If you planning to visit Rwanda? Make your focus on visit to Volcanoes National Park, where you will experience the endangered mountain gorilla safaris. Here spend an hour in their presence watching them and learning on their daily chores that reflect human like cultures.
Volcanoes National Park is a magnificent and ecologically diverse destination. This chain of steep free-standing mountains, spanning altitudes of 2,400m to 4,507m, and linked by fertile saddles formed by solidified lava flows, ranks among the most stirring and memorable of African landscape.
The tallest member of the chain and the most westerly part of the national park is Karisimbi (4507m) on the border with the DRC, and Mgahinga and Muhavura on the Ugandan border.
Mountain gorilla tracking is the most popular activity in Volcanoes National Park; the park is a home to mountain gorillas.
However, the most important activity after gorilla tracking is a visit to the habituated family of the golden monkey, hike to Dian Fossey’s former camp and grave on the forested slopes of Karisoke and overnight hike to the highest point of the summit of Karisimbi.
Rwanda has successfully positioned itself as the leading destination for luxury gorilla trekking experiences in Africa with a gorilla permit price of $1,500. This price alone makes trekking in Rwanda a luxury trip.
The magnificent Virunga Lodge is the luxury gorilla experience in Rwanda and one of Africa’s finest and most renowned lodges.
The lodge is perched high on a ridge with the finest views in Africa, overlooking the Virunga Volcanoes and the Musanze valley to the west and Lake Burera and Ruhondo to the east.
Fantastic food and exceptional personalized service by the carefully trained staff make it the first accommodation choice for tracking the endangered mountain gorilla.
Each of our ten luxurious Banda’s has a private terrace from which our guests can watch the sunrise over the dramatic landscape of mountains and lakes, an individual fire place, a shower room with a double vanity.
The two deluxe Banda’s called Ibirunga and Ibiyaga have their own private sitting room and more refined interiors and will also include a hot tub and a larger terrace overlooking the majestic Virunga volcanoes or the twin lakes.
Bisate Lodge, is a luxury lodge nestled next to the Volcanoes National Park, providing a high-end base to travelers. Bisate Lodge is a leader in responsible tourism and ecologically responsible principles found adjacent to the park.
It has been built to blend in seamlessly into its natural surroundings of the eroded volcanic cone which forms its foundation.
Considered Rwanda’s first true luxury and eco – sensitive lodge, evidenced in just six gorgeously designed and furnished en-suite villas that are surrounded by the natural flora.
Astounding views of two of the volcanoes can be enjoyed from each of the villas and the lodge itself.
Singita Kwitonda Lodge is a well-appointed luxury property in a perfectly picked location. Large windows throughout the lodge allow for natural light to stream in, while dramatic views of the volcanoes and forests beyond draw the eye outward.
There are eight exclusive suites with special features like a private heated plunge pool, fireplaces both indoors and out, and a spacious bedroom and lounge.
Always committed to balancing out luxury with sustainability, Kwitonda uses locally grown produce in the meals prepare and they are involved in a critical reforestation project that aims to increase the mountain gorillas’ habitat.
Gorilla’s Nest is the latest luxury offering by award-winning One & Only Resorts. It is the closest to Volcanoes National Park, which means incredible views of the jungle landscape from all corners of the lodge, both private and shared.
The furnishings of this well-appointed One & Only Gorilla’ Nest Lodge are modern with an aesthetic of Afro-chic that runs throughout.
An easy flow has been created between indoor and outdoor spaces – the lodge rooms and suites have private decks and open-air bathtubs or showers that ensure your stay in the land of the mountain gorillas is indulgent.
Sabyinyo Silver Back Lodge by the Governors’ Camp Collection has prime position close to the park’s headquarters where the trek up into the mountains begin.
It is a particularly special place as it is the first community-owned lodge in Rwanda. The views of the volcanoes and natural surrounds are exceptional, and are best taken in from the outdoor terrace or lounge.
This is simple luxury at its best. There are six cottages, two suites and one family cottage, all of which large and private with their own sheltered veranda, lounge with fireplace, bedroom, dressing room and bathroom.