Virungas National Park, Rwanda
Virunga Safari Lodge enjoys a spectacular hillside location with panoramic views of the Virunga volcanoes and Ruhondo and Bulera lakes. Situated approximately 45 minutes from Volcanoes National Park headquarters, where all gorilla treks commence, the lodge's eight stone and tile bandas with private patios offer views from every room. These spacious, nicely decorated cottages feature hardwood floors, wooden beds with mosquito netting and large en suite bathrooms with showers and solar-heated water. There is no central heating in the cottages, but hot water bottles are placed in the beds in the evening. The terraced gardens on this high ridge are well established, drawing myriad colorful birds. The main lounge building is the site of evening socializing as guests gather to dine on varied, hearty meals around a central table and relax in the bar to trade stories of the day’s adventures around the cozy firepit. A local Indore tribal dance group performs regularly. The attentive staff offers exceptional hospitality, even taking guests’ muddy hiking boots for cleaning after gorilla treks.