The Mountain Gorilla View Lodge is the new mid range lodge in the area and is perfectly situated for gorilla tracking in Rwanda. The 30 individual cottages have been built on 4 acres of land on the slopes of Mt Sabinyo. The stone and thatch cottages each have ensuite facilities, a small lounge with a fire place and a private veranda. The cottages are of a good size and are well positioned to give them privacy from each other. There is a separate restaurant and bar area where meals served to the guests. Mountain Gorilla View Lodge provides good value for money at the same time as great views and easy access to Parc National des Volcans.
Stay here for the great location and super views without the need to break the bank. It is located very close (about 15 minutes) from the main headquarters of Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park (Parc National de Volcans), so it is a very handy base from which to explore the area and organise treks to see the Golden monkeys and, of course, the enigmatic Mountain gorillas, both of whom make the Virunga Mountains their home.
The Gorilla Mountain View Lodge has 20 individual cottages constructed out of brick and tile – another 10 are proposed for 2010 and will be constructed one by one. The current bungalows are pretty big inside, with plain plastered walls, that are simply but comfortably furnished. Each has an en-suite bathroom with a shower. Being at altitude, it can get cold here however each of the cottages has a fire in the room (wood and charcoal provided on request). The lodge grounds are very well maintained and from here there are beautiful views of the volcanoes. Electricity and hot water are supplied by a generator which does not run all day. Generally it is turned on at about 6pm, however this can vary so it is always best to ask someone on your arrival to clarify exact timings for your stay. There are plans afoot for the lodge to be linked to mains electricity soon.
The central area has a basic bar and a restaurant where the food is generally, good home cooked fare - don't expect haute cuisine though. Again it can get quite chilly in here as the door is not designed to shut, however the staff can provide you with a 'bucket' of heated charcoal that you can put next to your table to help keep you warm. Staff will definitely also advise to you to dress warmly for dinners during the winter months.
(Parc National des Volcans)
You slowly make your way up the dense forested hills, weaving through tall bamboo; the ground beneath you a tangle of roots and the air around you chilled with mist. Quite suddenly, the greenery in front of you is broken by the massive dark head of a silverback gorilla, and as your eyes meet, you are forever changed.
(Nairobi, Naivasha, Masai Mara)
(Parc National des Volcans)
Premium tour featuring rare mountain gorillas and the best Kenya game viewing, with your own private safari guide and vehicle. Includes internal flights.
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