Akagera Safari Lodge is under management of 3 B Group of Hotels. They have other lodges in other part of Rwanda namely; Mountain gorilla view lodge in Volcanoes National Park, a home of gorillas in Rwanda, Flame Tree Village in Kigali, Kivu safari Lodge in Gisenyi, and Nyungwe Forest Camp in Nyungwe national Park. Akagera Safari lodge is located in the scenic Akagera National Park in north-eastern Rwanda.

The Lodge is strategically settled on the northern part of Akegara National park and gives visitors a wonderful game viewing opportunity to explore the hidden treasures of Akagera National Park. Among the animals see while on a game drive in this park include giraffes, zebras, statungas, Elephants, Buffaloes, and make bird species. Among other activities in the park include boat ride on Lake Ihema, Bush breakfast, Bush dinner and night game drives. We make your stay at akagera safari lodge memorable for lifetime.

This Eco-lodge was built using local fabrics / natural materials to blend with the environment and to reduce the impacts to the environment. We have a total of 10 Individual cottages. You should book early because the demand is very high. The weather around the Akagera National Park is wonderful and visits can be made all year round.

Taking a safari to Akagera National park and staying at Akagera safari lodge can be made all-year round. The weather is wonderful throughout the year as the temperatures do not rise or fall sharply. In other words, its never too cold nor too hot. However, you should bring light clothes for wearing during the day and warm clothing for the evenings. You can book through info@gorillatreksrwanda.com

A well proven concept elsewhere in Africa, this tented lodge is the first of its kind in Rwanda. Ruzizi is built on the shores of Lake Ihema, Rwanda’s second largest lake, in a tract of unique dry forest. While on your safari in Rwanda, never miss staying at this Camp for true African experience. There are nine tents, spaced widely apart on either side of a thatched reception and dining area, set back from the lake shore and hidden among swaying palms and fruiting fig trees. With a maximum of 20 guests, the lodge a quiet an intimate retreat! Each tent has its own en-suite bathroom with hot and cold running water, a dressing area and comfortable queen (four tents) or ¾ twin beds (three tents).

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One tent contains a queen and two normal single beds to accommodate a family of four, and the luxury ‘tree-top’ tent boasts a king-sized bed, freestanding bath and outdoor shower. Each tent has a small patio at the front and all are accessible by wooden boardwalks.

Another boardwalk leads to a large deck with a fireplace sits under a shady fig tree overlooking Lake Ihema. The Lodge is entirely powered by solar energy and the lodge prides itself on being environmentally conscious.

Ruzizi was built by the park management as part of a Tourism Development Plan to increase park revenue for the long term sustainability of the park. 100% of the profits from your stay at Ruzizi Tented Lodge, as well as your park and activity fees, go towards the protection, conservation and development of the entire park.

Construction on Ruzizi Tented Lodge began in January 2012 and was completed in time for opening in November 2012. The Lodge was designed and built by the Park Management and locally employed builders and labourers. Where possible, materials were sourced locally to further contribute to the local economy.

The Lodge was designed to blend, in and feel physically connected, to the surrounding environment. Where possible, trees and vegetation have been undisturbed during the construction, and even incorporated into the structure. Natural materials and colours have been used.

The boardwalk between the lodge and tents is a safety precaution and also restricts movement to leave a ‘light footprint’ on the ground.

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Location and Access

Ruzizi Tented camp is found in Akagera National Park in western part of Rwanda near Tanzania boarder. It is 3 hours drive from Kigali Capital, and 5 hour drive from Volcanoes National Park, the best gorilla trekking safari destination in Africa. Take a wildlife safari in Rwanda to this park and enjoy the beauty of Ruzizi lodge with other activities like boat ride on Lake Ihema, bird watching, nature walk and photographing among others.

Child Policy

Ruzizi Tented Lodge was not developed with young children in mind: the lodge is on the edge of a lake; all areas are accessible by raised boardwalks, which can be fairly high in places, with hand rails providing security for adults but not adequate for small children; and tents are widely spaced apart. Families with young children are welcome at Ruzizi Tented Lodge provided parents are aware of these safety issues and are prepared to pay closer attention to their children.

Children should never be left unattended during their stay at Ruzizi and safety of children in the lodge is the responsibility of the parents.

This policy applies to all children from 0 up to and including 16 years old. Persons from 17 years and above will require their own room at the applicable adult rates.

0 – 5 Years – Accommodated at no additional cost, sharing with adults
– Cost of food and drinks apply
– Camp beds are provided. Cots are not available for small babies and travel cots must be brought

6 – 16 Years
– Accommodated at the child rate if sharing with adult
– Cost includes breakfast and dinner 17 Years and above
– Adult rates apply
– Accommodated in their own tent
Power and Water

The tented lodge is entirely powered by a solar system. While we encourage you to enjoy the lodge and take advantage of the clean power to charge any electrical items, we also ask that you be conscious of our power usage by not leaving lights on unnecessarily, or by leaving fully charged items plugged into power points. Each tent has its own solar hot water system.

Whilst there should be sufficient water for your stay, please be conscious of your water usage, particularly hot water, and do not leave taps on unnecessarily. Water is pumped, also using solar energy, from a borehole. It has been tested and is safe for human consumption; however, we recommend you do not drink water straight from the tap.

A bottle of drinking water is provided for you in your room daily. Tap water is adequate for brushing your teeth and washing.

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Meals

Breakfast

Breakfast is served from 5.30am onwards on the deck. Lodge staff will ask you approximately what time you would like breakfast in the morning. Breakfast may differ slightly from day-to-day but generally consists of local fruits, homemade breads, breakfast muffins and condiments, and eggs made to order, fresh fruit juice, tea and coffee.

Lunch

Lunch is not included in the rate but a limited lunch menu is available if requested. Packed lunches can also be organized for you if you plan to be in the park, or on the road, but this must be arranged with lodge staff the night before they will be needed.

Dinner

Dinner is served in the dining room at 7pm. Dinner is a set 3-course menu, freshly prepared by our chefs, and will differ daily. Examples include a braai with a selection of meats and salads, a variety of gourmet pizzas, or a selection of potjie dishes, followed by a desert of the day and tea and coffee. If you have any allergies or specific dietary requirements please inform the lodge when making your booking.

Reservations

Reservations for Ruzizi Tented Camp can be made through credible travel agents in Kigali such as African Jungle Adventures, Gorilla Expeditions, Lets Go Tours Rwanda, Sunrise Tours and Travel, these are among the leading safari companies in East Africa, organizing amazing gorilla trekking safaris and wildlife tours in Rwanda and Uganda.

Let us try to Decide

Let us try to decide which vacation we are going to take this year 2015. We are looking into taking a safari in Rwanda and Uganda to see mountain gorillas and other wildlife and we are having a hard time deciding which safari package would be the best for us. My husband and I have two children, ages 16 and 19. Mountain gorilla trekking is our main interest, fortunately, both our children are above the age limit for gorilla trekking in Rwanda and Uganda.

We are not sure if a longer safari would work out the best for them because they would learn so much more, or if it should be shorter so that they do not have too much that they need to absorb. It is a tough call. I think that heading out on a vacation like this is a fantastic idea. I know that we will all get a lot out of it. We have seen plenty of animals, we live near a zoo, but we know that there is a real difference when we see them in their habitat. This is going to be a wonderful and exciting holiday.

How to Prepare for a Safari in Africa

A Safari is a trip that can be taken by an individual or a group in order to experience or hunt large game as well as other wildlife. In the past, safaris were taken as hunting expeditions. However, in this modern age, it’s much more common for Uganda Safari holidays to involve taking photographs or simply viewing animals in their natural habitats at a close range. Preparing to go on a safari may seem to be a little intimidating or a daunting task. However, when the individual breaks it down into manageable pieces, it can become quite easy.

The first step is to determine what you would like to do when you go on the safari in Africa. Are you interested in taking traditional hunting tours? Do you want to take specific photographs of various kinds of wildlife like mountain gorilla trekking in Rwanda or Uganda? Are you interested in having more authentic experiences and staying in their traditional villages, or would you prefer more comfort driven adventures with five star hotels and luxury transportation? All the above questions are waiting for your answer.

The Rwanda Development Board (RDB) has embarked on an exercise to transform a famous cave in Musanze district into a tourism site on the edges of Volcanoes National Park famously known for mountain gorillas and golden monkey tracking. Therefore, Musanze caves exploration is a new activity added on Rwanda safari packages and tour operators are advised to consider it and recommend it to the tourists.

musanze-cave-entryTour operators at the cave’s entrance, this was disclosed by Rica Rwigamba, the head of Rwanda Tourism and Conservation at RDB, while touring the site together with tour operators to assess the progress on Friday.

Located in Musanze district, the decades-old cave is about 2km. She said works are already ongoing.

A meeting between tour operators / travel agents and the department of tourism and conservation is scheduled next month to seal the cooperation to promote the place as a tourist site.

“We have been planning this for a while, our target is to increase tourism products; caves are part of products attracting tourists. We want to discuss with tour operators to help us let tourists know about our new products,” said Rwigamba, adding that within a month, they will announce the price of touring the cave after the consultations with tour operators.

Rwigamba also urged local leaders to help in conservation of the cave by preventing people from dumping wastes or anything which can pollute in the cave.

So far, the inside of the dark cave depicts a picture of a house with several rooms and corridors. The floor is paved and there are some stairs to ease movement.

The cave is said to have been a result of volcanic eruption decades ago. Residents said they expected the cave to benefit them because they will get jobs.

“The cave has been lying idle for years. Now people have started benefiting from it, some are guides there, others are cleaners, we hope as tourism grows more people will get employed,” said Pacifique Nshimiyimana, an area resident

Tourism was identified as a priority sector to achieve Rwanda’s development goals as set out in Vision 2020.

The cave is the newest tourism product in Rwanda; with plans to turn several other caves into tourism sites in the future, according to officials.

Last year, Rwanda’s tourism sector generated $281.8m (Rwf178b) up from $251.3m (Rwf159b) in 2011, according to 2012 Tourism Report by the RDB.

Meanwhile, RDB is also set to introduce hiking as another tourism product, Rwigamba announced. “The country is hilly. There are people who like mountain climbing,” Rugamba said.

If you have always wanted to see the African savanna or jungles that they always show on TV. Provided that you have ever needed to see the animals at the zoo for example lion and elephants out in wild. Then what you are searching for is a wildlife and gorilla safari in Rwanda and Uganda. A safari can help you to see everything that you have been searching for and more. It will take you through the savanna of Uganda to see animals for example Lions, Elephants, Buffaloes, Giraffes, Statungas, Baboons, zebra, and mountain gorillas in the misty jungles of Bwindi National park (Uganda) and Volcanoes national park in Rwanda.

You can visit with the local people and also see stunning destinations that you never musing you might have the opportunity to see for yourself. Assuming that you need to see and do all of these things then make sure you don’t let it pass you by or wait until it is too late. Make sure that you book yourself a place on an African safari today to Uganda and Rwanda in East Africa.
Going on an astounding safari holiday in Uganda and Rwanda will change your life and reveal to you things that you just read about in books and watch on documentaries. While on an safari to East Africa, you will voyage through the jungles and scene of Uganda, and you will get to apprehend a glimpse at some of the world’s most attractive wildlife.

There are particular safaris where you can experience the critically endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitat of Bwindi and Mgahinga National parks. You can additionally see lions and leopards in the savanna of Queen Elizabeth and Murchison Falls National park. It is a fantastic experience.

Accommodations are always the highest standards, and you will be well taken care of. If you have habitually dreamed about taking a safari journey but never really did it, now is the time! Make a safari to Rwanda and Uganda and see a different part of our world! You will love these memories for a lifetime and have astounding stories to tell. Don’t forget your camera and extra batteries!
See the Mountain Gorilla Close Up

Mountain gorilla tracking holidays refer to a special type of nature tour that is only found in the three countries of Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda. In the forests of south western part of Uganda and across the border to the west in Rwanda live several hundred mountain gorillas.

This is a critically endangered specie and there are only 880 individuals left in the whole world. Half of this population is distributed in impenetrable forests of Bwindi national park, Mgahinga and the rest of the population is found in Virunga National Park in DR Congo and Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda.

This is according to the gorilla census of 2011. The mountain gorillas do not exist anywhere else in the wild and they are not found in captivity. Tourists pay money to buy gorilla permits as permission to trek gorillas in the wild and over 20% of that money goes toward their protection and conservation, while another percentage goes to the local community surrounding the gorilla habitats.

All the 3 countries offer gorilla trekking tours and they are done almost exactly the same. Once the tourists are given special instruction in a 30 minutes briefing about Dos and Don’ts while on gorilla tracking, a ranger guide leads small groups of eight or less into the jungles. Once the guide tracks down these gorillas, tourists are allowed to observe them for 60 minutes maximum from a distance as close as 7 meters.

A gorilla trekking permit in Uganda cost USD500 and in Rwanda, each gorilla permit costs USD750. Uganda some times has promotional offers on gorilla permits in the month of April, May and November where each gorilla permit cost USD350. Note that, the demand for gorilla permits is extremely high through-out the year. Everyone interested in participating in gorilla trekking adventure is advised to book your trip early and secure your gorilla permit thorough any credible travel agents like African Jungle Adventures ltd and Gorilla Expeditions ltd

“If poaching rates are sustained at current levels, Africa is likely to lose a fifth of its elephants in the next ten years,” the group said. The study was released as experts and ministers met in Gaborone to look at ways to stamp out the slaughter, fuelled by a growing demand for ivory in Asia. The meeting is expected to adopt 13 “urgent” steps to stem the tide of illegal elephant killings.elepahants-uganda

These will include classification of trafficking in ivory as a serious crime and securing stiff sentences for offenders. Prevention would be tackled through better arming of national protection agencies and discouraging demand in destination countries. The meeting will also recommend the adequate securing of government- and privately-held ivory stockpiles so they do not make their way into wrong hands.
“We continue to face a critical situation,” said John E. Scanlon, secretary general of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. Poaching in Africa remains far too high. “Current elephant poaching in Africa remains far too high, and could soon lead to local extinctions if the present killing rates continue,” said Scanlon.
He described the situation in central Africa, where the estimated poaching rate is twice the continental average, as “particularly acute”. There are around half a million elephants left in Africa compared with 1.2 million in 1980 and 10 million in 1900. Researchers believe that poverty and weak governance in African countries harboring elephants are driving forces behind a spike in poaching.
Ivory trade is banned under the CITES, yet the illegal trade is estimated to be worth up to $10 billion (7.4 billion euros) a year. The price of ivory on the black market shot up tenfold in the past decade to more than $2,000 per kilogramme. On average, an adult elephant tusk can weigh 20 kg (44 pounds), according to experts.
In the past 13 years, the quantities of ivory traded have steadily shot up, according to Tom Milliken, an expert with the wildlife monitoring agency TRAFFIC. “2013 already represents a 20 percent increase over the previous peak year in 2011. We’re hugely concerned,” said Milliken. In terms of international crime, wildlife trafficking now ranks fifth after narcotics, counterfeiting, the traffic of human beings and of oil, according to estimates cited at the meeting. Beyond worries about the species’ survival, elephant poaching has given rise to security and terrorism concerns.
Proceeds from ivory are “known to fund terrorism acts, support conflicts” said the conference document. Experts suggest the funds could be financing groups such as Somalia’s Al-Qaeda linked Shebab, Uganda’s Lord’s Resistance Army and Sudan’s Janjaweed militia. In recent years ivory trafficking routes appear to be shifting from the traditional west and central African seaports to east Africa with Kenya and Tanzania as the main exit points. Most of the ivory ends up in Thailand and China
Elephants still exist in between 35 and 38 African countries with large tracts about 55 percent of the continent’s population — still found in southern Africa. Botswana, which is co-organising the conference with the International Union for Conservation of Nature), holds the largest population of elephants in Africa, according to statistics from conservationists.