Where to Stay in Rwanda's Musanze Region

Lake Burera
Lake Burera | © Rachel Strohm / Flickr
Photo of Leah Feiger
18 April 2018

Rwanda’s Musanze region is one of East Africa’s finest. Boasting crystal lakes, volcanic views, and plenty of gorilla trekking opportunities, there’s something for everyone here. Read on to check out some of Musanze’s best places to stay for every budget.

Bisate Lodge

Boutique Hotel, Eco Hotel, Lodge
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Bisate Lodge | © Crookes & Jackson / Courtesy of Wilderness Safaris
Bisate Lodge, the newest addition to Rwanda’s luxury tourism scene, is located just several kilometers from the Volcanoes National Park gates. It sits in the foothills of Bisoke Volcano, overlooking some of Rwanda’s stupendous rural landscape. Offering excellent food and unparalleled service, this is really one of the country’s most impressive accommodations. There are six rooms on the property, which only adds to the intimate and romantic setting. The beautifully designed rooms are reminiscent of bird nests, and come equipped with a luxury bathroom and the country’s comfiest bed. Though visitors stay here for gorilla tracking, the lodge also offers many tours around the local area, massages, and more.

About this place:

All-inclusive, Fine Dining, Eco friendly, Romantic, Remote

Virunga Lodge

Lodge, Villa
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Views from Virunga Lodge | © Leah Feiger
Virunga Lodge is a Volcanoes Safari-run property in Musanze, located just an hour away from gorilla trekking activities. Rooms and common areas overlook the stunning twin lakes and volcanoes, as thatched roof buildings, heavy stone paths, and roaring fire places add a lovely Rwandan ambiance. In addition to gorilla tracking, nature walks, boat tours, massages, and more are offered by the hotel. Settle next to the fireplace or on the scenic porch with a good book and a glass of wine.

About this place:

All-inclusive, Eco friendly, Stylish

Sabinyo Silverback Lodge

Resort, Lodge
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Sabinyo Silverback Lodge
Sabinyo Silverback Lodge | Courtesy of Sabinyo Silverback Lodge

Operated by Governors Camp, the Sabinyo Silverback Lodge is a luxury hotel situated right next to Volcanoes National Park. It is the perfect place to stay while gorilla tracking, and the lodge’s beautiful mountainside location is romantic, quiet, and peaceful. The secluded rooms offer modern amenities, and the service goes above and beyond with coffee and tea room service in the morning, an all-inclusive meal plan, and truly individualized attention.

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  • La Locanda

    Bed and Breakfast, Guesthouse
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    La Locanda
    La Locanda | Courtesy of La Locanda

    La Locanda, a well-located and quiet hideaway, is situated just outside of the center of Ruhengeri, Musanze’s capital city. The Italian owner is as kind as can be, and very willing to help guests plan volcano hikes, gorilla visits, canoe trips, and general activities. The guesthouse’s restaurant serves Musanze’s best pizza, and their included breakfast is filling and colorful — think eggs made to order and fresh fruit. With comfortable beds, clean bathrooms, and a cute garden, this guesthouse is the perfect budget boutique stay in Musanze.

    Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel

    Boutique Hotel
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    Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel
    Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel | Courtesy of Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel

    Conveniently located just minutes away from the Volcanoes National Park Headquarters in Kinigi, Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel is the perfect place to stay after a long and rewarding day of mountain gorilla tracking. The hotel is very comfortable and offers hot showers, included meals, and even hiking boot-washing services (those hikes get muddy!). All of these add to the lodge’s cozy ambiance. After gorilla tracking, take a dip in their sparkling pool or relax with a massage before hanging out by the communal fireplace in the evening.

    Red Rocks Rwanda

    Budget Hotel, Camping
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    Red Rocks Rwanda
    Red Rocks Rwanda | Courtesy of Red Rocks Rwanda

    Located just outside of Ruhengeri, Red Rocks Rwanda provides accommodation, food, and an assortment of activities in an artistic and campfire-filled setting. Twin lake visits, volcanic hikes, gorilla and golden monkey treks, and more are on offer at this vibrant property. Travelers come for a night, and end up staying for a week, enjoying the tranquil setting, easy rhythm, and affordable accommodation.