With Love from Rwanda

 

“Rwanda is a beacon of hope and the university of Africa” ~ Adrian Gardiner, Kwita Izina 2018

With love from Rwanda

Kwita Izina 2018, photo by Andrew Morgan

Mantis has been invested in the growth of tourism and conservation in Rwanda for many years. Our interest in Rwanda began at the time Mantis consulted on the strategic plans for Akagera National Park in 2007. We found a kindred spirit in Rwanda and its people who share our commitment to conservation and restoration.

Akagera Lions

Akagera National Park Lions

Our early work in Rwanda birthed a vision that would create a unique tourism circuit and spread economic growth throughout the provinces. In 2018 we were awarded the development and management contract of the Akagera Game Lodge. Our work at the lodge began with managing operations and upskilling the staff.

Akagera Game Lodge

Akagera Game Lodge

Major upgrades are underway to bring the facilities up to the Mantis standard. Akagera Game Lodge will comprise 60 bedrooms,  a conference centre, restaurant, and a bar.

Akagera Game Lodge

Akagera Game Lodge bedroom

Akagera Game Lodge pool view

Once these renovations are completed in 2020, Akagera Game Lodge will be fully incorporated into the Mantis portfolio. Set on a hill within Akagera National Park, the lodge is a mere 5-minute drive from the South Entrance of the Park, 20 minutes from Lake Ihema where you can enjoy water-based safaris, and 2 hours from Kigali.

River safaris on Lake Ihema

See Akagera National Park from Lake Ihema

Under the management of African Parks, Akagera National Park has returned to its former glory and is home to the Big Five and nearly 500 bird species including the Shoebill and Papyrus Gonolek.

Akagera National Park

Akagera National Park, photo by Andrew Morgan

We have since then acquired EPIC Hotel & Suites by Mantis outside the Akagera National Park. This will enable Mantis guests to enter Akagera National Park in the South, enjoy a stay at Akagera Game Lodge before traversing out the Nothern gate to the resort-style luxury of EPIC Hotel.

Mantis has conceptualised a strategic plan to link the natural gems of Rwanda and we are pleased to announce that we are well on our way to creating a unique tourism loop. Our portfolio now includes Cleo Lake Kivu- a boutique marina hotel in Kibuye and The Kivu Queen, a luxury houseboat on Lake Kivu. Both are set to open in 2020, with a few more key experiences in our pipeline.

Rwanda Lake Kivu

Rwanda Lake Kivu

The Rwandan government is on a mission to ensure that tourism benefits all its people and that the environment is protected at all times – this is directly in line with Mantis’ core pillars.

The pride of Rwanda

The pride of Rwanda, photo by Andrew Morgan

In addition to property development and hospitality management, Mantis is also committed to creating sustainable community development opportunities in Rwanda. Together with CCFA and African Parks, Mantis is part of a huge project to populate the Lake Ihema with fish to create a much-needed source of sustenance and income for over 100 families in the area.

Rwandanese fishing boats

Traditional Rwandanese fishing boat on Lake Kivu