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Nyungwe Forest Lodge


Rating: Deluxe    

Nyungwe Forest Lodge overview

A luxury lodge in the south of Rwanda situated in a tea plantation on the edge of the Nyungwe Forest. Ideal base for exploring the forest with its many primate species, flora and birdlife.

Opened late in 2010, this luxury lodge is the first of its kind in the region and has 24 rooms made up of 15 king bedded rooms, 7 twin bedded rooms and 2 king bedded suites. All rooms have fireplaces for cold nights, air conditioning, mini bars, tea and coffee facilities, en-suites and private decks. Extra comforts are provided such as fluffy bath robes, slippers, toiletries, mini bar, tea and coffee facilities.

There is an outdoor heated swimming pool and a boma area for outdoor dining and drinks. Enjoy relaxing in one of the two treatment rooms or in the jacuzzi pool at the spa.

The main building houses a large, stylish lounge and a dining area with a terrace.

Drive time from Kigali to Nyungwe is around 7 hours and 250km, but there is a helipad at the lodge and an airport within an hours drive. See our section on Nyungwe Forest for details of treks and activities there. Note that it takes nearly an hour from the lodge to the park HQ for the start of the trails, so early wake up calls are the norm here!

Guests at the lodge can take tours of the tea estate and may be able to see a local troop of colobus monkeys who frequent a plantation are near the tea fields. Gisakura village down the road is also worth a visit whilst at the lodge.


Open: Year round. 

Location: On the edge of the Nyungwe Rainforest in a beautiful tea plantation. 

Rooms: 22 luxury forest rooms and 2 forest suites.  Each with a balcony overlooking the forest or plantation. There is air-conditioning and heating in each room.

Activities: Trekking for; chimpanzees, black and white colobus monkeys, grey-cheeked mangabey's, blue monkeys and golden monkeys. There are also various walking trails to see waterfalls, swamp walks, bird watching, cultural walks with a local guide and a canopy forest walk.

Facilities: The main lodge houses the restaurant, tea lounge and bar with a separate bistro overlooking the swimming pool. There is a cosy outdoor boma area for outdoor dining and evening drinks and the lodge has a beauty spa and small gift shop.

Dining: Meals are served at individual tables in the restaurant and in the outdoor boma. 

Children: The lodge welcomes children of all ages. Children under 15 years old not permitted on chimpanzee treks.

Health: This is a malaria area. 

Communication: There is limited mobile reception, a phone and fax at reception and limited internect access.

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Miss. Susan Rogers

"Beautiful setting. Log fires. Good food, very friendly great rooms, colobus monkey visits to my balcony ."

Paul Wright
"unbelievable standard of accomodation. An amazing location and an amazing hotel, food was amazing, everything was awsome, didn't want to leave. Room backed onto the rain forest and the tea plantation. Idealic!"
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