Ruzizi Tented Lodge

Ruzizi is a luxury eco-lodge located on the banks of Lake Ihema, approximately 6 km from the park reception. Its nine tents are set back from Ihema’s serene shores and hidden among swaying palms and fruiting fig trees. They flank a thatched reception and dining area, and wooden walkways lead to a stunning deck that hangs over the lake. It contains a central fire pit and is the perfect spot for a morning cup of coffee or post-dinner digestif. (AfricanParks)

The lodge was designed to blend in with its surroundings to ensure guests connect with nature. During construction, trees and vegetation were left undisturbed when possible. Some natural elements have been incorporated into the structure, and many of Ruzizi’s decorations and furniture were hand-crafted by local artisans and cooperatives.  The lodge is powered by solar energy and prides itself on being environmentally conscious.

With a 20-guest maximum, Ruzizi is an intimate retreat. Each tent boasts an en-suite bathroom with hot and cold running water, a dressing area, and a cozy queen bed (alternatively, guests can request two beds). All of Ruzizi’s tents enjoy shaded verandas containing campaign chairs, and a tree-trunk table.

Ruzizi offers the following activities:

* Morning, afternoon and night game drives

* Community guide (accompanying in your private car)

* Boat excursions on Lake Ihema
* ’Behind-the-scenes' look at African Parks operations - including a tour of headquarters, attending anti-poaching dog training and access to the control centre
* Community cultural experience - learn about community projects and buy local crafts and honey
* Hot-air ballooning