Rebuilt in 2003, a personable 3 star property, Akagera is a brick, tile and thatch build, a mix of traditional and modern buildings, and consists of a main lodge and 60 sleeping rooms. The shared areas include a lounge and bar, reception, restaurant, pool, various business facilities and a veranda. Characterised by a reasonably generic exterior – tiled roofing, white walls, courtyard, balcony – alongside an attractive block pattern wood floor, the main lodge is simple and welcoming. Its spiral staircase is an unexpected flourish, and the lake views are stunning.
FOOD AND SERVICE
At the time of writing the service is not, say returning guests, at its best, a situation possibly aggravated by an archaic ordering system (lots of slips to fill in, lots of layers for said slips to pass through), and by the lack of competition, but it is genuine, friendly and helpful.
Of the 60 rooms of Akagera Game Lodge, 2 are executive suites, the remaining 58 studio. Apartment-like, each studio possesses a twin bed, a separate bathroom and a balcony, complete with lake view. With bedspreads and curtains decorated in a variety of traditional Rwandan patterning, and furnished with a writing table, lightweight seating, a TV and fan. This is basic, clean, functional accommodation.
Activities at Akagera Game Lodge include wildlife drives, boat trips, tennis and bird watching.
Akagera Game Lodge makes a monthly contribution per room sold to Akagera National Park. This is crucial for the preservation of central Africa’s largest protected wetland and the last remaining refuge for savannah-adapted species in Rwanda.
The Game Lodge currently employs 70 staff, many of whom are from the surrounding communities. This plays a vital role in the growth of the local economy and the subsequent jobs created from this.