Today many travelers embrace the idea of visiting the mountain gorillas in Rwanda. With several tour operators offering amazing gorilla safaris in Rwanda, lets look at the best lodges you should consider to stay in during your holiday to Rwanda.
Rwanda is one of the best destinations to visit on the African continent offering the rare opportunity of watching the mountain gorillas in the wild. This adventure is carried out in Volcanoes national park, located in the Northern part of the country. A gorilla safari in Rwanda can entail anything from a half day trip to week+ holidays across the country also known as the land of a thousand hills. Though the real trek is just a 1hour – 8 hour trek through the dense tropical rain forest within the park, it is advisable to stay atleast a night within Volcanoes national park. It should also be noted that the time spent tracking the mountain gorillas is unpredictable and therefore it is advisable to stay at least another night in the park except when you finish your trek early.
There are many safari lodges offering overnight accommodation to tourists looking to tracking the endangered mountain gorillas within the wild. Prospective tourists can stay within Ruhengeri town and the choice of accommodation available ranges from budget and luxury hotels offering overnight accommodation.
Volcanoes Park Hotels
If you are looking to staying in a hotel kind of information, you should consider staying in one of the hotels in Ruhengeri town. The top hotels in Ruhengeri include;
- Hotel La Palme
- Muhabura Hotel
- St. Anne Hotel
- Hotel Gorillas
Safari camps and lodges in and around Volcanoes
There are great options for overnight stay near the Volcanoes National Park. Most of the lodges are eco-friendly structures, set in quite environments. There are quite a range of choices – from simple and basic (often classified budget), midrange lodges to more upmarket safari lodging.
Most hotels in Ruhengeri and Kinigi generally fall into the lower budget categories while the more expensive lodges can be found on the outskirts of the park or scattered further afield.
Top Lodges in the park include;
- Gorilla Mountain View
- Mountain Gorilla’s Nest lodge
- Jack Hanna’s Guesthouse (part of Gorilla’s Nest)
- Kinigi Guesthouse
- La Bamboo Gorilla Lodge
- Sabyinyo Silverback
- Virunga Lodge
- Villa Gorilla
About the Park
Volcanoes National Park is one of the best places to go gorilla trekking in Africa. It is one of the top visited parks competing with Bwindi impenetrable Forest in south western Uganda. The park is home to about a third of the world’s total remaining population of the mountain gorillas. Tourism in Volcanoes National Park is well established and many travelers visit the park for gorilla watching. Day trips and longer safaris can be taken to the park. These trips are available all year round from local Rwanda tour operators. For the most part, the gorilla tracking experiences and hotels operate smoothly and the people are friendly, appreciating the value of visitors to their economy and their area.
There are some of the lodges in Volcanoes National Park that actively work with the local communities. This helps in saving the mountain gorillas given that the local people also benefit from the gorilla tourism dollars by working on several projects, getting employed and promotion of education. You should also consider taking a tour to one of the local villages and learn about people and culture.