Ruzizi Tented Lodge Akagera National Park Rwanda
Ruzizi Tented Lodge Akagera National Park Rwanda is a luxury eco-lodge located on the banks of Lake Ihema, Rwanda’s second-largest lake in the Akagera National Park. From Kigali, it’s a 2 ½ hour drive to Akagera National Park’s southern entrance – Giraffe Gate. The lodge is located 15 minutes (6km) inside the Park’s main gate in the southern sector. The lodge was designed to blend in with its surroundings to ensure guests connect with nature.
Akagera National Park is Central Africa’s largest protected wetland and the last remaining refuge for savannah-adapted species in Rwanda. The park lies in eastern Rwanda, hugging the border with Tanzania. It’s characterized by woodland, swamps, low mountains, and savannah. The varied terrain shelters wildlife including zebras, giraffes, elephants, lions, and hundreds of bird species, such as the rare shoebill stork. In the southern part of the park, the vast Lake Ihema is home to hippos and crocodiles.
There are a number of activities to enjoy such as boating trips, a unique ‘behind the scenes’ tour of the park headquarters, game drives, night drives, guided walks, and community visits.
Ruzizi Tented Lodge Akagera National Park Rwanda has 9 tents set back from Ihema’s serene shores and hidden among swaying palms and fruiting fig trees. Accommodating a maximum of 20 guests, Ruzizi is a private yet comfortable retreat. The lodge is powered by solar energy and prides itself on being environmentally conscious.
Each tent boasts an en-suite bathroom with hot and cold running water, a dressing area, and a cozy queen bed (alternatively, guests can request two beds). All of Ruzizi’s tents enjoy shaded verandas containing campaign chairs and a tree-trunk table.
The lodge flanks a thatched reception and dining area, and wooden walkways lead to a stunning deck that hangs over the lake. It contains a central fire pit and is the perfect spot for a morning cup of coffee or post-dinner digestif.
The lodge was designed to blend in with its surroundings to ensure guests connect with nature. During construction, trees and vegetation were left undisturbed when possible. Some natural elements have been incorporated into the structure, and many of Ruzizi’s decorations and furniture were hand-crafted by local artisans and cooperatives.
Meals at Ruzizi are way above what you’d expect from a mid-range lodge. Breakfasts include the freshest of fruit salads, toast and homemade jams, eggs, and Rwandan tea and coffee: watch out for cheeky monkeys on the terrace who like to steal the toast.
Lunches are picnics or served à la carte, usually a selection of ciabattas or wraps. And three-course dinners, with vegetarian alternatives, might include chorizo and mozzarella arancini, beef or fish brochettes and a deliciously light pannacotta served under the stars.
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Ruzizi Tented Lodge Akagera National Park Accommodation Rates
Ruzizi Tented Lodge Akagera National Park Accommodation Rates Per Night Include;
Accommodation on Full Board Basis (Dinner, Breakfast, and Lunch)
|Dates To||Standard Single Tent
Double Tent (2 Guests)
Child Rate Triple (6-12) Years Sharing with Parents
1st Mar 2023
|31st May 2023||250 US Dollars||370 US Dollars||95 US Dollars|
|1st Jun 2023||30th Sep 2023||310 US Dollars||450 US Dollars||
115 US Dollars
1st Oct 2023
|14th Dec 2023||250 US Dollars||370 US Dollars||95 US Dollars|
|15th Dec 2023||5th Jan 2024||310 US Dollars||450 US Dollars||
115 US Dollars
* Ruzizi Tented Lodge cannot accommodate children 5 and under
* Kindly Note that Ruzizi Tented Lodge is located inside Akagera National Park, you will need to pay the park entry fee to reach the lodge
Ruzizi Tented Lodge Akagera National Park Accommodation Rates Per Night Exclude;
* Park entry fees
* Optional activities, and vehicle fees
* Flights, visas, and items of personal nature