Accommodations in Rwanda
Lodges and hotels in Rwanda
Matoke Tours stands out for over 10 years in its accommodation concept: We visit all accommodation in Rwanda ourselves to be able to select the best accommodation for you and to give you advice from personal experience!
Our selection criteria are focused on the view, service, location, style and price of each lodge. We also select accommodation based on the feedback from previous clients.
Have a look below at Matoke Tours' selection of lodges and hotels in each area of Rwanda. We give options in different standards and budgets.
How We Rate Accomodation
“Budget” - Accommodation such as simple guesthouses or dormitory rooms are available in many cities in Rwanda. Service and amenity standards won't be high and you are likely to share facilities with other guests, but choosing this standard can make a big difference in the price of the tour.
“Mid-range” - Matoke Tours originally focused mainly on the mid-range market and therefore has a special ability to choose the best accommodation of this standard. This is your best option for comfortable, self-contained ('en suite') accommodation set in stunning locations that don't cost a fortune.
“Semi-luxe” - Accommodation falling in this category is more comfortable than the mid-range. The locations are similar, but the details are further refined. These lodges often have a swimming pool, as well.
“Luxury” - The luxurious accommodation is fully equipped, comfortable and usually more spacious than the mid-range options. They often have facilities like swimming pools, masseurs and sometimes even private butlers.
Hotel des Mille Collines (luxury)
Known from the tragic film ‘Hotel Rwanda’ as the UN headquarters during the 1994 crisis in the country. Today it is a charming accommodation with the refurbished structure of the old building still visible. The swimming pool and the live music in the afternoon make it a wonderful place to just unwind before or after the flight.
Kigali Serena Hotel (luxury)
Ideally located on one of Kigali's most charming boulevards, the five-star Kigali Serena Hotel is built around a polished granite atrium, which showcases the very best of Rwandese cultural art.
Relaxed yet elegant, the hotel features an Executive Lounge and Bar, which opens onto a wide sundeck overlooking the newly refurbished swimming pool. Also overlooking the pool, the popular Milima Restaurant offers a wide range of all-day buffet choices, while the relaxed Sokoni Café offers inside and outside poolside seating.
Urban by CityBlue Kigali (semi-luxury)
Superbly located, within a stone’s throw of the Milles Collines, the Serena and Downtown Kigali, yet just 15 minutes from Kigali International Airport by car and located on Rue des Parcs in the prestigious Kyovu district of Kigali, this CityBlue Hotel sits in a truly five-star location.
Urban by CityBlue is a boutique hotel in its purest sense; it has wonderful, large and airy bedrooms including 6 executive suites, each with complimentary Wi-Fi, power showers, luxury mattresses and flat-screen TVs equipped with all the news, sports and entertainment channels. The hotel is an oasis in the middle of one of Africa’s fastest growing cities, a calm and heavenly property with panoramic views from its roof, an outstanding restaurant and world-class staff.
Flame Tree Village (mid-range)
Flame Tree Village is strategically located in the quiet suburb of Nyarutarama in Kigali.It boasts a total of 20 spacious villas that are not only comfortable, but provide a tranquil, homely experience. We provide free Wi-fi internet connection as well as a well-stocked pool bar. The residence has a pool as well as an in-door restaurant and an out-door sitting area.
Golf Hills Residence (mid-range)
A comfortable hotel located on the edge of Kigali in a quiet and modern district. All rooms are non-smoking and are fitted with satellite television, WI-FI internet, mini bar, tea/coffee making facilities, private bathroom and 24-hour room service.
There is a good restaurant with an excellent breakfast buffet. The gym and pool are currently undergoing renovations and should be available soon.
Step Town Motel (budget)
The contemporary motel has personalized service and a fine setting in the city's suburbs. There is a small garden with views over Kigali from where you can enjoy the tranquilility and ease of access to everything Kigali has to offer.
Rusizi Tented Camp (luxury)
The Ruzizi Tented Lodge, a 20-bed tented eco-camp linked together using boardwalks, is the first of its kind in Rwanda. Ruzizi is built on the shores of Lake Ihema, Rwanda's second largest lake, tucked away in a tract of unique riverine forest.
Akagera Game Lodge (mid-range)
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.
Nyungwe National Park
Nyungwe Forest Lodge (luxury)
Located in the Gisakura tea plantation, this high-end lodge is an oasis of tranquility within striking distance of the national park. From your villa you can enjoy the beautiful design, comfort and sublime views of the surrounding tea plantations. In the evening you can join in the tea tasting extravaganza and later enjoy an á-la-carte five course dinner. For relaxation, you can also laze in the heated infinity pool, exercise in the gym, or have a massage. This lodge is, without a doubt, one of the best accommodations in Rwanda!
Top View Hill Hotel (mid-range)
You shall be staying at a very nice appropriately named lodge near the Nyungwe Forest. The lodge backs up against the park and overlooks Lake Kivu and verdant tea plantations. The large rooms each have their own unique colourful theme which adds to your experience.
Gisakura Guesthouse (budget)
Located adjacent to the park office where you can book excursions in Nyungwe Forest, this simple guesthouse has shared toilet facilities. In the evening, meals are prepared onsite which provides a very cozy and friendly dining environment.
Cormoran Lodge (semi-luxury)
This beautiful lodge on the edge of Lake Kivu is made entirely of wood. The rooms are spacious and in the evening you can dine in the stylish restaurant with a drink of your choice next to a cozy fireplace. Kayaks and a 'Jet Ski' boat are available for hire, as well as access to the private beach on the lake where you can also take a refreshing dip in the clear blue water if the mood suites you.
Moriah Hill Resort (Mid-range)
Located a stone's throw from the shores of Lake Kivu, this resort offers 4-star accommodation including amenities such as a sauna, private beach, and a well-appointed restaurant. All rooms have a balcony overlooking the lake.
Rwiza Village (budget)
Traditional and Comfortable ; A cottage with beautiful sight and traditional atmosphere. All the cottages are available maximum 2 people, offering high standard of comfort and spectaculars view.
Bethanie Guesthouse (budget)
This guesthouse is built on a beautiful hill that stretches down to Lake Kivu. The rooms are simple but comfortable with a private bathroom, hot water, and some have a private balcony overlooking the lake. It is a charming lodge for all those who love adventure in its simplicity. It is Known for its great restaurant!
Lake Kivu Serena Hotel (Semi-lux)
The hotel overlooks its own private beach and has a panoramic restaurant, indoor and beachside bars, a luxury swimming pool, and the ‘Maisha' Health Centre’ offering an extensive range of health and beauty regimes, boating, swimming, volley ball, tennis, fishing, hiking and trekking.
The standard rooms are handsomely appointed with quality bathrooms and queen-sized beds.
Paradise Malahide (mid-range)
Each comfortable bungalow was built using local wood and volcanic rock to blend seamlessly into the natural beauty of the area.
A perfect night’s sleep awaits you as you fall asleep to the sounds of Lake Kivu floating into the shore. In the morning, you will be enchanted by the songs of the fishermen and birds.
Waterfront Resort Lake Kivu (mid-range)
Located in the quaint village of Rubona, 6km south of the city, this hotel has a large lawn and private beach giving it a relaxed atmosphere where you can have a drink and unwind. The complex is spacious and authentically decorated in colourful and lively African themes. The traditional rooms have a private outdoor shower!
Inzu Lodge (Budget)
This small eco-lodge was just built in 2013. The safari tents are simple, but clean and colorful with wonderful panoramic views of Lake Kivu. The bathrooms are shared. You can order a meal from the restaurant or prepare your own in the kitchen.
Virunga Lodge (luxury)
The location of lodge is simply sublime: on one side you see the lakes Burera and Ruhondo and on the other you have magnificent views of the volcanoes Karisimbi, Mikeno and Visoke. The stylish accommodation is an oasis of calm with high standards of service.
Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (Mid-range)
Situated on the edge of the dense forest that makes up Parc National Des Volcans, this lodge offers an excellent resting place before and after your visit with the gorillas. From the large rooms, you can look out over the expansive lawns and tropical rainforest with the mighty Mount Sabinyo that rising up in the background like a Mt. Olympus of the Virunga range. In the evening, enjoy a camp fire and some entertainment from a local dance troop.
Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge (mid-range)
Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge is situated at the base of the Volcanoes National Park, home to endangered mountain gorillas. It is also located 2 hours’ drive form Kigali International Airport.
The lodge has been built using environmentally friendly local materials such as Bamboos made fitted by a local community workmanship. We value the environment so much that we have been careful in the design and construction of Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge to ensure that the environment is not harmed.
Hotel Muhabura (budget)
With its locating in the heart of Musanze also known as Ruhungiri and its extensive menu and quiet rooms make this an ideal overnight for your activities in Volcanoes National Park. It is good value option for the budget traveler.