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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
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Reviewed 4 November 2014 via mobile

Firstly I will say we were taken to this location to see if we would consider staying on our next visit to Rwanda. As this was couched as a very expensive exclusive lodge in a super location and of a standard we would expect. I can categorically state following the unfriendly reception we would not revisit. The views are superb... More 

1 Thank nigelrev
San Francisco, California
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3 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 14 October 2014 via mobile

This lodge is more magical than the pictures. From the second you arrive you are taken care of. Stunning views, variety of activities, warm staff and off the grid. My only advice is to arrive early to soak up the landscape and amenities. Spoiler alert: get ready to be spoiled. We will absolutely be back!

Thank jflegui
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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21 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 October 2014

We absolutely loved our stay at Virunga Lodge! The little villas are gorgeous and have amazing views over Volcano National Park. The lodge has a ski lodge type feel and is so cosy and warm. The staff are amazing and it is lovely to wake up to a coffee sitting on your patio in the morning. They even cleaned our... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 October 2014

Amazing location overlooking the lakes and surrounding volcanoes. Food is good and the restaurant service excellent. Atmosphere in the lounge and resto is extremely pleasant, always a good company of fellow travelers to talk to. Volcanos national park is spectacular and provides unforgettable experience with silver back gorillas. The lodge needs major improvements, though. * Electrical outlets in rooms for... More 

1 Thank BobTravell
boca raton, florida
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Reviewed 17 September 2014

The lodge is beautiful..but a little run-down and in need of a renovation. The drive up the mountain to get to this place is quite a trek (even before you do the gorillas)...As the locals call the ride "An African Massage".... Very quaint and a bit isolated..It is an eco-lodge so no electric during the night. Food just OK

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Cairo, Egypt
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113 reviews
37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 September 2014

Strange how different people can have such different view of the same property, and I am a very picky traveller. I personally loved the lodge!! The views are spectacular the atmosphere sitting around the table at lunch or dinner talking about your experiences is just great and the staff extremely helpful and kind, the food was very good and varied... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 September 2014

Just back from a solo trip to Rwanda where as like most others the purpose of the trip was to go Gorilla Trekking. I booked via Imagine Africa who i must say were fantastic, both in terms of initial helpfulness in securing everything (i only booked 2 weeks in advance!) but also in quality and speed of service. I arrived... More 

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Richmond, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 August 2014

We came to Virunga with high expectations but were disappointed on almost every count. This is the flagship of the Volcanoes Collection and billed (in every sense) a "luxury" lodge - but unfortunately the only luxurious aspect is the ridiculous price you pay. True, the views are spectacular but there it ends: - the rooms are large and nice enough... More 

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New York City, New York
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22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 August 2014

The siting of the lodge atop a mountain with the accompanying views is indeed stunning. And the rooms are relatively luxurious by Rwandan standards. I also found the food to be quite good and the service to be excellent However, several problems make the lodge less than ideal for a visit to the park : -Distance to the national park... More 

4 Thank pv1585
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39 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2014

We spent two nights at this lovely hotel while we went trekking with gorillas and golden monkies. It is further to get to the park entrance than the other hotels, but the views are worth the drive up the rough road. The rooms were really spacious, lots of hot water, and had great views. The sunsets from the deck at... More 

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
In a spectacular location overlooking the Virunga volcanoes and shimmering lakes Ruhondo and Bulera.The magnificent Virunga Safari Lodge, set on a stunning hillside, has eight bandas with a panoramic view of the Virunga volcanoes and the lakes Ruhondo and Bulera. The terraced gardens on this high ridge are now well established, with a magical sunken paradise garden as their focal point. Aside from gorilla tracking , clients can climb a volcano, track the golden monkey, visit Dian Fossey's grave or go for gentle strolls around the picturesque villages near the lakes. Three hours' drive from Kigali or a long day's drive from Kampala. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Virunga Lodge

Address: Lake Bulera, Ruhengeri, Rwanda
Region: Rwanda > Northern Province > Ruhengeri
Number of rooms: 8
Also Known As:
Virunga Hotel Ruhengeri
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“Don't expect a normal boring old room, expect African style and elegance with everything working and even a charcoal fire at night, cosy!”
 of 5 bubbles lizziebarty, 1 Dec 2016 | Read review
“the road up is only for 4x4”
 of 5 bubbles Schmidhauser, 18 Nov 2016 | Read review
“If you travel as a family ask for bandas close to each other.”
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 of 5 bubbles HarpreetsWanderlust, 23 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Take your pick - sunrise view with lake or sundown view with lake and volcanoes”
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 of 5 bubbles GeorgeandJaki, 18 Oct 2016 | Read review
“We felt the best rooms were with lake view”
 of 5 bubbles rwlwtrips, 22 Aug 2016 | Read review
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