Virunga Lodge




  • Superb eco-friendly lodge with spectacular views
  • The organic, ‘bush-chic’ design reflects the local building style
  • Rooms have mosquito nets, 240v lighting and a private veranda
  • Wi-Fi available in the main lodge building

Virunga Lodge is a charming lodge close to the Volcanoes National Park. It has one of the most spectacular locations in Africa high on a ridge with magnificent 360 degree panoramic views over Lake Bulera and Lake Ruhonda as well as the Virunga volcanic massif.

However, compared to other lodges in the area, its drawback is its distance from the park headquarters. It is about 45-60 minutes’ drive to the park headquarters so that means a much earlier start in the morning for gorilla trekking. Apart from that it makes for a great base for gorilla tracking. See how one of our team got on in their gorilla trek.

Accommodation at Virunga Lodge

Around the lodge are 10 comfortable ‘bandas’ simple in design in keeping with the surroundings and their ecology. All en-suite bathrooms have low-flush toilets and hot showers.


The comfortable Virunga Lodge has a lovely ambience with a reception, restaurant and spacious sitting areas. The bar/lounge area is charming with a circular open fire and plenty of books. The balcony is the perfect place to relax after a trek and enjoy the amazing views. Virunga Lodge prides itself on being particularly eco-friendly with furniture made from local materials, naturally wild gardens and solar power.

Virunga Lodge on the map


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Guest Bandas

• Ten luxurious bandas (Six Standard and four Deluxe). Each banda has a private terrace from which our guests can watch the sunrise over the dramatic landscape of mountains and lakes. Luxuriously appointed, with the accent on vibrant Rwandese fabrics and stylish locally inspired furniture

• All rooms are complete with a fireplace, en-suite bathrooms with flushing toilet, double vanity and shower with hot & cold running water.

• Power sockets/charging facilities and hair dryer in the rooms. No air conditioners.


Deluxe Bandas

• The four deluxe bandas, Ibirunga and Ibiyaga, have their own private separate sitting room and more refined interiors

• Perfect for honeymooners or a family


Beautiful setting

"Beautiful too. Plenty of hot water, comfy and elegant. Quite a different style to Magashi. Beautiful food and the ever friendly and helpful staff. Loved it – 9.5 out of 10! "


Fully Inclusive accommodation; unlimited consumption of alcoholic and soft drinks; laundry services; and any activities the client wishes to do around the lodges. A single complimentary massage is also offered.

Family Suitability

Family-friendly all ages

Malaria Rating

Malarial area year-round