With just over an hour and a half away from the city of Kigali, you’ll discover the picturesque shores of Lake Muhazi in Rwanda. UMVA Muhazi is a boutique hotel that offers an unforgettable experience and sits by this very long & narrow lake that spans about 32 kilometers in length. From the stunning views to the beautiful design, this lodge brings together the best of adventure, dining, and community, offering a unique and memorable experience for visitors.
This lodge opened its doors in January 2021. The concept behind UMVA was to create a new type of hospitality experience that would combine adventure, amazing food, and community. Originally, the idea was to build a lake house with a big dining table, but the vision quickly expanded to something much bigger.
The driving value for UMVA Muhazi is great design that closely integrates with the natural environment, ensuring a seamless transition from the indoors to the outdoors. The lodge draws inspiration from Japanese, Scandinavian, and local architecture, blending these elements with Rwanda’s Eastern Province feel.
Sustainability is also a key focus for UMVA Muhazi. All the power used at the lodge is produced from green sources, and the lodge offers a complete farm-to-table dining experience.
What sets UMVA Muhazi apart from other lodges is its focus on community and connection. The lodge offers activities and adventures to keep guests busy, and its garden-to-fork dining is overseen by world-class chefs. Whether you’re looking for a place to relax, work, seek an adventure, read, meet, or eat, UMVA Muhazi is the perfect place to be.
I visited UMVA for a 2-day staycation last summer with my family. This lakeside getaway is indeed unique and offers an unforgettable experience. From its stunning location to its focus on sustainability, design aesthetics (As a former architect, I greatly appreciated this bit about UMVA), and community, UMVA Muhazi has something for everyone. So why not pack your bags and head over to this unique lodge on the shores of Lake Muhazi?