This is a simple ecofriendly lodge located within the park itself, in a good position to explore the varying landscapes of Akagera. Ruzizi lodge is located on the shores of Lake Ihema which is Rwanda’s second largest lake. The lodge has been built in harmony with its environment, so trees grow through gaps in the roof, and the walkways that are molded around the vegetation. It’s entirely powered by solar and also has a minimal plastic policy, with in the camp served in recycled glass bottles.
Within the main area, the reception leads to a small bar area, with very comfortable seating in close nearness to the lake; in case you can’t see the hippos, there is also an indoor dining area for those rainy days is decorated in early tones, with splashes of color from traditional woven baskets fixed to the walls and bright paintings by local artists.
Just outside, there is an outdoor oven located next to the path, which leads to a large deck with lovely views of the lake. The meals are served here and one can easily spot hippos or watch the stars. There is a central fire pit to keep you warm or cool evenings.
There are raised walk ways that lead to Ruzizi tents, which are spread throughout the grounds, all separate from one another. There are also low wire fences that stop hippos or other animals from getting to the tents, and there is a fence around the perimeter of the lodge to discourage larger animals from itinerant through.
Each of the Nine tents has an en suite bath room, a dressing area and a queen sized bed or two small doubles. Each tent has a private patio at the front, with a carved wooden table and cancas director’s chairs. The large wooden chest houses thick blankets for any colder nights. The tents are so comfortable, but functional as opposed to stylish.
The main focus of activities at Ruzizi and is relatively un visited Akagera National Park, with guided game drives and boat safaris, though fishing is also possible. The park has got many animal species including; impala, zebras, topi, crocodile and hippo, Hyena, jackal and leopards. There was also re introduction of 18 black Rhino and an additional two male lions in 2017 which means Akagera is home to the big five including; lion, elephant, leopard, buffaloes and Rhino.
The birdlife in Akagera is so fantastic, including the brown throated wattle eye in camp, and some of these can be seen in a guided boat safari. the other bird species include; crowned cranes with a family of tiny chicks and the beautiful malachite kingfisher.
The lodge is a simple and comfortable lodge with a commendable eco policy. The food here is excellent, considering the location and the power sources, and the location beautiful and serene. The staff are friendly and offer efficient service. The lodge is a top pick of the accommodation in the park area for those on a tighter budget and makes a nice stop as part of a longer trip around Rwanda.