Volcanoes Safaris

Volcanoes Safaris “helped kick-start gorilla tourism in Rwanda after the genocide through the Volcanoes BLCF Partnership Project.  In 2005 the company become a charter signatory to the UN Kinshasa Declaration on Saving the Great Apes, the only private sector company to do so.  In 2009, the Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust (VSPT), a non-profit organisation that aims to create long-term, self-sustaining projects that enrich the livelihoods of local communities and promote the conservation of the great apes was established.”

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Virunga Lodge “The magnificent Virunga Lodge is the premier luxury gorilla lodge of Rwanda and one of Africa’s finest and most renowned lodges. The lodge is perched high on a ridge with stunning views of the Virunga Volcanoes and the Musanze valley to the west and Lake Bulera and Ruhondo to the east.  It offers the finest views in Africa, uniquely decorated rooms in the Rwandese style, fantastic food and exceptional and personalized service by our carefully trained staff.  It is the first accommodation choice for the luxury traveler tracking the endangered mountain gorilla.”

Mount Gahinga Lodge “Nestled at the base of the Virunga Volcanoes, Mount Gahinga Lodge is a stunning luxury adventure lodge hidden in the southern corner of Uganda.  Its rustic charm is inspired by traditional design and building techniques.  Gahinga Lodge is the perfect base to go gorilla tracking, track the rare golden monkey, climb a volcano, walk through local villages and most of all to share the culture of the Batwa pygmies, the oldest inhabitants of the Central African rain forest.  The lodge with its beautiful living room, sun room and terrace has fantastic views of the volcanoes and the Kisoro valley below.  The luxury bandas reflect the magic of the aesthetic traditions of the Bufimbira people, with their distinct colours. Each Banda has an ensuite luxury shower room, fireplace and private porch.”

Bwindi Lodge “Overlooking the primeval Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge is the finest luxury lodge at Bwindi.  With dramatic intense views of the forest canopy across a serene stream, it is one of Africa’s unique properties.  The gorillas frequently come to relax in the verdant bush around the lodge! The lodge is perfectly located for a Uganda jungle gorilla tracking experience.  The lodge boasts eight large bandas facing the forest. Each of the guest bandas has a sitting area, a terrace and an en-suite luxury shower room.  The main living area has a central fireplace which acts as a focal point for guests to relax and discuss their gorilla tracking experience.  A large terrace overlooking the forest is a great place to spot the monkeys and birds hidden in the foliage.”

Kyambura Gorge Lodge “This eclectic contemporary safari lodge has been converted from an old coffee store to create a breathtakingly beautiful space.  The lodge is located on the edge of Queen Elizabeth National Park with sweeping views of the rolling savanna, the distant mountains of the moon, and the sunken Kyambura Gorge.  The stylish bandas also have a contemporary theme with the accent on local artifacts re-imagined in a new context.  Each banda offers a unique view either across the savanna or the gorge.  The lodge is the ideal location for tracking the lost chimps in the sunken forest of Kyambura Gorge nearby and seeing the amazing game in one of Africa’s most beautiful and varied parks, centered around the waterway of the Kazinga Channel where animals come to bathe.  The park has six hundred amazing bird species, the highest in an African park.”