Accommodation in Rwanda
Lodges & 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 (semi-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.
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.
Heaven Boutique Hotel (mid-range)
Heaven Boutique Hotel is our popular 22 room 4 Star hotel with rooms located on 3 separate properties along the same road. Heaven Boutique Hotel rooms all have similar amenities (TV, mini fridge, coffee/tea/purified water, free Wi-Fi, Air Conditioning in all rooms except the Villa Queen Economy Room) and all rooms are located on KN 29 Street, the same street as Heaven Restaurant.
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.
The retreat by Heaven (luxury)
The Retreat by Heaven, An 11 room 5 Star luxury boutique hotel is Kigali’s first entirely eco-friendly solar powered resort featuring locally crafted sustainable teak wood furniture, expansive custom built rooms with peaked ceilings, front and rear private patios
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.
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.
Karenge Bush Camp (mid-range)
Karenge means ‘small footprint’ in Kinyarwanda. As well as being the name of the area where the camp was first set up, it echoes the aim of the bush camp to leave a light footprint on the earth. Karenge is a seasonal camp, set up bi-annually for 3 months at a time, and when it is taken down there should be no lasting presence of its existence. No cement or permanent construction materials are used in the set-up of Karenge Bush Camp. The camp offer six tents, with a maximum of 12 guests. Beds are camp beds with mattresses and bedding. Camp chairs, reed mat floors and solar lights are provided in each tent. The bathrooms are bucket showers and toilets and a canvas basin. Warm water is provided daily.
Magashi Camp (luxury)
Magashi Camp is situated in the productive and phenomenally diverse north-eastern corner of Akagera National Park, overlooking beautiful Lake Rwanyakazinga. Akagera comprises some of the most scenic savannah in East Africa – open plains, woodlands, lakes, swamp, and grassy low mountains – and is home to one of Africa’s highest hippo densities, some very large crocodiles as well as well as the rare sitatunga and more than 520 bird species.
Teeming with plains game, Akagera now also boasts a healthy population of lion, which were reintroduced into the park in 2015 after a 20-year absence, as well as black rhino which were reintroduced in 2017. Magashi – the only exclusive-use area in Akagera – also harbours a good density of leopard.
Six spacious and airy tents offer uninterrupted views over Lake Rwanyakazinga, while Magashi’s main area comprises a luxurious lounge, dining and bar area, pool, and expansive viewing deck with a convivial fire pit. The architecture and interiors pay homage to traditional Rwandan culture.
Nyungwe Forest NP
One and Only resort - Nyungwe house (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 (mid-range)
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!
Kivu Lodge (mid-range)
The lodge boasts 20 spacious cottages, 2 of which are executive suites. It also has a restaurant, coffee bar and lounge bar. It boasts an outdoor cascading swimming pool overlooking the waters of the Lake Kivu. All the rooms offer stunning views of the Lake Kivu. They also have private balconies. The lodge is located on a private peninsula on the Lake Kivu. It is surrounded by a private coffee plantation.
Access to the lodge is off the main highway from Karongi to Kamembe. Turn right at Ngoma if driving from Karongi. Ngoma is 22 km from Karongi town and 89km from Kamembe town. The lodge is also has a standard helipad on sight. Flying time from Kigali International Airport to the lodge is 25 minutes. By private speed boat from Rubavu to the lodge is 2 hours while from Kamembe, it takes 1 hour by speed boat.
Lake Kivu Serena Hotel (semi-luxury)
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.
Sabinyo Silverback Lodge (luxury)
The lodge, situated in the foothills of the mighty Virungas, the chain of 15,000 ft volcanoes stretching through Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, affords wonderful views of the volcanoes and the surrounding countryside. Guest cottages and the main lodge building have been beautifully constructed and appointed and the lodge is the perfect base from which to explore this unique and fascinating corner of Africa.
Bisate Lodge (luxury)
Bisate Lodge, adjacent to Volcanoes National Park, combines the bucket-list gorilla trek with a pioneering vision of reforestation and community partnership.
Bisate is located in the natural amphitheatre of an eroded volcanic cone, with dramatic views of the peaks of the Bisoke and Karisimbi volcanoes rearing up through Afro-alpine forests. . Encountering one of the gorilla groups in the nearby Volcanoes National Park is a unique experience.
Six opulent en-suite forest villas maximise comfort and views while adhering to environmentally responsible principles and reflecting the rich culture of rural Rwanda. Bisate is within easy driving distance of the Park Headquarters, from where gorilla treks depart daily. Walks on Bisate’s property offer birding and participation in the reforestation programme.
Bisate is Rwanda’s first genuinely luxurious and eco-sensitive safari camp, centred on Africa’s most immersive wild primate experience.
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 (semi-luxury)
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.