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HERO Rwanda Virunga Lodge


On the edge of Volcanoes National Park, best known for its gorilla trekking opportunities, Virunga Lodge offers a clutch of luxury cottages (or bandas) surrounded by astonishing views of lakes, rainforest, and volcanoes.

The cottages are rustic in style but without sacrificing any comforts within. Bold African textiles add a contrasting lightness to the warmly hued wood and help root the stay in its locale. All cottages come with a private terrace from which to drink up the far-reaching, mist-wreathed views. When those mists press up against the windows, there’s a fireplace to sip wine next to.


There’s a wonderfully sociable vibe to this resort, exemplified by the communal table in the main building where meals are served. It’s a chance to swap stories of golden monkeys and gorillas, while enjoying the hearty flavors of Rwanda with a glass of South African wine.

However, if you’d rather just take yourself off to the deep cushioned chairs by the roaring central fireplace, that works just as well.