Rwanda: A Rising Luxury Travel Destination

The Virunga Volcanoes” 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 and charm: rustic but comfortable bandas featuring private verandas, a personal butler who’ll arrive for your 4 a.m wake-up call (with plenty of strong coffee), nightly performances by local dances troupes and communal dining in a cheery, fire-lit main space that encourages even the most anti-social travelers to share their stories of the day.”