Gorilla Trekking Lodges & Camps in Rwanda

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Bisate Lodge

Bisate Lodge is located in the natural amphitheatre of an eroded volcanic cone the word Bisate means ‘pieces’ in Kinyarwanda, describing how the cone was once whole but worn away by natural erosion. The area has dramatic views of the peaks of the volcanoes Bisoke, Karisimbi and Mikeno rearing up through the Afro-alpine forests of nearby Volcanoes National Park. Six sumptuous en-suite rooms maximise comfort, warmth and views while retaining environmental principles and reflecting the culture of surrounding rural Rwanda.

Bisate is within easy driving distance of park headquarters, from where gorilla treks depart daily. Its vision of reforestation and rehabilitation means that each guest is invited to participate in our biodiversity conservation efforts, as well as engage and meet the local community,  in addition to learning about and making a far-reaching positive impact on an iconic Critically Endangered species: the mountain gorilla.

Room and facilities

  • This camp can accommodate 12 guests and 04 guide/pilot/tour leaders sharing. 06 x units in total comprising: 06 x twin-bedded villas, with double bed conversions possible.
  • Plus guide/pilot/tour leader accommodation comprising: 02 x single rooms with twin beds and shared en-suite facilities (not of the same standard as a guest villa). Villa Description
  • En-suite facilities with indoor shower, bathtub and double basin vanity, separate toilet, fireplace, easy chairs, luggage rack, tea and coffee making facilities, electronic safe and mini-bar.
  • Complimentary wireless internet connection in villa only.
  • Two way emergency radios have been fitted in the villas at Bisate Lodge and may be used by guests to contact camp management in the event of an emergency only. Said radios are on a closed circuit and inter-villa communication is not available.
  • Bathrobes, liquid soap, shampoo and conditioner, body lotion, insect repellent, shower caps, vanity kit with cotton tipped swabs and cotton balls, tissue dispenser, washing powder (for smalls), umbrella and room spray are supplied in each villa.

Bisate Lodge Camp Rates

Our fully inclusive rates are not just about the level of accommodation or the thread count of the linen. They encompass elements that cannot be counted or measured, such as exclusive access to vast tracts of Africa’s best wildlife areas, creating a unique sense of seclusion, comfort, privacy and space. In turn, your presence helps us in the conservation of all these areas.

Bisate Lodge offers a fully inclusive rate.

Full inclusive per person sharing a night cost

2017 – US$ 1,100 – US$ 1,400

2018 – US$ 1,155 – US$ 1,470

Things to do at Bisate Lodge

Whilst the main focus at Bisate Lodge is gorilla trekking tours, Wilderness offers other activities. Gorilla trekking takes place from Volcanoes National Park headquarters where guests are allocated one of the twelve habituated gorilla groups to visit for an hour. After a briefing by Park rangers, the time of the trek varies depending which gorilla group is being visited – from 45 minutes to a few hours. Trekking is at a high altitude, but is well worth it; the time spent with gorillas has been described as “life changing

Golden monkey trek: The golden monkey trek begins at Volcanoes National Park headquarters. This beautifully-coloured primate is endemic to the area and lives in groups of up to 30 individuals in the bamboo forest, its preferred source of food.

Guided Hikes in Volcanoes National Park: Mount Bisoke volcano is located on the border of the DRC and Rwanda. The guided hike to the summit is strenuous and requires a full day to complete. However, once at the top it is extremely beautiful and really worth the effort as you is rewarded with sweeping views of the rain forest and the amazing Crater Lake.

Dian Fossey’s grave and Research Centre: Dian Fossey established the Karisoke Research Centre in 1967 in the saddle of Bisoke and Karisimbi volcanoes at an elevation of some 3 000 metres. The trail leading to her remote rain forest camp and grave which is set alongside the graves of her beloved gorillas and the remains of the research centre is a spectacular, if challenging hike up steep slopes where orchids, bird life and even occasional black-fronted duiker and bush buck can be seen.

Nursery visit and tree planting: Spend an afternoon with the team at Bisate’s reforestation nursery where you can meet Jean-Moise, the lodge’s agronomist. He and his assistants are on hand to help you plant a sapling to contribute to Bisate’s reforestation efforts in the area.

Rwandan coffee and tea tastings; wine tasting: Rwanda is well known for its coffee and tea; at Bisate we offer you the chance to learn a little more about both in a tasting session with our resident barista. Or if you are more interested in spending time in the wine cellar, you are welcome to enjoy a wine tasting as well.

Nature and Birding Walks: Explore Bisate’s surrounds on a guided nature and bird walk in the forest to learn more about the bird- and wildlife of the area. You may also enjoy a guided walk to the local pyrethrum fields and end the day at sunset with spectacular views of Karisimbi, Bisoke and Mikeno volcanoes from the viewing deck at Bisate Lodge. There is a self-guided trail on the property for those who wish to explore on their own.

Mountain Gorilla View Lodge

Mountain Gorilla View Lodge is located in Kinigi in northern Rwanda and on the edge of the Volcanoes National Park, home to the endangered Mountain Gorillas. The lodge is located on the foothills of the Mount Karisimbi, one of the volcanic mountains that make up the Virunga Massif. The lodge is about 10 minutes’ drive to the main entrance of the Volcanoes National Park where gorilla trekking starts.

Mountain Gorilla View Lodge is an Eco-lodge with 30 spacious chalets. To ensure the least disruption of the surrounding environment, the Eco-lodge was constructed with locally available material. The Eco-lodge supports the surrounding rural community by purchasing farm-fresh produce that is served in the lodge’s restaurant.

Featuring free Wi-Fi, a restaurant and a terrace, Mountain Gorilla View Lodge offers accommodation in Kinigi. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free private parking is available on site. Some rooms include a seating area for your convenience. Rooms are fitted with a private bathroom equipped with a shower. Extras include bath robes and slippers.

Facilities of Mountain Gorilla View Lodge include; Outdoors, BBQ facilities, Garden, Terrace, and Pets are not allowed.

Activities

Massage, Entertainment staff, Evening entertainment

Food & Drink

Restaurant, Bar, Restaurant (à la carte), Restaurant (buffet), Special diet menus (on request)

Parking

Free! Free private parking is possible on site (reservation is needed).

Services

Shuttle service (surcharge), Airport shuttle (surcharge), 24-hour front desk, Laundry, Daily maid service, Meeting/banquet facilities, Gift shop

Languages spoken

French

English

Sabyinyo Silver back Lodge

Sabyinyo Silver back Lodge is located in Musanze district close to the Volcanoes National Park headquarters excellently located for gorilla safaris in Rwanda as it’s quite near the Kinigi head offices. Sabyinyo lodge is situated at the foothill of the Virunga ranges comprising of a wonderful view of the Volcanoes rolling hills and the surrounding countryside.

Accommodation

The lodge comprises of 8 cottages all having a stunning views of the Virunga Volcanoes, and are well spaced offering good privacy. The cottages are spacious comprising of a sitting room area with a fireplace, bedroom, dressing room, 24 hour electricity and a large bathroom with bath and shower with hot and cold running water.

The cottages also have a sheltered balcony where you can relax have breakfast, and read a book or marvel at the views. Other facilities at the lodge include a library and games room in the main lodge, bar and restaurant and staff on standby to help you.

Activities

The main attraction of Sabyinyo Silver back Lodge is its proximity to the Virunga Mountains and the Volcanoes National Park where clients trek on foot to see the magnificent Mountain Gorilla. Gorilla trekking is perhaps one of the most dramatic, thrilling and poignant wildlife experiences possible. There are, however, plenty of other natural, cultural and social excursions on offer to help you make the most of your stay.

Room services

At Sabyinyo Silver back Lodge we offer specialized massage treatments designed to relax refresh and re-juvenile you after a hike to see the mountain Gorillas. From the lodge we offer escorted bird watching walks, escorted walks and escorted mountain bike excursions in the local area. Sabyinyo Silver back Lodge is located on the edge of the Volcanoes National Park and a 15 minute drive from the parks headquarters where all activities in the Park start from. Activities on offer in the Volcanoes National Park include Gorilla trekking, treks to see the Golden Monkeys, as well as lots of treks and hikes to view the volcanoes and its hidden treasures.

Hotel Muhabura

The hotel is located north of Kigali in Musanze province opposite the Musanze district headquarters. The hotel comprises of 30 rooms and apartments that offer a cozy environment to relax in after gorilla trekking or a day visit to the Northern area of Rwanda.

Hotel Services

All self-contained with warm shower and some with a bath, Own access with a small individual balcony, equipped with satellite TV, free WIFI-internet access, laundry service is available

We have keen interests in offering a wide range of accommodation facilities and channels of service result from expert management decision makers, long experience, professionalism and in-service training. Either staying in or passing by the hotel, guests are provided with a good number of choices in compliance with their needs.

At our hotel’s front office, you are warmly welcome by members of staff with the necessary knowledge to help you get necessary information about the region, bank exchange rates against hard currency, attraction areas, tour guide facilities and other information regarding the local market and accommodation prices in different regions of the country.

For accommodation and related services, the hotel’s front office welcomes guests 24hours a day, but customers are advised to make anticipated bookings since we are located near a busiest town and tour destination. We have got three room categories made of doubles, twins and Singles, all self-contained with hot shower.

Our bar makes the town difference since it offers a variety of nice sitting places as an alternative for the market needs. The attached balcony is ranked favourite for tourists as it holds a panoramic view open to the volcanic chain. Still, the counter remains an outstanding fitness in the internal bar room for those who will enjoy a meal or drink while watching satellite TV channels.

As set in compound green grounds, we hold the monopoly of nice entertaining garden under the exciting tree plantation and from which the landscape and the mood are more than welcoming. Under the same green roof, a number of quiet and intimate bungalows are at the customers’ disposal.

Virunga Volcano Lodge

Volcanoes Virunga Lodge is set on the crown of a high hill overlooking the five Virunga Volcanoes and has almost 360-degree views of the surrounding area. A patchwork of farmland and the beautiful volcanic Lakes Ruhondo and Burera lie below, ringed by the volcanoes and far hills. Volcanoes Virunga Lodge is built in the local style from wood and stone and has a tranquil atmosphere. In the evenings, you can relax around a log fire and tell stories about the day’s adventures in the jungle, tracking gorillas or golden monkeys.

The lodge has been built to environmentally friendly standards; rain water is collected and electricity is provided by solar power.

 Activities

Activities to enjoy at Volcanoes Virunga Lodge include gorilla trekking, golden monkey trekking, a visit to renowned primatologist and conservationist Dian Fossey’s grave, and hikes to the top of the volcanoes.

Facilities

The stone lodge has a wide wrap-around veranda from which to appreciate the exceptional views across the lakes. Inside the lodge is a cozy lounge with a central fireplace and a small bar area. The dining room features one large table where all guests dine together. Treat yourself to a relaxing massage, particularly welcome after a day tracking the gorillas.

Dining

Three meals are served each day in the dining room, and morning tea or coffee is brought to your room with your wake-up call. Depending on your activities, the lodge will make you a packed lunch or prepare lunch for you when you return. A 3-course dinner is served each evening. Food is healthy, wholesome and plentiful – essential when you return tired and hungry from a hard day’s tracking.

Accommodation

Accommodation at Volcanoes Virunga Lodge is in eight individual bandas, all with either volcano or lake views and their own gardens and verandas from which to appreciate them.

The bandas are all very private and have been named after the lakes in the area. The bedrooms are very large, with either king-size or twin beds draped in mosquito netting, which have been made in the local style. The en suite bathrooms are bright and sunny and each has an eco-toilet, a hot shower from the solar-powered geyser and a hand basin.

There are two deluxe honeymoon bandas that have spacious living rooms warmed by fireplaces for private dining. The interior features vibrant Kitnege fabric, a local cloth that has colourful designs and complex patterns, giving your accommodation and authentic touch of Rwanda.

Jack Hanna Cottages

It is located northern Rwanda’s Musanze district nestled in a forest of Eucalyptus trees. The lodge offers a family sized magnificent accommodation at the Jack Hannah’s cottages with beautiful views of Rwanda’s hills and slopes of the Volcanoes national park. Jack Hanna Cottage, a luxurious private guesthouse at the foot of the Virunga Volcano Range.

The cottage feels like a true home away from home, ideal for trekking out to meet rare Mountain Gorillas in theirs. Getting within metres of a gorilla family and watching their social dynamics is one of Africa’s most unique and mesmerizing wildlife experiences and on this stay you’ll have two opportunities to do so. Alternatively, pay a visit to Diane Fossey’s grave, take a Golden Monkey Trek or just relax on your second full day.

Facilities and amenities

En suite bathroom with tub and shower, Shampoo and soap, Hair dryers not provided but can be used, Heaters, Fireplace, Full kitchen, Tea/coffee in cottage, Television, Wi-Fi in house, Laundry (extra cost),Credit cards accepted (Visa)

Activities and wildlife viewing

Naturally, the top draw for any visitor to Jack Hanna’s cottages is the mountain gorillas at home in adjacent Virunga’s National Park. The House is located very near the park headquarters and starting point for gorilla treks, making it both a convenient as well as distinctive accommodation choice for gorilla safaris. Visitors should be prepared for a possibly arduous hike through the forest as trackers locate a habituated gorilla group, though any physical exertion is soon dispelled as the group spends up to one hour in the close presence of the gorillas.

Other activities in the area include treks to see golden monkeys, and a visit to Dian Fossey’s remote Karisoke Camp, the original research base where Fossey studied the mountain gorillas, bringing their plight to the wider world. Several of Fossey’s favourite gorillas are buried here, as well as Fossey herself, who was killed, likely by poachers, in 1985.

Kinigi Guest House

The Guest House is situated in Kinigi district only 11 Km from Ruhengeri City, Also Known as the “Village Touristique de Kinigi”, Kinigi guest house it is constructed at the bottom of Sabyinyo volcanic mountain with an altitude of 4,480m. It accommodates over 40 people-all rooms have electricity and warm water.

Kinigi Guest House is a comfortable base to the panoramic commanding beauty of the volcanic mountain ranges of Virunga, the natural habitat of the rare mountain gorillas. It is situated at the bottom of Sabyinyo volcanic mountain.

Kinigi Guesthouse is ideally situated within very few minutes from the ORTPN head office, about 10minutes away from Ruhengeri.
The proximity and ideal location of Kinigi Guest House make the early morning gorilla trekking departures from the office much more convenient.
Kinigi Guest house is well maintained and the Virunga Mountains and volcanoes provide breath-taking magnificent views on a clear day.

This is what Kinigi Guest House has to offer;

The guest house has on average over 20 rooms and it can accommodate over 40 people. Kinigi guest house also has dormitories which can accommodate students or large groups of 16 and above on a small budget. These dorms have shared bathrooms, which have hot and cold water.

Electricity is always available in all rooms. Kinigi guest house operates a restaurant, with great cuisines at great rates. The onsite restaurant serves French dishes. Outdoor dining and shared kitchen facilities are available. Kinigi Guest House arranges community village walks.
It also has a lounge with a fire place where people can relax in the evening after Gorilla tracking.

Each room in the guest house is fitted with an en-suite bathroom and a wardrobe/closet. Mosquito nets are also provided.
Laundry and car hire services are available at a fee. The premises are guarded by security personnel. On-site parking is also available.

The guest house is in close proximity to Rwanda Development Board office and Gorilla Permit.

Services and facilities

Parking

Security Guard, Guarded Complex

Safety Deposit Boxes, Laundry / Dry Cleaning, Car Hire, Room Service, Ironing, Concierge

24h Electricity

Breakfast, Restaurant

Dining

The onsite restaurant serves French dishes. Outdoor dining and shared kitchen facilities are available.

Recreation

Kinigi Guest House arranges community village walks.

Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge

Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge is situated at the base of the Volcanoes National Park, home of mountain gorillas, at Kinigi, the headquarters of Rwanda’s famed Volcanoes National Park. It is also located 2 hours’ drive form Kigali International Airport.

The lodge has been built using environmentally friendly local materials such as Bamboos made fitted by a local community workmanship. We value the environment so much that we have been careful in the design and construction of Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge to ensure that the environment is not harmed. Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge offers a beautiful mountain view of the Volcanoes National Park.

Apart from this, we are closely working with the local communities to ensure that these communities also get to benefit from our activities like local dancers made by local primary and secondary students around the lodge.

Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge has been described possessing ’the world’s best Volcanoes Mountains, each cottage having electricity 24h/7, its own terrace and a self-contained bathroom offers eco-luxury comfort to all guests.

Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge will introduce you to the thrilling pleasures  of some of the world’s most magnificent wildlife spectacles, pampered in luxury, but in synchronization with the simply rhythms of nature and life.

Facilities of Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge

Outdoors

  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • BBQ facilities

Activities

  • Children’s playground
  • Bicycle rental
  • Library
  • Hiking
  • Cycling
  • Evening entertainment

Food & Drink

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Restaurant (à la carte)
  • Restaurant (buffet)
  • Special diet menus (on request)

Reception services

  • 24-hour front desk

Cleaning services

  • Laundry
  • Dry cleaning
  • Ironing service
  • Shoeshine
  • Daily maid service

Business facilities

  • Business centre

General

  • Room service
  • Newspapers
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Bridal suite
  • Safety deposit box
  • Gift shop
  • Packed lunches
  • Car hire
  • Shuttle service (surcharge)
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)
  • Shared lounge/TV area
  • Adult only

Accommodation

Single Room

  • Mini refrigerator
  • Fire place to warm the room
  • Bed, chairs and wardrobe
  • Private bath
  • Permanent warm water
  • Security safe
  • Coffee maker

Twin Room

  • Hair dryer
  • Mini refrigerator
  • Fire place to warm the room
  • Bed, chairs and wardrobe
  • Safe Security
  • Coffee Maker

Double room

  • Hair dryer
  • Mini refrigerator
  • Fire place to warm the room
  • Bed, chairs and wardrobe
  • Private bath and shower
  • Permanent warm water
  • Safe security
  • Coffee Maker

La Palme Hotel

La Palme Hotel is a three star Hotel, located in Musanze City; offering Luxurious accommodation to business and Leisure tourists to Musanze. An exceptional dining experience awaits you at La Palme Hotel. Our unique and renowned restaurant will delight your senses with French and Oriental kitchens. African meals can be obtained on prior request. The full breakfast is included in our room service rate. Our adjacent Mini Bar makes you enjoy a range of drinks carefully selected for your unique taste and satisfaction.

Features of Lapalme

Breakfast
La Palme offers you breakfast with no additional fees every morning

 Airport Shuttle
we offer airport transportation services

Car Parking
Ample parking space available at La Palme Hotel

Facilities

Internet
La Palme Hotel offers you High-speed internet in rooms, restaurant, bar, conference room

Telephone, every room at La Palme Hotel is equipped with a telephone

Davinci Gorilla Lodge

The lodge is located in Kinigi, 2.4 km from Gorillas Nest; Davinci Gorilla Lodge boasts a barbecue and children’s playground. Virunga Artisans Shop is 3.6 km away. Free private parking is available on site. Marked by irresistible opulence of the remarkably designed rooms crafted by natural materials, Da Vinci Gorilla Lodge has a wide selection of rooms ranging from Single to Double, Twin and Triple along with provision for camping for those intending to enjoy Rwanda gorilla tours.

Some units have a dining area and/or balcony. Davinci Gorilla Lodge features free Wi-Fi throughout the property. Guests can enjoy a meal at the on-site restaurant or a drink at the bar. The property also offers packed lunches.

Rwanda Development Board (RDB) Office is 3.6 km from Davinci Gorilla Lodge, while Volcanoes Park Headquarters is 3.6 km from the property. The nearest airport is Kigali International Airport, 87 km from the property.

This property also has one of the best-rated locations in Kinigi. Guests are happier about it compared to other properties in the area. This property is also rated for the best value in Kinigi. Guests are getting more for their money when compared to other properties in this city.

If you want to request something specific, you can do that in the next step, before you book. Once you book, we’ll provide details so you can contact the property directly.

Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel

Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel in Musanze (Ruhengeri) located on the road going to Kinigi is the perfect starting point to go for different activities that the Volcanoes National Park is offering but also gives you lot of opportunities to rest and to enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of our lodge.

11 bedrooms (double/twin), a Family Suite, a VIP cottage, a restaurant, a pool, and a beautiful garden are awaiting your visit and our staffs are looking forward to make your stay a pleasant one.

At the Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel we aim to make your stay a pleasant and memorable one.
This hotel has an atmosphere unique to Musanze. Besides the below characteristics of the rooms we also offer a “Refreshment Package “which includes: Lunch, shower/pool usage, cleaning service for shoes.

The hotel offers;

All our rooms offer

  • Self-contained bathrooms with hot water shower
  • Hair dryer
  • Flat screen TVs (all satellite channels)
  • Free WLAN
  • Mini bar
  • Laundry services (including dry-cleaning upon request)
  • Security features (smoke detectors)
  • All rooms are non-smoking rooms.
  • All meals included with overnight stay.

Our VIP cottage has

  • One double and one twin bed room with self-contained bathrooms
  • Living room with a sofa bed
  • Small kitchen and dining area
  • Only non-smoking rooms

At the hotel you will find

  • Restaurant, Bar & Lounge area with an incredible view of the Volcanoes
  • Garden areas
  • Fire place
  • Handicap accessibility
  • Pool
  • Massage
  • 24/7 front desk

Activities outside the residence

  • Mountain Gorilla trekking
  • Golden monkey tracking
  • Bike riding
  • Canoe trip

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