Location of Camp: Volcanoes National Park
Type of Safari Camp: Permanent Lodge
Rating (1-5+): 4+
Camp Accomodations: 8 Stone Banda’s with full ensuite facilities, main building houses dining and lounge area. The lodge is solar powered and there are charging facilities in the main building.
Local Wildlife: 350 Mountain Gorillas – 7 habituated families, golden monkey, black-fronted duiker, buffalo, spotted hyena, bushbuck, 178 bird species.
When to Visit: Year round (except April during heavy rains)
Safari Activities at Camp: Gorilla trekking, Volcano hiking, lake hikes, Diane Fossey grave site visit, Pygmy led forest walks, village visits.
The Virunga Lodge is, set on a stunning hillside on the border of Volcanoes National Park. The lodge has only 8 stone bandas, all 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 , you 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.
The lodge is also easy to get to and is only 3 hours’ drive from Kigali. It can also be easily accessed from Uganda’s Mgahinga park, which is part of the Virunga Volcanoes.