24 Jul Unique Accommodations in Rwanda
Travel is what you decide it should be. Maybe you’re the kind of person who loves a long-haul train trip, with a mountain bike ride through the fields and a hammock at an ecolodge at the end. Perhaps your idea of vacation does not include quite so much mud, and you’ve got a long, lazy afternoon by the pool dancing before your eyes. It could be that you have a lot to spend and want no expense spared (lucky you!). Whatever level of luxury you desire, Rwanda has unique travellers’ accommodation that will surprise, relax, and even challenge you! Let’s make a layer-cake of options for your holiday, with something for everyone’s budget. Here are unique accommodations in Rwanda.
Eco-Eco (Economical and Ecological) Options
Of course, the most economical stays tend to be the most interesting. Hostels and budget B&Bs are a great option for backpackers and those looking to get the most out of every franc. You can stay at an award-winning hostel in Kigali (Discover Rwanda, $15 for dorm and $44 for private), or a homestay that offers airport pickup and colourful rooms (Colours Rooms B&B, $12 per night).
Ecological stays are available everywhere in Rwanda, a land with natural beauty to spare. The best ones are off the beaten track, in the calm and wild mountainous regions of the country. Stay on an active tea plantation in Gisovu and trek to the headwaters of the River Nile (Gisovu Tea Estate, $150 for a couple).
The famous Inzu Lodge offers glamping, bamboo huts, and campsites ($20-$30 per night), with the opportunity to work in the local community, too!
Living Like A Local
Airbnb is a service that has blown up all over the world, and Rwanda is no exception. This is the best way to find local stays with the kinds of extras you’d expect at home. Check things out with the direct links to these beautiful apartments and houses, all of which you can rent on Airbnb.
Whole, modern apartment with space for the whole family. It’s got great views of Kigali and is only a few minutes from the airport! ($72)
Gisenyi beach house near the lake, with a big yard. You might never want to leave (starts at $95).
Give yourself two roommates and a private room, just like you really are living in Kigali. This one is next to the police headquarter, and near to the American Embassy. Definitely a local stay (starts at $12).
Luxury in The Land of 1000 Hills
If you’ve won the lottery or just happen to have the ability to pay, luxury accommodation in Rwanda is some of the world’s most unique. Can you imagine getting a massage in a National Park with gorillas, monkeys, and endangered species nearby? Staying in the deluxe bandas at the Virunga Lodge ($826+ per night) will provide just that, plus all-inclusive food, drink, and professional laundry service. This is a once-in-a-lifetime stay, and they will organise safaris or local activities for you with concierge assistance. Worth it.