Planning your first or next adventure to eastern Africa? Discover six lodges to know across Eastern Africa including in Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania. These camps and lodges have established many different sustainable safari practices including the employment of organic farming, unique composting practices, and the banning of single-use plastics.
With its dramatic views of the Bisoke and Karisimbi volcano peaks, and opulent Forest Villas warmed by a central fireplace, Bisate Lodge is a model of sustainable ecotourism. With just six villas, Bisate was Rwanda’s first genuinely luxurious and eco-sensitive safari lodge, centered on Africa’s most immersive wild primate experience.
Guests at this sustainable eastern Africa safari lodge have the opportunity to reconnect with nature on the walking trails around Bisate, and engage with the local people. Guests may also seize the direct gaze of a silverback gorilla!
In addition to reforesting the 103 acre-area with over 7,000 indigenous trees, Wilderness Safaris’ Bisate Lodge also keeps a light ecological footprint through sustainable food and waste practices.
For example, fresh supplies for the kitchen are picked straight from the camp’s own organic vegetable gardens, where companion planting is practiced, as well as succession planting. This is to ensure the soil is continually renewed and enriched.
Kyambura Lodge is a popular destination to trek the Forgotten Chimpanzees of the Kyambura Gorge, a sunken forest where a family of 28 chimpanzees sadly find themselves isolated from other forests due to land degradation and habitat loss to encroaching villages. Guests can contribute to the reforestation of 3km of land to provide protection for these chimpanzees. The 3km of land is secured to serve as a buffer along the northern part of the Kymabure Gorge.
Lemala Wildwaters Lodge
Magashi Camp is situated in the 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. The region is also home to one of Africa’s highest hippo densities, some very large crocodiles as well as the rare sitatunga, and more than 520 bird species.
Magashi boasts six spacious and airy tents that offer uninterrupted views over Lake Rwanyakazinga. The camp’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. Wilderness Safaris’ purpose in this area is to help conserve Rwanda’s last protected savannah ecosystem. This also includes endangered species like the black rhino and the rare and elusive shoebill.
Mosetlha Bush Camp and Eco Lodge
Segera Camp in eastern Africa is inspired by a balance of 4 core concepts known as the 4Cs: conservation, community, culture and commerce. This ethos has made the retreat a tangible example of successful multiple land-use efforts, and proof that luxury can be sustainable.
Guests directly help support the lodge’s 4C projects from solar farms and beading co-operatives to the female anti-poaching rangers academy.
Every aspect of the retreat has a light footprint. Every room is solar powered, grey water is captured and reused, and waste is recycled or composted in their organic gardens.
Lastly, the camp has an inhouse water bottling system for distilling still and sparkling water.