Ruzizi in Akagera National Park, Rwanda is a simple tented lodge with a bush camp feel.
Ruzizi Tented Lodge: Our full report
Opened in December 2012, Ruzizi Tented Lodge is a welcome addition to Akagera National Park. Located in the park itself it has just 7 tents, and aims to be a simple, eco friendly lodge in a good position to explore the game of Akagera.
Expert Africa haven't yet visited this lodge yet, but here is what we know about it from what we've been told:
The lodge is said to be located on the shores of Lake Ihema (which is Rwanda's second largest lake). The main deck in the communal areas supposedly has lovely views of the lake which you can sit and enjoy. THey have even put a fireplace out there to keep you warm on cool evenings.
The lodge is said to be entirely powered by solar, to leave minimum impact on the environment. The seven tents each has its own en-suite bathroom (which has hot running water), a dressing area and a queen sized, or two small double beds. Each tent also has a private patio at the front.
From this lodge you can explore the relatively unvisited Akagera National Park. Although this isn't the place to come for top level guiding or great game, it makes a nice stop as part of a longer trip around Rwanda. Plains game such as impala, zebra and topi are commonly seen, as are crocodile and hippo. Hyena, jackal and leopard are supposedly present - although much more elusive!
Our viewUntil recently, Akagera Game Lodge was the only place to stay - and at a relatively low standard, the addition of a new, albeit simple, lodge is exciting. It looks like it should have a bush camp feel, and provide a reasonable level of quality. A recent report we read in March 2013 from a reliable source suggests that the camp was of a good quality, with excellent food.
Ideal length of stay: Stay here for 2 nights to explore Akagera National Park.
Directions: Akagera is about 2 - 3 hours drive from Kigali.
Accessible by: Fly-and-Transfer
Food & drink
Usual board basis: Full Board
Food quality: Breakfast is said to be served from 5:30am in the dining room - consisting of fruits, breads and eggs to order. This is accompanied by juice and tea and coffee.
Lunch is a limited a la carte menu if you're at the camp, but generally you will take a packed lunch out with you.
They tell us Dinner will start at around 7pm, when guests will gather for a drink and a snack in the lounge. Dinner is then served at 7:30pm in the dining room, and includes a set menu. Examples of a typical meal include a braai (barbecue) with various meats, salads, pizzas and a sweet to finish.
Attitude towards children: Children are welcome.
Property’s age restrictions: There are no age restrictions.
Equipment: Camp beds are provided but not cots.
Power supply: Solar Power
Health & safety
Malarial protection recommended: Yes
Dangerous animals: High Risk
Laundry facilities: 0