Ruzizi tented lodge, the first of its kind in Rwanda,has opened a new Luxury Tree Top tent to expand its accommodation capacity for better service delivery.
The lodge added an additional of two tents— a family tent, able to accommodate four people and a luxury tree-top tent on August 23, 2014.
With the new development, Ruzizi is able to accommodate a maximum of 20 people in a total of 9 tented en-suite rooms.
Operated by Akagera Management Company, the lodge was constructed in 2012 with the accommodation capacity of seven tents for a maximum of 14 guests.
The Assistant Manager Imasy Ramampyis optimistic that the addition of tents will increase income to the lodge, which will benefit the park, hence contributing to the country’s economy in general.
Ramampy said 100% of the profits from Ruzizi go towards the long-term sustainability of Akagera.
“Every stay is directly contributing to the protection and conservation of Rwanda’s only savannah park,” he explained.
“When people tour other lodges they curiously make a stop at Ruzizi to see the only tented lodge in Rwanda, “ said Ramampy.
“The lodge brings a unique experience of contact with the nature making tourists stay longer.”
He said the lodge will benefit the park by bringing new option to the new experience giving an additional of items for the tourist to see.
“This is also contributing to Rwanda’s tourism sector by conservation of the country’s popular park and also an addition of destinations to visit in the park aside from nature,” he reiterated.
Last year, Rica Rwigamba, Head of Tourism and Conservation at Rwanda Development Board said increase in tourism revenues and visitor numbers are important in driving economic growth and generating prosperity for all Rwandans.
Ruzizi’s newly added Luxury Tree Top is timely when the country is working to ensure visitors to Rwanda get value for money and unparalleled tourism experiences.
Statistics from RDB indicate that Rwanda collected $142.5 million in tourism revenues and registered 664,729 visitors in the first semester of 2013, an increase of 11% and 14% respectively compared to the same period last year.
Tourism is the Rwanda’s largest foreign exchange earner with $282 million earned in 2012.
Therefore, visitor’s safety and security in Rwanda’s parks and other tourist destinations continue to be a priority.
The luxury tree-top tent is set 4 meters high overlooking Lake Ihema. It prides polished wooden floors throughout, a double hammock on the deck, a luxurious king-sized bed, freestanding bath, double sinks and an outdoor shower with a view.