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Volcanoes Lodges

Classic Safari Lodges

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

Volcanoes Safaris lodges were conceived and built by Praveen Moman and a team of African builders led today by Cyprien Serugero, who was born near Virunga Lodge in Rwanda.

Virunga Lodge Aerial View
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In design and style, we remain true to our ecological principles

The buildings are low-impact. We use solar power wherever possible, harvest our own rainwater, recycle waste and use local materials and supplies. We employ, train and empower local people to be the core workers and managers: it is important to us that a sizable portion of revenue goes towards bettering living conditions for locals. We have sought to retain the core Afro-chic ethos that was derived from Praveen’s life experiences – the simplicity of life in the bush. At the same time the quality and refinement has reached a new level of sophistication.

Kienyeji Style

Our primary building style derives inspiration from many sources: from the homes of African villagers, the landscape, the handmade approach, and the improvised design by eye rather than the obviously contrived (called kienyeji in Swahili). We have sought to develop lodges that are sensitive to local culture and aesthetics, connect to the local community and conservation of wildlife and seek to use resources responsibly.

We have been refining and upgrading the unique Volcanoes Safaris lodges as part of a 4 year plan to re-imagine the properties, which was completed in 2022. The understated, timeless, distinctive style of Volcanoes lodges is being evolved in a subtle way so the lodges do not lose their essential character, and the Volcanoes style of design and decoration is being taken to a new luxury level. The colors and textures of local fabrics and artefacts reflect the warmth and exuberance of the cultures from the Great Lakes of Africa.

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Contact us to book your stay at a Volcanoes Safaris lodge or learn more about how we are supporting conservation activities and local communities.

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Lodges Rates

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].
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Booking Enquiry

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.