Gorilla Mountain View Lodge...
Gorilla Mountain View Lodge: Our full report
The newest mid-range hotel in the Volcanoes National Park is the Gorilla Mountain View Lodge. The owners of the lodge are the former owners of the Mountain Gorilla's Nest.
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. We would definitely also advise to you to dress warmly for dinners during the winter months.
Stay here for the great location and super views without the need to breaking 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.
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Ideal length of stay: Four nights/three full days is a good amount of time to spend in this area. However it will very much depend on how many times you would like to visit the mountain gorillas. Usually the first full day is spent with a morning tracking to the Golden monkeys to help with acclimatisation, then on each of the next two days you will spend the morning gorilla tracking.
Food & drink
Usual board basis: Full Board
Dining style: Individual Tables
Dining locations: Indoor Dining
Drinks included: Drinks are not included here.
Power supply: Generator
Health & safety
Malarial area: No
Dangerous animals: Moderate Risk
Laundry facilities: 0