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Offering a terrace, Virunga Homestays provides accommodations in Ruhengeri. The homestay, housed in a building dating back to 2018, is 25 miles from Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. The homestay also offers free Wifi, free private parking, and facilities for disabled guests. The units have a fully equipped kitchen with dining area, a fridge, and kitchenware. Guests can have fruit delivered to their room. At the homestay, the units are equipped with bed linen and towels. The daily breakfast offers buffet, à la carte, or continental options. At the property, there is an family-friendly restaurant serving African cuisine as well as vegetarian options. The area is popular for cycling, and bike rental and car rental are available at the homestay. A baby safety gate is also available at Virunga Homestays, while guests can also relax in the garden. The nearest airport is Ruhengeri, a few steps from the accommodation, and the property offers a paid airport shuttle service.

Couples in particular like the location – they rated it 9.3 for a two-person trip.

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Property highlights

Top Location: Highly rated by recent guests (9.2)

Breakfast Info

Continental, Vegetarian, Vegan, Halal, Gluten-free, Kosher, Buffet, Breakfast to go

Free Private Parking Available On Site

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Room Type
Number of guests
1 queen bed
1 twin bed
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Guest reviews


Value for money
High score for Ruhengeri
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  • Cindy
    United States of America United States of America
    Super clean, everyone was so friendly (including the dogs!) and the dinner/breakfast were wonderful. Location was good, a short walk into Musanze. Francis and Janvier were so helpful in helping me arrange transport for the golden monkey trek as well.
  • Geoffrey
    United States of America United States of America
    Francis was a wonderful host. Incredibly friendly and helpful. My room, the dinner he prepared, and the guide he recommended were all excellent. I highly recommend his Homestay.
  • Kerstin
    Switzerland Switzerland
    Lovely staff, good breakfast. nice terasse to enjoy the garden. Hot and good shower available.

Hosted by Ndagijimana Francis of Assisi

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Host Review Score

Ndagijimana Francis of Assisi
Virunga Homestays offers beautiful garden views, complimentary WiFi, and free private parking. It is located in Ruhengeri, just 41 km away from Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. The accommodation includes a hot tub for guests to enjoy. All units feature a terrace with stunning mountain views, a fully equipped kitchen with a toaster and a fridge, and a private bathroom with a walk-in shower. Additionally, all units are air conditioned and include a comfortable seating and dining area. Guests can indulge in a delicious vegetarian, vegan, or halal breakfast at the property. The homestay's restaurant serves delectable African cuisine. There is also a picnic area available for guests to use. For those looking to explore, both bicycle and car rental services are provided at the accommodation. Cycling enthusiasts will be pleased to know that there are nearby cycling routes to enjoy. The nearest airport is Ruhengeri, just a few steps away from Virunga Homestays. For convenience, a paid airport shuttle service is offered.
Staying at my house is a delight. You arrive as a stranger but leave feeling like family, as if it were your own place. I take great pride in making my guests feel at home. I am happy to share some delicious local food with you and enjoy socializing together. And imagine the joy of waking up in a cozy room, taking a warm shower, and stepping outside to witness the breathtaking view of a volcano. Additionally, our bed and breakfast offers complimentary Wi-Fi and private parking facilities.
Please note that we also provide tour guiding and itineraries for various activities such as gorilla trekking, golden monkey trekking, safari game driving, mountain hiking, cultural tourism, indigenous tours, voluntarism, honeymooners' tours, pilgrimage tours, and cultural and historical sites tours. With our extensive experience in the tourism industry, you can trust us to provide you with exceptional service.
Languages spoken: English,French,Swahili

Area info

1 Restaurant On Site

  • Virunga restaurant
    • Cuisine
    • Open for
      Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner
    • Ambience
      Family-friendly • Traditional • Modern • Romantic
    • Dietary options
      Halal • Kosher • Vegetarian • Vegan • Gluten-free

Amenities of Virunga Homestays
Great facilities! Review score, 8.8

Most popular amenities
  • Airport shuttle
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Free Wifi
  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Free parking
  • Family rooms
  • Breakfast
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels
  • Towels/Sheets (extra fee)
  • Bathtub or shower
  • Slippers
  • Toilet
  • Free toiletries
  • Shower
  • Linens
  • Wardrobe or closet
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Shared kitchen
  • Cleaning products
  • Kitchenware
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Kitchenette
Room Amenities
  • Socket near the bed
Pets are allowed on request. Charges may apply.
  • Bicycle rental
    Additional charge
  • Cooking class
    Additional charge
  • Tour or class about local culture
    Additional charge
  • Bike tours
    Additional charge
  • Walking tours
    Additional charge
  • Snorkeling
    Additional chargeOff-site
  • Horseback riding
    Additional chargeOff-site
  • Cycling
  • Hiking
    Additional chargeOff-site
  • Canoeing
    Additional chargeOff-site
  • Playground
  • Fishing
    Additional chargeOff-site
Living Area
  • Dining area
  • Sitting area
  • Desk
Food & Drink
  • Fruit
    Additional charge
  • Kid-friendly buffet
  • Kids' meals
    Additional charge
  • Special diet meals (on request)
  • Breakfast in the room
Wifi is available in the rooms and is free of charge.
Free private parking is available on site (reservation is not needed).
  • Parking garage
  • Accessible parking
  • Public transit tickets
    Additional charge
Front Desk Services
  • Invoice provided
  • Lockers
  • Private check-in/out
  • Concierge
  • Baggage storage
  • Tour desk
  • Express check-in/out
  • 24-hour front desk
Entertainment & Family Services
  • Baby safety gates
  • Baby safety gates
  • Books, DVDs or music for children
  • Child safety socket covers
Cleaning Services
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry
    Additional charge
Safety & security
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Key access
  • 24-hour security
  • Shuttle service
    Additional charge
  • Carbon monoxide detector
  • Grocery deliveries
    Additional charge
  • Designated smoking area
  • Smoke-free property
  • Mosquito net
  • Executive lounge access
  • Wake-up service
  • Tile/Marble floor
  • Car rental
  • Interconnecting room(s) available
  • Packed lunches
  • Carpeted
  • Family rooms
  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Airport shuttle
    Additional charge
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Room service
  • Hearing accessible
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Entire unit wheelchair accessible
  • Entire unit located on ground floor
Languages Spoken
  • English
  • French
  • Swahili

House rules

Virunga Homestays takes special requests – add in the next step!


From 12:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Guests are required to show a photo ID and credit card at check-in


From 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM



Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodations type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check what conditions apply to your preferred room.


The entrance to the property is closed between 10:30 PM and 5:00 AM

Children & Beds

Child policies

Children of all ages are welcome.

To see correct prices and occupancy info, add the number and ages of children in your group to your search.

Crib and extra bed policies

Cribs and extra beds aren't available at this property.

Age restriction

The minimum age for check-in is 18

Maestro Mastercard Visa UnionPay credit card Discover JCB Diners Club American Express Cash is not accepted Virunga Homestays accepts these cards and reserves the right to temporarily hold an amount prior to arrival.


Smoking is not allowed.

Quiet hours

Guests need be quiet between 11:00 PM and 5:00 AM.


Pets are allowed on request. Charges may apply.

The fine print
Must-know information for guests at this property

A visitor who wishes to use the kitchen must first request permission from the host, and fees may apply.

Guests are required to show a photo ID and credit card upon check-in. Please note that all Special Requests are subject to availability and additional charges may apply.

Please inform Virunga Homestays of your expected arrival time in advance. You can use the Special Requests box when booking, or contact the property directly using the contact details in your confirmation.

Quiet hours are between 23:00:00 and 05:00:00.

Guests under the age of 18 can only check in with a parent or official guardian.

FAQs about Virunga Homestays

  • Yes, Virunga Homestays is popular with guests booking family stays.

  • Virunga Homestays has 1 restaurant:

    • Virunga restaurant

  • The prices at Virunga Homestays may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates, hotel's policy etc.). To see prices, enter your dates.

  • Virunga Homestays is 1.4 miles from the center of Ruhengeri. All distances are measured in straight lines. Actual travel distances may vary.

  • Check-in at Virunga Homestays is from 12:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM.

  • Virunga Homestays offers the following activities/services (charges may apply):

    • Cycling
    • Hiking
    • Playground
    • Snorkeling
    • Fishing
    • Canoeing
    • Bike tours
    • Cooking class
    • Horseback riding
    • Walking tours
    • Bicycle rental
    • Tour or class about local culture