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Reviewed August 30, 2013

Context of review: 2 night stay to go Gorilla Trekking
Pros: Wonderful hilltop location; 8 indivual cabanas that are very large,comfortable and nicely decorated; great food; very quiet and peacful; activities including a spectacular Rwanda dance troupe on a hill behind the hotel; the staff washed our shoes when we returned from Gorilla trekking!
Cons: some water and electricity issues but nothing major, a 45 minute drive to the gorilla trekking starting point

We really enjoyed this lodge and highly recommend it

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Scott29inSeattle
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Reviewed August 28, 2013

Virunga had one of the most amazing views I have ever seen. It is on a hill viewing lakes and volcanoes. The lodge is immaculate as are the rooms. The food delicious and the bar area warm and friendly. It is a 45 minute drive to the gorillas but who cares.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank reidbo007
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Reviewed August 18, 2013

The view from this place is beautiful. The rooms are nice, the staff are attentive. The food was, at times, good. There is a log fire in the main lodge, they put hot water bottles in your bed at night and wake you up with a cup of tea in the morning.

At around $1300 a night, this place isn't exactly good value, though. We stayed at better hotels that were a lot cheaper during our time in Rwanda (Nyungwe Lodge being one notable example).

One major criticism was the lack of hot water (solar showers and it was cloudy) and the fact that the shower just dribbles. Not acceptable, especially when you've spent the day trekking through the mud looking for gorillas.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Kate12345_10
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Reviewed August 14, 2013

After spending two weeks in Kenya, often staying in very basic accommodations that were below US standards, we were agog every minute in Rwanda, and the Virunga Lodge was spectacular in every way. The views of two beautiful lakes and volcanos in three countries (Rwanda, Uganda and DRC) were out of this world. All Trip Advisor ratings below the top level were from 2009. It is well worth the extra driving up the mountainside as it is not close to the gorilla trekking. There is a 5 AM wakeup call with a tap on the door (with tea and coffee), a full breakfast at the lodge with interesting people and on your way to the thrill of the gorilla or golden monkey trekking. The lodge will provide gators if needed, box lunches (as well as lunch back at the lodge), gratis wine & beer or whatever you want, and a free massage. The traditional dance performance was not to be missed. A++++.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank karaben
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Reviewed August 12, 2013

Rwanda (the land of a thousand hills) was just so green, clean and beautiful. The local people and children we met were just wonderful. Virunga Lodge was just stunning and only wish we had stayed there longer but we moved to a nearer lodge for the gorilla trekking but in hind sight it would have been better to travel the extra 45mins to one hour every day. (The other lodge was a bit of a let down)
The drive up to the steep mountain to the lodge was spectacular and we loved the children running up to us singing and waving.
The staff were there ready to welcome you back. We all sat together for the evening meal, the food was delicious and the conversations exciting all relaying our safari or gorilla trekking experiences. The rooms and bathrooms were a good size. Loved eating our breakfast which is made to order of course just taking in the wonderful views and tranquillity.

Room Tip: all rooms have lovely views
  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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3  Thank LesleyHickman_12
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