Volcanoes Safaris: Luxury Lodges in Rwanda and Uganda


Volcanoes safaris is the only African gorilla safari company to have built its own exclusive luxury safari lodges near a selection of the gorilla and chimpanzee parks of Uganda and Rwanda.

Virunga Lodge in Rwanda is one of Africa’s most loved lodges. Perched high on a ridge with dramatic views overlooking the Virunga Volcanoes, Musanze valley, Lake Burera and Lake Ruhondo.

The iconic property has defined Rwandese Afro-chic since the lodge was built by Praveen Moman in 2004. The timeless, hand-made style makes it the first accommodation choice for tracking the endangered mountain gorilla.

Exceptional hospitality, locally-inspired food and a private butler are hallmarks of the guest experience. Each of the ten elegant Banda’s has a private terrace overlooking the dramatic landscape. The three deluxe Banda’s offer a private suite.

Enjoy complimentary spa treatments and massages, including the famous Rungu massage at Ikirunga Spa & Sauna. Wi-Fi throughout the lodge and all-inclusive premium wines, whiskies and cocktails.

Hike to Dian Fossey’s grave in the Volcanoes National Park and visit the Ellen DeGeneres Campus of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund in Kinigi while at Virunga lodge.

Bwindi lodge overlooking the primeval Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and with stunning views of the forest canopy across a serene stream, Bwindi Lodge is one of Africa’s unique lodges.

The property has dramatic views of the impenetrable forest and is a great place to spot the monkeys and birds hidden in the foliage. During 2021 two new deluxe Banda’s have opened, standard Banda’s have been rebuilt and upgraded, and the lounge and library have been re-imagined.

The award-winning Bwindi Bar, in the high street of the village nearby is the most stylish and colourful bar in the area! Guests also enjoy informal tapas style meals inspired by Ugandan dishes. It’s the Harry’s Bar of Bwindi! Guests can make their ‘Rolex’ wrap and the delicious Gorillini Cocktail, a must-have after a gorilla tracking.

Enjoy complimentary spa treatments and massages, including the famous Rungu massage at the Humula Forest Spa.

Mount Gahinga Lodge is the perfect base to go gorilla trekking on the Ugandan side of the Virunga’s, track the rare golden monkey, climb a volcano, and walk through local villages and most of all to share the culture of the Batwa, the oldest inhabitants of the Central African rain forest.

The charming property, inspired by traditional design and building techniques, has been re-imagined in 2019: the lounge, dining room, and gardens have been remodelled, and two new deluxe Banda’s have been launched.

The beautiful hand-built Banda’s reflect the magic of the aesthetic traditions of the Bafumbira people. Each Banda has an en-suite luxury shower room, fireplace and private porch.

Enjoy complimentary spa treatments and massages, including the famous Rungu massage at the Gushimisha Spa & Sauna.

Visit the Gahinga Batwa Village and share the culture of the oldest inhabitants of the Central Africa rain forest while here.

Kyambura Gorge Lodge, has entirely remodelled public areas and gardens and been converted from a coffee store to create a breathtakingly beautiful space. The lodge is located on the edge of Queen Elizabeth National Park with sweeping views of the rolling Savannah, the distant mountains of the moon, and the sunken Kyambura Gorge.

The guest Banda’s have an afro – chic theme with the accent on local artefacts re-imagined in a new context. Each Banda offers a unique view either across the Savannah or the gorge. There are four new deluxe Banda’s and four standard Banda’s. A new spa and swimming pool was launched in 2019.

The lodge is the ideal location for tracking the lost chimps in the sunken forest of Kyambura Gorge nearby and seeing the amazing game in one of Africa’s most beautiful parks, centred around the waterway of the Kazinga Channel. The park has six hundred amazing bird species, the highest in an African park.

Guests can participate in the Kyambura Gorge Eco-tourism project, a series of community and conservation activities developed since 2009 to safeguard the Kyambura Gorge ecosystem.

New walking safaris have been created around the lodge to experience the dramatic landscapes of Kyambura gorge and the Queen Elizabeth Savannah, and visit a reclaimed wetland. Guests can walk along the Kyambura gorge buffer zone we have created to protect the fragile ecosystem from encroachment and contribute to its long-term conservation project by planting a seedling.

Kibale Lodge is also yet another one in Kibale and this is mainly for chimpanzee trekking in Kibale national park.


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