Virunga Lodge
A top gorilla trekking choice, Virunga Lodge in Rwanda, described as having ‘the best view in the world’ is a magical place of snow capped mountains, volcanoes and lush forest, and is home to the endangered mountain gorillas.

Virunga Lodge

Located in the far northwest corner of Rwanda in the Virunga Mountains lies a small eco friendly lodge. This fertile land nicknamed 'the land of a thousand hills' is the perfect place for tracking the endangered mountain gorillas! Easily accessible for guests flying into Kigali International airport in Rwanda, Virunga Lodge is just a three hour drive.

After ten years of civil war claiming many lives, Rwanda is not on every travellers’ bucket list, but now there is one very good reason why more travellers are intrigued by this mystical place. Perched on a luminous green hillside with magnificent views of the Virunga Volcanoes and twin lakes, it’s as though this magical lodge is at the top of the world, especially when it’s covered in mist! The lodge is made up of ten self contained 'bandas’ built of stone, with breathtaking panoramic views of six of the surrounding volcano peaks and rich rain forest. Everyone staying at the lodge is there to see the mountain gorillas, which adds a shared sense of purpose at the communal dinner table.

Additional activities other than gorilla trekking include monkey trekking, a visit to renowned primatologist and conservationist Dian Fossey’s grave and hikes up the volcanoes. They offer the choice between an easy, medium or difficult trek to see the gorillas depending on the guest preferences, enthusiasm and fitness levels!

The beauty of this spelling binding place is the fact that it's virtually untouched by tourism!

Caroline's Hot Tips

We suggest spending three nights here to get the most out of your gorilla trekking experience.

If time allows, book two trekking experiences to enhance the possibility of gorilla sightings!

Pack comfortable walking shoes, some treks can last a full day.

Book in advance as limited permits are allocated per day.

Trek for Golden Monkeys.

Visit Dianne Fossey's grave and enjoy a number of other walks in the area.


'Once you have travelled, the voyage never ends, but is played over and over into the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.'

Pat Conroy

Virunga Lodge Overview

BEST SUITED TO - Couples and conservation enthusiasts 

NUMBER OF ROOMS - Ten self contained stone bandas


BEST TIME TO TRAVEL - Throughout the year, although June to October are preferred months as it is dry

CHILDREN - Children sixteen years and older are permitted to gorilla trek

WE LOVE IT BECAUSE - The view and it’s the ideal location to experience the gorillas and their surroundings

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