Gorilla Tracking Vacations

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Volcanoes is the only company to have built its own exclusive safari eco-lodges near three gorilla parks and the Kyambura Gorge, home next to a threatened community of chimpanzees. Our safari lodges are thought to be the best in the region.

We believe that ecotourism in these remote areas needs to respect the culture of local communities, their modest economic means and the fragility of the environment. Providing western standards of comfort needs to be balanced with the pressure local people face in obtaining food and clean water. In designing our safari lodges, therefore, we ensure that water consumption is reduced and waste disposal controlled, and solar power is used instead of generators.

The Volcanoes Virunga, Bwindi and Gahinga eco-lodges were conceived and built by Praveen Moman , co-founder of Volcanoes, and a team of African builders, led by John Ssemanda, they reflect local architecture and culture. Volcanoes latest lodge, Kyambura Gorge, was built by Praveen and a team of Australian architects led by Ross Langdon. The lodge celebrates African creativity and reflects the context of the original building which was a coffee processing plant and store. With the help of Prabhat Poddar, an expert on Vasthu, we have incorporated the ancient Indian concepts of harmonizing the energy of buildings

Introducing Virunga Lodge

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The magnificent Virunga Lodge is set on a stunning hilltop in a spectacular location with a panoramic view of the Virunga volcanoes and shimmering lakes Ruhondo and Bulera.

The lodge has been described as having “the best view in the world” and as “one of the finest lodges in Africa”. The lodge’s eight bandas offer elegance and great comfort, with their ‘organic, bush-chic’ design reflecting the local building style. Luxurious, en-suite bathrooms, with full facilities including low-flush toilets and running solar hot water, allow you to enjoy all the comforts of home, while still being sensitive to the environment. Each banda has its own terrace with spectacular views of the volcanoes or lakes. 

Aside from gorilla tracking, guests can climb a volcano, track the golden monkey, visit Dian Fossey's grave or go for gentle strolls around the picturesque villages near the lakes. Three hours' drive from Kigali or a long day's drive from Kampala. 

Virunga Lodge has been awarded TripAdvisor's Certificate of Excellence 2012!

Introducing Bwindi Lodge

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Bwindi Lodge overlooks the primeval Bwindi forest, home to gorillas, monkeys, chimpanzees and birds. If you are lucky the gorillas will come and welcome you at the finest property in Bwindi!

The lodge has recently been completely refurbished and now offers unequalled comfort and style. Eight bandas overlook the forest canopy, each with a private terrace from which guests can watch birds and monkeys in the tree tops. Each ensuite stone bathroom consists of double sinks, hot running showers, low flushing toilets and the same unique, stylish décor.

The main lodge building also maximises on the beautiful views of the forest canopy, with both open and covered terraces providing optimum viewing platforms facing the forest. A cosy fireside bar and lounge area enables guests to enjoy a drink while swapping stories of their gorilla tracking experiences.

As part of the Lodge grounds Volcanoes have created a 50 acre buffer zone around the lodge and facing the forest.

The food, service and hospitality are first class and regularly commented on by guests. Many famous guests have stayed here, including Rahm Emmanuel, former Chief of Staff to President Obama and now Mayor of Chicago.

Go gorilla tracking, visit nearby community projects or discover the ancient traditions of the Batwa Pygmies. The walk to the river through regenerated bush we have carefully nurtured as a buffer zone is magical. It is a favourite haunt for the gorillas and they often sleep at the lodge! The lodge is an hour's flight from Entebbe, a long drive day's drive from Kampala or six hours' drive from Kigali.

Introducing Mount Gahinga Lodge

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Mount Gahinga Lodge nestles in the foothills of the Virunga volcanoes on the border of Uganda, Rwanda and the DRC. 

Mounts Sabinyo, Gahinga and Muhuvura provide an impressive backdrop to this unique lodge, whose 9 bandas all named after volcanoes in the Virunga chain are based around traditional pygmy huts - albeit with modern comforts. The mature tropical garden setting and rustic style rooms/cottages combine to give the impression of staying in the bygone era of Hemmingway. Spend the day with the Batwa Pygmies, widely regarded to be the oldest surviving peoples of central Africa, to experience their ancient life. The area because of its varied habitats, is also famous for birding with about 180 birds species and for tracking the endangered golden monkeys. An hour's flight or a long day's drive from Entebbe, four hours' drive from Kigali.

Introducing Kyambura Gorge Lodge

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Situated on the edge of the Kyambura Gorge and Queen Elizabeth National Park, in Uganda, one of Africa’s finest national parks, Volcanoes newest lodge, Kyambura Gorge Lodge, has stunning views over the Gorge and the lush savannah of the park, with the peaks of the Rwenzori Mountains in the distance. The main lodge building was originally a coffee store and processing plant, surrounded by coffee plantations. The original structure has been sensitively restored to create a stunning living space, balancing the history of the building with the location and creating a series of distinct luxurious contemporary spaces for guests. Eight beautiful, spacious bandas have been carefully nestled into the hillside, each with their own luxury bathroom. Each room has a different aspect of the panoramic views across the gorge, savannah and mythical Rwenzoris. Each banda is uniquely appointed, adopting a different colour theme. From the Lodge you can go chimp tracking in the Kyambura Gorge or Kalinzu forest. Chimps are very mobile, tracking them as they crash through the canopy screaming and whooping can take stamina. You can also take a game drive on the plains of Queen Elizabeth to spot lions, elephant, antelope, buffalo and some of the 600 birds species that live in this national park such as the spoonbill stork, or take a boat out onto the Kazinga Channel to spot the many birds and animals which come to cool off at the waters’ edge. Venture out on a guided walk around the Lodge grounds to tour the community coffee processing plant and other projects supported by Volcanoes, or through the wetland to spot bird species. Alternatively simply relax in the beautiful atmosphere of this unique lodge and watch game on the savannah plains below, listening to the sounds of the chimps and birds in the gorge.


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Contact Us 

Janet Peterson / Kenneth Peterson, Owners - 480-474-8000