Into the Virungas London Launch
On the 9th July Volcanoes Safaris hosted a celebration for the 10th Anniversary of Virunga Lodge, while launching the Into the Virungas photoessay to illustrate this story.
The event was held at the National Geographic Store in London’s Knightsbridge where guests were taken through the humble beginnings of the Virunga Lodge story to the present day, where it’s the leading eco-luxury lodge in Rwanda. Attendees included representatives from the Rwandan High Commission; Travel Agents and Tour Operators; journalists; and a great turnout from members of the wider support network that has helped Volcanoes Safaris reach where we are today. Sophy Roberts, Michael Turek and Rashna Mody Clark, the team responsible for putting the book together, were also able to attend.
Speakers on the night included David Benello, member of the Volcanoes Safaris Advisory Committee; Baroness Shreela Flather, member of the House of Lords and a former guest; Justin Wateridge, Managing Director of the Steppes Travel group; Jillian Miller, Director of the Gorilla Organisation; and Praveen.
The magnificent Virunga Lodge is perched high on the peak of a hill in the Rwandan foothills and has stunning views of the Virunga Volcanoes and the twin lakes Bulera and Ruhonda. The premier luxury destination for tracking the endangered mountain gorillas, Virunga Lodge has now been open for a landmark 10 years.
When it first opened it represented a significant investment in tourism in Rwanda, re-energising it after the events of 20 years ago. Volcanoes Safaris were the first international company to bring guests to see the gorillas in Rwanda and today the growth in the region has been startling.
The Into the Virungas photoessay tells this inspiring story.