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Akagera Game Lodge is located in Eastern Province; about 2 hours’ drive from Kigali.
Akagera Game Lodge is within the boundaries of Akagera National Park its south entrance.
Akagera Game Lodge has an attractive setting on a ridge overlooking Lake Ihema. The surrounding area has a wealth of big game and other wildlife on the open savannah, protected wood land, deep valley and Lakes.
Recognized as a superior venue, Akagera Game Lodge offers a superbly relaxed atmosphere, ideal for a successful conference, retreat, a tranquil gateway or an undisturbed encounter with nature.
Guest accommodation at Akagera Game Lodge encompasses a range of bedrooms, suites and cottages. The 20 standard bedrooms currently in use are in one long double-story terrace, and are fairly simple, with African print curtains and covers on the two beds. Each room also has a writing desk and chair, satellite TV and a small balcony/patio with a couple of chairs overlooking the lake or the savannah. The bathrooms are functional as opposed to stylish. Some of the rooms interconnect so are suitable for families.
The two suites were our favorite rooms at Akagera. They’re the last room on the terrace – one on the top floor and one on the ground floor. Each has a lounge area with sofa, solid green-marble table and dining table, TV and minibar (which is filled on request). African artifacts such as traditional drums lend some character, which is lacking in the standard rooms. The en-suite bedroom has a four-poster king-size bed with mosquito net, a dressing table, and a balcony overlooking the lake.
Furthest away from the reception are two cottages: two-storied circular stone-and-thatch buildings, with shiny polished floors, and a kitchen area with large dining table. One of the cottages has three bedrooms (one twin and two kings – all en suite); the other has just a king and a twin. Each has a lovely wraparound terrace affording beautiful views. On our last visit in 2011 the cottages were rather sparsely decorated and furnished, but we were told that they were in the process of improving this. Several more cottages were originally planned, but have yet to materialize.
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). With woodland, savannah, lakes and papyrus swamps, there are plenty of different habitats to explore offering a variety of flora and fauna. Hippo, buffalo, Burchall’s zebra, impala, bushbuck, Masai giraffe, Oribi, tsessebe, elephant and crocodile are frequently seen; lion and sitatunga are at present restricted to more inaccessible areas and are rarely sighted. Birding is particularly good and a short boat trip will give you the opportunity to get close to water birds that include numerous African fish eagles, marabou stork, crowned cranes, open-billed storks, cormorants, herons and egrets. If you are lucky you may even get to see the elusive shoebill stork.
The hotel offers facilities such as the swimming pool, the conference room which enables you to organize your meeting, and the tennis court.
• Swimming pool
our swimming pool gives each guest the chance to cool down in a comfortable environment. This allows you a look and feel of tropical climates in the middle of the park. This facility is free service for in-house guest.
Pool side Services: Towel service is provided, as well as a snack bar for refreshments.
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