Guide to lodges in Akagera National Park! For anyone planning a Rwanda safari to Akagera Park and wondering which lodges to stay,Africa Adventure Safaris brings you a guide on the top lodges in Akagera National Park. We offer you a long list of budget, midrange and luxury lodges in Akagera Park to ensure you have a safe, comfortable and enjoyable stay during your tour in the Land of A thousand Hills. Spread on 110 km east of Kigali city, Akagera National Park is the only savanna-protected area of Rwanda. The park can be reached by road (4 hours) drive or by helicopter through the pad at Magashi camp or in Kayonza near the main entrance gate. Akagera National park also comprises of one of central Africa’s largest wetlands. The park is named after Akagera River, which flows along the eastern part emptying into Lake Victoria. Within the park, there are several lakes Including Lake Ihema, the largest and Lake Rwanyakazinga in the south.
The wild animals often seen in Akagera Park include elephants, hippos, buffaloes and giraffes plus all the Big Five i.e Lions, Leopards, Buffalos, Elephants and Rhinos. Whereas most of these animals especially Lions and rhinos had been lost in the 1994 Rwanda genocide, the long term wildlife conservation in Rwanda brought back Lions and rhinos in 2017. Over the years, due to sound park protection, the wildlife numbers in Akagera Park are increasing. The aerial and foot wildlife surveys conducted in 2018 and 2020 respectively indicate that there are over 11,891 mammals including 133 african elephants, over 15 lions, 20 rhinos, 81 giraffes of 78 are Maasai giraffe, 600 plains zebras and 1,300 buffaloes. The other wild animals present include roan antelopes, bohor reedbuck, elands, oribi, klipspringer and primates such as olive baboons, velvet monkeys and blue monkeys. Conservation efforts in Rwanda haven’t only saved wildlife but also benefit local communities living around the protected areas including Volcanoes and Nyungwe Forest National Parks. In addition to wildlife viewing activities, there are several unique conservation and cultural experiences such as the African Parks behind the scenes tour, village walks that include visiting schools, coffee and gift shops.
The flourishing biodiversity in Akagera National Park has attracted growth of tourism with establishment of several accommodation facilities including Ruzizi Tented Lodge and Karenge Bush Camp run by the park. Additionally, there are high-end lodging properties such as Magashi Camp, Mantis Akagera Game Lodge, and four campsites.
Lodges in Akagera National Park
Mantis Akagera Game Lodge
Set on the hill overlooking Lake Ihema in the southern portion of the park, the two storey Mantis Akagera Game Lodge offers 60 luxurious air conditioned rooms. There are 27 standard rooms, 29 deluxe rooms, 2 family suites and a presidential suite. There are interconnecting rooms available for families planning a vacation to Rwanda. Local art is used well to beautify the interiors. For guests traveling on business, the lodge offers Wi-Fi, and a conference hall with video equipment. The lodge has other facilities for both adults and children including a swimming pool and tennis court. The Inzovu restaurant offers buffet and a la carte meals, and visitors can customize their orders.
Luzizi Tented Camp
Situated approximately 6 kilometers (a 15-minute drive) from the Akagera National Park’s visitor center, Luzizi Tented Camp offers 9 luxurious tents perched over the shoreline of Lake Ihema inside the park. This allows guests to get close to nature and easier game drives accessibility. Each tent contains en-suit bathrooms with big towels, bathrobes and air fresheners; a changing room and king size bed. The arrangement of bedding in a tent is flexible depending on the guest’s wishes. On the veranda there are tree-trunk tables and campaign chairs and a hammock. The camp is eco-friendly with solar energy and lamps providing alternative lighting.
Magashi Camp in the north east of Akagera National Park is situated on the banks of Lake Rwanyakazinga, therefore, wild animals including elephants, zebras, hippos and waterbucks frequently approach the premises. The deck that overlooks the wilderness gives a convivial atmosphere for guests to share a love of outdoors. There are six luxurious tented camps, each in a secluded setting and contains a minibar, safe, desk, bottled water and clothes rack. The staff will offer you refreshments, and the dining area and bar are connected to the poolside lounge. With conveniences and comforts including en-suite toilets and hot and cold showers and outdoor campfire you will enjoy a true glamping experience.
Akagera Rhino Lodge
The lodge is 6km (10 min-drive) away from Akagera National Park main entrance. It has 20 rooms for budget lodging of which most have views of Lake Ihema. Up to 5 people can stay in a single family cottage and rooms contain walk-in showers, blackout curtains, mosquito net, a reading table and terrace. From the rooms, walkways lead to the dining area with a shared bar lounge. Outdoor campfire is also available for nighttime gatherings and stargazing. For business travelers, the lodge has a business center with steady access to the Internet and luggage store. There’s a coffee shop and restaurant serving both intercontinental and local dishes – special meal requests are provided.
Accommodation in Volcanoes National Park
Volcanoes National Park is located 105 kilometers (3-hour drive) north of Kigali capital city, making it easier to reach for gorilla trekking safaris. This implies that you can book a one-day Rwanda gorilla tour through a tour operator anytime of the year. However, if you intend to explore more things besides gorillas, you should spend at least 3 nights. Then you have to decide where to stay amongst several lodging options available.
Tiloreza Volcanoes Ecolodge
Tiloreza Volcanoes Ecolodge offers mid range accommodation with VIP Cottages, Deluxe, and Standard Rooms which are surrounded by enclosed yard gardens. The VIP cottage, which is next to the main lounge area and swimming pool, has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a sitting space, a dining area, and a private balcony with views of the gardens. The twin beds in the deluxe rooms come with an additional couch bed. Tiloreza also provides a number of honeymoon packages, including the love package, which includes a VIP private suite with 3 rooms, champagne, and a complimentary massage; the happiness package, which includes a 3-room suite, a bottle of wine, a large chocolate platter, and massage; and the peace package, which includes a deluxe room, welcome drink, breakfast and cocktail, 2 course lunch, and 3 course dinner.
Mountain Gorilla View Lodge
Mountain Gorilla View Lodge is 1 km away from Kinigi, the headquarters of Volcanoes National Park. The lodge can be classified as a three-star property because it has 30 old stone-built cottages that are being renovated. Each cottage room has a fireplace, en-suite bathrooms, and private balconies. The layout of the lodge is in such a way that you have to walk to get to the main lodge area where you will access Wi-Fi, bar and restaurant. The staff provides 24-hour front desk communication, in-room and laundry services. Your clothes and shoes will be cleaned for free after your gorilla hike. Other amenities available include parking space, traditional entertainment, massage, gift shop, outdoor seats and fireplace.
Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel
Five Volcanoes Hotel is 7.3 km (13-min drive) away from Volcanoes National Park headquarters. It has 8 Deluxe bedrooms featuring a king bed or two separate beds, a bathroom with a bathtub and walk in shower and dressing room. A family suite is also available made up of two sizable bedrooms with shared living space and private verandas in each. The Volcano Manor next to the pool has 3 rooms that can accommodate up to 6 people at once. standard amenities in every room include Flatscreen TV, minibar, refrigerator, and AC. During chilly nights, hot water bottles are available to add additional warmth in the bed. There’s also a restaurant and a lovely garden to sit back and relax after gorilla trekking, the laundry service is free of charge. The lodge offers additional activities including biking and canoeing.
Da Vinci Gorilla Lodge
One of the new properties, Da Vinci Lodge is located 4 km (8 minutes by car) from the Volcanoes National Park center. It is a mid-range hotel offering accommodation for every travel style and taste. There are 5 stone-built cottages with self-contained and spacious single, double and triple rooms of which some contain a fireplace. The bar is open to guests at all times, and there are also good dining options available, including evening campfire cocktails and a bush dining experience under lamplight. Menu selections include local, intercontinental and vegetarian options. A variety of foods are available ranging from fish, poultry, beef, fruits to nutritious vegetable salads and soups. Hope to get enough to eat, including complimentary juice, tea or coffee with biscuits. For those going for gorilla or golden monkey tracking, a packed lunch is provided, and if you’re tired afterward, the staff offers foot massages on request.
Sabinyo Silverback Lodge
Situated 3.8 km (8-minute drive) from Volcanoes National Park’s gorilla briefing point, Sabinyo Silverback is one of Governor’s luxury safari camps, which are also found in Kenya (Masai Mara, great rift valley and Laikipia plains). These camps have been in operation since 1972 and have a solid reputation of 4.5 star hospitality. In particular, Sabinyo Silverback Lodge was established in 2008 to serve the local community. It is run by the Sabinyo Community Livelihood Association (SACOLA) which is driving rural development in Musanze northern rwanda. The lodge has 8 cottages made of volcanic stone and wooden floors. The lodge underwent renovation in 2017, adding new bathroom designs, bathtubs, natural light, handcrafted mats in every room. There’s a large cozy and warm bed with a safe and lampstands side by side, spacious sitting area, fireplace, mirror, telephone and reading table. Views of the Sabinyo Volcano and the forest are available from the room and the veranda. You are free to walk between the eating area and the public space, where there are large, comfy lounge chairs in front of the fireplace. When getting up early in the morning for gorilla or golden monkey trekking, guests will be given a cup of coffee or tea as a welcome gift in their room. Visits to some of their healthcare, housing and school projects are among the additional activities offered at Sabinyo Silverback Lodge.
Bisate Lodge, which opened in 2017, is 8.8 kilometers (16 minutes by car) from the Volcanoes National Park headquarters. It is a property of Wilderness Safaris, a leading conservation and hospitality company that started in 1983 and now has over 40 luxury camps in Africa. As such, Bisate Lodge represents an elegant 5 star lodging for travelers interested in having a luxury Rwanda gorilla safari. Besides, the layout of the lodge is like a traditional hut of a Rwandan king displayed at King’s palace Museum in Nyanza. Almost everything inside the six rooms, of which one is a family suite is built with local materials. Each room has an en-suite bathroom (bathrobes included) along with a sitting area, fireplace and minibar. The main area connected to the bar, all framed by glass, has leather sofas and rocking chairs on the balcony allowing a view of the surrounding Virunga landscape. While there, you have access to the Wi-Fi. The lodge’s variety of wines and menu recipes such as sage beef ragu and sweet potato gnocchi gives it a romantic ambience. After a gorilla trek or hike, you can relax with a massage and fitness center available.
One and Only Gorilla’s Nest
One and Only Gorilla’s Nest is a treehouse boutique lodge situated 5 km (11-min drive) from Kingi, the gorilla trekking center of Volcanoes National Park. The lodge can also be reached by air through its helicopter pad. The lodge opened in 2019 therefore still fresh with 2 forest lodges and 3 suites, built in modular housing style. Rooms are connected to the bar and club 1, restaurant and main lounge by a wooden path winding through a garden of roses. Features of the forest lodges include private dining and 1 king size bed or two interconnecting bedrooms suitable for couples or two people. Each of the three suites has a big living and dining area, a bathtub, and other comparable but distinctive features. For instance, the Silverback suite features a BBQ dining area, multilevel viewing terrace, and pool.
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