Gorilla Mountain View Lodge

Reviews of Gorilla Mountain View Lodge

Good(89%) From 34 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 34 of our travellers who have visited Gorilla Mountain View Lodge, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Ms C. from Vista
Arrived on: 14-Feb-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Wonderful Gorilla Mountain View Lodge!

Wonderful bungalows and fabulous grounds with the volcanoes as a backdrop. People were very friendly and welcoming. Enjoyed the enthusiastic local dance performance very much as well as the cultural village Iby'iwacu. The lodge is a fantastic place, highly recommend! Can't say enough good things about our stay here. We loved it and I want to go back!

Constructive criticism: It would be nice to give an advance warning to guests that every evening the power switches to a generator and there is a short, temporary black out. This way no one will be concerned that the power has been lost. Also, it would be better to do fresh coats of varnish on the bungalow bathroom floor when it has a couple of days to air out before the next guest arrives.The smell was a little overwhelming for a couple of days. Lastly, there is a morning rush for a quick breakfast before gorilla trekking and eggs seemed to be high in demand. But there was only 1 person at that grill and a very long line. Might consider a second pair of hands.

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John
Arrived on: 11-Jan-2014 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Gorilla Mountain View Lodge review

The open fires are great. Worth tipping the firelighters for dry wood!

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Mr R. from Rickmansworth
Arrived on: 23-Dec-2013 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Gorilla Mountain View Lodge review

Staff very friendly and helpful. Location is ideal in terms of closeness to park headquarters. As a general comment, the lodge bedrooms are dark, especially the bathroom.

The rooms are also very cold partly due to the wasteful and inefficient open fire.

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Mr and Mrs D from Cambridge
Arrived on: 15-Oct-2013 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Gorilla Mountain View Lodge review

Volcanoes N P was very good;the gorillas were extraordinary.

One last point which was a disappointment in Volcanoes as in Nyungye was that in the afternoons we were expecting to be able to go for local expeditions to look for birds/ appreciate the environment. Because of the attention attracted by visitors from children/ others asking for money etc one really needs a local guide/ companion but when we asked in the hotel or our driver if we could go out for a walk we were simply advised against it. We tried on a couple of occasions to go out by ourselves but the level of hassle was uncomfortable and so self defeating of a relaxed appreciation of the environment. A local guide would have solved that.

We did insist on our driver taking us one afternoon to the twin lakes in volcanoes but this was not readily offered, although it was on our itinerary.

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Mr & Mrs P from West Yorkshire
Arrived on: 16-Jun-2013 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Good location, great staff

The lodge is in a good location for a scenic view of Mount Sabinyo and the short travel time to the gorilla headquarters. The grounds are pretty and well maintained. The room was perfectly suited for the location with an open fire for the cold nights but there is an issue with the bathroom, being too large, cold and in an urgent need of an upgrade (especially the plumbing).

Nice touches like the lighting of the fire before dark, the hot water bottles placed in your bed while at dinner and the cleaning of your boots after a day trekking were much appreciated and made the stay much more enjoyable.

The eating areas were all clean and well looked after and the food was good with a wide variety.

The best asset of this hotel is the staff, they are friendly and helpful and create a really good atmosphere enabling you to enjoy your stay. Overall we were more than happy with our stay here.

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Mr & Mrs M - Victoria, Australia
Arrived on: 8-Jun-2013 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Gorilla Mountain View Lodge

Nowhere near luxurious but good value for money in a great location for early morning gorilla trecking.

Power was only on for part of the day and the rooms got cold despite efforts to heat them with a wood fire - but this is what we told to expect.

Food was good, service great and wine reasonably expensive.

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Mr & Mrs F - Victoria, Australia
Arrived on: 8-Jun-2013 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Gorillas in the eucalypt forrests

My only complaint about this part of the trip is that I was unaware that there were other parks and activities which I could have experienced; my fault as I assumed that we were only going for the gorillas, and had done no research on the rest of Rwanda.

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Mr & Mrs G - Victoria, Australia
Arrived on: 8-Jun-2013 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Gorilla Mountain View Lodge

The staff were very friendly and accommodating. Rooms were comfortable with open fires that were prepared each night being a nice touch for the cold nights. Disappointingly the coating on the bathroom floor was sticky requiring the wearing of thongs. Coating sticking to your feet if thongs were not worn.

Food generally fairly basic and not as good as we had experienced at other locations. Wine expensive in comparison to hotels in South Africa.

Thanks to our Primate Safari driver Hussein our treks with the Gorillas were easily managed, given our ages and physical condition. A once in a lifetime experience thanks to knowledgable and passionate guides and trackers.

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Mr G & Mrs T from Durham
Arrived on: 30-Dec-2012 Stayed for: 5 nights
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Well located and pleasant.

This was well located for gorilla trekking and (when the rain/mist clears) has great views of the volcanoes. The buffet was more than adequate and varied (we were there five nights).

In December it was cold and despite the fire and hot water bottles it could feel a little damp. People should be aware that the electricity generator is only on at certain times. It does have internet (not to be taken for granted in hotels in Rwanda), albeit slow.

Staff are very helpful. Boots are cleaned to "as new" after trekking. There are Intore dancers performing in the afternoons. I'd advise avoiding new years eve - the loud disco they put on just made sure people had a really bad nights sleep (everyone gets up at about 5 AM for the trekking). Every other night it was very peaceful.

A variety of birds are in the grounds.

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Miss F & Mr H from York
Arrived on: 10-Nov-2012 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Gorilla Mountain View Lodge review

Great location, rooms are looking a little "tired", shower was very poor, food OK - although repetitive. Staff helpful - great idea to clean the boots after a trek. Hot water bottle at night essential.

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