In the shadows of the Virunga Volcanoes and right near the entrance of the Volcanoes National Park is the Kinigi Guesthouse. Kinigi Guesthouse has 20 rooms and after the recent renovation they can be said to be comfortable and more than adequate, but one can stop short at calling them luxurious. Run by a local womens' co-operative most of the proceeds from your stay here will go into supporting the community. Be warned though that several facilities that one expects to be inclusive are not and you will be asked to make a donation, for instance when you have your laundry done.
There is also a bar and lounge area where you can relax and chat with your fellow gorilla trackers and swap stories about what you saw on your hike. The renovations have brought with them a generator, so all the rooms offer electricity and hot water. While sparsely furninished the rooms are warm and comfortable and if it's gorillas you are interested in, you won't mind that this isn't a luxury lodge!
A gorilla visit can entail anything from a 1-4 hour trek through the forest, led by experienced trackers who have spent their entire lives living in or close to the forest. Your trek will be enchanting as you weave through overhanging vines, moss-covered Hagenia trees and giant Lobelias that thrive in the tropical climate. You may spot golden monkeys or see buffalo, bush duiker and a wide variety of bird life. But the high point, of course, one of the greatest wildlife experiences on earth, will be spending an hour with the gentle giant gorillas as they go about their daily life, feeding, playing, resting, raising their young.