This eco-friendly camp opened in 2012 and is the first of its kind in Rwanda. A leisurely three hour drive from Kigali, it is situated in riverine forest on the banks of Rwanda’s second largest lake (Lake Ihema). The tranquil setting attracts a great variety of birds and animals, including hippo and African fish eagles.
There are seven tents, linked by raised wooden boardwalks. During the construction of the lodge, the Akagera Management Company tried hard to keep as many of the trees as possible so the camp has a deep forested feel to it. A large, wooden viewing-platform overlooking the lake benefits from the shade of a huge overhead fig tree and there is a firepit to keep you warm on cooler nights.
Visitors report that the food on offer at Ruzizi is excellent, with varied fruits breakfasts and eggs cooked to order, generous packed lunches provided for game trips and three course meals served in the evenings.
Each tent has an en suite bathroom with hot running water, entirely solar powered. This year (2014), two additional tents will be constructed, a VIP tent and a family tent, taking the maximum number of guests to twenty.
As well as trips for animal and bird viewing, other activities include night drives, sunrise breakfasts, braai (barbecues) and star spotting from the lakeside viewing platform.
This camp is recommended for family travel with children and carries no age restrictions.
Malarial protection is recommended and the lodge is open all year round.