Mountain Gorilla View Lodge

Mountain Gorilla View Lodge, previously called Gorilla Mountain View Lodge, is located on the slopes of Rwanda’s Mount Sabyinyo. A good mid-range hotel set in spacious grounds, it has beautiful views of the surrounding volcanoes and is only a 15-minute drive from the headquarters of Volcanoes National Park, which is the starting point for gorilla trekking.

Mountain Gorilla View Lodge is one of the luxury (4-star) lodges located on the foothills of the Mount karisimbi-one of the volcanic mountains that make up the Virunga mountain ranges which boosts magnificent views of the cloud topped volcanic mountains.

Mountain Gorilla View Lodge is an eco-lodge constructed from locally available materials and supporting local communities by using farm fresh products for its restaurant. It is a very comfortable hotel with spacious cottages, friendly staff and a great location. Don’t come here expecting luxury, but if you are looking for a relaxed lodge that shouldn’t break the bank, it could be a good choice.

Rooms:

The eco-lodge accommodates guests in 30 spacious cottages which were made of stone and thatch, each equipped with a living area, a fireplace, tea/coffee making machine, en-suite facilities and a private balcony with lovely views.

The main lodge area has a basic bar and a restaurant serving home cooked food.

Virunga lodge is one of the exclusive and premier luxury lodges used by guests visiting the endangered mountain gorillas in Rwanda. The lodge is situated about an hour’s drive from the park head quarters-kinigi. The lodge sprawls across a 2,175 meters top hill overlooking the shimmering twin lakes of Burera and Lake Ruhondo and with a phenomenal view of the four Virunga volcanoes to the northwest.

About an hour’s drive from the headquarters of Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park, Virunga Lodge is currently one of the area’s top lodges. It certainly has one of the most spectacular locations of any camp in Africa – high on a ridge overlooking the twin lakes of Lake Burera and Lake Ruhondo.

Virunga Lodge is currently the area’s top lodges and certainly has one of the most spectacular locations of any camp in Africa on a ridge overlooking both Lakes.

Virunga Lodge is an excellent lodge offering a good level of luxury and stunning views. Although it is slightly further away from the park headquarters than most other lodges around the Volcanoes National Park, we feel that its rustic charm and picturesque location helps to sets it apart.

Rooms:

The lodge was built in an eco-friendly fashion and is made of eight spacious stone rooms, all with wooden floors, chunky wooden furniture and large verandas with comfortable seating because guests will also be enjoying the unfolding panorama, the spacious and wooden cottages are spread around the hill to allow guests maximum privacy.

Each room is connected by a short covered walkway to a private toilet and shower. The toilets are low flushing eco toilets and the shower has solar heated water.

Virunga Lodge is quite adventurous and sociable to be, as everyone eats at one large table in the evening. The lodge has highly qualified staffs that even go out of their way to make the guest’s stay enjoyment.

Other than providing enjoyable facilities, the lodge also provides local ‘Indore’ dance troupes that perform to entertain their guests after viewing the mountain gorillas and massages are also available.

Bisate Lodge is one of the luxurious lodges you can ever stay in as you take on your gorilla tour. The lodge is strategically located in a natural amphitheater of an eroded volcanic crater of an ancient volcano outside volcanoes national park.

This Wilderness Safaris lodge is Rwanda’s most beautifully designed, luxury retreat, set in 42 hectares of land and with stunning views of Mount Bisoke.

Location

Just outside the Volcanoes National Park in north Rwanda, the lodge is a 20-minute drive to the park headquarters – the starting point for gorilla treks. The capital city of Kigali (nearest airport) is 105km (65 miles) drive; the nearest city, Musanze, is 6km (under four miles) away.

Service & facilities

Of the 45 staff, more than 50 percent are from the local area. Service is always smiling, swift (hiking boots left on the doorstep are cleaned and returned before you’ve even noticed that they’ve gone) and the fact that there are so few guests here means there’s plenty of time for chatting to barman Clement Manzi over drinks or agronomist Jean-Moise Habimana, who helps anyone who wants to plant a tree before they leave (it’s part of the hotel’s ongoing indigenous reforestation project). Guests can also go with in-house guide Aline Umutoni on nature walks around the property and to meet the nearby villagers.

Rooms:

The six round villas perched on the hillside each have a tipped roof, walls clad with dried and woven grass matting, wooden floors and black-framed steel doors that open onto a bamboo balcony facing Mount Bisoke. In the living room, a pair of custom-made armchairs sit on a cowhide rug in front of a log-burning fire. There are also clusters of birdcage lights by the minibar, green geometric pattern cushions on the beds and trunks for bedside tables. Huge bathrooms have a black oval, resin bath tub in the centre, a walk-in shower and double sinks with round, leather-framed mirrors and Africology products. There are no televisions in the rooms but there is Wi-Fi.

Hotel Muhabura is one of the best budget accommodation facilities found close to the home of the endangered mountain gorillas. It is located north of Kigali in Musanze province opposite the Musanze district headquarters. If you are looking for an affordable place to stay whilst you encounter mountain gorillas in the wild, this hotel should be among your top picks.

Hotel Muhabura is strategically located connecting different attractions in Musanze district including the entrance to Volcanoes national park, the twin lakes of Burera and Ruhondo, Musanze caves and Musanze market. It was at hotel Muhabura that the late Dian Fossey spent some of the nights whenever she came down from her gorilla camp, she also bathed and had meals at the hotel’s restaurant.

Dian Fossey, an American primatologist who spent the last 30 years of her life saving the mountain gorillas that were constantly poached by the Congo and Rwanda communities in the Virunga Mountains slept in room 12 of the hotel. The garden in front of room 12 and the calm of the hotel are the reasons she only stayed at the hotel Muhabura. Guests are allowed to stay in Dian Fossey room at a price of $90 per night.

Rooms: The hotel comprises of 30 rooms in form of double / twin, single occupancy. These rooms often get filed up quickly especially during peak seasons hence, recommended to book several months in advance. The hotel also has 6 apartments that are spacious offering a cozy environment to relax in after gorilla trekking or a day visit to the Northern area of Rwanda.

Outside facilities that the hotel offers include a terrace, Garden, camping Gift shop, sauna and massage, conference facilities, reception, restaurant and bar with very helpful staff that are so ready to serve you.

Hotel Muhabura is a very good place for a budget stay.