Five Volcanoes: The Lowdown

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Five Volcanoes  Boutique Hotel in Kinigi is one of the newest arrivals on the accommodation scene at Volcanoes National Park.  Lodges in this part of Rwanda veer between the well priced, but at times comically basic, and the distinctly luxurious (with an eye-watering price-tag) so we were thrilled to find a good, mid-range option that was sweet, comfortable and came with a sensible price.

What’s Five Volcanoes really like?

Five Volcanoes was brand new when we stayed in late 2016. As the big gate rolls open, you’ll see the original villa, and 15 brick and stone rooms built in rows around two small courtyards.  Nearest the main house are deluxe rooms built in a small pretty row of grey stone and terracotta roofs and small vine-covered terraces. In the centre of this courtyard is the pool, and a spa tucked away behind. A path leads you into the next garden, where there’s a row of standard rooms- these are certainly on the cosy side, but make for a great good-value option. There are also two free-standing family units: the family room has two bedrooms and a living room, whilst paying a little extra for the exclusive VIP Suite also gets you a kitchen and dining table and a view of three of the eponymous five volcanoes.

Back in the main villa, the bar and restaurant were upstairs as well as a small seating area with an unobtrusive television. Food was warming and wholesome- we had a pick of 2 or 3 options for each course and the friendly staff were very flexible about feeding us when we returned wet and late after our gorilla trek. Wi-fi was also good enough for us to post a few -out of focus- photos of our gorilla trek. Five Volcanoes is around 10 minutes from the Volcanoes National Park HQ, so it’s an easy start for heading off in the morning- in all, we thought this was a great option for visiting this part of Rwanda- the only real downside? It’s already getting difficult to find space…

What can I do at Five Volcanoes?

Almost no-one comes to Volcanoes National Park without doing some gorilla trekking, most guests will go once, but often travellers will head out for a second trek. If you have more time to spare, this part of Rwanda is really very charming. You can borrow bikes to explore the area yourself, though a warning from us- Rwanda is known as the Land of a Thousand Hills with good reason. It’s also possible to arrange kayaking on one of the local rivers- a really tranquil treat after a day with the gorillas, and great for birders.

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