The safari lodges were out of this world. Who would think an establishment with no mains water, electricity or drainage would rank in our top hotels in the world list ?'
Volcanoes is the only company to have built its own exclusive safari eco-lodges near three gorilla parks and the Kyambura Gorge, home next to a threatened community of chimpanzees. Our safari lodges are thought to be the best in the region.
We believe that ecotourism in these remote areas needs to respect the culture of local communities, their modest economic means and the fragility of the environment. Providing western standards of comfort needs to be balanced with the pressure local people face in obtaining food and clean water. In designing our safari lodges, therefore, we ensure that water consumption is reduced and waste disposal controlled, and solar power is used instead of generators.
The Volcanoes Virunga, Bwindi and Gahinga eco-lodges were conceived and built by Praveen Moman , co-founder of Volcanoes, and a team of African builders, led by John Ssemanda, they reflect local architecture and culture. Volcanoes latest lodge, Kyambura Gorge, was built by Praveen and a team of Australian architects led by Ross Langdon. The lodge celebrates African creativity and reflects the context of the original building which was a coffee processing plant and store. With the help of Prabhat Poddar, an expert on Vasthu, we have incorporated the ancient Indian concepts of harmonizing the energy of buildings with the earth.