Hotel Muhabura


Kigale, Rwanda



NileGuide Expert tip:

Can request Diana Fossey Room (Room 12), where Diana Fossey stayed for over a year. It's a double room in the old building.


The cheapest of the La Palme-Gorillas-Muhabura trifecta (all right on the main road in Musanze), Muhabura attracts more of a backpacker crowd, and it is set up to. It's much more hostel-y, with travel maps and books readily available and evidence of patrons-past in the bumper stickers pasted all over windows, doors and tables. It's even possible to pitch a tent on the grounds for $10/5,000RwF per person per night. The rooms are in separate buildings, separated from the main restaurant/bar with paths, gazebos, and some animals. You can specify old or new when you book: the cheaper, older rooms are more spacious and much more homey (with a sitting area), but the newer rooms have notably nicer bathrooms. (Hot water available, reliability unconfirmed.) You get what you pay for in terms of cleanliness; my mom would describe the bedding as "skanky," but they are up to my standards. The upside is that Muhabura is much more lively than La Palme and Gorillas. It seems to always have an array of well-traveled and friendly patrons, all congregating on the large terrace out front. (No TVs in the rooms, Wireless available) Economy: 40USD, 20.000RWF Double/Twin (old): 50USD, 25.000RWF Double/Twin (new): 60USD, 30.000RWF Triple (new): 75USD, 37.000RWF No credit card. Can book a room by confidence or by money transfer.

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