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Volcanoes Safaris unveil eco-chic bandas at Virunga Lodge


Volcanoes Safaris,  known for sustainable tourism and rare mountain gorilla and chimpanzee safaris, is celebrating 10 years of Rwandan eco-luxury Virunga Lodge with the opening of two new deluxe bandas.

The spacious new bandas are the latest addition to a lodge, which first opened in 2004 and has helped to kick-start gorilla tourism in post-conflict Rwanda.


Each banda is complete with stone fireplace, living room and private terrace, where you can watch the sun set over the surrounding panoramas in the comfort of total seclusion.

Perched high on a ridge, offering breathtaking views of the Virunga Volcanoes and twin lakes, Virunga Lodge is an eco-luxury property for tracking the endangered mountain gorillas. The addition of the two new bandas – the Kinyarwanda named Ibiyaga (for lake) and Ibirunga (for volcano) brings the lodge’s total number of bandas to 10.

The organic design of the new deluxe bandas, including ecological commitments in the form of solar hot water and energy, reflects the local building style, while neutral colours reflect the natural surrounding environment. The juxtaposition of delicately hand woven natural fabrics such as cotton and silk, blended with traditional vibrant kitenge materials combines contemporary design with a twist of Africa. Hand crafted teak furniture and statement wicker lampshades, made by Volcanoes craftsmen and other local craftsmen, make for stunning and contemporary interiors, while traditional crafts mixed with the influence of local artists are used to finish the overall design, to reflect the rich history of the area.

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Assif is a luxury travel and design aficionado currently working as a BBC content producer. He holds an MA in journalism from the University of Leeds. He is partial to tea and cake - Yorkshire Tea Gold Blend please. His favourite trips include island hopping in the Seychelles, a mountain escape in Kashmir and getting lost in Hong Kong.

Assif is the current editor of Adelto Magazine. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @journolista.

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July 11, 2014 | Africa Rwanda Travel | View comments

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