Where to Stay in Volcanoes National Park Rwanda
Jack Hannah’s Cottages-Luxury
Jack Hannah’s Cottages is super luxury lodge situated in the northern Rwanda’s Musanze district nestled in a forest of Eucalyptus trees. The lodge provides a family sized splendid accommodation at the Jack Hannah’s cottages with glorious views of Rwanda’s hills and slopes of the famous Volcanoes national park.
The cottages in the lodge are spacious and have two large bedrooms which can accommodate a maximum of four people. Each bedroom has its own private capacious bathroom with lovely sights of the golf course, a central area comprising of a very beautiful living room area with a fireplace burning wood, a television, a dining area and a kitchen.
At the outside is a wraparound porch/veranda with entry from the living room with a lovely view of a “green” golf course and the rolling hills of Rwanda. The cottage is very private and quiet
Services offered at the lodge are superb and ensure that visitors enjoy their stay in the lodge. The staffs working in the lodge are professionals, friendly, attentive and willing to attend to visitors to obtain utmost comfort and ultimate experience while on their Rwanda safaris. There is also a full staff, exclusively delegated to the cottage during your stay, ensuring that you are always happy and comfortable. The small kitchen in the lodge is fully functioning, and is where a private chef will prepare all of visitor’s meals, to be served in the cottage’s dining room. Delicious, home-cooked meals combine both traditional African and International dishes. After each meal served in the lodge is perfect restaurant, a menu is presented to visitors for them to select three courses for their next meal. Visitors staying in the lodge are the bosses and hence have the opportunity to select or make choice of what they would like to eat.
Hannah Cottage is a better accommodation option, especially for family travellers of four spending their gorilla trekking safaris in Rwanda. Activities to be undertaken whilst staying at the cottage include Mountain Gorilla trekking and Golden Monkey trekking. Dian Fossey’s Karisoke Research Camp, and grave, is also nearby, located within the Volcanoes National Park.
Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge-Luxury
Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge is located in Musanze district close to the Parc National des Volcan’s headquarters excellently located for gorilla trekking. The lodge is situated at the foothill of the Virunga ranges comprising of a beautiful views of the Volcanoes rolling hills and the surrounding countryside. The lodge is built and operated by Governors’ Camp. The lodge is owned by a Community Trust, SACOLA, which uses rentals and community fees from the lodge to drive socio-economic and conservation initiatives in the communities adjacent to the National Park. 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 visitor 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. Guest cottages and the main lodge building have been beautifully constructed and appointed and the lodge is the perfect base from which tourist can base to explore this unique and fascinating corner of Africa. In the local area around Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge there are some interesting cultural and social projects to visit. These include the Iby’iwacu Cultural Village where ex poachers have turned their lives around and now work to celebrate local Rwandese culture, the bustling and colourful Musanze Market, Kinigi Cultural Village and Community Walk created by the Sabyinyo Community Lodge Association, the Sonrise High School and the beautiful and enchanting Buhanga sacred forest.
If you would like to explore a little further afield there is plenty to see and do in the larger Northern Province area of Rwanda. There is the tropical Rubavu Lakeside resort, hiking in the ecologically important Gishwati Forest, trips to the scenic Twin Lakes, cruises on Lake Bulera and treks to the Russumo falls.
The rates showed in the table are for Mid-Season Rates and for high season you add US$150 to the Mid-Season rates.
|Number of people||Mid-Season Rates|
|2 adults sharing||US$750|
|1 adult per night||US$970|
|children under 12||US$470|
|Tour Guide per night||US$297|
Gorillas Volcanoes Hotel-Mid-Range
Gorilla Volcanoes Hotel is a modern hotel with a unique character and a pleasant ambience strategically situated in Musanze north of Kigali. The hotel comprises of 31 spacious comfortable rooms with an ensuite bathtub and shower. An impressive bar is attached with the restaurant. A hearty breakfast is served from 06:30 AM to 10:30 AM. For guests who get up early morning for gorilla trekking in the volcanoes park. Trekkers are requested to inform the hotel management in advance to prepare breakfast at which time they wish to have it. Each day, from noon to late evening, one can place his or her order from the “à la carte” menu. The Spacious hotel also provides an outdoor terrace which is very enjoyable and sociable place. The place is the best to relax and refresh and also meet to share the highlights of the daily excursions, or even discuss your business.
The Facilities offered in the hotel include the accommodation facilities in the 31 spacious rooms which offer privacy and comfort. The precious one Restaurant also called The Urugano in the local language prepares both local and international dishes .The restaurant is near the lodge’s large bar which has both local and international drinks. Gorillas Volcanoes Hotel has one beautiful Swimming Pool where visitors can enjoy swimming in the cool, fresh waters of the pool. The hotels event room is wide enough to accommodate meetings, get together parties, and bird days among others.
Virunga Lodge- Mid-Range.
Virunga lodge is situated about an hour’s drive from the Volcanoes national park headquarters and the Lodge is a lovely eco-friendly lodge found close to the park. A central building houses the reception, restaurant and public areas all with magnificent 360 degree views across the Lakes Ruhondo and Bulera and the Virunga Volcanoes. Virunga Lodge is currently one the area’s top lodges and certainly has one of the most spectacular locations of any camp in Africa.
The lodge is made of eight spacious stone rooms, all with wooden floors, chunky wooden furniture and large verandas. Each is connected by a short covered walkway to a private toilet and shower. The toilets are low flushing eco toilets and the shower has solar heated hot water. Virunga Lodge is quite a sociable place to be as everyone eats at one large table in the evening. Aside from gorilla-tracking, local ‘Indore’ dance troupes perform here and massages are available. The lodge has ten rustic bandas, simple in design in sympathy with the surroundings and their ecology, are situated around the property. It has been recently renovated, and all bathrooms now include flush toilets and hot showers in the en suite bathrooms, which we think is a great.
The lodge has a very comfortable feel to it with large rooms and thoughtful local touches. The bar/lounge area is very cozy with a circular open fire in the middle, lots of comfortable chairs and plenty of reading materials and board games The new spacious balcony has plenty of cozy armchairs where one can enjoy the views. Virunga Lodge boasts of being an eco-friendly lodge with furniture made from local materials, naturally wild gardens and solar power. They also employ local staff who are very friendly and cook wonderful meals. The only downside to this lodge is the distance to the Volcanoes National Park headquarters, the journey takes about 40 minutes, although the road has recently been resurfaced. It is an interesting drive with stunning views and one will pass lots of locals along the roadside going to carry on their daily activities.
Mountain Gorilla View Lodge- Mid-Range.
The Mountain Gorilla View Lodge is a new, mid-range lodge, perfectly located near Volcanoes national park and hence making it the best place to base while on gorilla tracking safaris in Rwanda. The 30 individual stone and thatch cottages have been built on 4 acres of land on the slopes of Mt Sabinyo and each have en-suite facilities, a small lounge with a fire place and a private veranda. The bungalows are large, with plain plastered walls and are simply but comfortably furnished. The cottages are of a good size and are well positioned to give visitors privacy from one another.
There is a separate restaurant and bar area where meals both local and international meals are served to the guests. Mountain Gorilla View Lodge provides good value for money at the same time as great views and easy access to Volcanoes National Park. The lodge grounds are very well maintained and from here there are beautiful views of the volcanoes. Electricity and hot water are currently supplied by a generator which does not run all day but this may be changed to mains power very soon. The central area has a basic bar and a restaurant. We would advise you to you to dress warmly for dinners during the winter months. Stay here for the great location and super views without the need to breaking the bank. The activities organized in the lodge mainly involves Gorilla tracking, golden monkey tracking and local village/cultural.