Virunga Lodge

Virunga Lodge is in a spectacular location overlooking the Virunga volcanoes and shimmering lakes Ruhondo and Bulera. The lodge, set on a hillside, has ten bandas overlooking terraced gardens. Virunga Lodge compares favorably to Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge as a high-end option for travelers visiting the gorillas in Volcanoes National Park. Its style is more eco than luxury, but it’s one of our favorites.

Each stone and tile-roof banda features its own private terrace, fire place, double-vanity bathroom, and charging station. Wifi is available in the main common area. Other than gorilla trekking (a must), guests can climb a volcano, track the golden monkey, visit Diane Fossey’s grave, or go for gentle strolls around the picturesque villages near the lakes. The only downside is that it is not right outside the national park gate which means you have to get up earlier on the day of your gorilla trek (already an early morning) than if you stayed somewhere closer to the gate.