link to founders message

Enquire or Call

UK: 01473 890499
You are here: HomeRwandaAccommodation
Rwanda holiday ideas experiences accommodation places to go when to visit rwanda map reviews

Virunga Lodge


Rating: Deluxe    

Virunga Lodge overview

Virunga Lodge enjoys a stunning hillside location with views of the Virunga volcanoes and twin lakes of Ruhondo and Bulera. There are 10 spacious rooms, all stylishly furnished and with large ensuite bathrooms with hot and cold running water. You have your own terrace where you can unwind in peace and seclusion.

The now well established gardens are terraced into the hillside with lots of hidden seating areas and sunken gardens to sit and relax. The main building has a terrace, perfect for relaxing and enjoying a refreshing drink as you admire the stunning views. The lounge bar has an open fire to warm the chilly nights. Meals are served at the communal dining table, and mealtimes provide a great opportunity to socialise.  

Virunga Lodge is a perfect base from which to explore Parc National des Volcans, which offers excellent gorilla trekking opportunties. It is quite a way from the park HQ, so early starts are needed, but are well worth the effort, as spending time among wild gorillas is an amazing experience. Other activities include climbing Visoke or Karisimbi volcanoes, tracking golden monkeys, visiting Diane Fossey's tomb and taking nature walks in the area. You can also visit villages where you see projects supported by the lodge that are improving the lives of local people, and watch an Intore dance performed by a dance troup sponsored by the lodge. 


Open: Virunga Lodge is open all year.

Location: The lodge is in the Virunga Mountains on the border with Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo. It is about a 20 minute helicopter flight or 3 hour drive from Kigali.

Rooms: There are 10 luxury bandas, consisting of 6 doubles, 2 twins and 2 deluxe bandas. Each has an open fireplace, battery charging facilities, a hairdryer and a fully plumbed en-suite bathroom with a shower, twin hand basins and a flush toilet. All bandas have a terrace with volcano or lake views. Deluxe bandas are larger with an indoor sitting area. There is butler service.

Activities: Go trekking for mountain gorillas and for golden monkeys, go bird watching, hike to the grave of Diane Fossey and 2 nearby volcanoes, visit community projects supported by the lodge, and attend an Intore dance performance.

Facilities: These include a lounge, dining room and sun terrace. In addition there is a spa where you can enjoy a massage.

Dining: Meals are usually eaten together as a group.

Children: Children aged 12 and over are welcome. The minimum age for gorilla trekking is 15 years.

Health: This is a malarial area.

Communication: There is Wi-Fi internet access in the main lodge but this can be slow.

Map for Virunga Lodge

Lodge IconLodge Yacht IconVessel Tented Camp IconCamp Hotel IconHotel National Park IconNational Park Historic site IconHistoric site Place of Interest IconPlace of Interest UNESCO world heritage site IconUNESCO heritage site

Tracy Edwards
Christine MacDougall
We know and love Rwanda, and would be delighted to help you plan your perfect trip here.
01473 890499 Call to talk to one of our travel experts. PLAN MY TRIP

our travel expert

Let us help you plan your perfect tailor-made holiday to Rwanda. Talk to one of our travel experts. Tell us what you want, and we will tailor make your perfect trip.
Call: 01473 890499

customer rating

100% from
2 reviews











client reviews

Katie Austin

"WOW!! Really hard to put into words what a special place this is. The lodges are gorgeous, the views are truly breathtaking and the staff are amazing - anticipating your every need without being intrusive. Conversation between guests at dinner centred around gorilla's so probably not the hotel of choice for anyone not trekking, but for us it was the perfect choice and we'd love to go back one day."



Botswana Specialists Costa Rica Specialists Cruise the Galapagos Peru Specialists

Help me plan my trip

* required fields

Please enter your address

Trip details

Yes No
Yes No

Other information

Your Preferences

Keep in touch with the tribe in the following way/s:

By email: Yes, Please No, Thanks

By post: Yes, Please No, Thanks

I understand that I can unsubscribe at any time.Read our Privacy Policy here.

All information supplied is confidential and will never be shared with anyone else (see our privacy policy)

Brochure Request

Our "Book of Unmissable Travel Experiences - Book Two" includes some inspiring ideas which could be the holiday experience you're looking for. You will find an online version of our brochure which you can flip through at your leisure.

* required fields

Please enter your address

Other information

Yes No

All information supplied is confidential and will never be shared with anyone else (see our privacy policy)

Our e-newsletter offers you travel inspiration, with gorgeous and exciting places to go or stay, plus special offers, and some insight into sustainability/conservation.

* required fields

I am agreeing to receive Tribes e-newsletter. I understand that all information I have supplied is confidential and will never be shared with anyone else (see our privacy policy), and I can unsubscribe at any time.