Nyungwe Forest Lodge feels like on of those places you might read about in an article about exotic and unusual places to stay around the world and it's a complete pleasure to visit.
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Nyungwe Forest Lodge
- Home to thirteen species of primate including Chimpanzees
- Relaxation retreat with two treatment rooms and a jacuzzi pool
- Delicious bistro & outdoor heated swimming pool
Facilities includeWireless Internet access Heated outdoor swimming pool Relaxation retreat with 2 treatment rooms and a jacuzzi pool Electronic safe in each room Lounge
- Guided Walks
- Fitness centre
- Bird Watching
- Cultural Area Walk
- Chimpanzee Trekking
- Kamiranzovu Swamp Walk
- Grey-Cheeked Mangabey Walk
- Kamiranzovu Waterfall Walk
- Black And White Colobus Monkey Trekking
Seasons in Rwanda
About Nyungwe Forest Lodge
Nyungwe Forest National Park in south-western Rwanda is south of Lake Kivu on the border with Burundi. Established in 2004 the park covers an area of approximately 970 km² of rainforest, bamboo, grassland, swamps and bogs. Nyungwe is one of the oldest forests in Africa and is one of the last few mountain rainforest habitats.
Designed to fit harmoniously within its beautiful natural surroundings, Nyungwe offers guests exceptional 5-star comfort and ensures an experience rich in local culture, fluently fused with quality service and African courtesy. The lodge is situated in the Gisakura working tea plantation, on the edge of the Nyungwe National Park, East Africa's largest protected high altitude rainforest and the largest tract of mountain rain forest on the African continent.
Nyungwe Forest Lodge consists of 22 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 and as such the rooms are modern fit-outs and well decorated with traditional touches. Each room is equipped with private decks which offer views overlooking the vast forest terrain.
In 2005, the Government of Rwanda declared Nyungwe a national park, affording it the highest level of protection in Rwanda. This forest, the largest mountain rainforest in all of Africa, hosts 13 species of primates including the Angola Colobus found in groups of 300-400 animals that is an attribute unique to Nyungwe. It also hosts a large population of chimpanzees and two other threatened species of monkey; the owl faced monkey and reported but unverified sightings of the golden monkey.
Nyungwe is stated as 'the most important site for biodiversity conservation in Rwanda' by Birdlife International for its 27 recorded bird species, 25 of which are endemic. Nyungwe's forests extend to altitudes occupied by few other forests in Africa; 1600-2950 meters above sea level. It is also home to myriad orchids, butterflies, moths and other fascinating insects.
Nyungwe is not only Rwanda’s primary water catchment, it is also the source and watershed of Africa’s greatest rivers - the Nile and the Congo.
The people of the region have sustained their rich and diverse heritage with many examples of song, dance, music, cuisine, handicrafts and artisan skills that make for a fascinating complement to the nature side of a trip to this part of Africa.
How to get there
We will assist you with all necessary internal transfers after booking.
Rwandair offers flights between Kigali and Kamembe. Once at Kamembe a road transfer to the lodge will be required. This transfer is approximately one hour.
Helicopter charter flights can be arranged from Kigali International Airport at an additional cost and weather permitting
Heli-pad situated within walking distance from reception. A lodge vehicle can be arranged to transfer luggage. Please ensure that you confirm your estimated time of arrival.
Guided transportation from Kigali International Airport to the lodge and throughout the stay must be arranged at additional costs with reservations at the time of booking
Rental vehicles (for self drive purposes) are available in Rwanda but not recommended
The driving distance from Kigali city centre is 250 km and the driving time is 4 to 5 hours travelling at speeds of approximately 60km per hour average
Access to Nyungwe National Park is subject to the purchase of permits (Park Head Quarters) which can be arranged prior to arrival or upon arrival at the lodge
NB. All prices and times are subject to change.
When to go
Peak season 01 July - 31 October
Nationals from the East African Community, Democratic Republic of Congo, South Africa, United States of America, Germany, Mauritius, Great Britain, Sweden, and Hong Kong may visit Rwanda without a visa for a period of up to 90 days.
All activities can be arranged at an additional cost at the time of booking accommodation or upon arrival at the lodge.
Travelling with children
Children of all ages are welcome.
Children aged 0-3 years old are accommodated at no additional cost and may share with adults depending on the availability of cots.
Children aged 4-11 years old are accommodated at 50% of the adult sharing price.
Children from the age of 12 older are considered as adults and will therefore require their own room at the applicable adult rates.
Child minding is available and are done by the lodge staff. They are arranged prior to arrival and additional price will occur.
Children under the age of 15 are not permitted to go on the chimpanzee trekking.
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