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Virunga Lodge is a lovely eco-friendly lodge, built close to the Volcanoes National Park. A central building houses the reception, restaurant and public areas all with magnificent 360 degree views across the Lakes Ruhondo and Bulera and the Virunga Volcanoes.

Ten rustic bandas, simple in design in sympathy with the surroundings and their ecology, are situated around the property. It has been recently renovated, and all bathrooms now include flush toilets and hot showers in the en suite bathrooms, which we think is a great improvement. The lodge has a very comfortable feel to it with large rooms and thoughtful local touches. The bar/lounge area is very cozy with a circular open fire in the middle, lots of comfy chairs and plenty of books and board games, and a new spacious balcony has plenty of cozy armchairs where you can make the most of the views. Virunga Lodge prides itself on being particularly eco-friendly with furniture made from local materials, naturally wild gardens and solar power. They also employ local staff who are very friendly and cook wonderful meals.

The only downside to this lodge is the distance to the Volcanoes National Park headquarters — the journey takes about 40 minutes, although the road has recently been resurfaced. It is an interesting drive with stunning views and you will pass lots of locals along the roadside going about their daily business so if you don't mind the journey time, it is an ideal lodge to base yourself at for a few days of gorilla tracking activities.

OUR RATING: First Class

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Tour ideas in Volcanoes National Park

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    Experiences while staying here

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    • Golden Monkey Tracking
      Golden monkey, Volcanoes National Park

      Golden Monkey Tracking

      Golden Monkey Tracking

      The golden monkeys live in the bamboo vegetation toward the base of the volcanoes and have overcome their initial shyness to accept their daily visit by researchers and tourists.

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    • Gorilla Tracking
      Silverback gorilla, Volcanoes National Park

      Gorilla Tracking

      Gorilla Tracking

      Mountain gorilla tracking is one of Africa's most superb wildlife experiences. It is difficult to describe the exhilaration attached to first setting eyes on a wild mountain gorilla.

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    • Visit to Dian Fossey's Grave
      Mountain gorilla, Volcanoes National Park

      Visit to Dian Fossey's Grave

      Visit to Dian Fossey's Grave

      Forest hogs, buffalo and various species of monkey live in the forest, so keep your eyes peeled as you trek! Once you get to the Karisoke Research Camp you will be shown around, and can see Dian Fossey's grave as well as the hut where she spent so many years living close to the gorillas.

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