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Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

Virunga Lodge

This eco-lodge and its scenes truly sum up the magic of central Africa

Eight Stylish 'Bandas' with Incredible Lake Panoramas

The lodge sits atop a 2,300-metre hilltop with panoramas of the ‘twin lakes’ of Ruhondo and Bulera and the string of Virunga volcanoes laid out in front of you.

Eight ‘naturally’ stylish banda cottages (4 double, 4 twin) are set out in this property’s beautiful terraced gardens, affording each a share of the superb views and a good helping of privacy too. En suite bathrooms and running solar hot water allow you to enjoy luxurious comfort with always a minimal environmental impact too. Paved pathways converge on the property’s main lodge for dining, massages, the curio shop, bar and lounge, and all with stunning views.

Apart from the truly personable level of luxury and staff hospitality here at Virunga the lodge also excels in a wonderfully diverse and extensive menu of daily activities and local cultural excursions.


8 stone cottages


Bar & lounge

Gorilla trekking and tracking

Dian Fossey hike

Golden Monkey tracking

Climb Karisimbi and Visoke volcanoes

Cultural visits

Walk to Lake Bulera

Hike the Crater View Trail

Visit Lake Kivu

The impact of your stay:

  • Designed with a focus on sustainability and community support, the lodge was built by an in-house team using local materials. Solar power provides energy, rainwater is harvested, and waste is recycled and upcycled. The lodge’s kitchen exclusively uses local ingredients and supplies, while hydroponic systems on the premises aid food cultivation. Ingredients sourced from local producers reduce plastic packaging and transport distances, contributing to the economic well-being of the local community.
  • Virunga Lodge stands as a crucial partner in the fight to protect the endangered mountain gorilla. Agricultural and livestock activities have threatened the habitat, putting gorillas at risk of extinction. Through the revenue generated from your stay, Virunga Lodge supports the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund, actively involved in safeguarding mountain gorillas and their natural habitat through research and action.
  • Volcanoes Safaris created the Virunga Lodge Community Projects to enhance the lives of local communities near Virunga Lodge. The funded initiatives include donating solar panels to 25 families, providing 200 water tanks, implementing a microfinance savings scheme, gifting sheep to local families, and supporting a local dance troupe.
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