Rwiza Village, located in Karongi District
Bamboo, eucalyptus, papyrus, reed, grass and other construction materials are readily available in rural Africa. The same can be said about skilled construction workers. There is no shortage of logs and refined timber either. In addition, when it comes to interior design artifacts, Africa stands out from the crowd.
Driven by the pre-corona record numbers of tourists visiting Rwanda, new uniquely designed accommodation facilities were sprouting up in and around the most popular tourist attractions in the country. Bisate Lodge, located in Musanze District, is an upgrade of grass-thatched huts. It offers an ultimate wilderness experience for the high-end clientele. The neighboring Singita Kwitonda Lodge is embellished with locally sourced stone walls and woven ceilings.
In Akagera National Park, Karenge Camp and Ruzizi Tented Lodge are set up using deluxe tents with luxury beds, camp chairs, reed floor mats and solar lights. With this upscale dimension of camping, luxury meets nature. Visitors bond with nature without compromising the comfort of their own bedrooms.
Elsewhere, designers of lodges are adding natural flavor to their work and their creativity is paying off. Visitors love it when hosted in structures that reflect the environment they are escaping to.
Recreating the atmosphere of their New York, London, Sydney or even Kigali apartments is probably not a good idea. Something different is what these escapees look for when they head to the woods. In this case, a harmonious blend of art and nature works magic. Besides, modern property developers rely heavily on imported materials, leading to high cost of construction.
There were gifted architects and interior designers in pre-colonial Rwanda. Traditional huts, erected centuries ago, were attractive and perfectly insulated. The finishing touches on their floors, walls and ceilings were impressive to say the least. We can still borrow a leaf from traditional builders.
Imigongo decor is still widely used. The geometrical artwork, popular in the 19th Century, is well preserved. While most furniture is made of plant extracts, hide and skin accessories are still common.
When your destination is blessed with green hills, valleys, lakes, rivers, forests, gorges and falls; your shelter may as well complement its surrounding physical features. The new trend is redefining accommodation for tourists who are in tune with nature.