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Virunga Lodge

The Original Gorilla Lodge in Rwanda

The magnificent 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 Bulera 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 bandas has a private terrace overlooking the dramatic landscape. The four deluxe bandas offer a private suite.

Lodge Overview

Enjoy the finest views in Africa, overlooking the Virunga Volcanoes and the Musanze valley to the west and Lake Bulera and Ruhondo to the east.

Ten elegant hand built guest bandas facing either the Virunga Volcanoes or beautiful twin lakes (Four deluxe and six standard rooms).

Wifi throughout the lodge and all-inclusive premium wines, whiskies and cocktails.

Trek the endangered mountain gorillas and rare golden monkeys in the Virunga Mountains in the Volcanoes National Park.

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

Exceptional hospitality and locally-inspired food. Personal butler service for all guests.

Dian Fossey Map Room, built in 2017 to celebrate 50 years since Dian Fossey founded the Karisoke Research Centre. Available for conservation lectures.

Join in with the “One Sheep per Family”, “Donate a Water Tank” and the Intore Dance community projects.

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.

The Dian Fossey Map Room

The Dian Fossey Map Room at Virunga Lodge has been built in honor of Dr. Dian Fossey, the pioneer primatologist who set up the Karisoke Center high in the Virunga volcanoes in 1967. The exploration and conservation of the Virunga volcanoes is a very interesting and unique story and has been brought together for the first time in the amazing exhibition at the Dian Fossey Map Room at Virunga Lodge.

The Dian Fossey Map Room was opened on 2 March 2017. A permanent exhibition has been set up in the Map Room charting the ‘Conservationists and Explorers of the Virunga Volcanoes’ from 1850 to 1985 when Fossey died. The exhibition and catalogue have been curated by Giulia Ajmone Marsan, a writer on historical subjects.

Conservation & Community

Virunga Lodge, Rwanda in the News

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We are thrilled to see Volcanoes Safaris’ Virunga Lodge featured in Falstaff’s list of the Best Nature & Wildlife Trips Around the

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We are excited to see Volcanoes Safaris Virunga Lodge featured in the Wall Street Journal under Gorilla Treks in Rwanda: A Bucket-List

Virunga Lodge, Rwanda Rates

High Season Lodge Rates Per Person SharingSingle Occupancy
Virunga Lodge Standard Banda$ 1860$ 2230
Virunga Lodge Deluxe Banda$ 2230$ 2675
Community Fee$ 50$ 50

High season rates are applicable on bookings from 1 June to 30 September and 15 December to 28 February. (2024)

Low Season Lodge Rates Per Person SharingSingle Occupancy
Virunga Lodge Standard Banda$ 1030$ 1030
Virunga Lodge Deluxe Banda$ 1230$ 1230
Community Fee$ 50$ 50

Low season rates are applicable on bookings from 1 October to 14 December and 1 March to 31 May. (2024)

High Season Lodge Rates Per Person SharingSingle Occupancy
Virunga Lodge Standard Banda$ 2000$ 2395
Virunga Lodge Deluxe Banda$ 2395$ 2875
Community Fee$ 50$ 50

High season rates are applicable on bookings from 1 June to 30 September and 15 December to 28 February. (2025)

Low Season Lodge Rates Per Person SharingSingle Occupancy
Virunga Lodge Standard Banda$ 1110$ 1110
Virunga Lodge Deluxe Banda$ 1320$ 1320
Community Fee$ 50$ 50

Low season rates are applicable on bookings from 1 October to 14 December and 1 March to 31 May. (2025)

International Guest Terms

Terms Summary
  • Rates are effective on all new 2024 bookings made from 1st April 2023.
  • Rates are inclusive of current government taxes, which may be subject to change without notice.
  • The rates above include accommodation and meals, soft drinks, standard and premium alcoholic drinks, cellar collection wines (except French champagne), single malt whiskeys, laundry services, any activities at the lodges, and all massages (subject to booking and availability).
  • The Volcanoes Safaris Partnership community and conservation fee of $50 per guest per night funds community and conservation projects around the lodges.
  • Low season rates are applicable to bookings from 1 October to 14 December and 1 March to 31 May.
  • Children of 12 years and under staying in the same room as their parents pay US $100 per child per night. Children under 5 years stay for free.
  • Children of 12 years and under, occupying their own room pay adult rates.
  • The minimum age limit for children at Virunga Lodge is 12 years.
Special Offers
  • Book Bwindi Lodge and Kyambura Gorge Lodge combined for 4 nights and get the 5th night free.
  • Book 2 nights at Kyambura Gorge Lodge or Mt. Gahinga Lodge and get 50% discount on the 3rd night.
  • Kibale Lodge Introductory Offer. Book Kibale with Bwindi or Gahinga and receive the 5th night free (at the lower priced lodge). Valid until 31 December 2025.
  • The offers cannot be combined.
Map room
  • At Virunga the Dian Fossey Map Room is available for conferences, private events and other functions. Please inquire for details and cost.
Payment policy: Standard booking (Up to 3 rooms)
  • A 20% non-refundable deposit is payable upon receipt of invoice.
  • Final balance is due 30 days prior to arrival.
  • Bookings within 30 days of arrival – full payment due upon receipt of invoice.
Group booking (4 and above rooms)
  • 35% non-refundable and non-transferable deposit is payable upon receipt of invoice in order to confirm booking.
  • Final balance of 65% is due 60 days prior to date.
  • Bookings within 60 days of arrival – full payment due upon receipt of invoice.
For full Terms and Conditions please visit our website.
Special Offers
  • 5 for 4 Nights. Book the following lodge combinations and receive the 5th night free (at the lower priced lodge): Virunga and Gahinga; Bwindi and Kyambura.
  • Kibale Lodge Introductory Offer. Book Kibale with Bwindi or Gahinga and receive the 5th night free (at the lower priced lodge). Valid until 31 December 2025.
  • 50% discount on 3rd night. Book 3 nights at Kyambura Gorge Lodge or Mount Gahinga Lodge and receive 50% discount on the 3rd night. (Cannot be combined with the ‘5 for 4 offer’)
  • Villa Rates. Exclusive use lodge rates are available on request.
  • Dian Fossey Map Room. At Virunga the Dian Fossey Map Room is available for conferences, private events and other functions. Please inquire for details and cost.
Terms Summary
  • All rates are in US Dollars (USD).
  • Rates are effective on all new 2025 bookings made from 9 April 2024.
  • Rates are inclusive of current government taxes, which may be subject to change without notice.
  • The rates above include accommodation and meals, soft drinks, standard and premium alcoholic drinks, signature cocktails, cellar collection wines (except French champagne), single malt whiskeys, laundry services, any activities at the lodges, and all massages (subject to booking and availability).
  • Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust community and conservation fee of $50 per guest per night funds community and conservation projects around the lodges.
  • Low season rates are applicable to bookings from 1 October to 14 December and 1 March to 31 May.
  • Children of 12 years and under staying in the same room as their parents pay US $100 per child per night. Children under 5 years stay for free.
  • Children of 12 years and under, occupying their own room pay adult rates.
  • The minimum age limit for children at Virunga Lodge is 12 years.
  • At Kyambura Gorge Lodge, a $25 per person fee, paid to Uganda Wildlife Authority, for the guided nature walk along the Fig Tree Camp trail, to the chimpanzee tracking starting point is included in the lodge rate.
Payment Policy Lodge Only Bookings
  • A deposit of 20% of the invoice is payable upon receipt in order to confirm your booking.
  • For bookings for 4 rooms and above, the deposit payable is 35%.
  • The deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable.
  • Final balance is due 30 days prior to arrival.
  • For bookings within 30 days of arrival the full payment is due upon receipt of invoice.
Safari Bookings
  • Full value of gorilla and chimpanzee permits plus 20% of the rest of the invoice, is payable upon receipt of invoice.
  • For bookings for 4 rooms and above, the deposit payable is the full value of gorilla and chimpanzee permits plus 35% of the rest of the invoice.
  • The deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable.
  • Final balance is due 45 days prior to arrival.
  • For bookings within 45 days of arrival the full payment is due upon receipt of invoice.
Please read our full Terms and Conditions including our cancellation policy on our website.

Resident Rates

For rates for East African residents and the DRC, as well as bona fide conservation organisations please contact [email protected].

Virunga Lodge, Rwanda

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To make a booking, please complete this form or click here to chat to one of our sales consultants via our live chat. Alternatively, send us an email on [email protected].
To protect gorillas from disease, no children under 15 years are allowed to go gorilla tracking. For guests booking a stay at Virunga Lodge, please note that the minimum age limit for children at Virunga Lodge is 12 years.

Safari Activities

Chimpanzee Tracking

Tracking chimpanzees in their natural habitat, as they swing from the branches in the canopy high above the forest floor is nothing short of exhilarating. The chimps effortlessly cross and scamper through the trees above the gorge, and visitors on the other hand must cross the river using natural bridges in order to keep up with the chimps. So although the walk usually lasts only 2–3 hours, descending the steep gorge and crossing the log bridges over the river requires some agility and fitness.

Chimpanzee tracking is also available in nearby Kalinzu, a forest reserve 30 minutes drive from Kyambura Gorge Lodge where there is a community of about 40 habituated chimpanzees.