Reviews of Gorilla Mountain View Lodge
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My sort of place !
Difficult to know where to start ! I enjoyed my time here from the very first greeting on arrival.
My cabin / lodge had an outstanding view of one of the volcanoes. Beautiful gardens which I used in my "downtime" to photograph the exquisite birdlife.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner was presented on a buffet style basis and the quality and quantity of the food was excellent. There was always a member of the staff available to help. Really attentive people.
Great location to get to the golden monkeys / mountain gorillas etc.
Small details like taking your muddy boots / gaiters from you at the entrance after returning from the mountains and returning them thoroughly cleaned in the evening ready for the next day and wrapping some wooden carvings I had purchased locally without being asked was just the cream on the top.
I stayed her longer than most people usually do as I had arranged additional gorilla tracks. Even so I was sorry to leave. I have really good memories of all the staff.
The Lodge worked perfectly for what we were looking for. Greeting by Ann at the entrance was very nice. Our rooms were spacious with very large bathrooms. They would come in around 7:30 pm and build a fire for us. When we'd get back from dinner there was a hot water bottle already warming up our beds. A treat for sure!!
Food was delicious. All different types of foods available. Lots of fresh vegetables and delicious fresh fruit. We liked the idea of a buffet as it moved us through quickly. There was always plenty of staff in the dining room to accommodate us. Upon arrival from trekking they would take our shoes and have them cleaned by early evening. When one of our group requested they be returned earlier, he was accommodated.
I would highly recommend this lodge.
Great location for gorilla trekking
Good location quite close to Park headquarters, important for the early morning gorilla trekking. Cabins very spacious and comfortable. A fire was lit each night and hot water bottles placed in the bed - a nice touch. Buffet meals were good - with cooked-to-order options at breakfast & dinner.
Cabins 1-4 seem to have the best views. Friendly staff. Very honest - my husband dropped his wallet on the way back to our cabin. The staff member who found it didn't speak English so he brought another person with him to explain how he found it.
We especially liked having our boots cleaned after each trek!
If you have room in your luggage, please bring things for the local schools. We supported the pre-school at the Faith Foundation and also the School for Deaf Children. Both provide good care for disadvantaged children.
Gorilla Mountain View Lodge review
It is well located and that is it. Rooms were enormous, unnecessarily and freezing.
Food was strange and not really a large range.
Excellent base for visiting the gorillas
Trekking to see the mountain gorillas is what every visitor to Rwanda wants to do and as the name suggests this is an ideal base for doing this from.
Individual thatched houses set in attractive gardens with the Virunga volcanoes visible in the background. This is a very well staffed hotel - we had a wood fire lit for us in the fireplace of our room every evening (it is quite high altitude so cool in the evening). On returning from our trek it was "compulsory" to hand over our muddy walking boots on arrival at the hotel and use the slippers they lent us to get back to our room, and we had our boots returned next morning polished like new.
A local group of dancers performed for the guests on the lawn every evening.
The restaurant was a buffet and the food therefore rated good rather than excellent - but definitely good!
Good lodge, convenient for the park.
The staff were all vey friendly and tried very hard - there were occasionally "lapses" but we felt that was more as a result of inexperience than carelessness.
Our only 2 criticisms were the poor lighting in the room and also the lack of safe - having to leave electronic gear in envelopes at the office was a bit of a pain! The boot cleaning service was absolutely amazing (still don't know how they could do such a good job in such a short space of time).
It's position only 15 minutes from the park HQ was great.
The lodges were very comfortable. Clean and well equipped for their purpose. We particularly enjoyed the log fires and even the provision of a hot water bottle (which was standard for everyone). The bathroom was a little more rustic but was clean and did the job. The views from our lodge were stunning and we were entertained each night by local dancers and drummers.
The main building had good facilities for eating, drinking and relaxation and considering where we were, even had wifi access. The standard of food was very good and the staff were extremely friendly and helpful.
Unfortunately, they were unable to convert 20 dollar bills down to lower value ones for tipping.
Did what it was supposed to do.
Very pleasant and comfortable--though the rooms have the goofiest shower stalls you will ever see (but they work). Water pressure, wi-fi, and those mod-cons can be a bit dodgy, but the staff does its best and you are in the heart of Africa. Get over it!
The food was excellent and huge variety. Staff was unfailingly friendly and helpful.
Fun to talk to fellow gorilla trekkers and to compare notes in the lounge.
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.
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.
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.