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Rwanda

Amakoro Songa Kinigi Lodge

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Located in Kinigi near Volcanoes National Park in northern Rwanda, Amakoro Songa Kinigi Lodge is a luxury, eco-friendly property perfectly positioned for seeing the mountain gorillas.

Accommodations at the lodge consist of three cottages made up of one main cottage and two individual cottages. There are three king-sized beds and one pair of twin beds available. The spacious en suite bathrooms feature both a bath and a shower plus plenty of hot and cold running water. Each cottage comes with its own sitting area with the main cottage including a lounge with a cozy fireplace. The cottages also enjoy a private balcony with magnificent views of the mountains.

The lodge is only a ten-minute drive to the headquarters for the Volcanoes National Park, the starting point for all gorilla treks. Spanning ninety-nine miles in the northern part of Rwanda, it is the oldest national park in Africa. As a part of the great volcanic chain of the Virunga Mountains that straddles the borders of Rwanda, Uganda, and the DRC, including five extinct volcanoes. Most famously it is home to around half of the world’s precious mountain gorillas, some 400 of them. Moreover, it’s also the site of groundbreaking gorilla conservation efforts conducted by primatologist, Dian Fossey, the inspiration for the book and film, Gorillas in the Mist. Guests can visit her grave and research center. The park’s altitude ranges from about 8,202 feet to the peak of Karisimbi, at 14,763 feet resulting in extensive bamboo forests.

The gorilla treks are the main draw of the lodge. From the park’s headquarters, guests can take a one-hour guided hike through lush bamboo forests with the chance of spotting a fully-grown silverback gorilla, up to three times the size of an average man, yet remarkably peaceable and tolerant of human visitors. For an easier walk, there is always a golden monkey trek to watch these playful creatures jumping and climbing through the trees. Other nearby activities include a guided hikes of Mt. Bisake take a full day to reach the summit with rewarding views of the rainforest and crater. Nature and bird walks take in the other wildlife in the area.

The main cottage houses the lodge’s restaurant and grass-thatched bar and lounge. A cozy fireplace in the lounge keeps guests warm during chilly nights. There is an outside balcony looking out to the impressive mountain views. An outdoor fireplace surrounded by amakoro stone seats is where everyone gathers for a drink, a story, and sometimes a performance from a local tribe. An in-house massage can be booked.

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Rwanda

Amakoro Songa Kinigi Lodge

PLAN MY TRIP

Located in Kinigi near Volcanoes National Park in northern Rwanda, Amakoro Songa Kinigi Lodge is a luxury, eco-friendly property perfectly positioned for seeing the mountain gorillas.

Accommodations at the lodge consist of three cottages made up of one main cottage and two individual cottages. There are three king-sized beds and one pair of twin beds available. The spacious en suite bathrooms feature both a bath and a shower plus plenty of hot and cold running water. Each cottage comes with its own sitting area with the main cottage including a lounge with a cozy fireplace. The cottages also enjoy a private balcony with magnificent views of the mountains.

The lodge is only a ten-minute drive to the headquarters for the Volcanoes National Park, the starting point for all gorilla treks. Spanning ninety-nine miles in the northern part of Rwanda, it is the oldest national park in Africa. As a part of the great volcanic chain of the Virunga Mountains that straddles the borders of Rwanda, Uganda, and the DRC, including five extinct volcanoes. Most famously it is home to around half of the world’s precious mountain gorillas, some 400 of them. Moreover, it’s also the site of groundbreaking gorilla conservation efforts conducted by primatologist, Dian Fossey, the inspiration for the book and film, Gorillas in the Mist. Guests can visit her grave and research center. The park’s altitude ranges from about 8,202 feet to the peak of Karisimbi, at 14,763 feet resulting in extensive bamboo forests.

The gorilla treks are the main draw of the lodge. From the park’s headquarters, guests can take a one-hour guided hike through lush bamboo forests with the chance of spotting a fully-grown silverback gorilla, up to three times the size of an average man, yet remarkably peaceable and tolerant of human visitors. For an easier walk, there is always a golden monkey trek to watch these playful creatures jumping and climbing through the trees. Other nearby activities include a guided hikes of Mt. Bisake take a full day to reach the summit with rewarding views of the rainforest and crater. Nature and bird walks take in the other wildlife in the area.

The main cottage houses the lodge’s restaurant and grass-thatched bar and lounge. A cozy fireplace in the lounge keeps guests warm during chilly nights. There is an outside balcony looking out to the impressive mountain views. An outdoor fireplace surrounded by amakoro stone seats is where everyone gathers for a drink, a story, and sometimes a performance from a local tribe. An in-house massage can be booked.