Reviews of Gorilla Mountain View Lodge
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Gorilla Mountain View Lodge review
The lodge was really exquisite, felt lovely to stay somewhere that was not a hotel and you really get the feel for being away from the crowds, the staff were faultless and always smiling, Gilbert one of the waiters was always grinning like a cheshire cat. Was great to see someone so happy to be at their work.
I understand this lodge will shortly be connected to mains electricity.
The spacious lodges were well spread out and the rooms very spacious as well as comfortable, was a nice touch to have a fire going in the room in the evening and hot water bottles in the bed.
Wonderful views, great food and staff
The staff were warm, friendly and incredibly helpful. The food was plentiful and varied. Great views and lovely surroundings. The cottages were large and comfortable. We had a fire and hot water bottles each evening, plus hot towels, boots cleaned and ginger tea on the verandah after trekking.
The lodge was decorated in a traditional, interesting way. We had good access to hot water and light with the generator (small comment: it would have been good to have had towels dried as they stayed damp with the climate). We really enjoyed the dancing by a group of local children arranged by the hotel.
Overall, we had a wonderful time here.
Gorilla Mountain View Lodge review
Great log fires and fabulous views.Read more about the whole safari
Gorilla Mountain View Lodge
Gorilla Mountain View Lodge was comfortable, clean with great surroundings for birding. Victor the kitchen manager was a great birding resource and was a great bird guide our last morning there.
Extremely friendly people, very clean country and quite frankly felt as safe as I do at home. Primate Safaris and Eric our guide was prompt, professional and provided us a wonderful drive from Kigali to our lodge and return.
Two days of gorilla trekking more than made up for this missed golden monkey day. Visited Umubano and Sabyinyo groups with relatively easy hikes and good weather. Very inspiring event that had Pam in tears as she has wanted to have this experience since middle school and thought extinction due to man's conflicts would eliminate any chance. Saw 9 of the first goup and 7 of the latter including Guhonda the largest of Rwanda's silverbacks and a baby in each group.
Great base for gorilla tracking
Lovely rooms in a great setting looking out onto the volcanoes. Great showers and lovely log fires which were lit and checked by the very attentive staff in the evenings. Very welcome after trekking! The central restaurant/bar was not open when we stayed, they are currently using one of the rooms as a makeshift restaurant, which was fine, although it lacked a little atmosphere. When the new facility is open in October, it is going to be fantastic. Staff were wonderful, very helpful and always smiling!
Our only negative comment would be the price of drinks, which came as a bit of a shock. Over $300 for 3 of us for 4 nights. We had soft drinks at lunchtime, a glass of wine/gin and tonic at night and plenty of water... One night we did have a bottle of wine, which I think we paid over the odds for having been told it would be $17.50. We understand that some drinks are imported, but this far outweighed what we paid elsewhere. Hopefully, once their new restaurant/bar is open, they will have menus and price lists on display to avoid future problems.
Overall all though, great place and you cannot fault the location. Close to the park HQ (15 mins).
Comfortable and friendly hotel
Friendly staff - as everywhere in Rwanda.
Rooms are huge, if a little characterless, but fires, hot water bottles and tea/coffee in rooms was much appreciated. Hotel will be much improved when the central bar/restaurant is finished. Relatively close to the park headquarters. Beautiful situation.
Food was delicious - best we had in Rwanda, and the chef deserves to be able to do his work in a permanent kitechen and dining room.