Two people at Ruzizi Lodge dining area overlooking the water

Ruzizi Tented Lodge

Set on the shores of Akagera’s largest lake, Lake Ihema, Ruzizi Tented Lodge provides spectacular views over the lake, and a variety of ways to explore the park.

Welcome to Ruzizi

Ruzizi is an eco-lodge on the banks of Lake Ihema, its nine tents set back from the serene shores and hidden among swaying palms and fig trees. They flank a thatched reception and dining area, wooden walkways leading to a stunning deck raised over the lake. A central fire pit is the perfect spot for a morning coffee or an evening drink under the stars.

Hosting 20 guests, Ruzizi is a private comfortable retreat. All tents are en suite and enjoy shaded verandas set with campaign chairs and a tree-trunk table.

The environmentally conscious lodge was designed to blend in with its surroundings to allow guests to connect with nature and is powered by solar energy. Some natural elements have been incorporated into the structure, and much of the décor and furniture were hand-crafted by local artisans and cooperatives. Designed, built and wholly operated by the park, profits from Ruzizi help support the conservation initiatives of Akagera.  

Sitting area on a deck overlooking a lake in Akagera National Park
Two gentleman standing by a fire awaiting guests at the dining area in Akagera National Park
Wooden Bridge located in Akagera National Park
Deck near the accommodations overlooking the lake
Bathroom with Tub and sinks inside a tent
View looking into a suite with a king size bed
Beautiful King Size Bed with Canopy


A vehicle path way through grass bushes at sun set.

Night Drives

Night drives are available for guests staying overnight at Ruzizi. The sunset departure is an ideal way to end your day and your best chance of seeing nocturnal wildlife. The safari vehicle with pop-up rooftop can take maximum seven guests, portraying a very different side of Akagera.

A group of tourist in a boat trip on Lake Ihema.

Boat Excursions on Lake Ihema

A boat trip on Lake Ihema is wildlife and bird viewing from a different point of view. Trips are scheduled at 7.30am, 9am, 3pm and 4.30pm. Private trips can also be arranged at other times.

A man on a boat throwing a fish net into Lake Shakani.


Spend a relaxing day fishing on the shores of Lake Shakani, then cook your catch over an open fire at the campsite. Note that fishing takes place outside the national park, and guests must bring their own equipment.

Two Akagera rangers watching elephants walking next to a lake.

Behind the Scenes

For more insight into Akagera, take a tour of Park HQ, meet the people and learn about their incredible conservation work. This activity is ideal for educational groups, or special interest travellers but open to all (minimum numbers apply).

A man and  woman warching over a zebra in the bush with Lake Shakani in the background

Walking Safaris

Enjoy an exclusive walking safari, guided by experienced guides, getting close to nature’s intricate details, while experiencing Akagera’s vast picturesque landscapes.

Three Akagera workers wearing green overalls and boots walking next to an electrified fence

Walk the Line

Spend the morning with a fence attendant who walks the 120km fence line daily. This 7km walk follows the fence outside the Park into the hills, ending on a ridge with spectacular views all around (approx. 2hrs).

Man with stacking honey jams at a honey cooperative

Community Cultural Experiences

In collaboration with the community and Akagera, Community Freelance Guides share some cultural experiences, such as visiting a dairy farm – to learn about traditions around cattle and milk in the Eastern Province – a banana-beer maker or a honey cooperative. Revenue is shared with the community members visited.

A game drive vehicle with tourists watching over giraffes.

Guided Game Drives

Self-drivers can be accompanied by a Community Guide on a game drive. Overnight guests can book drives led by freelance guides at Reception

Queen Bed and Twin bed inside tent looking out into the forest

More about Ruzizi

– 7 classic en-suite tents

– 1 tree-top honeymoon tent with bath, outdoor shower and king bed

– 1 family tent with room for 2 adults (double) & 2 children (twin)

– Solar power in tents and main area, 24 hours a day

– Bathrooms have hot/cold tapped water, flush toilets and showers

– Safes in each tent

– Includes all meals (full board)

– Wi-Fi in each tent and lounge

How to Get There

A 2 ½ hr drive from Kigali to the Park’s southern entrance – Giraffe Gate. The lodge is located 15 minutes (6km) inside the Park’s main gate in the southern sector.

Giraffe Gate coordinates:

1o 35’ 5.25” S 30o 38’19.77” E

Map with Yellow Anchor for the location of Akagera National Park

On reaching Reception at the gate, drive towards Lake Ihema, turn right on Road 9, then drive straight to Ruzizi entrance.

Only lodge residents are permitted in Ruzizi Tented Lodge.


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Walking bridge located inside Akagera National Park

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