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Virunga Lodge

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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visiting the Virungas, and tracking gorillas there, was one of the most incredible animal adventures of my life. Virunga Lodge is such an enchanting place to stay: with sensational views over two gleaming lakes, surrounded by the endless volcanic landscape and wood smoke in the air - true romance. A hot water bottle in my bed, delcious breakfast porridge and...

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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Virunga Lodge is an amazing place to stay but you need your stamina. It was a long walk uphill between my banda and the main building. However you are usually staying there to go tracking gorillas so most guests are fairly fit! The staff are incredible attending to your every need. On return from a gorilla track, they take all...

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VolcanoesSafaris, Manager at Virunga Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Anne, Thanks for taking the time to write a review. We appreciate your positive feedback on our customer service, the staff at the lodge will be delighted with your comments. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon at Virunga Lodge, or one of our other lodges in Uganda.

Baar, Switzerland
Reviewed 17 April 2017

Stay at the Volcanoes Safaris, Virunga Lodge is a Unique opportunity to relax, walk trough the town, hike to the lake, visit the Unique Silver Back Gorillas. The Lodge offers outstanding views to the lake and to the Volcanoes. Service, cleanness and the variety of menu for Dinner, Lunch and an excellent breakfast. A place to stay and to relax,...

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VolcanoesSafaris, Manager at Virunga Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Beate J, Thanks for taking the time to write a review. We are delighted to read that you were able to relax and visit the gorillas. We appreciate your positive feedback on the food and our customer service levels, our chef and all the staff at the lodge will be delighted with your comments. We look forward to welcoming...

Seattle, Washington
Reviewed 15 April 2017

The lodge main facility is wonderful, quality rustic atmosphere. Meals were very good, both breakfast and dinner options. Both the lodge and separate bungalows offered terrific views of the lake and surrounding areas. We especially enjoyed having our room preheated with charcoal after dinner. About 45 minutes from the gorilla park grounds. Quite a ride up and down the last...

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VolcanoesSafaris, Manager at Virunga Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Elliot, Thanks very much for your five-star review. We really appreciate your feedback and are delighted you read that you enjoyed having your room preheated with charcoal after dinner. Thank you for comments on the main building, food and our customer service levels, our chef and all the staff at the lodge will be delighted with your comments. We...

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Reviewed 4 April 2017

I took my 13 year old daughter to see the gorilla's. The hotel room was massive, more a one bedroom apartment than a hotel room. everything was perfect. we had a lake view - incredible. but what really made our stay special and beyond exceptional was "Issa" the gourmet chef. seriously - the food was amazing - as if i...

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VolcanoesSafaris, Manager at Virunga Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Scott Thanks very much for your five-star review. We really appreciate your feedback and are delighted you read that you were so happy and impressed with the product and service. 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...

Long Island, NY
Reviewed 21 March 2017

Amazing experience for 3 nights. The views from every direction are breathtaking. There are 10 guest bandas in total. Each with a little different interior. So special. All in there separate piece of paradise. You walk to the dining and lounge area. The staff is so helpful and sweet. Africa escorted me to the local village. We had such a...

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VolcanoesSafaris, Manager at Virunga Lodge, responded to this review

Dear ClaudBG123, Thanks for your excellent review. We appreciate your feedback and are delighted to read that you had an amazing experience. 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 possible...

San Diego, California
Reviewed 15 March 2017

We stayed here a night before and the night following our Gorilla Trekking Adventure. Upon arrival back to the lodge, we were met by nice young men who removed our muddy boots and gators and supplied us with croc's to wear back to our room. Once we were cleaned up, a warm, late lunch was provided. Our boots, gators, gloves...

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VolcanoesSafaris, Manager at Virunga Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Nancim, Many thanks for your review. We are delighted to read that you enjoyed the lodge and it's magical location on the Virunga Volcanoes. We are very happy to hear that the staff looked after you so well, properly cleaned your tracking equipment and carried your luggage for you. Thanks again for your review. We hope to host you...

Vaughan, Canada
Reviewed 10 March 2017

We stayed here for 3 nights. It is an eco friendly lodge, built close to the Volcanoes National park, where you can trek to see gorillas and golden monkeys. This is the most luxurious lodge in the region. There are other lodges closer to the park but the views from this mountain top lodge and the incredible service and meals...

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VolcanoesSafaris, Manager at Virunga Lodge, responded to this review

Dear GlouiseN, 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 appreciate your positive feedback on the food and our customer service levels, our chef and all the staff at the lodge will be delighted with your comments. We look...

Kigali, Rwanda
Reviewed 9 March 2017

This is an excellent lodge, no doubt about it. But I dare to say that the lodge is getting a little bit complacent due to lack of competition and they need to step up, especially considering the price level. The location is fabulous, with unsurpassed views over the lakes. If you are there for the gorillas, it is quite a...

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Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed 23 February 2017

Virunga Lodge is set in the most beautiful location with fantastic views of the crater twin lakes and volcano peaks. Accommodation is 5 star, very eco friendly, the food is excellent and the staff are friendly and very helpful and will accommodate any request. The communal meals with guests from numerous countries is very enjoyable and entertaining. It is the...

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VolcanoesSafaris, Manager at Virunga Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Annier90, Thanks very much for your five-star review and are delighted you read that you enjoyed the fantastic views of the twin lakes and volcanos. We appreciate your positive feedback on the food and our customer service levels, our chef and all the staff at the lodge will be delighted with your comments. We look forward to welcoming you...

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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 > Musanze District > Ruhengeri
Number of rooms: 8
Also Known As:
Virunga Hotel Ruhengeri
Virunga Lodge Rwanda/Ruhengeri
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“All rooms have great views of the Lakes”
  • Lake Bulera from my banda
989AnneB, 1 May 2017 | Read review
“I believe all the bungalows offer a great view and experience.”
ElliottDavid, 15 Apr 2017 | Read review
“all the rooms/cottages have great views.”
scottrM8577AO, 4 Apr 2017 | Read review
“We stayed in cabin 8. All cabins are the same, you do need to walk a bit to get to the lodge from the rooms and to get to the vehicles”
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  • Beautiful Cottage # 8
  • Room has been prepared for sleep
  • The large bathroom reminded me of the Flintstones !
  • Lovely cabin
GLouiseN, 10 Mar 2017 | Read review
“The deluxe rooms are gorgeous”
Ilse020, 9 Mar 2017 | Read review
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