Mountain Gorilla View Lodge is a mid-range option located in the foothills of Mount Karisimbi in Kinigi, northern Rwanda , on the edge of the Volcanoes National Park . The lodge is close to park headquarters where trekking of the critically endangered mountain gorilla starts.
If you are travelling from the UK or mainland Europe there are various flight options to Kigali : RwandAir flies directly to Kigali from London Gatwick three times a week alternatively Kenya Airways fly via Nairobi, KLM via Amsterdam and Ethiopian Airlines via Addis Ababa, all from London Heathrow. Other airlines serving Kigali include Fly Dubai and Qatar Airlines.
Mountain Gorilla View Lodge is a 2.5 road transfer from Kigali Airport.
Mountain Gorilla View Lodge has 30 cottages which are simple and spacious with ensuite bathrooms and fireplaces. The ecolodge has been simply constructed with locally sourced materials to have the least impact on the surrounding environment.
The basic restaurant serves home cooked, simple yet hearty buffets and the landscaped gardens offer beautiful views of the volcanoes. The ecolodge supports the surrounding rural community by purchasing farm-fresh produce that is served in the lodge’s restaurant.
Gorilla trekking takes place from Volcanoes National Park headquarters, close to Mountain Gorilla View Lodge. Take a magical trek through the dense forest to track the critically endangered mountain gorilla. Only eight visitors are allowed per gorilla group each day and visitors are asked to maintain a distance of 7 metres from the gorillas to prevent the transmission of any human diseases. Typically, tracking can take from 3 to 8 hours and requires some agility and fitness, however, all fitness levels can be accommodated and no one should feel deterred from missing this once in a lifetime experience.
Rwanda is a destination for all seasons, however, visiting Rwanda to trek the mountain gorilla is best during the drier season from June to September. This is also the optimum time for tracking chimpanzees. Temperatures hardly vary throughout the seasons due to Rwanda's position just south of the Equator. Days are warm and nights are cool, especially at altitude.