Placed on a ridge overlooking the cloud-draped Virunga Volcanoes and lakes of Bulera and Ruhonda, Rwanda’s Virunga Lodge offers a variety for your senses to feast on.
Lodge and Accommodation
From the main lodge to the individual “bandas”, each edifice is a marvel of antique wooden floors, strong thatched ceilings beneath terracotta roof tiles and stone-carved walls and furnishings. The main dining areas of the camp bring the intricate mesh of stylish wooden lines to life with subtle touches of colour and design. Hung with chandeliers and lined with art, each meal becomes contextualised with reverie.
The communal lounges are built around a stone heath, where wicker furniture decked with ochre and turquoise fabrics add just enough flavour of African vitality. Views from the deck are open, offering panoramic vistas of the land that will humble every one of your senses.
The ten luxury “banda” suites each have their own unique colour scheme and style, blending in the vibrancy and shapes of the cloths favoured in Central Africa with the comfort, style and elegance that are timeless the world over. With en-suite facilities, fireplaces and patios for the view, the mind’s chatter and world’s problems dissolve into the landscape, leaving you to feel the deep peace of the land.
Activities and Wildlife
With each step into the Volcanoes and Mgahinga National Parks, all the concern of your days will leave you and the importance of the earth will flood your senses, captivating you. Here, you’ll meet the mountain gorillas where your awe will be rekindled as you witness them. A brief look in your direction and you’ll feel the intelligence, charm and honour that these gorillas exude.
Tracking the rare golden monkeys, birding deep in the forests and visiting Dian Fossey’s grave are yet more wonders to behold. For guests curious about the culture, visits to the local villages and being entertained by local dancers are on offer. Those thrill seekers yearning for something even more novel can climb a volcano. These hikes may be challenging but come with 360 degree views of the environment.