Deluxe camping has become a popular phrase in the travel industry lately. Also known as glamorous camping, or simply glamping, this trend fuses luxury and simplicity. It is a solution to travelers who need to experience camping without compromising the comfort of their own bedrooms.
In Rwanda, this upscale dimension of camping is offered by the Urugo Women’s Opportunity Center located in the Eastern Province. Unlike traditional tents, Urugo’s deluxe ones have Wi-Fi, en suite solar-powered hot showers and verandas.
Spurred by a growing number of tourists traversing the globe, luxury resorts are sprouting up in places we once called remote. Despite this massive investment in hotels, camping has remained popular. There are many adventurers out there trying to get up, close and personal with mother nature. As far as this brood of wanderers is concerned, camping in the wilderness does the trick. On the other hand, there are those who prefer to bond with nature whilst enjoying basic home amenities. Deluxe camping caters to the needs of both groups. Apart from the safari tents, Urugo Eco Lodge has shared rooms with dormitory bunk beds. This option is suitable for budget travelers.
The lodge is part of an innovative social enterprise established to empower women in Kayonza area and beyond. It is set up within the premises of the Urugo Women’s Opportunity Center. The center encompasses a meeting room, restaurant and workshops. Its roadside coffee shop and craft market are outlets vending a wide range of products produced by the beneficiaries of the center’s training programs.
Roofs of different units are designed to harvest rainwater which is funneled to the underground cisterns through a network of pipes. A solar pump is used to propel collected water to the tank and eventually dispatch it to users in different parts of the facility. By capturing rainwater and tapping into renewable energy, the establishment utilizes natural resources while contributing to a cleaner and healthier atmosphere.
The composting toilets used on-site save water. A stringent daily and weekly maintenance routine is observed to ensure a risk-free management of human waste in the absence of sewers and septic tanks.
The rolling hills on which the Urugo Women’s Opportunity Center is constructed is perfect for those who wish to discover rural Rwanda. The center is also an ideal stopover for tourists en route to the neighboring Akagera National Park.