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The magnificent Virunga Lodge is the premier luxury gorilla lodge of Rwanda and one of Africa’s finest and most renowned lodges. The lodge is perched high on a ridge with stunning views of the Virunga Volcanoes and the Musanze valley to the west and Lake Bulera and Ruhondo to the east.

It offers the finest views in Africa, uniquely decorated rooms in the Rwandese style, fantastic food, and exceptional and personalized service by carefully trained staff. It is the first accommodation choice for the luxury traveler tracking the endangered mountain gorilla.
Each of the ten luxurious bandas has a private terrace from which guests can watch the sunrise over the dramatic landscape of mountains and lakes. Luxuriously appointed, with the accent on vibrant Rwandese fabrics and stylish locally inspired furniture.

Each Banda has an individual fireplace, a luxury shower room with double vanity, and a charging station.

The two deluxe bandas – called Ibirunga and Ibiyaga have their own private sitting room and more refined interiors.

Gorilla Facts:
Park: Parc National des Volcans
Number of Gorilla Families: 10
Number of Permits available: 80
Average trekking time: 3-7 hours
Time spent with Gorillas: 1 hour
Cost of extra Permit: $1500

Wildlife Activities
Gorilla Tracking
Track the Golden Monkeys
Birding (over 200 species have been recorded in the PNV)

Other Activities:
Visit Dian Fossey's Grave
Climb Volcano
Hike to the waterfalls
Walk the shores of Lake Bulera
Walk to the local village
Watch the local Intore Dancers
Visit local Community Projects
Visit local school

Lodge overview
  • Wifi access in the main lodge building and Dian Fossey Map Room
  • Ikirunga – The Spa, two treatment rooms and a sauna overlooking the Virungas
  • One complimentary massage per guest
  • Premium wine, whiskey, and cocktail menus
  • Complimentary laundry and boot cleaning service
  • Personal butler service for all guests.
  • 10 stone guest bandas with tile roofs (2 deluxe, 6 doubles and 2 twins) reflect the local building style
  • Guide cottage available
  • Bandas are individually named after lakes in the area
Getting to the Lodge
From Kigali: 20 minutes by helicopter or 3-hour drive
From Entebbe: 1-hour flight + 2-hour drive
From Bwindi Lodge (Kihihi): 15-minute flight or a 4-hour walk through the forest + 2-hour drive
From Kyambura Gorge Lodge (Kasese): 15-minute flight+ 2-hour drive

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Standard Room
2 twin rooms with a fireplace in the room and a terrace overlooking the volcanoes or the twin lakes. All rooms are complete with en-suite bathrooms with flushing toilet, double vanity and shower with hot & cold running water.
Deluxe Room
Deluxe Banda
4 deluxe rooms with a fireplace in the room and a terrace overlooking the volcanoes or the twin lakes. All rooms are complete with en-suite bathrooms with flushing toilet, double vanity and shower with hot & cold running water.


Search for diverse wildlife in Nyungwe Rainforest

Highlights of Rwanda

7 Day Itinerary
  • Trek with mountain gorillas
  • Visit the Genocide Memorial
  • Explore Nyungwe Rainforest
  • Relax at Lake Kivu
Hiking, Rainforest Exploration, Wildlife Viewing
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Gorilla Tracking at Virunga Lodge

Luxury Rwanda Gorilla Extension

4 Day Itinerary
  • Track gorilla families
  • Tour the highlights of Kigali
  • Safari through Rwanda's landscape
Hiking, Land, Wildlife Viewing
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