3 Best Safari Lodges In Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda
The 3 best safari Lodges in Volcanoes National Park are luxury lodges ,midrange lodges and budget lodges such as Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotels, Bisate Hotel, Gorilla Mountain View Lodge, Virunga Lodge and among others
1.Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel
Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel is the perfect base for those looking for comfortable and affordable accommodation, offering a restaurant, a pool and beautiful gardens to relax in. With good accessibility to the park headquarters and cosy accommodation, it’s a great option for those looking for more affordable accommodation in the park.
This boutique hotel sits on the edge of the Volcanoes National Park, in the town of Kinigi. This town is at the foothill of the park entrance and headquarters, so from an accessibility point of view, the hotel makes the perfect base.
Located in the grounds of the beautifully-kept gardens and the inviting pool, are 13 stone chalets and one deluxe cottage. The main lodge has a separate bar, dining room and lounge area for guests to enjoy at all times of the day. The beautiful gardens home a pool, a massage hut, a sauna and a steam room for those looking to completely relax.
Typically Rwandese in style, the stone cottages each have an en-suite bathroom and outdoor seating with views out onto the surrounding volcanoes mountain range. The design of the rooms are basic but offer everything that is required for a good night’s sleep after a day of trekking and excitement!
Its location, on the outskirts of the national park, invites almost all guests (over 15 years) to trek and track the mountain gorillas of Rwanda. The lodge also offers bike riding, trekking to see the golden monkeys in the bamboo forest and canoe trips through the Rwandan countryside, at an additional cost. Activities can be decided on the day, and facilities at the lodge allow guests, if they want, to happily spend the day relaxing.
The 5 Volcanoes hotel was lovely and the staff were exceptionally helpful. What was really nice is that after the gorilla trekking you are able to go back to your room and have a shower and then pack. You also have a lovely lunch before you leave.
Bisate, opened its doors in June 2017. Bisate Lodge, which is Wilderness’ latest camp, is in the heart of the forest, boasting views of three prominent volcanoes named Bisoke, Karisimbi and Mikeono. With good access to the Volcanoes National Park and its park headquarters for gorilla trekking amongst other activities, this lodge is a great choice for those looking for high-end accommodation in a remarkable location.
The lodge is located next to Volacnoes National Park in the west of Rwanda, sat on the natural slopes of its own extinct volcanic core. Bisate is close to the town of Kinigi, where the park headquarters are situated, providing an excellent base for visits into the park and gorilla trekking.
LayoutThe land that the lodge now sits on was once farmland and the team have at Bisate have worked hard to reforest the area with indigenous plants, maintain the beauty of the forest and its home to many species of bird. The lodge is made of a communal dining/lounge area and six stand-alone domes for luxury and unique accommodation.
The six forest villas at Bisate are truly memorable. Inspired by the architecture of the ancient royal palace of the Rwanda monarchy, the suites at Bisate are dome-shaped and covered in thatch and bamboo thickets. Although its exterior is traditionally ‘Rwandan’, its interior contrasts with fresh and modern decor, including bold tones of grey and green to reflect its location in the heart of the mountains Activitie
The main activity at Bisate is trekking with one of the ten habituated gorilla groups of the Volcano National Park. The lodges offers a range of walks around the property, particularly good for those interested in birding and the current reforestation programmes. Visits to the lava tunnels of the Musanze Caves and the Iby’wacu cultural village are also offered, as well as seeing the endemic golden monkey.
3.Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge
Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge is sat in the foothills of the mighty Virunga mountains. Its remote location offers remarkable views and its relationship with the community means that a wealth of activities aside from gorilla trekking are available
Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge is in a fantastic location. The location offers good accessibility to the park headquarters (the start of the adventure for gorilla trekking), as well as homing a remote and peaceful location for guests to relax and take in the remarkable landscape.
The lodge has a total of eight en-suite cottages, made up of standard, suite and family cottages. The main lodge building homes a lounge area, a dining room, a library, a games room, a responsible travel and community awareness room, a shop and a reception. The lounge area is particularly cosy, with three large roaring fireplaces to keep guests warm on chilly evenings. There is also two patio areas which are platforms out to the jaw-dropping views of the Virunga volcanoes.
Rwandese terracotta tile roofing. They are all very spacious, featuring a sitting area, a fireplace and a private sheltered veranda. As the evenings do get cool, the fireplace acts a heat supply, as well as running hot water.
Of all the lodges in and around the Volcanoes National Park, Sabyinyo lodge offers the largest selection of activities aside from gorilla trekking. These include escorted bird watching walks, mountain bike excursions, visits to the iby’iwacy village, the Buhanga sacred forests and the musanze market, Nyange community walks, and climbing up mountains .
Virunga Lodge is sat high on a ridge, offering views of the Virunga Volcanoes to the west and the lakes of Bulera and Ruhondo to the east. About an hour’s drive to the park headquarters, it’s a good base to be for gorilla trekking as well as exploring the surrounding landscape and local communities.
The lodge has ten stand-alone bandas that are spread out across the ridge. The main lodge, which homes a lounge area, a dining room and the Dian Fossey map room, is particularly inviting, especially in the evening after an exciting day in the national park. As of July 2017, the lodge will provide butler service for each room.
Virunga homes ten individual ‘bandas’ which stylishly reflect the local building style of Rwanda (stone-built with tile roofing). The en-suite bandas, which are each named after the lakes in the surrounding area, each have a roaring fireplace and a private terrace – a platform for panoramic views across the mountains and twin lakes.
Trekking to see the mountain gorillas and golden monkeys is usually the activity that attracts people to the Volcanoes National Park initially. Other activities at the lodge include climbing Karisimbi and Visoke volcanoes, visiting the nearby twin lakes and doing some communal activities such as watching traditional dance performers, visiting a local primary school and visiting the Roz Carr’s orphanage which takes care of lost or orphaned by the Rwandan genocide).
5.Gorilla Mountain view Lodge
This fantastic eco-lodge is located on the foothills of the Mount Karisimbi, one of the volcanic mountains that make up the Virunga Volcanoes Range, also referred to as the Virunga Massif. Gorilla Mountain View Lodge boasts stunning views of the volcanoes, as well as being located only 3 kilometres from the park headquarters.
Spread along the grounds of the lodge, sit 30 individual chalets for accommodation. Walk around the grounds of the lodge and not only will you feel welcome in the open, central dining and lounge area, but you will also be struck with beautiful views of the volcanos. They have recently built a new wing to the property and unfortunately, we have been getting quite negative reviews about it… This does not mean we do not recommend the property, but instead, we will advise that you stay in the accommodation in the old wing.
The cottages, which are made from brick and tile, are nothing extravagant but do provide everything you need, such as an en-suite bathroom and a comfortable bed! The electricity and hot water is supplied by a generator, which is on at limited times of the day (usually turned on at 6pm). Each cottage also has a fire in the room and because it does tend to get cold here (because of the altitude), it is definitely used more often than not!
Gorilla Mountain View Lodge is only a 10-minute drive to the entrance of the Volcanoes National Park so it has a real advantage against other lodges positioned further out. The main activity is, of course, trekking to see the critically endangered mountain gorillas, which can be anything from a 40 minute to a 7-hour hike depending on which family you see. As its location is the perfect base, it is also easy to organise treks to see the golden monkeys who also live in the park.