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Volcanoes Virunga Lodge
is located in the Virunga Mountains
area of western Rwanda
Unlike other higher quality lodges in this area, which tend to be clustered around the park headquarters in Kinigi village, this place is situated an hour away in spectacular scenery on a ridge above two beautiful lakes.
The lodge itself is intimate, attractive and well appointed. Of the eight rooms, the four that face the lake are more desirable. The free massage service was much appreciated.
The main activity is gorilla tracking, backed up by golden monkey tracking, both of which are an hour away by road. Additionally there is some great guided walking to be had in the area around the lodge.
Remarkably this tiny portion of the planet hosts almost a third of the world's wild mountain gorillas, with around 250 individuals in 10 troops, of which 8 are habituated to the presence of humans, which means that they can usually be approached without being scared off. This rich rainforest environment also contains over 120 mammal and 350 bird species.
Only 56 gorilla tracking permits are issued each day, so you need to book extremely early and pay up front to secure a spot to visit one of the more interesting and accessible gorilla families. Gorilla familiesTrekking adviceSeasonsPricesTrips