About nine hours southwest of Kampala within the sleepy town of Kisoro lies the Volcano Safari Lodge. It’s located in the unique geography setting on the corner of Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Enjoy a pleasant stay while enjoying the most stunning landscapes in East Africa. It is here, amongst lakes and mountains, that you will find the Volcano Safari lodge.
Established in 1998, the Volcano Safari Lodge sits just beyond the town at the base of three mountains, Mounts Sabinyo, Gahinga and Muhuvura. It is from this vantage point that you can truly appreciate the beauty of the National Park that dominates the landscape.
When you first arrive at the lodge it’s difficult to judge how expansive the property is. The reception area, where incoming guests are greeted by staff, is small and cozy. A short, covered walkway leads to the dining and communal area. Here a fireplace sits in the middle of the living space, surrounded by comfortable couches and chairs. This keeps the room warm during the cold Kisoro evenings. Bookcases and magazines line the walls and give the room the cozy feeling of a mountain cabin. There is also a dining area, full service bar, a breakfast nook, and outdoor seating where you can admire the vast gardens that surround the property.
For a budget conscious traveler you can rent one of the nine fully serviced Bandas for $100 USD a night. Inside you’ll be treated to nothing but luxury. The Bandas are large and tastefully furnished with chairs, tables and a large, soft bed.
A small, secure, covered walkway from the Banda leads to a private bathroom. Here, trays with water bottles, candles, and large soft towels make you feel right at home. Steaming hot showers fall through the wooden floorboards of the vaulted room, which still uses eco friendly facilities while feeling full service. Since Kisoro gets painfully cold at times, Banda guests will be delighted to find that after dinner, the staff sticks two hot water bottles under the down comforter on the bed.