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Hailed for it’s eco-friendly building design, Ruzizi opened in 2012 with a vision to create a space that merged effortlessly with the landscape. The surrounding environment has been left as undisturbed as possible during construction; you’ll find huge trees grow through the central dining and lounge areas. Much of the furniture is handcrafted by local artisans, the camp is solar-powered and there is a strict water-usage policy that minimizes water waste.
The lodge is just a 30 minute drive from the park entry gate. You’ll arrive into a thatched, central, communal area which comprises of a spacious lounge, indoor dining area and reception. Follow the path toward the lake and you’ll find the property’s best feature – an overwater deck with central firepit. In good weather, meals are served alfresco, on this deck, listening to the hippos grumble and the fire crackle. It’s also a great spot for a sunny morning breakfast, with commanding views across Lake Ihema.
Rooms, like the rest of the lodge, are raised and set back into the luscious undergrowth along the lakeshore. There are nine rooms in total and they are accessed via raised walkways with private terraces that command a view across the lake, framed by towering palms and fruiting fig trees.
Guides are freelance, hired from local communities and trained by African Parks. They facilitate day game drive, night drives and boat safaris around Akagera where, if you keep your eyes peeled, you have the chance to spot the Big Five.
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