Volcanoes Safaris

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Volcanoes Safaris

Celebrating twenty years of gorilla and chimpanzee tourism in Uganda and Rwanda
1997-2017

Volcanoes Safaris is the leading luxury lodge company in Uganda and Rwanda. We have been at the forefront of reviving gorilla and chimpanzee tourism in the region since 1997.

Twenty years ago we were the first to set up simple camps in the areas around the gorilla parks. Today, Volcanoes Safaris is the leading luxury lodge company in Uganda and Rwanda:

Where we operate

  • Rwanda
  • Uganda

Activities offered

  • Accommodation
  • Bird Watching
  • Mobile Safaris
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Overland
  • Safaris - Fixed Camp
  • Weddings

Charities

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VSPT - Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust

The Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust (VSPT), established in 2009, is a non-profit organisation that connects Volcanoes’ Rwanda and Uganda luxury lodges to the neighbouring communities and conservation activities. The VSPT receives funding through Volcanoes Safaris, which contributes $100 from safari bookings, as well as private donations by our guests and others. The VSPT aims to create long-term, self-sustaining projects that enrich the livelihoods of local communities, promote the conservation of the great apes, restore natural habitats and work with communities and institutions to reduce human-wildlife conflict. As part of their stay at Volcanoes Lodges, guests get an opportunity to visit VSPT projects and to share the lives of the local communities.

News

31 October 2019

Virunga Lodge celebrates its 15th anniversary!

Virunga Lodge celebrates its 15th anniversary! Volcanoes Safaris has been at the forefront of reviving gorilla and chimpanzee tourism in Uganda and Rwanda since 1997. To celebrate the 15th anniversary of Virunga Lodge, plans for re-imagining the property will be unveiled on 18 November 2019.

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05 August 2019

Volcanoes Safaris releases new videos

Following the launch of the Kyambura Gorge Eco-tourism Project in February 2019 and the refurbishment of Kyambura Gorge Lodge throughout 2018 and 2019, Volcanoes Safaris is proud to share 2 new videos:

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16 July 2019

Volcanoes Safaris celebrates World Chimpanzee Day 2019

14th July 2019 - Volcanoes Safaris is proud to celebrate World Chimpanzee Day 2019 and share details around the startling truth when it comes to these incredible creatures living in the Kyambura Gorge, Uganda.

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18 March 2019

Launch of the Kyambura Gorge Eco-tourism Project, Kyambura Gorge Lodge

Launch of the Kyambura Gorge Eco-tourism Project Volcanoes Safaris has launched the Kyambura Gorge Eco-tourism Project, a series of community and conservation activities developed since 2009 to safeguard the Kyambura Gorge ecosystem. At the launch event, Praveen Moman, Founder, Volcanoes Safaris, said:

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30 January 2019

Volcanoes Lodges: A year in pictures

Volcanoes Lodges have had a fantastic year! So many exciting developments have taken place.  A new video entitled Praveen Moman: Celebrating Gorillas and Communities was launched celebrating twenty years of Volcanoes pioneering gorilla and chimpanzee ecotourism. A new collection of aerial shots highlighting the unique location of each lodge in the dramatic Albertine Rift Valley have been released.

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27 November 2018

Volcanoes Safaris releases The Batwa of Mgahinga new video

To celebrate the building of the Gahinga Batwa Village, a film entitled The Batwa of Mgahinga has been launched by Volcanoes Safaris.  Youtube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YwsxVYnl-i0&feature=youtu.be

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24 October 2018

Volcanoes Safaris releases new lodges' video clips

Volcanoes Safaris is delighted to share 3 new video clips of Virunga Lodge, Mount Gahinga Lodge and Bwindi Lodge. Earlier in the month a new video entitled "Praveen Moman: Celebrating Gorillas and Communities" has also been released to the press in New York. We hope you'll enjoy them! Volcanoes Safaris Videos produced by Black Bean Productions

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13 September 2018

New video release: Celebrating Gorillas and Communities

New video release: Celebrating Gorillas and CommunitiesTo mark the centenary of Kuldip Rai Moman's birth, a film entitled Celebrating Gorillas and Communities has been released highlighting the work of Volcanoes Safaris since 1997.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rs-29RLmkeA

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12 September 2018

Celebrating the beginning of Volcanoes Safaris at Mount Gahinga Lodge

Praveen Moman, the founder of Volcanoes Safaris, first went walking near Gahinga in 1966 aged twelve with his father Kuldip Rai Moman.  Over thirty years later, in 1997 he returned to the region to help rebuild gorilla tourism and the following year started to build Mount Gahinga Lodge, the first Volcanoes Safaris lodge.

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17 August 2018

Ikirunga Spa opens its doors at Volcanoes Safaris Virunga Lodge!

Volcanoes Safaris is thrilled to announce that the new Ikirunga Spa at Virunga Lodge has now opened!  The Spa is a haven for those guests whom wish to relax, de-stress and rejuvenate, during their stay at Virunga Lodge.

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15 June 2018

TedX talk by Praveen Moman, Founder Volcanoes Safaris: Save Gorillas, Focus on Communities

We are delighted to share a recent TEDx talk by Praveen Moman, Founder Volcanoes Safaris, given in Bend, Oregon!

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04 June 2018

Taking the iconic Virunga Lodge to new heights!

At the start of a super-busy season, we look forward to welcoming guests to the world renowned Virunga Lodge, the first international lodge to be built near Parc National des Volcans in Rwanda 2004. The property inspired the relaunch of gorilla tourism in Rwanda.

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04 May 2018

Gahinga Batwa Village Update

Volcanoes Safaris is glad to share an update on the Gahinga Batwa Village project (next to Mount Gahinga Lodge, Uganda) and a selection of videos and photos taken in April.

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13 February 2018

Gahinga Batwa Village receives support from Adventure Travel Conservation Fund

Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust (VSPT) is thrilled to announce that the Adventure Travel Conservation Fund (ATCF) has voted to support the Gahinga Batwa Village!

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23 January 2018

Volcanoes Safaris Bwindi Lodge upgrade complete: the luxury forest lodge!

Volcanoes Safaris is proud to announce that the upgrade of Bwindi Lodge is complete! During 2017 the lodge has been progressively renovated and all areas have fully reopened in January 2018. The luxury forest lodge in Bwindi now features a redesigned guest lounge and dining area that bring the feel of the forest into the stylish interiors. A newly designed outdoor terrace gives dramatic views of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. The individual bandas, each having their own view of the forest, have been upgraded with luxury new interiors.

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28 November 2017

Building a Future for the Batwa in Gahinga!

Under the shadow of Mt. Sabinyo, a 30 minute walk from Mount Gahinga Lodge, the indigenous Gahinga Batwa are working eagerly with the support of VSPT to build their own permanent settlement after 26 years of displacement from the park. The 10-acre settlement project will provide homes for the 100 adults and children, land for farming, and a community center. This will be a permanent home near the forest they have lived for generations. Working six days a week, rain or shine, and often undertaking strenuous manual labor, there is a sense of hope in the air for the Batwa.

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22 November 2017

New Volcanoes Safaris Magical Virungas video

Volcanoes Safaris is delighted to share the new Magical Virungas video featuring Virunga Lodge and Mount Gahinga Lodge

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11 August 2017

Celebrating 50 years of Mountain Gorilla Conservation and 20 years of Volcanoes Safaris

2017 marks important landmarks for mountain gorilla conservation and tourism.   In 1967 - 50 years ago Dr. Dian Fossey set up the Karisoke Research Center high up in the Virunga volcanoes, the first permanent mountain gorilla research center. Karisoke continues to be leading centre for gorilla protection and research with 100-plus field staff who work to protect the gorillas. In 1997 - 20 years ago Praveen Moman set up Volcanoes Safaris in Uganda and Rwanda and pioneered the development o…

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25 July 2012

Volcanoes Launches Gorilla Permit Chart!!

  Volcanoes Safaris is excited to announce that a new resource is available to make the planning of your journey to the endangered mountain gorillas much easier: the Gorilla Permit Chart! The innovative Gorilla Permit Chart has been devised to give guests a guideline of the availability of permits both in Rwanda and Uganda for months in advance! The chart has been colour-coded in a traditional traffic-light style to make it incredibly easy to see which dates have high, medium, low or no a…

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17 April 2012

Volcanoes Offer Flying Safaris

  Volcanoes Safaris is now offering the option to take to the sky to enjoy the transfers between cities and lodges! The new ‘flying safaris’ are available on a selection of the scheduled itineraries and can be incorporated in private departures as well. This feature has been an eagerly awaited addition to the Volcanoes catalogue and has a lot to recommend it. On top of dramatically reducing the travelling time, the stunning views over the landscape of both Uganda an…

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01 February 2012

Update From Volcanoes Safaris On Rwanda Gorilla Permit Prices 30 January 2012

Further to the update Volcanoes Safaris issued on 28 January, we are now issuing a revised note on the current status. After the Rwanda Tourism Chamber submitted comments to the RDB last week, it has decided to hold further discussions with tourism stakeholders about the proposed increase in permit prices.  While these discussions continue and before a final definitive outcome is announced, Volcanoes Safaris would request agents and clients to bear with us. We do not wish to make any furt…

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31 January 2012

Update from Volcanoes Safaris - Rwanda Gorilla Permit Price Increase Confirmed

The Rwanda Development Board has published a statement confirming the proposed rise in Rwanda gorilla permit prices to US$750 per permit. The new tariff is applicable on all new bookings for travel from 1st June 2012. Normal booking procedures for gorilla permits have resumed following this announcement and they are available for purchase at US$500 for all dates until 31st May 2012 and US$750 for all dates following that. As a result any new or outstanding safari quotes that have no…

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26 January 2012

Update from Volcanoes Safaris on Rwanda Gorilla permit prices January 2012

Dear colleagues, There are unconfirmed reports that the gorilla permit prices in Rwanda will rise to US$750 for all new bookings for travel from 1st June 2012.  We also understand that bookings from 1st June are currently not being taken nor is any information on availablility being given, so we apologize for any delay in dealing with new enquiries after that date. There has been no official communication from the Rwanda Development Board thus far. Currently we are working to the existin…

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30 September 2011

Volcanoes Safaris open Kyambura Gorge Lodge in Uganda

Volcanoes is delighted to announce that the newest addition to the Volcanoes Collection, Kyambura Gorge Lodge is open. Situated in western Uganda, on the edge of the Kyambura Gorge and Queen Elizabeth National Park, one of Africa’s finest national parks, the lodge has stunning views over the Gorge and the lush savannah of the park, with the peaks of the Rwenzori Mountains in the distance. Praveen Moman the co-founder of Volcanoes Safaris said at the opening, “The Volcanoes Kyambur…

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