Gorilla Mountain View Lodge

Reviews of Gorilla Mountain View Lodge

Good(89%) From 38 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 38 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.
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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Three from Manchester
Arrived on: 18-Sep-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Gorilla Mountain View Lodge review

Reviews in various places on the web paint a mixed picture of this lodge. We were a party of 5 staying in rooms 1-4 which were located close to the main lodge. We found the rooms comfortable, hot water erratic (as you might of a place with time limited power) and the welcome warm.

On the whole it was a much nicer place than I expected and the biggest challenge is the generally damp, cool weather which could be troublesome for travellers who hail from warmer climbs. The weather ranged from something akin to a beautiful spring day in the British countryside to dark and stormy November rainstorms of the east coast.

The lodge is open and spacious, heating is limited to a wood fire in your room and an electric heater which may or may not work (ours didn't but others in the group were toasty). However, we spent a glorious afternoon in the sunshine after our trek drinking coffee on the lawn in the shadow of the volcanoes. In the evenings though you'll find yourselves sat in the restaurant or bar wrapped in a fleece or jacket.

Overall I thought it was a solid place to stay, in a beautiful location with edible food and friendly staff. I wouldn't hesitate to return and recommend it to all but the most demanding of travellers - if you want a spa, michelin food and butler then its probably not the place for you.

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Mr & Mrs L - Cambridge
Arrived on: 2-Sep-2012 Stayed for: 4 nights
Overall:
Excellent
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Excellent
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Rooms:
Good
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Gorilla Mountain View Lodge review

Great having a log fire and hot water bottle placed in the bed each night. Boots also cleaned after trek. Staff very friendly.

Have put activities excellent because of the gorilla trekking

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Mrs M and Miss H from Bucks
Arrived on: 28-Aug-2012 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Gorilla Mountain View Lodge review

As a hotel being used mostly by travellers staying for 1 or 2 days to see Gorillas it is very well positioned

Staff are extremely friendly

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Mr J. from Amersham
Arrived on: 21-Jul-2012 Stayed for: 4 nights
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friendly staff &personal service - great fire

a very good location for the Volcanoes Park

personal service and accommodation very good, would prefer more availability of electricity during the mid day period

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Mr and Mrs R from Bath
Arrived on: 16-Jul-2012 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Location:
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Gorilla Mountain View Lodge review

Everybody at the Lodge was friendly. We felt that they needed more training.

The experience with the gorillas was very very special. The guides were very helpful. The climb to the forest to see our first group of gorillas was very strenuous and returning was even harder: we had a climb of several hours an dthen the same back. The walk to another group on the second day was very much easier and the gorillas just as interesting.

The trip to the golden monkeys was also interesting (but not equal to the gorillas!).

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Mr & Mrs W from Wokingham
Arrived on: 7-Jul-2012 Stayed for: 5 nights
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Lacked charm but great location

Location is great with beautiful views of the volcanoes and a short distance to the Park HQ for the treks.

Rooms were very clean and comfortable

Food is buffet style which became a bit monotonous and wasn't great for vegetarians. Service was good

The shower is set at a height of about 5 foot so not great for taller people.

Electricity is only available at certain times of the day so if you get back from a trek late then you have to shower in the dark and can't use a hairdryer. Also, after tekking you are offered ginger tea but if you don't like this then nothing else is apparently on offer - I asked for coffee but couldn't have any because the generator was off. There is a kettle in the room and tea and coffee so my top tip would be to take a little flask that you can fill with hot water when the electricity is on.

It was great to have our boots cleaned after each trek - very much appreciated

We were prepared for the cold temperature but even so the fire could have been lit earlier (we had to ask one evening for it to be lit as it was past 6.30 and it does start getting chilly at 4pm). there was no heating in the bathroom and this was freezing.

In the evenings there are numerous people coming to the room - person to light the fire, person to bring hot water bottle, person to check the fire, person to bring your boots - this could be disrupting.

There was certainly plenty to occupy birdwatchers and the manager (we think) Victor is very knowledgable about what birds are around the lodge.

The dancers in the afternoon were really enthusiastic and entertaining

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