Nyungwe Forest Lodge is set right in the middle of a tea plantation.
Nyungwe Forest Lodge: Our full report
***STOP PRESS*** Nyungwe Forest Lodge is due to close from February 2017 onwards while it is refurbished. There is currently no time line of when they plan to reopen.
Nyungwe Forest Lodge lies on the edge of Rwanda's Nyungwe Rainforest National Park in the South-West of the country. It boasts an impressive view overlooking the forest canopy from a ridge on one side and a tea-plantation on the other. Although the country and its wildlife are still recovering from the civil war and genocide which ravaged them both in the mid 1990's, today there still exists an impressive array of 13 different species of primate living in Nyungwe Rainforest National Park including chimpanzees.
Nyungwe Forest Lodge is the National Park's first five-star lodge and only opened in March 2010. No one at Expert Africa has, as of yet, been to Nyungwe Forest Lodge but we know the area well and have traveled extensively throughout the National Park. With this in mind here is what we do know about the place so far…
Nyungwe Forest Lodge consists of 24 luxury rooms which are situated in 6 wooden villas of four rooms each. There are also two presidential suites in separate villas with one of these having a Jacuzzi. This is a luxury lodge designed for a Western market by an international company with international experience. As such the rooms are modern fit-outs and well decorated with traditional touches here and there. Each room is equipped with private decks which offer views overlooking the vast forest terrain.
The lodge also contains an outdoor-heated swimming pool, a relaxation retreat with two treatment rooms providing various massages and spa-treatments and a fitness centre. There is also a gift boutique and the lodge provides guests with Wi-Fi access too.
The dining areas are made up of a boma (a wood-fenced area containing tables and chairs around an open fire) which provides a great location for outdoor dining and sundowners, as well as a restaurant with a private terrace, a tea lounge and a bar . Meals take place in a variety of these locations.
The main lodge is apparently wheelchair friendly with relevant facilities.
As one might expect, activities offered at Nyungwe Forest Lodge revolve around walking and trekking in the National Park. Activities are tailored to the individual and guided walks can last anything from 1 to 7 hours. The most popular walking excursions available at Nyungwe Forest Lodge include chimpanzee trekking, black and white colobus monkey trekking, grey – cheeked mangabey trekking and the Kamiranzovu Swamps and Waterfall walks. Bird watching and cultural area walks are also offered – speak to us about the activities here.
The major attraction in this area is of course the chimpanzees and other primates which call it home but Nyungwe Forest National Park also boasts an impressive degree of floral diversity. There are 200 different types of tree species here as well as a plethora of flowering plants including orchids and the giant lobelia. Classic vistas of Giant Tree Ferns lining the sides of hills, ridges and valleys also abound in this area.
There are also over 275 different species of birds and 75 different species of mammals that reside in these lush surroundings. The birds are particularly spectacular with giant hornbills, great blue turacos and red-breasted sparrow hawks being amongst the bird-watcher's favourites. Twenty-four of these species are endemic to this section of the Rift Valley alone.
Our viewThe facilities at Nyungwe Forest Lodge are without doubt some of the best in Rwanda. The rooms are well designed and fitted out with all the mod-cons you may find in a hotel in a large city and despite its size Nyungwe manages to maintain a 'lodge feel'. The guided activities offered are varied and the mix of unique flora and fauna the National Park has to offer makes for some fantastic experiences. The contrast between the rainforest on one side and a tea plantation on the other also gives this lodge a little added something.
Ideal length of stay: We would recommend Nyungwe Forest Lodge as a great place to stay for 3 nights.
Directions: Road transfer with a private guide.
Accessible by: Fly-and-Transfer
Owner: Mantis Collection Dubai World
Food & drink
Usual board basis: Full Board
Dining style: Group Meals
Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining
Cost of meal e.g. lunch: Included
Drinks included: Soft drinks are included at meal times. Drinks are an additional cost at all other times
Further dining info: Room service is available
Birdwatching: The Nyungwe National Park is fantastic on a Rwanda birdwatching break, with the chance to see 24 species endemic to this section of the Rift Valley. With over 275 species in total, twitchers may be excited by great blue turacos and red-breasted sparrow hawks.See more ideas for Birdwatching in Rwanda
Wildlife safaris: The major attraction in Nyungwe Forest National Park are the primates. Here you can see chimpanzees, L'Hoest's monkey, grey managabe, Ruwenzori colobus monkey, amongst others. There are also over 275 different species of birds and 75 different species of mammals that reside in these lush surroundings. The bird-watching is particularly spectacular.See more ideas for Wildlife safaris in Rwanda
Walking: Nyungwe Forest Lodge is a great base for Nyungwe Forest, where visitors can go on guided walks to see energetic colobus monkeys, chimpanzees and a stunning variety of birds.See more ideas for Walking in Rwanda
Communications: Wi-Fi in the lodge, Telephones Nyungwe Forest Lodge has a central phone, an in room phone in each room, mobile reception, Wi-Fi internet and E-mail
TV & radio: Satellite Flat-Screen TV in every room
Health & safety
Malarial protection recommended: No
Dangerous animals: Moderate Risk
Disabled access: In Place
Laundry facilities: Full Laundry Service - Included