The best lodge for mountain gorilla trekking in Rwanda has two new bandas set in breathtaking surroundings.
A lodge which helped kick-start gorilla trekking in post-conflict Rwanda has opened two new beautiful and luxury bandas to celebrate its 10th commemoration.
The Virunga Safari Lodge and its new bandas are situated on an edge sitting above the Virunga volcanoes and Lake Bulera, and viewed as one of the best places in Africa from which to track rare and endangered mountain gorillas in Rwanda.
The luxury new bandas are aimed at honeymooners and families, and are named Ibiyaga (lake) and Ibirunga (volcano) after their nearby natural neighbors. With terraces positioned to allow panoramic view of the sunset, each banda is hid snugly in the encompassing wilderness, offering total seclusion.
The lodge is managed by local staff from Rwanda and its neighbors Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), many of whom have been displaced by regional conflict over late years. Keeping in the lodge’s eco-friendly tradition, the bandas have solar hot water and power, and have teak furniture hand made by local craftsmen.
Virunga Lodge is located in only a three-hour drive from Kigali International Airport. Gorilla trekking and visit to Dian Fossey Tombs in the Volcanoes National Park are available to take from the lodge and bandas.