I was blown away by the beauty of this place! There is art EVERYWHERE. It is so colorful, I absolutely loved it. There are cultural experiences you can take advantage of while you're staying there. I highly recommend learning how to make banana beer! There's a store that sells art and the money goes back into the community. As for accommodations, there's nice rooms inside and large, clean bathrooms with hot water. The campsite is a good size - plenty of space to spread out tents.
Red Rocks’ reputation precedes it so I was very curious to stay there on a recent trip to Rwanda. I passed by two years ago when they had a cultural performance. It was excellent, a re-enactment of traditional life at court. Not only was it for the visitors but local community were in attendance too. In addition to being a good backpacker campsite and hostel, Red Rocks leads an active part in developing the community and organising activities that celebrate and promote local culture. You might learn how to make banana beer, have a go at grinding millet with a stone, meet ladies from the local cooperative who make some very beautiful baskets. Buy their baskets and support them. Hundred percent of the basket price goes to the women who make them. I travelled to Musanze by bus. It’s a very easy journey. From there I got a moto (motorbike taxi) for the 8 km to the campsite. It was easy to organise and Red Rocks told me how much I should pay. At the campsite, I got very lovely hellos and welcomes from all the staff. I met Harriet, one of the co-owners, the chef; everyone really made me feel very welcome. Evenings were spent by the campfire, with a dog draped over my feet to keep me warm! (It’s chilly at altitude) I slept in one of the tents that has a double bed in it. No room to do anything other than store my clothes but I wasn’t there to spend time in my tent. Showers and toilets are shared. (The best shower is in the dormitory section). I spent one afternoon touring the demonstration garden, which was really fascinating. It gives you an insight into some of the local plants and indigenous tree species, which Red Rocks Initiatives growing for the community to plant. This is a free service that is all supported by the revenue from the campsite. It’s a win-win project and has won some awards. I highly recommend staying here. There are tons of active other activities here as well including biking, hiking. You can of course use it as a base to track the gorillas. Meals are huge and very cheap.…
We spent five nights on this lovely campsite. The people were very welcoming and we mase new friends. The food was delicious and always custom made, the banana beer gave us the effects we wished for and the place was complete (electricity, proximity to everything you wish for, hot showers, food, drinks, internet, etc.). We did a couple of activities with the NGO (which redrocks is) and alwasy had a great time and learned a lot. The campsite was rather noisey as there was construction going on in the area, we were not bothered too much though.
It had it all, amazing food, lovely environment and amazing people. It was the perfect place for backpackers wanting to experience the Volcanoe National Park. Harriet organised a mottos on 2 occasions for me and a lovely packed lunch.
We stayed here in a tent. There is enough space between the tents, so enough privacy. The toilets and showers are in a separate location and there are also toilets and bathrooms in the main building; they are nicer and cleaner... The staff organises very nice activities. We participated in a village tour and a cycle tour. The village tour is a real must. You have to walk there (about one hour). It is a womens' village. Very nice to meet the women. We cooked together and had a meal there. Furthermore they showed how to make banana beer. The cycle tour is quite heavy, the trip goes to the town, but is it all uphill for about 7 kms.... However, also this tour is very recommendable! The income gained by these tours is meant for the women at the aforementioned village. Great!