Karenge Bush Camp

Situated in Akagera National Park, the seasonal Karenge Bush camp is also set up two times in the year and removed out, and leaving no trace of its being. Just between this campsite and the lodge is a Karenge and it aims to leave a light footprint on the earth, echoed in the name Karenge that means little foot.

It was named after the river that flows along its eastern boundary and the park has got a diverse land scape as well as fantastic biodiversity. Whether on day or night game drives, you can keep an eye on the eland, topis, giraffes, impalas, sable and roan antelope, zebras, crocodiles, lions, leopards, primates  and close 500 bird species. The boat trips on Lake Ihema are also a good opportunity of viewing the water species.

There is a maximum on only 12 visitors that are to be accommodated with in six tents that contain camp beds as well as the beddings, solar lights, camp chairs and the reed matt floors. Each of the tents has got a rural out door bath room with a hot water delivered on a daily basis. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is also included with in the rate and are served in the dinning tent each day. You can enjoy the excitement of staying in a pop up camp that moves around Akagera national park.

The main highlights

  • The seasonal pop up camp which shows the different areas of Akagera National Park
  • Intentions to leave a light footprint on earth
  • The park is not crowded and its often undervalued, home to over 500 species of birds
  • The camp only houses a maximum of 12 guests, and this means that guests can enjoy an intimate safari adventure
  • The meals are also included in the rate.

Derived from a Kyanrwanda word meaning ‘small footprint’ Karenge Buch camp is a seasonal Akagera national park. As well as being the name of the area where the camp was first set up, it echoes the aim of the bush camp to leave a light footprint on the earth. The camp is set up bi-annually for 3 months at a time, and when it is taken down there should be no lasting presence of its existence. No cement or permanent construction materials are used in the set-up of Karenge Bush Camp.  The camp offer six tents, with a maximum of 12 guests. Beds are camp beds with mattresses and bedding. Camp chairs, reed mat floors and solar lights are provided in each tent. The bathrooms are bucket showers and toilets and a canvas basin. Warm water is provided daily.

Akagera-Game-Lodge-Hotel-Rwanda

Akagera Game Lodge is one of the few accommodation options within Rwanda’s Akagera National Park, adjacent to the Tanzanian border. More of a hotel than a traditional safari lodge, it has fantastic views over Lake Ihema, with a big swimming pool perched on the edge of the savannah.

The large reception area at Akagera Game Lodge is dotted with African carvings and pieces of art, and incorporates a small curio shop. Up a spiral staircase you’ll find the bar – with chunky wooden bar stools lining a long wooden bar, some chairs and tables, and a TV. The bar opens out onto a wooden terrace which overlooks the pool below. The large restaurant also has an outside decked area where meals can be served.

Outside, set in extensive tropical gardens, are two floodlit tennis courts that guests can use for free, a children’s play area, and a small children’s pool, as well as a lovely big circular swimming pool with sunloungers overlooking the lake. A small massage area completes the picture.

Activities at Akagera Game Lodge concentrate on game drives in Akagera National Park. These are usually conducted by your own driver-guide, accompanied by a wildlife guide provided by the Rwandan National Parks (who are generally quite knowledgeable and fairly communicative).

Accommodation & Rooms at Akagera Game Lodge

Akagera game lodge has got many rooms including singles, doubles, as well as twin rooms. There are also family as well as executive suites plus the luxury cottages. Each of the rooms has got a private verandah which offers fantastic views that overlook Lake Ihema. The guests can also enjoy the very beautiful sights of the sun that sets over from the distant horizon, in the comfort of their rooms.

The akagera game lodge rooms are mostly decorated in an African style touch and each of these rooms has got beds, satellite TV, a chair and a desk. The interior décor of each room has been carefully done and this follows an African theme with good lighting. Also the paths to the rooms are well lit subsequently which enables the guests to walk easily to their rooms at night.

There is a highly qualified and skilled team that manages the lodge and their main responsibility is to ensure that client’s expectations are met during their visit. This lodge has got a double storey structure with a very large reception area that was decorated with pieces of African Art, and the African carving. This lodge also has a small souvenir shop where you can buy some items of interest. The lodge has also got a bar.

ruzizi-tented-camp

Ruzizi Tented Lodge is a small luxury tented camp and has 7 en suite tents that are patched on the forest shores of Lake Ihema and each of the tents is well protected by the large palms and trees. The tents were also placed on both sides of the grass thatched main structure that homes the reception area, the lounge, bar and dining area. There are also walk ways with wooden boards that connects each of the tents to the reception area. Its powered using a solar energy and the camp has electricity and hot running water.

Ruzizi tented lodge was constructed and was started in January 2012 and was completed and was opened in November 2012. This tented lodge is also the first of its kind with in Rwanda, even though a well proven concept elsewhere in Africa. Was built on the shores on the forested shores of Lake Ihema.

Ruzizi Tented Lodge has got 7 tents and accommodates 14 guests; the camp is also an intimate retreat. Each of the tents has its own en suite bathroom with cold and hot running water, comfortable queen beds, dressing area, a private patio at the front. There is a thatched central lounge/ dining area which is accessible by the board walks from each tent. There is also a large deck under a shaded fig tree overlooks lake Ihema with the fire place for cooler evenings. The lodge is environmentally aware and are powered by solar.

The main meals at Ruzizi tented Lodge

Breakfast Meals

Breakfast is also served starting from 5:30 early in the morning on wards in the dining room. The staff at the lodge will also ask you the past night the time you wish to have the breakfast.  It also comprises of coffee, tea, local fruits, and fresh juice, Eggs and the home baked bread on order.

Lunch Meals at Ruzizi Tented Lodge

The lodge also offers lunch menu every day. There is also a packed lunch that can be organized at the lodge, though a request has to be done a night before.

Dinner Offer at Ruzizi Tented Lodge

This is normally from 6-7pm and many of the guests come together to the lounge to enjoy a pre-dinner snack and some drinks. At exactly 7:30 pm, they will serve dinner and it’s normally a set menu that differs on a daily basis which is prepared by the lodge chef. Some common examples also include; the pot pie dishes, braai with the different meats and salads, different types of pizzas, and this is followed by a desert that’s prepared for the day. In case of any food allergies, please inform the staff on your arrival in order to enable them prepare for you sufficiently.

Power and water

This tented lodge runs mainly on a solar system. And the lodge’s lights, kitchen equipment’s, fridge as well as the water heating provisions are all powered by solar energy. Also when charging your electrical gadgets, they will be plugged into solar power. The system was also tailor designed to be able to run independently for 3 days of full occupancy without recharging. Though you enjoy staying at the lodge and also charge your electrical gadgets and it’s most relevant that you take responsibility to the way you use the power by not leaving on the lights most especially you are not using or even leaving any fully charged gadgets that are plugged in the power points.

The water is heated by solar hot water system and each visitor is given 40 liters of hot water each and every day. This is also expected to be enough and also a way of conserving water hence it’s recommended by the guests not to be wasteful when using water. Since it’s pumped from the borehole using the solar energy, water that is used at Ruzizi tented lodge has been tasted and so safe for consumption. Even though, this water is tested safe, it’s also advisable to drink only bottled water that is provided in the rooms.

Laundry Services

In order to conserve the energy and water, it’s the lodge’s policy to change the bed linen every two days and fresh towels are provided on request by the visitors. The lodge also offers the laundry services on daily basis and therefore laundry needs a minimum of 24 hours to be completed. Therefore it’s also advisable to order your laundry 24 hours before.