4 Top Luxury Lodges for a Rwanda Mountain Gorillas SafariDecember 22, 2019
The spotlight is shining bright on Rwanda as a major mountain gorillas safari destination with luxury lodges and camps amidst the emerald forests of East Africa.
A string of seven peaks covered in dense forest and mist, Volcanoes National Park is the emerald in Rwanda’s wildlife safari crown. This is one of the last sanctuaries of mountain gorillas and other highly endangered animals, and it forms part of the great Virunga Conservation Area along with Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda.
Journeying on a mountain gorillas safari in Volcanoes is an unforgettable experience, matched by very few other adventures one can have on the continent, if not the world. Volcanoes is home to a small population of just 180 mountain gorillas and, thanks to dedicated wildlife conservation efforts and well-managed tourism, their numbers are increasing albeit slowly.
A luxury mountain gorillas safari is the ultimate getaway that combines adventuring into the land of this magnificent primate and relaxing back at a well-appointed lodge that has all the creature comforts and more.
These are four of our favourite lodges we recommend to guests:
The newest member of the Wilderness Safaris’ family, Bisate Lodge is a leader in responsible tourism and ecologically responsible principles found adjacent to the park. It has been built to blend in seamlessly into its natural surroundings of the eroded volcanic cone which forms its foundation.
It is considered Rwanda’s first true luxury and eco-sensitive lodge, evidenced in just six gorgeously designed and furnished en-suite villas that are surrounded by the natural flora. Astounding views of two of the volcanoes can be enjoyed from each of the villas and the lodge itself.
Elegant Kwitonda Lodge
Sitting along the edge of the park, Singita Kwitonda Lodge is a well-appointed luxury property in a perfectly picked location. Large windows throughout the lodge allow for natural light to stream in, while dramatic views of the volcanoes and forests beyond draw the eye outward.
There are eight exclusive suites with special features like a private heated plunge pool, fireplaces both indoors and out, and a spacious bedroom and lounge. Always committed to balancing out luxury with sustainability, Kwitonda uses locally grown produce in the meals prepare and they are involved in a critical reforestation project that aims to increase the mountain gorillas’ habitat.
‘Jungle-chic’ Gorilla’s Nest
Gorilla’s Nest is the latest luxury offering by award-winning One & Only Resorts. It is the closest to Volcanoes National Park, which means incredible views of the jungle landscape from all corners of the lodge, both private and shared.
The furnishings of this well-appointed lodge are modern with an aesthetic of Afro-chic that runs throughout. An easy flow has been created between indoor and outdoor spaces – the lodge rooms and suites have private decks and open-air bathtubs or showers that ensure your stay in the land of the mountain gorillas is indulgent.
Charismatic Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge
Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge by the Governors’ Camp Collection has prime position close to the park’s headquarters where the trek up into the mountains begin. It is a particularly specia place as it is the first community-owned lodge in Rwanda. the views of the volcanoes and natural surrounds are exceptional, and are best taken in from the outdoor terrace or lounge.
This is simple luxury at its best. There are six cottages, two suites and one family cottage, all of which large and private with their own sheltered veranda, lounge with fireplace, bedroom, dressing room and bathroom.
Mountain gorillas safaris are booked up about two years in advance. Considering the amount of planning and organisation that is needed for these safaris, we would suggest contacting us now if you are thinking of taking this trip of a lifetime.
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