Akagera National Park

Ruzizi Tented Lodge


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At a glance

  • Nine tents

  • Dining area

  • Lakeside fire pit

  • Features

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  • AP Akagera

    Game drives

    Explore Akagera in a 4X4 vehicle as you search for its resurgent wildlife. Now home to large herds of plains game, the park also has a healthy lion population. They were reintroduced in 2015 after an absence of two decades. Two years after the lions, black rhinos were also reintroduced.

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    Boat safaris

    Head out onto the water to see the various water birds and aquatic animals that live in the lake. Look out for wallowing hippos, large crocodiles and even rare sitatungas.

Community & Culture

Proceeds from the lodge go towards conservation and the communities around the park and many of Ruzizi's staff come from the local villages. The Community Freelance Guides was created to train and employ local guides and proved immensely successful, giving guests an insight into local culture as well as wildlife.


Akagera the region's largest protected wetland and the last remaining safe haven for many savannah-adapted species in Rwanda. Facing certain collapse in the 1990s, the park has been transformed thanks to focused conservation efforts and reintroductions by NGO African Parks, with lions, giraffes and black rhinos now thriving here. Tourism is a key to supporting the park's long term success, with Ruzizi Tented Lodge being a pioneer here.


The lodge was designed to blend in with its surroundings to ensure guests connect with nature. During construction, trees and vegetation were left undisturbed when possible. Some natural elements have been incorporated into the structure, and many of Ruzizi’s decorations and furniture were hand-crafted by local artisans and cooperatives. The lodge is powered by solar energy and prides itself on being environmentally conscious.

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