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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Whilst in Kigali took the opportunity to visit this oasis in the hills. The calm atmosphere allows everyone to recharge their batteries. The views from each private room at any time of the day are splendid and at many times breathtaking. The opening of the Map room will offer many a chance to sample a special part of Rwanda.

Thank tim c
Indialantic, FL
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I was expecting a lot from this place based upon the pictures and reviews. I wasn't disappointed. In fact, it out did itself. The living quarters in the lodge were outstanding. The views from each lodge were spectacular. The staff was great. The meals were delicious. A great place to stay before a gorilla trek.

Thank soigal
san francisco
Reviewed 6 days ago NEWvia mobile

Rwanda is the place to see gorillas and this lodge is a very special place. Incredible views of the volcanoes and the crater twin lakes below. One of the first lodges to start the tourism in Rwanda after the genocide -- the tourism really protects these creatures and their habitat which justifies the cost. This lodge is part of a...

Thank lmaddipati
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed two nights at Virunga Lodge while doing the treks to see the mountain gorillas. The views, sunrises and sunsets were spectacular. The night skies were amazing and filled with stars. Rooms were fabulous and the food was excellent! We enjoyed massages and were so well taken care of by the wonderful staff. Highly recommend this hotel. Our only...

Thank Leah Clancy V
Reviewed 12 January 2017

We traveled to Rwanda with the sole intention of going in search for the gorillas. I can only say that its been the best experience of my life. Anyway, we knew that the Virunga Lodge was going to be our base camp but we really dind´t know what to expect. I usually do my research before going out search of...

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VolcanoesSafaris, Guest Relations Manager at Virunga Lodge at Virunga Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Manuel, Thanks for your five star review. We appreciate your feedback and are delighted to read that the lodge exceeded your expectations. We pride ourselves on being able to give each guest a unique view of the surrounding countryside. To fully appreciate the location, we encourage our guests to drink tea or sundowners in as many vantage places as...

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

Our stay at virunga lodge was fantastic. The food was brilliant and we were fortunate enough to spend a night on the sunset and sunrise side. The massage was honestly the best I've had both Jane and Florent were incredible- just what we needed after a long trek. The staff were all great in assisting my now fiancé with his...

1Thank pavg1
VolcanoesSafaris, General Manager at Virunga Lodge at Virunga Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Pavg1, Thanks for taking the time to write a review. We are delighted to read how much you enjoyed the your complimentary massage which is handy after gorilla trekking. We are certainly very lucky to have such great staff. Congratulations upon your engagement! We hope to host you again at Virunga Lodge or one of our three lodges in...

Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

This is a great place. We were lucky enough to be upgraded from our other ( overbooked) hotel. Gorgeous room and bathroom, arrived after dark so did not get to maximise views but saw at sunrise- gorgeous view of lake. Food was excellent - don't over order for breakfast as you have limited time before trekking; and packed lunch was...

1Thank MadColesFitz
Reviewed 4 January 2017

The Virunga Lodge was the perfect base camp for the Volcanoes National Park. It affords incredible views of the lake, volcanoes and villages below. The rooms are beautifully appointed and very comfortable, the food was really good (and a great selection of beer and wine to boot) and the staff was wonderful.

Thank Joanne S
Wilmette, Illinois
Reviewed 30 December 2016

We loved this lodge. It is understated luxury which is just our style. Simple- but still well put together. The people are charming. We loved the food options too- plenty of choices- with options that were not at all heavy. Glad to have some lighter lunches. At dinner we all sat together with the other people from the property and...

1Thank ToniS1111
VolcanoesSafaris, Guest Relations Manager at Virunga Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Tonis1111, Thanks for your review, we appreciate your feedback and are delighted to read that you loved the lodge. Our kitchen staff work hard to please guests' varied palettes. In addition to international style cuisine, we are very proud of our 'Taste of Rwanda' menu option that allows guests to savour some local delicacies. We do hope you tried...

Austin, Texas
Reviewed 28 December 2016

Trekking with the Gorillas was on my bucket list! The travel agent suggested this property. It was nice. The view could not be beat and the service was excellent. It was about a 45 min drive from where you meet to trek with the gorillas.

Thank RondaGray

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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 > Muhanze District > Ruhengeri
Number of rooms: 8
Also Known As:
Virunga Hotel Ruhengeri
Virunga Lodge Rwanda/Ruhengeri
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“I think all are good!!”
 of 5 bubbles ToniS1111, 30 Dec 2016 | Read review
“Ask for the largest room. If you don't like to walk hills, get a room close to the main area.”
 of 5 bubbles RondaGray, 28 Dec 2016 | Read review
“Every bungalow is private with breathtaking views”
 of 5 bubbles nicolatru2015, 19 Dec 2016 | Read review
“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
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