INZU Lodge

INZU Lodge

When I go to Gisenyi I always try to stay at the wonderful Paradis Malahide about 10 minutes out of town and right on the lake. This time, while at my beloved guesthouse, I decided to wander a bit further down the road to check out the new INZU Lodge and I was met with a great alternative option for some relaxation time out of Kigali.

The lodge was opened earlier in the year by Marie-Noelle, a French Canadian who fell in love with Rwanda and decided to stick around and open an eco-lodge. Why, not, right? I’m glad she took a chance on this huge project because she’s got a very good thing going here. Her lodge is set up the hill a bit from the water and it has a fantastic view and plenty of space to relax.

When the lodge opened, their only accommodation was a well-manicured lawn on which to pitch your own tents. Since then, they’ve had two safari-style tents delivered. So I guess that makes it a two-bedroom lodge (one with a double bed and the other with two singles) with some space for extra guests in tents… so make sure to book! She’s got two more tents on the way and is expanding slowly.

At Rwf 20,000 a night for a whole tent, the price is pretty good, especially if you’re two people in there. The tents are built up on concrete platforms and include towels and some very cozy looking bedding. They’re set up right at the top of the property and have a pretty spectacular view back down the hill towards the lake. If you bring your own camping gear, you’ll is charged at Rwf 10,000 per tent with up to three people in it. So for the campers out there, INZU Lodge is a good place to get the ol’ tent set up and feel all outdoorsy. They’ve got hot water and very nice bathrooms so you won’t be slumming it too much!

As with the rest of the place, the restaurant has a pretty amazing view. The menu is stacked with Rwandan specialties like isambazi (little fried fish fresh out of Lake Kivu), goat and beef brochettes, kachumbari with igitoke chips and nyamichoma plus a bunch of their own creations. I love kachumbari (a tomato, onion and chili salsa) and tried that with chips and it was good. The goat brochette too was really yummy but I think the star of the show has to be their homemade pili-pili. Mix it in with a bit of mayo and you’ve got a great dip that’s not overly spicy. Top tip there for wimps like me.

Food took around 45 minutes for our starter and another 10 or so minutes before our main dish came out. The service was attentive and friendly and there’s a nice relaxed vibe going on. You can get free internet in the restaurant area, the bar is well stocked, the chairs are comfy and there’s even baby chairs for the kiddies. They donate a portion of their profits to local causes and are conscious about being sustainable.

The opening of INZU Lodge means that you’ve got another great choice for accommodation in this area. What sets it apart is the safari tent style accommodation, ability to accommodation a lot of tents, and the amazing view. If these are things you’re looking for in your Lake Kivu accommodation then they’re the perfect choice! If you’d rather beach and buildings then Paradis is the winner there.

But no matter where you end up staying in Gisenyi, make sure to pop in for a meal and a chat with the owner at the very least. It’s a wonderful place worth a visit for the view alone!

Phone: 0784 179 203 / 0725 250 101

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7 thoughts on “INZU Lodge”

  1. Beautiful set, Kirsty! Gisenyi is one of the places I want to go most, currently. Now, even more so. It seems to beautiful and so unspoiled. A rare thing these days.

  2. INZU Lodge dont have direct acces to the lake, but it’s very easy to get to the lake around there.
    We also now have 4 safaris tents to welcome you !
    Thank you

  3. I stayed at INZU Lodge this past weekend. The staff was absurdly available, the entire place was immaculately clean, and the memory foam mattress was nicer than the bed I have in Kigali. They have double beds (as pictured above) and tents with two twin beds for the platonic traveling duo. The beers are cheap, the dinner menu is great (extra large portions), and the breakfast is HUGE and excellent. Fresh fruit, great omelettes, different breads, yogurt, etc.

    They mentioned a potential price change to Rwf 30,000, with two breakfasts included. I don’t know if this will happen, or if it will be mandatory or optional, but I would definitely go for that deal.

    The Palm (about three minutes down the road, walking) will let you use their small “beach”/swimming area with no issues. Paradise, about a 10-15 minute walk in the same direction, has an actual sandy beach, but they’ll require you to purchase something from the bar or restaurants to use their beach. We bought a few waters and had no problems.

    Stay at INZU!

  4. Its really a beautiful place to stay and to relax… we went to INZU Lodge on 12/04/2014 to celebrate my 2nd wedding anniversary the time we reach there we find little difficult to get our car to lodge as the road was bad due to rains but they arrange our car to park on palm resort and then things were wounderfull.. we really loved the way they made the place and help full staff and now its like once in a month during buganda we are planning to go there and to stay in this lodge …… trust me guys it worth living in INZU lodge then rather spending money on any big hotels ….

  5. Hi
    Feb 2014 spent 2 nights in Inzu, great place. My daughter is coming for a holiday in May so hope to spend another 2 nights in Inzu. However i need the boat days/times to Kabuye from the boat place just down the rd from Inzu. Has anyone this information?

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