Reviews of Mountain Gorilla View
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100 independent comments and wildlife information from our travellers who have visited Mountain Gorilla View and kindly agreed to share their thoughts. They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa
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." See all these reviews: 5n in Rwanda
"Great location for gorilla trekking"
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." See all these reviews: 15n in Rwanda; 9n in Zanzibar
"Gorilla Mountain View Lodge review"
Food was strange and not really a large range." See all these reviews: 7n in Tanzania; 6n in Zambia; 5n in Botswana; 3n in Rwanda; 1n in South Africa
"Excellent base for visiting the gorillas"
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!" See all these reviews: 19n in Namibia; 10n in Rwanda; 1n in Kenya; 1n in South Africa
"Good lodge, convenient for the park."
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." See all these reviews: 6n in Tanzania; 4n in Rwanda
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." See all these reviews: 5n in Rwanda
"Did what it was supposed to do."
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." See all these reviews: 25n in Tanzania; 3n in Rwanda
"A good home base for the Gorilla trekking"
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." See all these reviews: 5n in Tanzania; 4n in Rwanda
"Cool, rustic lodge in a great setting."
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." See all these reviews: 5n in Rwanda; 4n in Kenya
"goood for gorillas"
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