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Up close and animal: Why walking safaris are so worthwhile

The latest article from The Points Guy highlights the unique great ape eco-tourism model pioneered by Praveen Moman, founder of Volcanoes Safaris. Stay at Virunga Lodge in Rwanda and Bwindi Lodge or Mount Gahinga Lodge in Uganda and trek the endangered mountain gorillas. There is nothing quite like the thrill of getting up close and […]

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National Geographic takes an ‘Inside Look at the Great Apes’ of Rwanda and Uganda

Volcanoes Safaris recently had the pleasure of hosting a group of National Geographic guests on the ‘The Great Apes of Uganda and Rwanda’ expedition. Watch the beautifully shot video ‘Inside Look at the Great Apes’ by National Geographic Expeditions. It gives an exclusive insight into this once-in-a-lifetime journey into the lush hills of Uganda and Rwanda to […]

6 of the Best Mountain Resorts to Beat the Heat

We are delighted to see Virunga Lodge feature in the Wall Street Journal’s round-up of ‘Best Mountain Resorts to Beat the Heat’. The lodge sits at 6,562 feet in northern Rwanda, overlooking lakes, volcanoes and the Musanze valley. A truly unforgettable experience!

Virunga Lodge named one of Central Africa’s ‘best kept secrets’

Hotels Above Par names the magnificent Virunga Lodge one of the top places to stay in Rwanda. Their latest Rwanda Destination Guide highlights some of the best places to stay, eat, drink and visit. Make sure to check it out!

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15 Incredible Luxury Hotels With Fewer Than 20 Rooms

We are thrilled to see Virunga Lodge included in Travel & Leisure. Follow this link to read the full article.

Gahinga Batwa Village featured in Billionaire

Thank you Lisa Young for this article which highlights the work that Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust does to support a Batwa community near Mount Gahinga Lodge in Uganda. Follow this link to read the full article.  

Sustainable Safari Lodges in East Africa

We are delighted that Kyambura Gorge Lodge and the Kyambura Eco-tourism Project are featured in the latest edition of East End Taste Magazine. “Kyambura Lodge is a popular destination to trek the Forgotten Chimpanzees of the Kyambura Gorge, a sunken forest where a family of 28 chimpanzees sadly find themselves isolated from other forests due […]

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Praveen Moman, Founder Volcanoes Safaris is described as an “ecotourism pioneer and gorilla evangelist” in an interview with Fathom. In the interview, Praveen shares travel stories and trends, his inspiration for setting up a lodge company around the Virunga volcanoes, and addresses challenges in the travel industry caused by covid. Praveen describes some of the […]

Bwindi Lodge is listed amongst the top 10 eco-lodges in the world!

We are delighted and honoured that Bwindi Lodge has been included on the list of the top 10 eco-lodges in the world by Eco-nnect. During the last twenty years Volcanoes Safaris has had a clear vision. We have sought to develop lodges that are sensitive to local culture and aesthetics, connect to the local community […]

Praveen Moman, Founder Volcanoes Safaris named Winner of the Newsweek Future of Travel Awards 2021

We are thrilled to announce that our Founder Praveen Moman has been named winner of the Newsweek Future of Travel Awards 2021! The winner was selected from a number of visionaries that are leading the way in the future of travel according to Newsweek. Shannon Stowell the CEO of Adventure Travel Trade Association said,”Praveen Moman […]


Meet the Women Fighting Against Poaching in Africa, While Also Advocating for Gender Equality

We are thrilled to see the Kyambura Gorge Eco-Tourism projects and Stella Ashabe one of our Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust coordinators featured in Fodor. The article highlights our conservation and community projects through the Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust (VSPT) a non-profit organisation that connects Volcanoes’ Rwanda and Uganda luxury lodges to the neighbouring communities and […]

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We are delighted to see Kyambura Gorge Lodge included in Travel and Leisure. Especially pleased that Volcanoes Safaris is described to have ‘community and conservation at its heart.” Read the full article here  A 7-day safari to Kyambura Gorge Lodge and Bwindi Lodge in Uganda includes a gorilla and chimpanzee trek, games drives to the […]

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Praveen Moman and the Gahinga Batwa Village community project featured in Travel Africa

We are delighted our pioneering work on gorilla tourism has been featured in Travel Africa magazine. The article asks ‘Could Mountain Gorillas help save the planet?’ The restorative impact of tourism on wildlife and habitat is most noticeably apparent in the Virunga mountains, where mountain gorillas, communities and the forest are all benefitting. It’s hugely […]


Deep in Uganda’s Kyambura Gorge, An Endangered Group of Chimpanzees Has Survived Against All Odds

Volcanoes Safaris is thrilled to be included in Travel and Leisure. Thank you Gina DeCaprio Vercesi for this amazing piece after your stay at our lodges. The article highlights our conservation and community projects through the Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust (VSPT) and the unforgettable experience searching for the Lost Chimps of Kyambura. Read the full article […]

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Volcanoes Safaris included in Lonely Planet’s Sustainable Escapes Book

Volcanoes Safaris is delighted to have been included in Lonely Planet’s Sustainable Escapes Book . Thank you Michaela Trimble for this wonderful piece after your stay at our luxury lodges. Volcanoes Safaris through the Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust connects Volcanoes’ Rwanda and Uganda luxury lodges to the neighbouring communities and conservation activities. Follow this link […]

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Kyambura Gorge – a heavenly Soho House-like lodge

We are thrilled to see Kyambura Gorge Lodge and Bwindi Lodge featured in the Evening Standard. Especially pleased that Kyambura Gorge Lodge is described ‘as a heavenly Soho House-like lodge complete with four-poster beds, giant in and outdoor showers, plus a plains-fringed pool!’ Follow this link to read more.

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Praveen Moman and the Gahinga Batwa Village community project featured in Travel Africa

We are delighted our pioneering work on gorilla tourism has been featured in Travel Africa magazine. The article asks ‘Could Mountain Gorillas help save the planet?’ The restorative impact of tourism on wildlife and habitat is most noticeably apparent in the Virunga mountains, where mountain gorillas, communities and the forest are all benefitting. It’s hugely […]

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Mountain Gorilla trekking featured on the Aspire’s 2021 Wish List

  Aspire’s The Wish List highlights the most-desired travel experiences. With many travellers having spent so much time indoors this year, getting out into the heart of Africa to see these captivating creatures in the wild…might just be the tonic they need”. Book a 7 day Kyambura and Bwindi safari to the magical world of gorillas, chimpanzees and the […]

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11 off-the-grid hotels for when you really want to escape

Condé Nast Traveller Middle East, Betsy Blumenthal, January 2020 11 off-the-grid hotels for when you really want to escape Virunga Lodge, Rwanda Set at the height of a lush peak between Lake Bulera and Lake Ruhondo, you might think all of Virunga Lodge’s charm lies in its location—and, exempting the Rwanda retreat's totally amenable staff, [...]

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Sunny Escapes To Beat The Winter Blues

Mr Porter, Nicole Trilivas, January 2020 Sunny Escapes To Beat The Winter Blues As January’s wintry darkness settles in and visions of mince pies and glittery tinsel fade away, it’s vital to have something to look forward to lest a mean case of the post-holiday blues takes hold. Even if you can’t jet off right [...]

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The world needs trees more than ever. Here’s how to plant some on your travels.

The Washington Post, “The world needs trees more than ever. Here’s how to plant some on your travels.”, Sunny Fitzgerald , December 2019 We’ve heard a lot about trees lately: The devastating deforestation around the world, caused by wildfires and unchecked development. The health benefits of “bathing” under the forest canopy, shinrin-yoku-style. The recent study that [...]

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How the Batwa came back from the brink

The Sunday Telegraph, How the Batwa came back from the brink, Lottie Gross, December 2019 The Ugandan tribe evicted to make way for a national park has a new home – and tourism has played a part. Lottie Gross meets the community. High in the trees of Bwindi National Park in Uganda, the Mukiza family [...]

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10 Travel Destinations to Visit in 2020

Harper's Bazaar, 10 Travel Desinations To Visit In 2020,Caroline Lewis, November 2019 10 Travel Destinations to Visit in 2020 Uganda Rwanda may have been getting much of the gorilla-trekking attention recently, but its neighbour Uganda has also been steadily growing in tourism – visitors to this south-east-Africa state have increased 32 per cent in the [...]

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Gorilla Treks in Rwanda: A Bucket-List Must

The Wall Street Journal, Deborah Dunn, November 2019 Gorilla Treks in Rwanda: A Bucket-List Must The country’s mountain gorillas are luring an upscale crowd, generating funds that help sustain the rare apes. Finally, a wildly extravagant vacation you can feel good about. (...) Staying There: Several of the 35 hotels—and counting—near Volcanoes National Park contribute [...]


The Wild Earth: Gorillas In The Midst of Africa

Forbes, Mary Ann Anderson, October 2019 Permits are required for gorilla trekking, and the cost is $600 per person in Uganda ($700 after July 2020), $1,500 in Rwanda, and for the DRC it’s $400. Permits must be purchased in advance through the country’s tourist office or a reputable tour outfitter such as (...) Volcanoes Safaris [...]

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Taking Off

The Times Online, The Sunday Times Ireland, Dara Flynn, August 2019 Gorillas In the Midst World Gorilla Day is on September 24 and, aside of the inevitable internet memes, Uganda is the best place to see the creatures. (…) They include Kyambura Gorge Lodge, where you can see the tree-climbing lions, and Bwindi Lodge, near […]

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How Hollywood Safaris: Elton John, Emmy Rossum, More Stars Reveal Favorite African Locales

Hollywood Reporter, Kathryn Romeyn, August 2019   RWANDA (…) Rossum and Esmail resided in a stone banda cottage with fireplace at Virunga Lodge . “It’s amazing to sit with the animals and watch them play, and have the teenagers come up and look at you,” says Rossum of meeting mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park. […]


Gorilla Spotting 101: How to See Mountain Gorillas in Their Natural Habitat

Fodor’s Travel, Johanna Read, August 2019 Here is everything you need to know about trekking with the endangered great ape—and helping increase its population. Though an endangered species, the number of mountain gorillas in the world has quadrupled in the past 40 years. Understanding the interdependencies between these gentle giants, the people that live near […]

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8 Hollywood-Tested African Safaris That Give Back

The Hollywood Report, Kathryn Romeyn, August 2019 Tree-Planting Trips Volcanoes Safaris’ Kyambura Gorge Eco-Tourism project includes guided walks in the delicate ecosystem that’s home to an isolated community of 27 chimps, and invites guests to plant a tree in to support expansion of the buffer zone. For full article click here.

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5 Last-Minute Summer Holidays for the Spontaneous Traveller

Country & Townhouse, Rebecca Cox, July 2019 Bwindi Lodge & Kyambura Lodge, Uganda Join Volcanoes Safaris African ecoluxe safari this summer. Bwindi Lodge in Uganda is set on the boundaries of the Impenetrable Forest, steps away from Buhoma village, with eight luxury lodges. It’s the perfect place from which to visit Uganda’s mountain gorillas. Meanwhile, Kyambura Lodge, […]

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A gorilla safari with a difference in Uganda

Canadian Geographic Travel, Marcello Di Cintio, June 2019 My butler woke me by singing a “good morning” song as he approached my banda at Mount Gahinga Lodge in Uganda. He tapped on my door, placed a tray with my morning coffee on the table and stepped back into the darkness. It was two hours before […]

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10 reasons to visit Uganda: from Golden Monkeys to Gorillas

The Independent, Joe Minihane, June 2019  Easily overlooked for the quiet charm of neighbouring Rwanda or the pull of big game in nearby Kenya, Uganda is arguably the most underrated destination in east Africa. Home to superb street food and fascinating ancient tribes, not to mention an array of wildlife that puts more popular African […]


7 Luxurious Adventures You Must Try Before You Die

Metrosource, Adrienne Jordan, May 2019     Track Endangered Rwandan Gorillas Many people think of gorillas as something to flee from if encountered in the wild. They are anything but! In Rwanda, tourists visit the endangered silverback mountain gorillas in the Volcanoes National Park on a daily basis. Whether it is their nature or because […]


Taking off: the holidays to book now

The Sunday Times, May 2019 You’re gonna blow Eco-tourism operator Volcanoes Safaris is the first company to set up gorilla camps in both Rwanda and Uganda. Volcanoes have four lodges on offer through a package put together by Scott Dunn, taking in the two African nations where a vast array of wildlife is on show, […]

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Praveen Moman, CEO of Volcanoes Safaris, Talks Conservation Tourism

Elite Traveler, Emma Reynolds, May 2019     Praveen Moman, founder of Volcanoes Safaris, is a champion of tourism with a purpose. Moman and his family came from Asia to East Africa in the 1960s and Moman grew up in Uganda. In the 1970s, his family was forced to leave Africa and move to the UK. […]


Lions and gorillas and chimps – Oh my! Uganda checks plenty of boxes on the wildlife bucket list

Vancouver Courier, Christina Newberry March 2019 It’s 6 a.m. at Kyambura Gorge Lodge, just outside of Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth National Park, and I can hear singing. Not being a morning person, I’ve declined a wake-up call, but I can just make out the melodic voice of Peace, the lodge’s personal butler, as she delivers fresh, local coffee to […]

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Four eco-travel destinations getting it right

Country & Townhouse, Rebecca Cox  

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What is Luxury? Creating a Vision

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Adventure Time: 7 Off-The-Beaten-Path Destinations to Visit Now

Jetsetter, Chelsea Bengier Uganda Although Rwanda is known for its wildlife (especially the endangered mountain gorillas), neighboring Uganda is the quieter sibling that provides similar experiences for half the permit price. This lush land is rife with rolling tea plantations and rainforests. Stay at the Bwindi Lodge, where the suites feel more like tree houses hovering […]

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No monkey business with Kyambura Gorge ecotourism project

Travel Bulletin Volcanoes Safaris has launched an ecotourism project in a bid to preserve Uganda’s Kyambura Gorge ecosystem. Known as the ‘Valley of the Apes’, Kyambura Gorge is home to a rich collection of wildlife including chimpanzees, red-tailed monkeys and over 100 species of birds. The Kyambura Gorge Ecotourism Project has played an integral role […]

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Great Escape Uganda

Lonely Planet Magazine, Amanda Canning & Jonathan Gregson

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Spear’s 500 Travel Guide 2019: Safari Tour Operators

Spear’s 500 Travel Guide 2019: Safari Tour Operators  

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After Losing Their Home in Central Africa, an Ancient Tribe Gets a New Start

Architectural Digest, Stefanie Waldek The Uganda-based firm Studio FH Architects teamed up with the one of the oldest indigenous tribes in Africa, the Batwa, to rebuild a permanent village after being displaced. The Gahinga Batwa Village in Uganda.Photo: Craig Howes In 1991, national parks were established across Rwanda, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of the […]

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Honeymoon Review: Gorilla-trekking in Uganda and Rwanda

You and Your Wedding, Elliot Wilmot Art director Elliott Wilmot goes on a border-crossing wildlife adventure like no other in search of Africa’s elusive gorilla. Mount Gahinga Lodge in Uganda The film Gorillas in the Mist really struck a chord with me. Based on the life of conservationist Dian Fossey, it tells the story of her fight to […]

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The Day Cricket Led Me to the Land of the Silverbacks

The Telegraph, Michael Vaughan

Volcanoes Safaris Adventures That Will Make An Impact In 2018

How to travel and make the world a better place in 2019

The Editors at Travel isn’t just a one-way ticket to self-improvement; it can also change lives on the other side. Here are our picks for 2019 adventures that will make an impact—both for the traveler and destination. From bringing tourism back to the Indian state of Kerala post-floods and conservation holidays in the UK […]

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Return of the King

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The pairing: Uganda & Rwanda

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Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda Provides a Life-Changing Adventure

Forbes, Adrienne Jordan You may think of mountain gorillas as something that should provoke a fight or flight response if encountered in the wild. They are anything but. In Rwanda, people treasure a visit with the endangered Silverback Mountain gorillas who are surprisingly playful and relaxed in human presence. The Silverback gorillas are located in […]

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Building Hope In The Forests Of Uganda

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15 Places You Need to Go in 2019, Recommended by Travel Experts

Readers Digest, Melissa Klurman Get ready to fill your travel bucket lists to brimming for the upcoming year with our swoon-worthy selection of destinations to visit in 2019, hand-picked by the top experts in the travel world. Buckle up for a year filled with terrific travel adventures. Kigali, Rwanda Rwanda, known as the land of […]

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How Rwanda became one of Africa’s most luxurious – and safest – holiday destinations

The Telegraph, Ben Ross   “Wherever you stop in this country,” said Alex Kagaba, “the ground will always produce people.” We’d parked on a dusty escarpment along the shore of Lake Kivu to take in the view. This time, I thought he might be wrong. A couple of breeze-block homesteads, tin roofs gleaming, stood out […]

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The heroes of travel for 2018 named

Traveller Meet our heroes of travel for 2018 – the brave, big-hearted and indomitably determined men and women who work all year around to make the world a better place, with inspiring results. Their efforts know no bounds, from protecting wildlife to conserving historic city quarters, from championing native foodstuffs to preserving some of the […]

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Gorillas In Your Midst

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Top Rwanda Hotel For Gorilla Spotting

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Tour Africa’s most luxurious new safari lodges

New York Post, Hana Alberts Last month, Kenya Airways launched its first nonstop flight between New York and Nairobi. The route delivers travelers to the dramatic wildlife and breathtaking scenery of East Africa in just 15 hours (six hours quicker than previous flights). And several new safari lodges around the region await them. Earlier this year, […]

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Fodor’s Go List 2019

Fodor’s Go List 2019 52 reasons to get going. For some of us, travel is a necessity. A luxury, a break, an adventure–yes, but what’s more, it is our true reality. Because when we travel, we are awake. Travel, its ethos of wonder, curiosity, and open-mindedness: it truly makes us alive. Here at Fodor’s, we […]

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A Forest In The Clouds: My Year Among The Mountain Gorillas In The Remote Enclave Of Diane Fossey, John Fowler When I was a student at Dian Fossey’s Karisoke Research Center in 1980, I spent many days in the cool high forests of the Virunga Volcanoes. While out with the mountain gorillas, rarely did I encounter another human. […]

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5 of the best lodges in Uganda

The Standard, Nicola Brady Nicola Brady gives us a quick snapshot of where to stay in Uganda Bwindi Lodge   The thatched huts at Bwindi Lodge aren’t just close to the Impenetrable Forest — they’re practically in it. Recline on your spacious balcony and absorb the cacophony of Ugandan wildlife, keeping your eyes peeled: occasionally […]

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Honeymoon in Rwanda & Uganda

Destination I Do, Courtney Cox Rwanda is known as “the land of a thousand hills” and it’s easy to see why after witnessing the rolling, lush landscape. However, I would like to propose an alternative nickname: “the land of a thousand welcomes.” I’ve traveled extensively and have never felt so affected by a local culture […]

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Wildlife Vacations: The 10 Ultimate Trips for Animal Lovers

Smarter Travel, Sarah Schlichter From tracking polar bears across the Arctic tundra to swimming with sea lions in the Sea of Cortez, the world is full of incredible wildlife adventures to experience. If you’re an animal lover, you won’t want to miss these unforgettable wildlife vacations. Rwanda and Uganda Imagine crouching in a dense green […]

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45 hotels around the world with stunning views

Business Insider, Theresa Christine   Virunga Lodge near Ruhengeri, Rwanda offers stunning views No matter which directions you look, the scenery is exquisite. From the Virunga Volcanoes to the Musanze valley to Lake Burera, this is where to go for some of the finest views in Africa. It was also selected as one of the […]


The World’s Most Exclusive Hotel Experiences

Fodor’s Travel, Kristy Alpert These hotels hold the key to one-of-a-kind local activities all over the world. Forget pillow menus and minibars, these hotels are offering something a bit more transformative. At one point the mission for hotels was to keep guests inside their rooms, but these unique experiences are only offered at hotels around […]

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Safari Spa

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Safari Camps Where Wildlife Sightings Are Always Guaranteed

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7 Pulse-Pounding Adventure Honeymoons

Brides, Todd Plummer You deserve a romantic honeymoon after months of wedding planning. For many couples that means laying by the beach sipping cocktails, but for those that just can’t say no to a rush of adrenaline, it means seeking the perfect adventure honeymoon location. These days, there’s more to a vacation than just relaxing, couples are […]

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5 Viaggi Da Fare Una Volta Nella Vita

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Rwanda: Gorilla spotting from a wheelchair

The Telegraph, Frank Gardner     In the damp, cool air halfway up a volcano in equatorial Africa, I smelt an odour I had never encountered before. Musty, pungent, tangy, hard to describe yet definitely overpowering. “We are close now,” whispered Augustin, the khaki-clad ranger assigned as our escort. “Please be very alert.” Every one […]

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10 Hotels So Off The Map You Need A Private Plane Or Helicopter Just To Get There

Forbes, Breanna Wilson Nothing easy is ever rewarding. And there’s nothing easy about getting to these 10 as-remote-as-it-gets hotels, resorts and lodges around the world. Which is exactly what makes staying at any one of these properties so satisfying. Whether it means chartering a private helicopter or jumping in a resort’s own seaplane, these stunning […]

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9 Remote Spa Getaways Where No One Can Bother You

Smarter Travel, Jamie Ditaranto Forget sightseeing, walking tours, and signing up for adventures you don’t have the energy for. It’s time for vacation to mean vacation again, and there’s no better way to escape completely than by taking a trip to a spa—preferably one in the middle of nowhere. These days, the only way to […]

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11 of the World’s Most Secluded Resorts

Travel Channel, Natasha Huang Smith Getting away from it all doesn’t necessarily mean roughing it in the middle of nowhere. Enjoy some peace and quiet at these ultra-secluded, ultra-luxurious properties around the world. Virunga Lodge, Rwanda Arrive to your adventure base in Rwanda by 4×4 or helicopter and be welcomed with cool drinks in an intimate […]

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The best places to travel this September

Matador Network, Matthew Meltzer  September might be the best-kept secret in travel. It’s technically still summer, but since school is back in session, crowds pretty much everywhere thin out considerably after Labor Day. That means you can enjoy all the great lakes, oceans, historic sites, and restaurants that were jam-packed with tourists a month earlier […]

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The Luxury Of Ubuntu

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How Rwanda’s Mountain Gorillas Are Helping Heal a Fractured Nation

Men’s Journal, Tod Pitock WE ARE MARCHING single file on a mountain path, winding our way through a bamboo forest, tall spindles shooting to the sky. Sunlight splashes through the canopy, hitting the pale green of the bamboo sheaths and turning the light a refulgent green. It’s magical, and strenuous. About 2,000 feet up, the vegetation […]

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Shave Safari Costs in Uganda

Private Clubs, Paul Rubio     While Rwanda fills a niche for the highest of high-end gorilla tourism, Uganda has positioned itself as a less-costly alternative. Gorilla trekking there costs $600 per day in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park (Uganda’s portion of the Virunga Massif) or farther north in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The country’s accommodations […]

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Rwanda Is Making a Push for the Right Number of High-Spending Visitors

Skift, Laura Powell Rwanda is setting itself up as Africa’s new big luxury tourism destination. And while mountain gorillas are the country’s main attraction, new luxury lodges will help open up other regions of this small, yet highly diverse country.There’s a lot of buzz about Rwanda. The country is starting to build a new international […]

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How to Plan an Unforgettable Gorilla Trekking Adventure Through Africa

Departures, Sophie Friedman In Uganda and Rwanda, a new generation of safari lodges offers up-close experiences with local wildlife, also helping to grow these thriving communities. Praveen Moman of Volcanoes Safaris, Luxury Lodges in Uganda & Rwanda, the mastermind behind some of the world’s first “trekking lodges,” is fanatic about gorilla conservation. He describes seeing them as like […]

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Into the Great Unknown

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Getting Up Close to Gorillas

Spectator Life, Toby Young Toby Young treks into the volcanic region of central Africa in search of mountain gorillas. ‘They are very close now,’ said Boas, our Ugandan guide. ‘Stick together, no sudden movements, no loud noises, no flash photography.’ The moment had come. This was why I had spent 16 hours flying from London […]


Opinion: Responsible Tourism is Transforming Perceptions of Rwanda

Travel Weekly, Travel Weekly Staff Following Visit Rwanda’s partnership announcement with Arsenal football club, Praveen Moman, the owner of premium eco-lodges Volcanoes Safaris, says he hopes it will change perceptions about this stunning country in the heart of Africa. The hills were alive with the sound of bazookas in the late 1990s. Now visitors to […]

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News From the Front Lines: First-Year Adventure Travel Conservation Fund Grant Winners Report on Project Success

Adventure Travel News, ATN Staff In its first year of funding since launching in 2016, the Adventure Travel Conservation Fund (ATCF) awarded $76,500 USD in grant funds to three different conservation projects around the globe: the Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust (VSPT), WILDCOAST, and the Gunung Palung Orangutan Conservation Program (GPOCP). As a member of the ATCF, the Adventure Travel Trade Association […]

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6 Royal-Ready African Safari Camps For Honeymooners

Forbes, Nicole Trilivas For their regal honeymoon, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are rumored to be heading to the Hoanib Valley Camp in Namibia for some much-needed downtime after the royal wedding, but that’s hardly the only breathtakingly beautiful safari spot that Africa has to offer. According to the world’s leading African travel experts, these are most magical and luxurious […]

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The Original Go Ape

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Rwanda: Le grand retour

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Toby Young: Some Western Visitors to Africa Seem to Value the Local Wildlife More Highly Than the People

iNews, Toby Young I’m currently gorilla-trekking in south-west Uganda, home to more than half of the world’s mountain gorillas, and having a wonderful time. The gorillas themselves are nothing like the way they’re depicted in popular culture – they are gentle and placid, like oversized koala bears. As I crouched in a glade in the […]

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10 Sublime Hotels With 10 Rooms or Less

Travel Channel, Travel Channel Editors These hotels may be small, but they’re big on luxury and style. Bwindi Lodge The freshly refurbished Bwindi Lodge in Uganda run by Volcanoes Safaris is a safari-lovers dream. Overlooking the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, which is well-known for its silverback gorilla population, Bwindi Lodge is a luxury lodge with just eight inviting […]

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7 Ways to Make Your Travel More Sustainable

VOGUE, Michaela Trimble From increasing cultural understanding to aiding in the conservation of wildlife, there’s no denying the positive impact travel can have on the world. According to the World Travel & Tourism Council, the travel industry is one of the world’s most powerful—it supplies 10 percent of the world’s jobs, at 313 million worldwide. But […]

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What You Need to Know About Bwindi Park, the Mountain Gorilla Paradise

Travel Dudes, Beckwills Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is one of Uganda’s most spectacular conservation areas. It is situated in Southwestern Uganda along the Rift Valley. Its misty valleys feature Uganda’s ancient and most biodiversity tropical rainforest. Bwindi covers an area of about 331 square kilometers and mainly composed of montane and lowland forest, offering refuge […]

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5 Long-Haul Holidays to Add to Your Summer Bucket List

Melan Mag, Jacinta Ruscillo Sometimes you need a getaway and sometimes it needs to be more than a few days in the European sun. You might just be in need of a complete factory reset the sort that often comes in the form of a long-haul two-weeker – an adventure to see the beautiful wide […]

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8 Underrated Destinations You Haven’t Visited Yet—But Should

Jetsetter, Laura Itzkowitz Already checked off the world’s most visited countries—France, the U.S., Spain, China—and not sure where to go next? Consider planning a trip to overlooked gems like Slovenia, Uganda, Belize, and Bhutan, where less-crowded cultural attractions and a slew of luxe new hotels has made them more appealing than ever this year.   […]


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Climbing Over Rocks, Holding on to Vines and Then, at Last, Gorillas

New York Times, Shivani Vora On a father-daughter trip to see primates in Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda (strenuous hike required), it’s all about connection. Eight of us, including my dad, clung to tangled vines to steady ourselves against the slippery undergrowth along a slope in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park. We were there to spot gorillas, […]


Men’s Journal: Up in the Mist

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How To: Gorilla Trekking in Uganda

Luxury Travel Advisor, Melissa Klurman Uganda may be called the Pearl of Africa, but it’s another precious element that draws visitors to this peaceful, landlocked East African nation: Silver. Or more specifically, the endangered silverback mountain gorilla. There are fewer than 900 mountain gorillas in the wild, just one for every 9 million people on earth, […]


Just Got Back: Gorilla Trekking in Africa

Travel Age West, Hope Smith   This February, I went gorilla trekking in Uganda and Rwanda with Volcanoes Safaris. I had gone to Rwanda in 1981, and it’s a very different experience now. For one thing, a gorilla permit in Rwanda is now around $1,500, and it was about $150 back then. For clients who […]

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Bwindi Lodge Undergoes Renovation

 Hospitality Interiors, Gemma Ralph   Luxury gorilla safari pioneers, Volcanoes Safaris, have stepped up their offering, announcing refreshed interiors which ring true to the lodge’s authentic African roots, while allowing a luxurious haven following a busy day of gorilla trekking. From the updated culinary offering, to a brand-new forest spa and the local African interiors, guests […]


5 Places to See Exotic Animals Up Close

The Week, The Week Staff   1. Uganda’s mountain gorillas I almost didn’t make it to the gorilla enclave, said Jennifer Billock at Smithsonian . The rough path my guides had bushwhacked through Uganda’s aptly named Bwindi Impenetrable National Park hardly made our mountain climb any easier. Fortunately, Volcanoes Safaris had enlisted personal porters, who carried guests’ […]

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A Forest in the Clouds: My Year Among the Mountain Gorillas in the Remote Enclave of Dian Fossey

The following is an excerpt from John Fowler’s published book, A Forest in the Clouds: My Year Among the Mountain Gorillas in the Remote Enclave of Dian Fossey. A Safari Lodge in the Sky I will never forget my arrival at Praveen Moman’s wonderfully conceived Virunga Lodge.  As our vehicle wound its way up the serpentine […]

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The Gorilla Trail in Rwanda and Uganda

Red, Hannah Dunn   It’s early on a grey morning and we’re hiking steadily upwards. Despite our feet sinking into mud, rain splattering our hoods and the altitude leaving us breathless, there’s excitement in the air. We’re on our first trek of the week, hiking into the forests of Virunga Volcano in Rwanda to one […]


5 Reasons You Need to See Gorillas in Uganda

National Geographic, Hillary Richard Mountain gorillas can only survive in the wild, so trekking into their native forests is your only chance to catch a peek. Sitting in silence on the cold ground of a Ugandan forest for 60 minutes might be one of life’s greatest privileges. There are fewer than 900 mountain gorillas in […]


9 Breathtaking Natural Landscapes in Rwanda

Culture Trip, Leah Feiger   Rwanda, though small and landlocked, is one of the most gorgeous countries in the world. Offering winding roads, peaceful lakes, volcanic landscapes, and endless green hills, Rwanda is incredibly special. Check our guide to the country’s most breathtaking natural landscapes, and get ready to plan your trip to the land of a […]


Gorillas in Our Midst: South African Author and Diplomat Visits the RMA

Greenwich Times, Alexandra Villarreal   The rules of engagement were clear: Stand still and be submissive. Don’t make sudden moves. Don’t get closer than 15 feet. “Well, I don’t think the gorillas got that memo,” joked Les de Villiers. Instead, the primates studied him and his camera up close — to them, he was wildlife […]


This is the Ultimate 2018 Travel Bucket List

MSN, Terry Ward A new year means a new chance to get out there and see the world. From witnessing a buffalo roundup in South Dakota to snorkeling with orcas in Norway to basking in the incredible volcanic landscapes of the Azores, we’ve rounded up the most awe-inspiring travel experiences for the year ahead. This is the ultimate 2018 travel bucket list. […]


The 8 incredibly unique holidays you need to take in 2018

Stylist, Stylist Team   Meet mountain gorillas face to face in Rwanda “As adrenalin-spiking animal encounters go, one of the most memorable adventures out there has to be hacking through the bamboo rainforest of the Virunga Mountains in Rwanda, to come face to face with a silverback gorilla in the wild. Stay at Virunga Lodge, […]


Once in a Lifetime Honeymoon Experiences You Have to Splurge On

Style Me Pretty, Style Me Pretty Contributor   We know you’ve meticulously planned every detail of your upcoming honeymoon, down to the exact outfits you’ll wear to breakfast, lunch and dinner, but if you’re looking at your itinerary and seeing the last day is just being spent relaxing at your leisure, then may we suggest […]

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11 Unforgettable Bucket List Trips That Won’t Break the Bank

Reader’s Digest, Melissa Klurman If your travel bucket list is bigger than your bank account, don’t worry, there’s a way to visit some of the most impressive sights in the world for hundreds instead of thousands of dollars, so you can live large while living out your travel dreams. Go gorilla trekking There are fewer […]


Adventures That Will Make an Impact in 2018, Editorial Team   Travel isn’t just a one-way ticket to self-improvement; it can also change lives on the other side. Here are our picks for 2018 adventures that will make an impact—both for the traveler and destination. “New year, new me.” We’ve heard it all before. And, like you, we know our resolutions will […]


A Visit to the House of the Mountain Gorillas Jennifer Billock   A trek through Bwindi Impenetrable National Park brings you up close and personal with an endangered gorilla population.   It was 10:30 a.m. and we’d been climbing nearly straight up the side of a rainforested mountain in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda for about two hours. The guide stopped our group—seven […]

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The 26 best places to travel in 2018

Whether you have a few days of vacation or several months, there are hundreds of destinations to consider in 2018. But which ones are worth your while? Mic set out to highlight 26 of the best places to vacation this year. We scoured the globe and sorted our top getaways into six categories: value and relative affordability, […]

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The Most Romantic Honeymoon Resorts in Rwanda

Options for romantic getaways in Rwanda are plentiful, and include eco safari accommodations, luxury resorts in the foothills of volcanoes, and lakeside retreats. With much to do and see in this special country, check out eight of the most romantic honeymoon resorts in Rwanda every newlywed couple should be vying to visit. Virunga Lodge Virunga Lodge is a Volcanoes […]

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Jetsetter Editors’ Favorite Trips of 2017

#1 Rwanda + Uganda After falling in love with South Africa last year, I made it my personal mission to make it back to the continent in 2017. This November, I was lucky enough to embark on another journey of a lifetime: tracking endangered mountain gorillas and golden monkeys in the rain forests of Rwanda and […]

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Once war-torn Rwanda is now ready to shine

My Rwandan guide, Robert, is holding up his identification card, flashing it proudly like a golden ticket to Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. “On my ID, it says that I’m Rwandan, not Hutu or Tutsi,” he says fervently. In a country formerly divided into two warring ethnicities, today, a Rwandan ID card — which formerly identified […]


On the trail of world-renowned gorilla conservationist Dian Fossey, Damien Gabet meets with silverbacks in the Rwandan forest

There he was, the man we’d trekked hours to meet. Frank was square-jaw handsome, but with a perma-frown and scar that made him look dangerous. Once a poacher, he now uses his tracking talents to locate mountain gorillas for tourists. As we approached, I could see he was casually shaving earth from his boots with […]

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11 Off-the-Grid Hotels for When You Really Want to Escape

We use ‘get-away’ as a synonym for vacation, because at best, that’s exactly what it is—a chance to escape our daily lives, if only for a few days. But there are some places that take this idea even further, where ‘getting away’ actually means ‘as far from civilization as possible’ (think, a medieval-looking fortress in […]

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Gorilla Trekking in Uganda: How to Take This Bucket List Trip on a Budget

Volcanoes Safaris A trip to see African gorillas in the wild isn’t cheap. But there is a way to bring down costs as much as possible. For wildlife lovers, seeing the gorillas that live in the misty mountain jungles between Uganda and Rwanda is a bucket-list must. With only 880 of these intelligent primates left […]

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There Are Fewer Than 900 Gorillas Left — Here’s How to Save Them

An interview with Praveen Moman of Volcanoes Safaris Volcanoes Safari “From the first time you see them, you feel these people are related to you. Their eyes, how they look at you…” – Praveen Moman Praveen Moman admits that 1997 wasn’t the best time to start a business in Rwanda. It was four years after […]

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Meet the Man Who Changed Vacationing in Rwanda Forever

Praveen Moman was born in Uganda. Until he was 16, his backyard was a place his father called paradise: the Western Rift Valley, which runs along Uganda, Rwanda, and the DRC, creating spectacular geological formations, ecosystems, and wildlife parks in its path. Moman’s family left for the UK in the 1970s, and after the expulsion […]


Gorillas in our midst

No one could tell Hillary Richard what to expect on her winding trek through the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. But her journey into the treacherous Ugandan thicket is all worth it when she meets the giants living within A gorilla in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Looking out the window of an 11-seat Cessna plane, I fixate on […]

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Virunga Gorilla Trekking Adventure

Photographing and gorilla trekking in the footsteps of Dian Fossey on the 50th anniversary of the 1967 founding of the Karisoke Research Center I timed my first mountain gorilla trekking experience in Rwanda to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the 1967 founding of the Karisoke Research Center by Dian Fossey. Many of the principals […]

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Best Hotels in Uganda

Bwindi Lodge, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda “Just outside Buhoma village, Bwindi Lodge was among the first to open for gorilla tracking in Uganda 20 years ago. It’s evolved from a simple camp to a beautiful luxury lodge, offering exceptional service in a spectacular setting that even entices the gorillas to visit.” Location On the […]

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The great escape

AS ADRENALINE_SPIKING ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS GO, it doesn’t get more memorable than hacking through bamboo rainforest to come face to face with a gorilla. For couples who’ve ticked off classic safaris in Tanzania or Kenya, gorilla-tracking in Rwanda and Uganda is what honeymoon dreams are made of. Seeking out die apes is thrilling and romantic, and […]

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Meetings of minds

There’s nothing quite like the majesty and sheer dignity of mountain gorillas. The gaze of their soulful brown eyes sends shivers down your spine. Encountering these great apes in their remote rainforest homeland in Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo is perhaps the ultimate wildlife-watching experience. Kanyonyi, silverback of the Mubare gorilla […]

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Face to Face, An encounter with Central Africa’s elusive mountain gorillas

I am balancing on a springy tangle of thick undergrowth while a cloud of mosquitoes hovers hungrily. The elusive mountain gorilla that my group has been tracking tumbles  expertly down the slope and stops right in front of me. Idly he leans back against a tree trunk and his deep brown eyes, compassionate and intelligent, […]


Gorilla spotting in Uganda and Rwanda

Fancy channelling your inner Dian Fossey? Tracking for rare mountain gorillas can only be safely undertaken in Rwanda and Uganda and here you can also stay in luxury lodges to make your stay even more epic. Carefully located for optimum sightseeing results, you can embark on a number of unique excursions from tracking the endangered […]

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Rwanda and Uganda

Rwanda is known as “the land of a thousand hills” and it’s easy to see why after witnessing the rolling, lush landscape. However, I would like to propose an alternative nickname: “the land of a thousand welcomes.” I’ve traveled extensively and have never felt so affected by a local culture and its people. Rwanda’s neighbor […]

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‘Big 5’ and Beyond

Uganda also offers trekking opportunities; clients looking for more adventurous, less crowded, treks will want to explore Gahinga or Bwindi parks with Volcanoes Safaris, the experts in the area. Important: Permit fees in Rwanda have now doubled in the wake of the popularity of gorilla trekking from $750 to $ 1, 500. Uganda permits have […]

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Destinations on our radar

Gorilla tracking in the mountains of Rwanda, a New Hampshire holiday and a jet-set Canadian excursion are the top travel experiences chosen by Canadian Geographic Travel staff this summer. VIRUNGA LODGE, RWANDA There is perhaps no better time to see mountain gorillas than 2017, the 50th anniversary of the Karisoke Research Center, founded by celebrated […]

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Gorillas in the Mist

The misted mountains of Uganda, Africa, home to imperial silverback gorilla are quickly becoming the hot and haute destination for the ultimate trip of a lifetime. Blissfully off the beaten path and virtually untouched, the landscape here is nothing short of epic. It includes razorback mountains – the tallest in Africa lush, terraced hillsides positioned […]


Ape Expectations

It’s  Saturday morning in downtown Kigali and the streets are curiously empty. There are no cars roaring along the smooth Tarmac roads, and only a few people milling in manicured parks. There’s not a spot of litter, either. No chewing gum underfoot. It’s not what you expect in a capital city. But Rwanda is full […]


Gorilla trekking in Rwanda and Uganda: heading into the mist

There’s only one place in the world where you can look at mountain gorilla in the eye, Where you can see downy-furred kids giggle mischievously as they tumble in the tress, attempting to do handstands while adults watch peacefully on. Where you’re able to witness teenagers grab branches in their fists and playfully poke each […]


Big Beasts of the Impenetrable Park

I ’m expecting my first sighting of a mountain gorilla to be a hint of a black or silver coat, glimpsed in the forest shadows, somewhere far in the distance. But, it’s not like that at all. The trackers whisper that they’re close. “How close?” Seeing that I’m still fumbling with my cameras, they answer […]

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Going Ape

Marking 50 years since dedicated conservation efforts began to save Africa’s mountain gorillas, there is no better time to pay these majestic creatures a visit than now. Perhaps it’s because we share 95% of our DNA with them. Or maybe it’s due to there being fewer than 1,000 in existence. Whatever the reasons, an encounter […]

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Going wild in Rwanda

It’s  Saturday morning in downtown Kigali and the streets are curiously empty. There are no cars roaring along the smooth Tarmac roads, and only a few people milling in manicured parks. There’s not a spot of litter, either. No chewing gum underfoot. It’s not what you expect in a capital city. But Rwanda is full […]

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Part of what makes travel so enjoyable is the sense that you are really discovering a place, and not just following the masses to the latest hotspot destination. As with fashion, the greatest satisfaction comes from feeling ahead of the curve, not like you’re a latecomer to a trend. Summer vacation season is in full […]

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Get Thee to Africa. Baby Gorillas Await

Travel writer and South African native Mary Holland just returned from a trip to Rwanda and Uganda, where the main thrill involved spotting cute baby gorillas in their natural habitat at Volcanoes National Park. We looked through her travel photos and picked a few favorites. RWANDA – I’m standing wedged between two bushes almost ankle-deep […]

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Christie’s Experience

Volcanoes Safaris’ eco-luxe lodges blend seamlessly into the tree-covered hills of Rwanda and Uganda. Constructed using traditional techniques and managed by locals, each lodge (Bwindi, Kyambura Gorge, and Mount Gahinga lodges are in Uganda; Virunga Lodge is in Rwanda) takes care to preserve the fragility of the environment and work with neighboring communities to deliver […]

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Gorilla tracking in Uganda: Learning to track the animals thanks to the new government programme

Everything about Rushenya is big: his head, his arms, his feet, and especially his bum.” Augustine Muhangi doesn’t stand on ceremony as he gives a running commentary about the 40st(254kg) silverback gorilla we’re tracking. In turn, Rushenya waddles away, affording us a perfect view of that colossal backside. Unlike most mountain gorillas in western Uganda’s […]

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How Tourism Is Helping Endangered Species at This Luxury Safari Lodge

Mount Sabyinyo rises out of the impenetrable East African jungle in cinematic fashion. Just a few hundred miles south of the equator, the sun is very strong here, but because of its elevation, this area is remarkably less humid and bug-infested than other parts of Sub-Saharan Africa. The mountain’s craggy volcanic peak, colloquially known as […]

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Find Adventure (and Luxury) in Rwanda and Uganda

When most people think of East Africa, hotels aren’t the first thing to come to mind. However, in recent years the growing adventure tourism industry in Rwanda and Uganda has set the stage for some world-class accommodations. Given the breathtaking landscape and the beautiful culture, the rapid growth of this region into a center for […]

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Adventure Travel

As a travel writer, my passion place is at the intersection of luxury and adveture travel. Everyone seems to know what luxury travel is, but adventure travel isn’t as fully understood, as the authentic, immersive and truly engaging state of travel that it is. I looked up adventure travel online. Wikipedia’s definition is “Adventure travel […]

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There’s no better time to see Rwanda’s majestic gorillas

This year marks an amazing feat in wildlife conservation: 50 years of dedicated efforts to save Africa’s rare mountain gorillas. Spearheaded by the extraordinary work of the late Dian Fossey and her Karisoke Research Center in Rwanda, these majestic animals, once at risk of extinction, are now increasing in numbers. Staring into the eyes of these […]

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Rwandan Lodge to open Dian Fossey Map Room

In commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the death of Dian Fossey in 1985 and the 5oth anniversary of the foundation of the Karisoke Research Centre by Fossey in 1967, the Virunga Lodge in Rwanda has announced the opening of the Dian Fossey Map Room. Construction of the Map Room began in June 2016 and […]


Destinations Rwandan Lodge to Open Dian Fossey Map Room

In commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the death of Dian Fossey in 1985 and the 50th anniversary of the founding of Karisoke Research Centre by Fossey in 1967,  the Virunga Lodge in Rwanda has announced the opening of the Dian Fossey Map Room. Construction of the Map Room began in June 2016 and will […]

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National Geographic World’s Most Romantic Destinations

On Volcanoes Safaris’ seven-day Virunga and Kyambura trip, you’ll comb some of Africa’s lushest lands for the most famous primates on the continent. Starting off in Rwanda, you’ll drive through the terraced hills that lead to the Virunga Range, where you’ll find ridge-top digs with volcano and lake views so spectacular you’ll forget you came […]


An Epic jounery to find the endangered mountain gorilla

I’ll say this about East Africa: it is one of the most beautiful and unique places I’ve ever been. It’s a place of lively culture, rich food and robust experiences. Having stayed at the Virunga Lodge, which sits atop a mountain with views of crater lakes and a range of volcanoes, and trekked into the […]


Gorilla Tracking Uganda: On Budget

Gorilla trekking in Uganda is a bucket-list trip, but many people write it off because they think it’s financially out of reach. But not if you travel during the off season. In November, April, and May, the price for gorilla tracking permits, which normally cost about $600, go down to $450 for the day. And not only are permits cheaper; they […]

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A WINNER! We’re delighted to announce that Virunga Lodge has been named Africa’s Best Romantic Retreat at the 6th Annual World Boutique Hotel Awards. The spectacular location of #VirungaLodge makes it perfect for weddings, receptions & honeymoons. Fly-in safaris, helicopter transfers, secluded bandas with private terraces and complimentary massages ensure an unforgettable stay for honeymooners […]

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Banana republic: in search of gorillas in the Ugandan rainforest

Gorilla tracking is a once in a lifetime experience. David Pilling waited 32 years before his first gorilla encounter! David is the Africa Editor of the Financial Times. He stayed at Bwindi Lodge (Volcanoes Safaris) – “beautifully designed and impeccably run by liveried staff, like Claridge’s in the jungle” An incredible and ethereal morning read […]

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Wild about romance

In the wake of the Legend of Tarzan, Volcanoes Safaris has launched a six-day gorilla tracking trip in the Virunga mountains for honeymoon adventurers.

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Rwanda: A Rising Luxury Travel Destination

” Ruhengeri serves as the base camp for those who come to Rwanda for gorilla trekking, though we stayed at Virunga Lodge, about a half hour (and 2,300-meter) drive up-mountain, above twin lakes Ruhondo and Bulera, with misty views of the Virunga volcanoes. The eco-chic lodge was renovated in 2013 and runs on solar power […]

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Mason Rose

To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the death of Dian Fossey in 1986 and the 50th anniversary of the founding of Karisoke Research Centre by Fossey in 1967, Virunga Lodge is delighted to announce the building of the Dian Fossey Map Room. Facing the magical Virunga Volcanoes, the specially commissioned Dian Fossey Map Room, designed in conjunction with Studio FH, will be an intimate space to share the legacy of […]


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“The attempt began at the Amahoro National Stadium – the home of Rwandan football – at 8am on May 11 and finished at 11am on May 13, two full days and three hours later. Under the rules of the attempt, the batsman is allowed a five-minute break every completed hour to take on food and […]


Into The Shadow Lands

“Last year I crossed overland between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo at Goma. My fixer, Praveen Moman of Volcanoes Safaris, had it all in hand with the border authorities, giving me time to clock  the parked-up yellow Pontiac Firebird Trans Am. How did it get here? The whiff of corruption was everywhere.  But […]

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The Best Places To Go For Animal Encounters

“Tracking gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park means face-to-face encounters with fully grown silverbacks, which are up to three times the size of an average man (yet these animals are playful and surprisingly tolerant of their human counterparts). While on a safari with Volcanoes Safaris, you spend an hour sitting with and watching these beautiful […]

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The Social, Volcanoes Safaris

This is one of the best areas for tracking Jane Goodall’s gorillas and the Virunga Lodge in Rwanda makes it comfortable and easy with well-trained local guides and drivers. Located in the heart of a Rwandan community, they are constantly giving back to the locals through schools, electricity and other local improvements. The gorillas were […]

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“Join a primate safari and track gorillas through the jungles of Rwanda with the ultimate reward of coming face to face with these elegant creatures. Plenty of tour groups are offering this experience, where you’ll not only observe them in their natural habitat, you’ll also get close enough to take a selfie with them.”

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Travel Channel

“We have some great news. The number of mountain gorillas has quadrupled in the last decade, thanks largely to conservation efforts of Volcanoes Safaris – the oldest and largest Gorilla trekking operation in the region. At the Mount Gahinga Lodge – located in southwestern Uganda – a 4-day, 3-night package begins as low as $467 […]

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NYT Travel

“Africa is, to put it simply, massive. It is home to 54 countries, more than a billion people, and, at more than 11 million square miles, it makes up a fifth of the land on earth. And it is ever-changing. Tourism across the continent has been up in recent years, Ebola is waning in West […]

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Rub elbows with Gorillas at Uganda’s Mount Gahinga Lodge

At Mount Gahinga Lodge, enjoy sunrise over a volcano panorama, learn native traditions, and see primates in their element.   GETTING THERE – Catch a four-hour shuttle from Kigali International Airport into Uganda’s lush Virunga Mountains. Brave the winding turns past potato crops, Kisoro’s hectic markets, and pigs flopped precariously on rickety motorbikes. You’ll know […]

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Up Close and Personal

Learn about Batwa culture, view exotic birds and track gorillas in their natural habitat in Uganda and Rwanda The rain patters and puddles on an emerald verge in a village wedged into the foothills of the Virunga Volcanoes in Uganda. Soaked, my friend Margie and I dance with a throng of children and a mob […]

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This unforgettable safari takes you deep into the jungles to track gorillas, and high up in the sky to take in the vastness that is Parc National des Volcans in Rwanda, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda. Recommended for those who spend more time working out than eating out, this safari […]


How To Spend it

Exploring challenging parts of the world is now one of the most dynamic sectors of the travel industry – and an elite coterie of destination and security specialists has risen to the occasion. Sophy Roberts reports. At the eastern edge of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is Virunga National Park. It is the natural […]






Africa is, to put it simply, massive. It is home to 54 countries, more than a billion people, and, at more than 11 million square miles, it makes up a fifth of the land on earth. And it is ever-changing. Tourism across the continent has been up in recent years, Ebola is waning in West […]



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Gorilla tracking in Rwanda is a life changer Many people think of mountain gorillas as being untouchable or something that should provoke a fight or flight response if encountered in the wild. They are anything but. In Rwanda, people treasure a visit with the endangered silverback mountain gorillas, which are surprisingly playful and relaxed in […]














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Volcanoes Safaris unveils luxury bandas in Rwanda Marking the 10th Anniversary of its Rwandan Virunga Lodge, Volcanoes Safaris opens two deluxe bandas for families and honeymooners. Bandas Ibiyaga (lake) and Ibirunga (volcano) overlook the Virunga volcanoes and Lake Bulera for some of the most spectacular views in Rwanda. Perfect for honeymooners and families, the new […]







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Four- day gorilla – tracking break at Virunga Lodge In celebration of its 10th anniversary this year, Virunga Lodge in Rwanda is offering 20% off a four day stay at the eco-luxury hotel, The offer includes a range of activities, including gorilla and golden  monkey tracking, and visiting Dian Fossey’s grave, and is all- inclusive, […]

Gahinga Batwa

Meet Batwa Pigmies The Batwa, one of the oldest surviving tribes in Africa, is in danger of losing its culture. The Batwa suffered tremendously during the Rwandan genocide of 1994, having previously been evicted from their homeland when it became the Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in 1991. Now the Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust is running […]





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Volcanoes Safaris launches Mount Gahinga Lodge in Uganda A luxury lodge in the Virunga Mountains in Uganda has been upgraded and reopened, increasing the range of luxury options in the area. The closest international airport, Entebbe, is a five-hour direct flight from the UAE. The Mount Gahinga Lodge has relaunched as the Volcanoes culture and […]



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Praveen Moman L’artisan de l’écotourisme Cet ancien conseiller politique revenu sur les terres ougandaises de son enfance a décidé en 1997 de se lancer dans l’écotourisme en Afrique. Depuis, le succès et la reconnaissance internationale sont au rendez-vous. Dans la tradition de migration indienne en Afrique des années 1850, sa famille arrive au Kenya en […]

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Close encounters The Virunga Mountains are home to one of the planet’s most-loved and most vulnerable species – the mountain gorilla. Adrian Mourby visited the region for one of the world’s ultimate wildlife encounters The Virunga Mountains are a chain of eight volcanoes in East Africa that form a border between Rwanda, Uganda and the […]