Gorilla Mountain View Lodge

Reviews of Gorilla Mountain View Lodge

Good(89%) From 55 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 55 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.
Mrs & Mr. K from Geneva
Arrived on: 6-Sep-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
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A good home base for the Gorilla trekking

Nice caring service. We were late due to the gorilla trekking on the first day and missed lunch time. The hotel kept the buffet lunch for us. For the second day when we only returned after 4pm, the hotel managed to prepare a quick meal before we drove back to Kigali. Besides, their shoes cleaning service is really nice after a muddy day in the field.

However, I must say the communication could be improved. There is a daily dance show but we were not informed of the timing. The shoe cleaning service is definately a plus but we were only aware of it when our guide told us.

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HPB from San Francisco
Arrived on: 14-Jul-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Cool, rustic lodge in a great setting.

We enjoyed our stay at the Gorilla Mountain View Lodge. It is a somewhat rustic lodge with a main lodge for hanging out and dining and private cabins spread out across the property. We particularly enjoyed the afternoon entertainment when young local people did a lively, spirited dance performance: http://www.luumi.us/Public/Rwanda/i-xrGBrRL/A

The visit to the Volcanos National Park to see the mountain gorillas was naturally the highlight and an amazing experience. We made two trips over two days. The first was a 2hr at times strenuous hike up the side of the mountain. When we came to the gorillas they were "lounging" right by the trail. We spent an unbelievable hour observing them from up close. The second day was if possible even more amazing. Just a short 45 minute hike this time through the bamboo forrest and there they were. Here are a few pictures that give a bit of a sense of the experience: http://www.luumi.us/Public/Mountain-Gorillas

The knowledge and care of the guides and rangers was as encouraging as it was impressive. How well everything was organized made it very worth the relatively high price of admissions.

This article written by a New York Times reporter only two months after our visit captures the experience well, with one notable exception: the reason that some of the trackers carry weapons is not to protect humans from the gorillas - there is no danger. It is to protect the gorillas from the occasional poacher who may come over from the Republic of Congo.
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/25/travel/safari-gorillas-rwanda.html?_r=0

A visit to the local, traditional village where we were given a small peek into what traditional life only a few decades ago was like was a fun and educational experience as well.

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Mr & Mrs M - Ascot
Arrived on: 16-Jan-2015 Stayed for: 6 nights
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goood for gorillas

good service and very helpful/friendly staff,close to the parks board HQ,lots of space around hotel and the rooms are very big if a bit basic but stilll very functional.

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Ms J. from Dublin
Arrived on: 28-Dec-2014 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Gorilla Mountain View Lodge review

Friendly and comfortable.
the fire was lit in our room on the first night and the last night only. it was lovely. It was cold the other two nights. Fortunately we had brought hot water bottles with us.

Variety of food from the buffet was good. The meat was usually very tough even when casseroled.
The staff New Year celebrations were great

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Mrs & Mr H - Ontario
Arrived on: 25-Sep-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Gorilla Mountain View Lodge review

No comment made.

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Mr & Mrs H - Oxfordshire
Arrived on: 10-Sep-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Gorilla Mountain View Lodge review

Very pleased that we had booked 2 trips to the gorillas as the first day, having ascended the mountain, we discovered that the group we were tracking had taken off at speed to the DRC! We then had to descend and go to another group, which, by the time we reached them (around 12 noon) were having their siesta!

The second day we visited the Hirwa group, which was the most amazing experience with all ages of gorillas including a 6 week old baby. What a wonderful treat!

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Mr S & Ms H - Dublin
Arrived on: 6-Sep-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Very good base for gorilla trekking

Was uncertain about the lodge having read reviews but shouldn't have been. Very good stay.

Room was comfortable and clean, staff were very friendly and helpful. Our boots were cleaned very well especially on the second day when we only had 30 minutes before we left. Meals are average but OK. Contrary to other reports there is 24 hour electricity.

So a good base without spending the very high prices at other lodges.

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Mr J & Mrs C - London
Arrived on: 24-Aug-2014 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Gorilla Mountain View Lodge review

Staff were incredibly friendly, particularly in the restaurant where Gilbert was outstanding. Nice rooms with fires. Welcomed the excellent boot cleaning service

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Ms A from London
Arrived on: 28-Jun-2014 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Gorilla Mountain View Lodge review

The hotel is comfortable and relaxed. The grounds are lovely and the main building or hub has a rustic lodge feel about it!

Food was good; offering a wide variety of courses.

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Mr C & Ms Y from Edinburgh
Arrived on: 23-Jun-2014 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Smoking volcanoes

Gorilla Mountain View Lodge has a memorable location, with views towards misty volcanoes in all directions: we spent the afternoons after gorilla tracking simply enjoying the view!

The rooms, which are self-contained cottages, were extremely generous and very well appointed. Three things were a little disappointing, however: the interior lighting was poor, which meant it was difficult to do anything in the evening (the sun sets at 6:30 PM) - a little extra lighting would improve the room ambience immeasurably. The rooms were also a bit cold. The lodge supplies a small fan heater and there is a fireplace but these are not sufficient to keep the place warm. The bathroom, in particular, felt glacial at night and in the morning. Lastly, there is no TV anywhere in the lodge. This is not really a big issue, except that it was the World Cup and there was nowhere to watch a match within 45 minutes drive!

On the plus side, the staff in the hotel were uniformly friendly and attentive, and the buffet meals were convenient and delicious. The shoe-cleaning service is a huge plus as well: the joy of clean shoes is second only to the joy of seeing gorillas...

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