A Perfect departure point for you Gorilla trek

The Lodge:

This unique style of Eco lodge is placed on a strategic landscape in the foothills of the Mount Sabyinyo, Bisoke and Karisimbi, one of the volcanic mountains that make up the Virunga Massif.

The lodge is about 5 minutes to the park ranger station and on about 10 minutes’ drive to the main entrance of the Volcanoes National Park where gorilla trekking starts. It is placed in an area of around 5 hectares and due to its privacy, it has only 8 spacious cottages in a form of your own natural house.

At Ingagi Lodge, every guest receives a personalized experience from our warm and experienced staff. The lodge itself is self-sustaining, with a 50kVA generator and a borehole as well as other extra-large waters tanks to ensure your stay is without a hitch.

The primary activity at the Lodge is, without a doubt, Gorilla trekking.

Ingagi Park View Lodge is one of the closest lodge to the Park Headquarters where the adventure begins making it very convenient for our guests, given the very early start required for trekking. After your undoubtedly unforgettable experience meeting humans’ closest relatives, a welcome back foot massage awaits. Whether you are looking for adventure through mountain hiking, cycling and bird watching or looking for relaxation Ingagi Lodge is the place to be.

The lodge take part in traditional activities like local handcrafts, agro-tourism, community support, and traditional entertainment. The Lodge organizes community walks that include home visits and a story moment with the oldest resident who shares stories of the Dian Fossey and their Neighbors “Mountain gorillas”. The community walks always end with a picnic and a private moment for the guests to enjoy nature and local food.


 

About Ingagi Park View Lodge:

We are Rwanda owned and we highly appreciate the work done by the local community for their initiative support to bring up this premise to operational.

INGAGI is a Kinyarwanda word meaning “Gorilla”, is a Lodge set on a more than Five -Hectare plot with beautifully nature, surrounded by the chain of the Virunga Volcanoes including the highest Mt. Karisimbi, Mt. Bisoke, Mt. Sabyinyo, Gahinga and Mt. Muhabura among others.

We are the neighbor to the Ellen des Generes project of the Dian Fossey Gorilla research center and sitting in the foothills of the Virunga Mountains where primatologist Dian Fossey once worked. The Ingagi Park View Lodge tells an unadulterated story of Rwanda and its mountain gorillas. Our staffs are friendly and helpful, well skilled and always eager to provide the best quality service to our guests.

All we ask from you is that you respect the wildlife environment around you and thoroughly enjoy your time staying with us.
 
 

OUR TEAM

The Ingagi Lodge family, from reception and waitresses to lodge managers, house attendant, gardeners, maintenance and others are committed to ensuring that you have a distinctive, unique and memorable lodge experience while on a gorilla trek or other activities.

We employ over 35, most of whom are based at our lodge. Empowering local staff at all levels of management is a key aspect of Ingagi philosophy and we are known for our standard service. We have been offering and sharing extensive training programs and manage guests experience from beginning to end. Today our staff are complimented for the exceptional level of service they share with our guests.

When it comes to our cuisine, Ingagi Lodge is best on “try local”. Our chefs grow their spices and organic vegetables in our gardens and we are able to cater to the flesh tastes of the world. The carefully recruited staff includes some from the local community who will be at hand to provide you with authentic local hospitality and knowledge of the area.

3 STAR RATING: Moving from 3 Star to 4 Star grade soon.

Herbert GATO

Founder


Born in the adjacent village, Herbert GATO, the Founder and our site manager. He lived on the land of these massif high mountains of the Virunga’s from his childhood. His knowledge on conservation contributes to his experience and has supervised all the work involved in building the lodge. He also involves in planting and maintains the gardens, and provides an essential link to the local village. The local neighboring community is an integral part of our project and as one of our main objectives to insure the locals benefit from this Lodge.

That is why you will find the 70% of the workers at the Lodge are the neighborhood community, the crafts cooperatives operating at the Gifts shop and the gardeners in the organic field.

Manager

PARTICK Ziine

Ingagi Lodge Manager


A 56 old with 25 years of experience in Hospitality. Patrick has worked for several lodges including the Mweya Safari Lodge in Uganda, Chobe Lodge, Chameleon hill Lodge among others. His effective communication and listening skills are one of his professional carrier. His experience and motivational words shapes our employees.

The Executive Chef

MAGEZI William

The Executive Chef


With almost three decades of his professional career with Various Lodges; Chef William has been very creative and a well organized person. In 2014 Magezi was selected as an Executive Chef at the Luxury Clouds Lodge. Passionate for cooking since young age Magezi is a graduate in Culinary art at Kyambogo University and his knowledge in food science is far better. Since then, the chef has been on a culinary adventure that saw him serve along the most sought-after brands in the industry,ranging from Mid Range to Luxury collection and even at Ingagi Park View Lodge where he is making wonders in food serving. He is planning to retire in 2 Years but continues to be driven by his passion for cooking and thinking of opening his own restaurant.

COVID EFFECT ON OUR EMPLOYEES:

As a fact that the pandemic situation has affected many lives and more especially the Hospitality Business. From since the coronavirus spread around the world and workplaces closed, many of our workers lost part or all of their incomes. Even those still working, many had to accept shorter hours and/or wage cuts. Some others have lost their job when they went back home in lockdown with the rule of staying at home, for whom staying home meant temporally suspend or losing their jobs and their livelihoods. Looking ahead, the strength of the recovery remains highly uncertain. It will depend in part on whether a second wave of coronavirus infections can be avoided before an effective treatment or effective vaccine becomes available. However, we remain protective and ready to serve you while insuring you enjoy your health pleasures with us. COVID restrictions in Rwanda - www.rbc.gov.rw

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Our Team