaking views of the volcanoes of the Virunga massif and shimmering Lakes Ruhondo and Bulera.

Eight comfortably furnished bandas (cottages) built from stone with pan-tiled roofs, all of which have en suite bathrooms with showers, can accommodate up to 16 guests in a setting of well-established terraced gardens. The environmentally-friendly construction uses solar power to provide electricity. 

Using the lodge as a base, other than gorilla-tracking, you can choose to climb Visoke or Karisimbi Volcano, track golden monkeys, visit the remains of the Karisoke Centre which Diane Fossey set up, see Diane Fossey's grave, or go for a gentle stroll around the picturesque villages near the lakes. There are opportunities to walk into the local community to visit a community project of a the school. A stay at Virunga Lodge is all-inclusive of drinks, meals, laundry, activities (except gorilla-tracking which requires a special permit) and a massage to soothe your aching muscles after the exertions of gorilla-tracking!

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This accommodation is featured in the following itinerary:

Gorillas in Rwanda

This five night trip offers you the privileged experience of tracking a family of mountain gorillas in the dense cloud forests of Rwanda's Parc National des Volcans. This is a unique opportunity to interact with these charismatic creatures in their natural habitat, and a magical experience that won't be forgotten.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 6 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £4,995 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
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Parc National des Volcans

Parc National des Volcans is part of the Virunga Conservation Area that straddles the borders of Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. It contains 76 mammal species and over half the world’s 720 mountain gorillas. It was also the site of Dian Fossey’s pioneering behavioural studies.

  • Where: South west Rwanda
  • Ideal for viewing: black-fronted duiker, Cape buffalo, golden monkey, mountain gorilla, spotted hyena
  • Excellent for: Gorilla trekking