Rwanda’s eco-lodges: a base for viewing lions, leopards and gorillas

Rwanda’s environmentally friendly lodges and resorts are attracting eco-tourists hoping to meet mountain gorillas and see the “big five” game animals.

A key selling point of the country’s accommodation is the opportunity to enjoy what are described as world-class wildlife experiences without having to sacrifice creature comforts.

Akagera National Park, in the east of the country is the largest protected wetland in central Africa and has two off-grid places for wildlife lovers to stay. In the south of the park, Ruzizi Tented Lodge gives travellers in private tents the chance to enjoy the sounds of nature during the nights. Magashi Camp in the north is a luxurious lodge on a peninsula noted for its concentration of wildlife. It is an ideal spot for visitors hoping to see the big five – lion, leopard, rhinoceros, Cape buffalo and elephant.

Nyungwe National Park, the oldest protected mountain rainforest in central Africa, is in southern Rwanda. Here, Nyungwe House has spa treatments and yoga classes just a short distance from areas where colobus monkeys swing through the treetops.

There are few, if any, wildlife experiences that equal a visit to endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitat, and Volcanoes National Park has a dozen gorilla families that can be seen daily. In doing so, travellers are investing in the animals’ conservation and in the communities that preserve these creatures.

Photo: One and Only hotel and resort, Rwanda