Luxury living and gorilla encounters in Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park
Activity adventure | Natural world | Wildlife
This stunning sanctuary, nestled at the foot of Rwanda’s Virunga Mountains, is a wonderfully luxurious base from which to experience one of the world’s great wildlife encounters. Indeed, the location could hardly be better, with a backdrop of still-smoking peaks and a next-door Volcanoes National Park – the oldest national park in Africa – home to troops of rare golden monkeys and, of course, those famous mountain gorillas.
Matching its setting, the accommodation here is nothing short of spectacular – a collection of chic Forest Lodges, scattered among verdant grounds. Each one comes furnished in rich patterns, fabrics and textures inspired by traditional Rwandan design. What’s more, with private viewing decks and outdoor showers, they offer the chance to fully embrace the outdoors while cooler nights are countered inside by roaring fires, thick rugs and huge king-size beds. And, if you need extra space, the two-bedroom Forest Lodge – at an impressive 84sqm – offers both king and twin options, ideal for families and larger groups.
While the lodges dazzle with their blend of tradition and sophistication, the same balance can be found in the restaurant, where guests are treated to dishes inspired by the region and created using only the freshest local produce. Herbs and vegetables, seasonal and organic, are sourced straight from the hotel’s own gardens, while meat and fish come from only the best local suppliers. It all comes together under the masterful gaze and hard work of the restaurant’s ultra-talented chefs, who bring a touch of the contemporary to Rwanda’s culinary heritage.
But, best of all, is the hotel’s proximity to the rainforests that harbour some of the world’s last remaining mountain gorillas. And, despite all the luxuries of the lodge itself, nothing can beat the sheer thrill of meeting these extraordinary creatures in the wild. Joining an expert local guide, you’ll trek deep into the jungles of Volcanoes National Park, learning about the region’s flora and fauna, as well as the local history, before enjoying an intimate encounter with these great apes. It really is the experience of a lifetime. Other optional activities range from volcano treks to cultural visits and the chance to track golden monkeys in the lower reaches of the national park.
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