Luxury Safari Lodges & Camps in Rwanda

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Are you planning for a luxury safari in Rwanda? We are here to help you customize for you this amazing unforgettable holiday in all the 3 parks of Rwanda from Akagera National Park, Nyungwe Forest National Park and Volcanoes National Park all offer wildlife safari, chimpanzee trek and gorilla trekking respectively. All the parks offer luxury lodges and camps where you can spend overnight stay while on your safari.

Bisate Eco Lodge

Bisate Lodge is located in the natural amphitheatre of an eroded volcanic cone the word Bisate means ‘pieces’ in Kinyarwanda, describing how the cone was once whole but worn away by natural erosion. The area has dramatic views of the peaks of the volcanoes Bisoke, Karisimbi and Mikeno rearing up through the Afro-alpine forests of nearby Volcanoes National Park. Six sumptuous en-suite rooms maximize comfort, warmth and views while retaining environmental principles and reflecting the culture of surrounding rural Rwanda.

Bisate is within easy driving distance of park headquarters, from where gorilla safaris depart daily. Its vision of reforestation and rehabilitation means that each guest is invited to participate in our biodiversity conservation efforts, as well as engage and meet the local community, in addition to learning about and making a far-reaching positive impact on an iconic Critically Endangered species: the mountain gorilla.

Room and facilities

  • This camp can accommodate 12 guests and 04 guide/pilot/tour leaders sharing. 06 x units in total comprising: 06 x twin-bedded villas, with double bed conversions possible.
  • Plus guide/pilot/tour leader accommodation comprising: 02 x single rooms with twin beds and shared en-suite facilities (not of the same standard as a guest villa). Villa Description
  • En-suite facilities with indoor shower, bathtub and double basin vanity, separate toilet, fireplace, easy chairs, luggage rack, tea and coffee making facilities, electronic safe and mini-bar.
  • Complimentary wireless internet connection in villa only.
  • Two way emergency radios have been fitted in the villas at Bisate Lodge and may be used by guests to contact camp management in the event of an emergency only. Said radios are on a closed circuit and inter-villa communication is not available.
  • Bathrobes, liquid soap, shampoo and conditioner, body lotion, insect repellent, shower caps, vanity kit with cotton tipped swabs and cotton balls, tissue dispenser, washing powder (for smalls), umbrella and room spray are supplied in each villa.

Bisate Lodge Camp Rates

Our fully inclusive rates are not just about the level of accommodation or the thread count of the linen. They encompass elements that cannot be counted or measured, such as exclusive access to vast tracts of Africa’s best wildlife areas, creating a unique sense of seclusion, comfort, privacy and space. In turn, your presence helps us in the conservation of all these areas.

Things to do at Bisate Lodge

Whilst the main focus at Bisate Lodge is gorilla trekking, lodges offers other activities

Gorilla Trekking: Gorilla trekking takes place from Volcanoes National Park headquarters where guests are allocated one of the twelve habituated gorilla groups to visit for an hour. After a briefing by Park rangers, the time of the trek varies depending which gorilla group is being visited – from 45 minutes to a few hours. Trekking is at a high altitude, but is well worth it; the time spent with gorillas has been described as “life changing

Golden monkey trek: The golden monkey trek begins at Volcanoes National Park headquarters. This beautifully-coloured primate is endemic to the area and lives in groups of up to 30 individuals in the bamboo forest, its preferred source of food.

Guided Hikes in Volcanoes National Park: Mount Bisoke volcano is located on the border of the DRC and Rwanda. The guided hike to the summit is strenuous and requires a full day to complete. However, once at the top it is extremely beautiful and really worth the effort as you rewarded with sweeping views of the rain forest and the amazing Crater Lake.

Dian Fossey’s grave and Research Centre: Dian Fossey established the Karisoke Research Centre in 1967 in the saddle of Bisoke and Karisimbi volcanoes at an elevation of some 3000 metres. The trail leading to her remote rain forest camp and grave which is set alongside the graves of her beloved gorillas and the remains of the research centre is a spectacular, if challenging hike up steep slopes where orchids, bird life and even occasional black-fronted duiker and bush buck can be seen.

Nursery visit and tree planting: Spend an afternoon with the team at Bisate’s reforestation nursery where you can meet Jean-Moise, the lodge’s agronomist. He and his assistants are on hand to help you plant a sapling to contribute to Bisate’s reforestation efforts in the area.

Rwandan coffee and tea tastings; wine tasting: Rwanda is well known for its coffee and tea; at Bisate we offer you the chance to learn a little more about both in a tasting session with our resident barista. Or if you are more interested in spending time in the wine cellar, you are welcome to enjoy a wine tasting as well.

Nature and Birding Walks: Explore Bisate’s surrounds on a guided nature and bird walk in the forest to learn more about the bird- and wildlife of the area. You may also enjoy a guided walk to the local pyrethrum fields and end the day at sunset with spectacular views of Karisimbi, Bisoke and Mikeno volcanoes from the viewing deck at Bisate Lodge. There is a self-guided trail on the property for those who wish to explore on their own.

Virunga Lodge

Virunga Gorilla LodgeVirunga Lodge is set on the crown of a high hill overlooking the five Virunga Volcanoes and has almost 360-degree views of the surrounding area. A patchwork of farmland and the beautiful volcanic Lakes Ruhondo and Bulera lie below, ringed by the volcanoes and far hills. Volcanoes Virunga Lodge is built in the local style from wood and stone and has a tranquil atmosphere. In the evenings, you can relax around a log fire and tell stories about the day’s adventures in the jungle, tracking gorillas or golden monkeys.

The lodge has been built to environmentally friendly standards; rain water is collected and electricity is provided by solar power.

 Activities

Activities to enjoy at Volcanoes Virunga Lodge include gorilla trekking, golden monkey trekking, a visit to renowned primatologist and conservationist Dian Fossey’s grave, and hikes to the top of the volcanoes.

Facilities

The stone lodge has a wide wrap-around veranda from which to appreciate the exceptional views across the lakes. Inside the lodge is a cozy lounge with a central fireplace and a small bar area. The dining room features one large table where all guests dine together. Treat yourself to a relaxing massage, particularly welcome after a day tracking the gorillas.

Dining

Three meals are served each day in the dining room, and morning tea or coffee is brought to your room with your wake-up call. Depending on your activities, the lodge will make you a packed lunch or prepare lunch for you when you return. A 3-course dinner is served each evening. Food is healthy, wholesome and plentiful – essential when you return tired and hungry from a hard day’s tracking.

Accommodation

Accommodation at Volcanoes Virunga Lodge is in eight individual Banda’s, all with either volcano or lake views and their own gardens and verandas from which to appreciate them.

The Banda’s are all very private and have been named after the lakes in the area. The bedrooms are very large, with either king-size or twin beds draped in mosquito netting, which have been made in the local style. The en suite bathrooms are bright and sunny and each has an Eco-toilet, a hot shower from the solar-powered geyser and a hand basin.

There are two deluxe honeymoon Banda’s that have spacious living rooms warmed by fireplaces for private dining. The interior features vibrant Kitnege fabric, a local cloth that has colourful designs and complex patterns, giving your accommodation and authentic touch of Rwanda.

Sabyinyo Silver Back Lodge

Sabyinyo Silver Back Lodge is located in Musanze district close to the Volcanoes National Park headquarters excellently located for gorilla safaris in Rwanda as it’s quite near the Kinigi head offices. Sabyinyo lodge is situated at the foothill of the Virunga ranges comprising of a wonderful view of the Volcanoes rolling hills and the surrounding countryside.

Volcanoes Gorilla Lodge

Accommodation

The lodge comprises of 8 cottages all having a stunning views of the Virunga Volcanoes, and are well spaced offering good privacy. The cottages are spacious comprising of a sitting room area with a fireplace, bedroom, dressing room, 24 hour electricity and a large bathroom with bath and shower with hot and cold running water.

The cottages also have a sheltered balcony where you can relax have breakfast, and read a book or marvel at the views. Other facilities at the lodge include a library and games room in the main lodge, bar and restaurant and staff on standby to help you.

Activities

The main attraction of Sabyinyo Silver Back Lodge is its proximity to the Virunga Mountains and the Volcanoes National Park where clients trek on foot to see the magnificent Mountain Gorilla. Gorilla trekking is perhaps one of the most dramatic, thrilling and poignant wildlife experiences possible. There are, however, plenty of other natural, cultural and social excursions on offer to help you make the most of your stay.

Room services

At Sabyinyo Silver Back Lodge we offer specialized massage treatments designed to relax refresh and re-juvenile you after a hike to see the mountain Gorillas. From the lodge we offer escorted bird watching walks, escorted walks and escorted mountain bike excursions in the local area. Sabyinyo Silver Back Lodge is located on the edge of the Volcanoes National Park and a 15 minute drive from the parks headquarters where all activities in the Park start from. Activities on offer in the Volcanoes National Park include Gorilla trekking, treks to see the Golden Monkeys, as well as lots of treks and hikes to view the volcanoes and its hidden treasures.

Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel

Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel in Musanze (Ruhengeri) located on the road going to Kinigi is the perfect starting point to go for different activities that the Volcanoes National Park is offering but also gives you lot of opportunities to rest and to enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of our lodge.

Volcanoes Gorilla Hotel

11 bedrooms (double/twin), a Family Suite, a VIP cottage, a restaurant, a pool, and a beautiful garden are awaiting your visit and our staffs are looking forward to make your stay a pleasant one.

At the Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel we aim to make your stay a pleasant and memorable one.
This hotel has an atmosphere unique to Musanze. Besides the below characteristics of the rooms we also offer a “Refreshment Package “which includes: Lunch, shower/pool usage, cleaning service for shoes.

The hotel offers;

All our rooms offer

  • Self-contained bathrooms with hot water shower
  • Hair dryer
  • Flat screen TVs (all satellite channels)
  • Free WLAN
  • Mini bar
  • Laundry services (including dry-cleaning upon request)
  • Security features (smoke detectors)
  • All rooms are non-smoking rooms.
  • All meals included with overnight stay.

Our VIP cottage has

  • One double and one twin bed room with self-contained bathrooms
  • Living room with a sofa bed
  • Small kitchen and dining area
  • Only non-smoking rooms

At the hotel you will find

  • Restaurant, Bar & Lounge area with an incredible view of the Volcanoes
  • Garden areas
  • Fire place
  • Handicap accessibility
  • Pool
  • Massage
  • 24/7 front desk

Activities outside the residence

  • Mountain Gorilla trekking
  • Golden monkey tracking
  • Bike riding
  • Canoe trip

Mountain Gorilla View Lodge

Mountain Gorilla View Lodge is located in Kinigi in northern Rwanda and on the edge of the Volcanoes National Park, home to the endangered Mountain Gorillas. The lodge is located on the foothills of the Mount Karisimbi, one of the volcanic mountains that make up the Virunga Massif. The lodge is about 10 minutes’ drive to the main entrance of the Volcanoes National Park where gorilla trekking starts.

Rwanda Gorilla Lodge

Mountain Gorilla View Lodge is an Eco-lodge with 30 spacious chalets. To ensure the least disruption of the surrounding environment, the Eco-lodge was constructed with locally available material. The Eco-lodge supports the surrounding rural community by purchasing farm-fresh produce that is served in the lodge’s restaurant.

Featuring free Wi-Fi, a restaurant and a terrace, Mountain Gorilla View Lodge offers accommodation in Kinigi. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free private parking is available on site. Some rooms include a seating area for your convenience. Rooms are fitted with a private bathroom equipped with a shower. Extras include bath robes and slippers.

Facilities of Mountain Gorilla View Lodge include; Outdoors, BBQ facilities, Garden, Terrace, and Pets are not allowed.

Activities

Massage, Entertainment staff, Evening entertainment

Food & Drink

Restaurant, Bar, Restaurant (à la carte), Restaurant (buffet), Special diet menus (on request)

Parking

Free! Free private parking is possible on site (reservation is needed).

Services

Shuttle service (surcharge), Airport shuttle (surcharge), 24-hour front desk, Laundry, Daily maid service, Meeting/banquet facilities, Gift shop

Languages spoken

French & English

Nyungwe Forest Lodge

Nyungwe Forest Lodge, Rwanda

Nyungwe Forest Lodge lies on the edge of Rwanda’s Nyungwe Rain forest National Park in the South-West of the country. It boasts an impressive view overlooking the forest canopy from a ridge on one side and a tea-plantation on the other. Nyungwe Forest Lodge offers guests exceptional 5-star comfort and ensures an experience rich in local culture, fluently fused with quality service and African courtesy. The lodge is situated in Gisakura, a working tea plantation, on the edge of the Nyungwe National Park. The Nyungwe Forest is the largest mountain rain forest on the African continent with over 13 different species of primates, representing 20% of all the apes in Africa.

Resort Features

A full-service spa, a restaurant, and an outdoor pool are available at this smoke-free resort. Free Wi-Fi in public areas and free self-parking are also provided. Additionally, a fitness centre, a bar/lounge, and a spa tub are onsite.

Room Amenities

All 22 rooms boast fireplaces and offer free Wi-Fi and 24-hour room service. Minibars and coffee makers are standard, as are LCD TVs with satellite channels.

Hotel facilities

  • Swim in the heated rim-flow swimming pool with views into the rain forest.
  • Socialize at the poolside Boma, ideal for sun downers, surrounded by the sights and sounds of the forest.
  • Pamper yourself in the relaxation retreat with 2 treatment rooms and a Jacuzzi pool.
  • Select mementos and gifts for friends and loved ones in the boutique store.
  • Keep trim in the fitness centre with treadmill, cycle and free weights.
  • Get down to business in the conference facilities with AV equipment accommodating up to 16 delegates.
  • Enjoy refined style and service in the tea lounge.
  • Spoil your taste buds in the all-day dining restaurant or enjoy exclusivity on the private dining terrace.
  • Laundry service for people on the go.
  • Stay connected with Wireless internet access at main lodge building.
  • The main lodge building is wheelchair friendly with relevant facilities.

Food and Dining

The dining areas are made up of a Boma (a wood-fenced area containing tables and chairs around an open fire) which provides a great location for outdoor dining and sun downers, as well as a restaurant with a private terrace, a tea lounge and a bar. Meals take place in a variety of these locations.

Food & drink
usual board basis: Full Board
Dining style: Group Meals
Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining
Cost of meal e.g. lunch: Included
Drinks included: Soft drinks are included at meal times. Drinks are an additional cost at all other times
further dining info: Room service is available

Hotel accommodation

Nyungwe Forest Lodge consists of 22 luxury rooms which are situated in 6 wooden villas of four rooms each. There are also two presidential suites in separate villas with one of these having a Jacuzzi. This is a luxury lodge and as such the rooms are modern fit-outs and well decorated with traditional touches. Each room is equipped with private decks which offer views overlooking the vast forest terrain.

Room / Suite Configuration:

  • 15 x King bedded luxury rooms sleeping a max of 2 adults each
  • 5 x Twin bedded luxury rooms sleeping a max of 2 adults each
  • 2 x King bedded suites (both connect with a second twin bedded luxury room)

Rooms/Suites Features

  • Fire place
  • Air conditioning
  • Private mini bar
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Hairdryer
  • Electronic safe (laptop size)
  • International electric adaptors
  • Private deck
  • En-suite bathroom with indoor shower
  • International dial telephones
  • Flat LCD screen and digital satellite channels
  • Wi-Fi access

Activities at the lodge

As one might expect, activities offered at Nyungwe Forest Lodge revolve around walking and trekking in the National Park. Activities are tailored to the individual and guided walks can last anything from 1 to 7 hours. The most popular walking excursions available at Nyungwe Forest Lodge include chimpanzee trekking, black and white Colobus monkey trekking, grey – cheeked mangabey trekking and the Kamiranzovu Swamps and Waterfall walks. Bird watching and cultural area walks are also offered.

There are over 275 different species of birds as well as 75 different species of mammals that reside in these lush surroundings. The birds are particularly spectacular with giant horn bills, great blue Turaco and red-breasted sparrow hawks being amongst the bird-watchers favourites. Twenty-four of these species are endemic to this section of the Rift Valley alone.

  • Chimpanzee trekking
  • Black and White Colobus monkey trekking
  • Grey – cheeked Mangabey Trekking
  • Blue Monkey and Golden Monkey Trekking
  • Kamiranzovu Swamp walk
  • Kamiranzovu Waterfall walk
  • Various guided Walking trails from 1 hours to 7 hours
  • Bird watching walk
  • Cultural area walk with lodge guide

At the lodge

  • Walking, take a 5,3 km walk to the beautiful Isumo waterfall (approx. 2 hours each way).
  • Visit the nearby tea factory offering guests insight into the full process of withering, cutting, tearing and curling, fermentation, drying and finally sorting, storing and packing.

Ruzizi Tented Camp

The lodge is said to be located on the shores of Lake Ihema (which is Rwanda’s second largest lake). The main deck in the communal areas supposedly has lovely views of the lake which you can sit and enjoy. They have even put a fireplace out there to keep you warm on cool evenings.

Ruzizi Tented Lodge - Akagera National Park

Ruzizi Tented Lodge Akagera National Park Rwanda is an Eco-friendly lodge that provides world-class comfort on the African Savannah of Akagera National Park in Rwanda that one would not expect while going camping, however you are doing so in style and with a touch of class along a scenic lake with hippos all around to view while having a meal.  Simply a far cry from camping in the wild as you might imagine it.

From breakfast to dinner – the meals are something to be truly enjoyed at Ruzizi Tented Lodge and often a Barbecue will be prepared for dinner and you can sit around an open fire pit on a deck that overlooks Lake Ihema.

Lighting is provided by a solar system so do you not have the noise and smell of a generator at night but has lighting 24 hours per day while at Ruzizi Tented Lodge.

Ruzizi Tented Lodge – Akagera National Park – Rwanda is a far cry from what has been available up until now in Akagera National Park bringing a whole new touch of class to the park.

The lodge is family and kid friendly providing the setting that will leave lasting memories with the children and adults alike.

Food & drink

Usual board basis: Full Board

Food quality: Breakfast is said to be served from 5:30am in the dining room – consisting of fruits, breads and eggs to order. This is accompanied by juice and tea and coffee.

Lunch is a limited a la carte menu if you’re at the camp, but generally you will take a packed lunch out with you.

They tell us Dinner will start at around 7pm, when guests will gather for a drink and a snack in the lounge. Dinner is then served at 7:30pm in the dining room, and includes a set menu. Examples of a typical meal include a braai (barbecue) with various meats, salads, pizzas and a sweet to finish.

Children

Attitude towards children: Children are welcome.

Property’s age restrictions: There are no age restrictions.

Equipment: Camp beds are provided but not cots.

Infrastructure

Power supply: Solar Power

Health & safety

Malarial protection recommended: Yes

Dangerous animals: High Risk

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