As Virunga Lodge celebrates its 15th anniversary we take a look back at the milestones of the Virungas, gorillas, Volcanoes Safaris and Virunga Lodge.
To celebrate the 15th anniversary of Virunga Lodge, plans for re-imagining the property have been unveiled on 18 November 2019.
The iconic property has defined Rwandese Afro-chic since the lodge was built by Praveen Moman in 2004. The understated, timeless, hand-made style will be refined to meet the needs of today’s luxury traveller.
Volcanoes Safaris has been at the forefront of reviving gorilla and chimpanzee tourism in Uganda and Rwanda since 1997.
Rwanda has become the first country in East Africa to ban on all single-use plastics! In 2017 Volcanoes Safaris started a gradual program to reduce plastic use and in early 2020 will review what further measures can be taken.
Virunga Lodge Milestones
1899 - 1902
Robert von BringeDiscovery of mountain gorillas. Camps near the site of current day Virunga Lodge.
Dian Fossey starts working in the Virungas.Praveen Moman founder of Volcanoes Safaris walsk in the Virungas aged 12.
Volcnaoes Safaris set up and become the pioneers of great ape tourism.
Volcanoes Safaris becomes the first international safari company to take guests to Rwanda.
2002 - 2004
Praveen Moman builds Virunga LodgeFirst gorilla lodge to be opened by an international company in Rwanda.Gorilla population census: 380