A cup of steaming hot African tea (spice with ginger) on arrival is a most welcome start of the stay at the lodge. Check in requires, like everywhere in Rwanda, to fill out forms and have one’s passport copied, but was generally swift and accomplished without any complications.
The rooms, or rather cottages, are spread generously across the sprawling gardens of the lodge and when walking out of the main building the Sabyinyo volcano is the main feature to look at.
Do not be fooled by the numbers showing the way to your cottage … in my case the number was only found at the cottage itself, but not on the signs along the way, so if in doubt ask one of the staff how to find your bearings.
The rooms were very large, leaving space for some more furniture perhaps but there were easy chairs available as well as a coffee table. The coffee maker needs one to read the instructions carefully and instead of a fancy appliance a simple kettle would perhaps do better.
A small fire place, where a wood fire is lit in the late afternoon, looks good but is woefully inadequate to actually heat up the place, and the nights tend to get cold, so be sure you ask for spare blankets and hot water bottles from the reception.
The equally large sized bathroom was simple in its layout, an open shower area, no curtain, a loo and a basin, hot water yes but entirely over sized or else rather under furnished. Bring indoor slippers on the trip here because the floors are cold and using the available flip flops is not every one’s cup of tea.
The only meal I had at the lodge was breakfast as I skipped dinner in the evening, and that was adequate with cereals, juices, fruits, pastries and a cooking station where eggs were prepared to order.
The staffs were friendly throughout, answered my endless questions, that is after all what scribes do when on location somewhere and were swift to arrange for more teabags in my room, a pot of cold milk included. A nice touch is the cleaning of the hiking boots when returning from the gorilla tracking, at no cost that is, and slippers are at the ready near the entrance to the lobby where one can take the boots off, get into the slippers and then walk to the cottage.
The owners, 3B Hotels, have other properties across Rwanda too, like the flame tree village though their assertion to be the ‘finest chain of hotels in Rwanda’ really puts ambition before reality. Overall not bad, and if had the facility I would give the place 8/10 for a rating because it is better than average but below the ‘very good’ mark. All rooms are in fact cottages, generously spaced apart in the extensive gardens. Visit www.junglesafarisuganda.com for more information about Uganda safari Packages and gorilla trekking tours in Rwanda as well as different African lodges.