Accommodations at the Urugo Ego-Lodge
Experience life in rural Rwanda, reduce your environmental impact and support the economic development of local women and communities by staying at the Urugo Eco-Lodge at the Urugo Women’s Opportunity Center. Located on the main road between Kigali and Akagera National Park and offering accommodations, dining and amenities, the Urugo Eco-Lodge is the perfect place to relax and recharge.
Spacious Safari Tents
Relax and unwind in our spacious luxury safari tents! Each accommodates up to two guests and features an ensuite bathroom with composting toilet, solar-heated shower, hand-milled soap, super-sized bath towels, lockable wardrobes, hand-dyed, traditional fabric bedspreads and curtains, and spectacular views of the valley and the Njgama women’s farm. Enjoy complimentary WiFi and available laundry services.
Affordable Standard Rooms
For the backpacker or budget traveler, choose one of our comfortable, affordable standard rooms. All rooms sleep up to four guests. One room has two double beds, while the others feature two double-decker twin beds. Each room is decorated with handmade textiles and has a lockable wardrobe. Guests staying in our standard rooms use shared bathrooms with composting toilets and solar-heated showers.
Airport transfers to/from Kigali International Airport are available for $95, and bus routes to/from Kigali stop just outside the main gate. When booking your accommodation, please indicate in the comments section your request for a transfer with your arrival and departure flight details. Our friendly driver will be waiting for you in the arrivals hall with your name printed on a sign. Kigali International Airport is easy to navigate. Phone cards and ATM machines are located just outside the arrivals area.
Breakfast, lunch, tea, and dinner are served in the Urugo Restaurant, including made-to-order wood-fired pizzas and traditional dishes featuring locally grown vegetables. Locally grown, sustainable Question Coffee, fresh juices, pastries, snacks, and beer can be found in our lively Roadside Café next door to our colorful Marketplace.
Take the Coffee Trail – Enjoy a guided, 6km trek through a lush valley to a local coffee farm and bean washing facility, where you will learn how coffee is produced and taste locally grown blends.
Organic yoghurt making – Learn the art of producing yoghurt, and enjoy tasty samples.
Imigongo painting – Discover the meaning behind the striking black, white and red designs that have been created by rural Rwandan women since the 18th century.
Basket-weaving – Celebrate the intricate process of transforming native materials into beautifully designed baskets.
Meet Marie Grace Uwamariya, Front Desk Operations
Grace earned a diploma in Hospitality Management and Leadership at the Akilah Institute for Women in Kigali. Her education helped prepare her for the important role of managing reservations and guest care for the Urugo Eco-Lodge. “I enjoy meeting the people from so many different cultures who stay here.” Grace strives to anticipate guests’ needs and ensure that every promise is fulfilled. “Often it is the smallest things you do that makes the most difference in their experience.” Working at the Urugo Eco-Lodge has enabled Grace to live independently. “Now I can support myself financially, make decisions on my life on my own, and I can help my parents too if they need it.”
Meet Diana Mundeyenga, Housekeeping
Diana grew up in a big family in Kayonza, where still she lives with her father, who is a farmer. The income she earns working at the Urugo Women’s Opportunity Center enables Diana to help support her family, and to build her savings with the Blessing Cooperative. She enjoys her work, because she likes to see the guests happy and well cared for. She loves picking fresh flowers from the gardens and arranging them in vases for display around the property and in the guest rooms. “The flowers go well with the Itenge linens,” she says, referring to the colorful, handmade textiles used in the bedspreads and curtains in the Eco-Lodge. Diana loves fabrics, and dreams of becoming a business woman running her own clothing shop. For now, she is proud of her work, because this job gives her independence and she can provide for herself.
Supporting Women’s Economic Development
When you choose to stay at the Eco-Lodge at the Urugo Women’s Opportunity Center, you’re supporting the social and economic development of local women and surrounding communities. Since 2013, the Urugo Women’s Opportunity Center has provided a secure, supportive environment where women can find support, access resources, and build life-changing skills. Women for Women International thanks you for choosing the Urugo Women’s Opportunity Center.