Kinigi Guesthouse

Kinigi Guesthouse: Our full report

20 rooms
All year

Known locally as the Village Touristique de Kinigi, Kinigi Guest House has very basic and simple accommodation for up to 40 guests. It is run by a local women's cooperative, and so is a worthwhile place to stay, even if its comforts are fairly limited.

The great volcanic massif of the Virunga Mountains straddles the borders of Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, covering a huge area of over 8,000km2, and encompassing six active and three extinct volcanoes. See our Map of Rwanda. Much of this is protected by national parks, including the Volcanoes National Park (Parc National des Volcans) on the Rwandan side, which was made famous by Dian Fossey's work and the film 'Gorillas in the Mist'. More than half the world's mountain gorillas live here – about 350 individuals – and this is probably the best place in Africa to see them.

Kinigi Guest House is located adjacent to the Volcanoes National Park. Although we haven't visited Kinigi Guest House, we understand that all 20 rooms have electricity and hot water, so while basic and sparsely furnished, they are warm. There is also a bar and lounge area where you can swap stories about the gorillas and other animals seen throughout the day. They also offer a laundry service at the hotel with payment by donation on an honesty basis.

The Volcanoes National Park, even without the gorillas, is fascinating and has spectacular scenery. Its altitude ranges from about 2,500m to the peak of Karisimbi, at 4,500m, and the lower slopes swathed in extensive bamboo forests, and some of the last remaining Afromontane forest habitat on the planet occupying the higher altitudes.

Apart from the mountain gorillas, Volcanoes National Park harbours a spectacular array of rare and endangered animals and plants. There is a variety of other primates, including endemic golden monkeys, forest elephants, buffalo, giant forest hogs (Africa's largest swine), bushpigs, bushbucks, black-fronted duikers, spotted hyenas and around 200 species of birds. On the higher slopes you'll find an almost otherworldly habitat of thick moors with endemic giant lobelia and groundsel.

Our view

We don't often book Kinigi Guest House, but it does provide a viable option if you're counting every penny in planning your Rwandan itinerary.


Location: Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

Food & drink

Usual board basis: Full Board

Special interests

Wildlife safaris: The Kinigi Guesthouse is a convenient base for gorilla trekking, only a 5-minute walk to the park headquarters. The Volcanoes National Park is Africa's best area for gorilla tracking, with more than half of the world's mountain gorillas.

See more ideas for Wildlife safaris in Rwanda


Attitude towards children: Children are welcome


Health & safety

Malarial protection recommended: No

Dangerous animals: Low Risk


Laundry facilities: Extra charge

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