A comfortable mountain lodge, Volcanoes Virunga Lodge is set on the crown of a high hill overlooking the five Virunga Volcanoes and has almost 360-degree views of the surrounding area. A patchwork of farmland and the beautiful volcanic Lakes Ruhondo and Bulera lie below, ringed by the volcanoes and far hills. Volcanoes Virunga Lodge is built in the local style from wood and stone and has a tranquil atmosphere. In the evenings, you can relax around a log fire and tell stories about the day's adventures in the jungle, tracking gorillas or golden monkeys.

The lodge has been built to environmentally friendly standards; rain water is collected and electricity is provided by solar power. Activities to enjoy at Volcanoes Virunga Lodge include gorilla trekking, golden monkey trekking, a visit to renowned primatologist and conservationist Dian Fossey's grave, and hikes to the top of the volcanoes.


  • Perfect base for a gorilla trekking safari
  • Panoramic views of the Volcanic Lakes & the Virungas Volcanoes
  • Peaceful terraced gardens

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The stone lodge has a wide wrap-around veranda from which to appreciate the exceptional views across the lakes. Inside the lodge is a cosy lounge with a central fireplace and a small bar area. The dining room features one large table where all guests dine together. Treat yourself to a relaxing massage, particularly welcome after a day tracking the gorillas.

General Facilities

    Wi-fi available
    Beauty or wellness therapist
    Curio or Gift shop
    Private balcony or deck


Three meals are served each day in the dining room, and morning tea or coffee is brought to your room with your wake-up call. Depending on your activities, the lodge will make you a packed lunch or prepare lunch for you when you return. A 3-course dinner is served each evening. Food is healthy, wholesome and plentiful - essential when you return tired and hungry from a hard day's tracking!

Standard Room

Accommodation at Volcanoes Virunga Lodge is in eight individual bandas, all with either volcano or lake views and their own gardens and verandahs from which to appreciate them.

The bandas are all very private and have been named after the lakes in the area. The bedrooms are very large, with either king-size or twin beds draped in mosquito netting, which have been made in the local style. The en suite bathrooms are bright and sunny and each has an eco-toilet, a hot shower from the solar-powered geyser and a hand basin.

There are two deluxe honeymoon bandas that have spacious living rooms warmed by fireplaces for private dining. The interiors features vibrant Kitnege fabric, a local cloth that has colourful designs and complex patterns, giving your accommodation and authentic touch of Rwanda.

Standard Room AMENITIES

    En-suite shower only
    Outdoor area
    Mosquito net
    Twin bed available


  • Animal tracking experience
  • Bird watching
  • Guided walks
  • Hiking
  • Historical tours
  • Live music & entertainment
  • Local village visits
  • Cultural tours
  • Gorilla tracking
  • dates rates from board basis
  • 01 Jun 2017 - 30 Sep 2017 $830 Full Board Plus
  • 01 Oct 2017 - 14 Dec 2017 $500 Full Board Plus
  • 15 Dec 2017 - 31 Dec 2017 $830 Full Board Plus

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please note, additional room types are also available. Deluxe Banda Request a quote for rate detail

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply
  • Rates may be different for different room types
  • The most competitive rates for accommodation are available in our tailored packages

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

Traveller Reviews

  • What a wonderful surprise to arrive at Virunga to find that we'd been upgraded to one of the newer rooms. It was really gorgeous, I could have moved in! We loved Virunga and I liked that it was a little further away from the National Park as I loved the morning drives and seeing the early morning goings-on in the town we drove through. The treks were incredible and the gorilla encounters wonderful! I couldn't believe how close we were. Certainly my all time top travel experience.

    Rachel Palmer, July 2015
  • Rwanda was an AWESOME trip. It was clean, chaos free, and the trip was executed with smooth logistics, great sites, and great accommodation.Virunga Lodge Spectacular location; very romantic and intimate with stunning scenery. Service was top notch. The staff was very polite, conscientious, and spoke good English. Gorilla trekking was a very cool experience. Hiking Visoke Volcano was great – kind of like a Tough Mudder Rwandan style.

    Roberta Delidais, May 2014
  • This was just perfect. Location was stunning and the view amazing. The room was beautiful and peaceful. We really enjoyed the warm atmosphere at dinner together with all the other guests.

    Stefania Pelloni, August 2012
  • We had a fantastic trip - what many may call the trip of a lifetime! Wonderful memories, incredible wildlfe, terrific food - and the African people were warm and welcoming! Virunga Lodge was top-flight - we had great accommodations during the rest of our trip, but Virunga ranked right up there with the best! The chef prepared delicious food, the service was outstanding, and the views spectacular! You were right wehn you said that Virunga was the best of the lodges.

    Mike Deussen, October 2010
  • The Virunga Lodge exceeded my expectations for an eco lodge. The staff were the most pleasant, service oriented, and helpful of any resort or lodge I have stayed.

    Allan Vance, April 2009
  • The staff at Volcanoes Safaris, including the staff at the Virunga Lodge, were incredibly helpful, kind, and generous. The lodge was clean and convenient, and the views are unbeatable. Of course, we loved seeing the gorillas! The Dian Fossey trek was worth it, if difficult at times due to the thick mud. I would recommend people wear not only gloves, but also gaiters for their lower legs (as the nettles can go right through most normal hiking pants). All in all, it was an amazing trip and I would be happy to speak with anyone thinking about booking a similar trip. I thank you and Go2Africa for a job well done, and I look forward to booking another trip to Africa with you in the future.

    Wayne Harman, October 2008
  • We have returned from our trip to Rwanda and everything was just perfect. We were able to see a large number of gorillas as well as the golden monkeys. The Volcanoes Virunga Lodge was excellent and the staff was very friendly. Our driver/guide was easy going, always on-time and extremely helpful.

    Curt LeVan, August 2008
  • All the Volcanoes lodges were great. You get into the bucket showers and the Eco toilets. We all enjoyed the communal meals and the quality of food was good, although I would have liked to maybe had some more local food rather than the chefs trying to only cook for western tastes. The evenings around the fires before and after dinner sharing stories is a big part of these trips. The best thing about the Volcanoes lodges is the Staff. Nothing is too much trouble and they are all such genuinely nice people.

    Gregory Shimmin, January 2008

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Anza Snyman

Anza Snyman

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"Wow - the views of the twin lakes and volcano mountains from this lodge are totallly amazing and breathtaking. This luxuriously rustic lodge is perfect in every way."



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This was just perfect. Location was stunning and the view amazing. The room was beautiful and peaceful. We really enjoyed the warm atmosphere at dinner together with all the other guests.

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