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How to Explore Rwanda’s Volcanic Twin Lakes

Check out Leah Feiger’s latest article for Condé Nast Traveler which explores the best way to visit Rwanda’s volcanic Twin Lakes.

The insightful article includes useful information and travel tips: how to get there, best time of year to visit, top attractions and of course – where to stay!

“The area’s one luxury offering, Virunga Lodge, quite literally towers over the rest. Located on one of the highest hills in the area, the lodge's views include both twin lakes and are framed by three big volcanoes: Muhabura, Sabyinyo, and Gahinga.

The property went through a small refurbishment during the pandemic, and it’s better than ever: eat dinner made from local ingredients with other guests at the lodge’s intimate restaurant, unwind in the spa’s newly-built sauna, read a book by the fire in the main room (or ask your personal butler to set up a fire in your own room before bed), or just stroll around the grounds admiring the views. You can’t escape the views if you try: even showers in the rooms host views of the Twin Lakes or surrounding volcanoes, and all 10 rooms have private porches.”

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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.