A haven for primates in Africa’s largest mountain rainforest – right at your doorstep.
Designed to fit harmoniously within its beautiful natural surroundings, Nyungwe Forest Lodge 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 Gisakura, a working tea plantation, on the edge of the Nyungwe National Park. The Nyungwe Forest is the largest mountain rainforest on the African continent with over 13 different species of primates, representing 20% of all the apes in Africa.
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.
There are over 275 different species of birds as well as 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.
At the lodge
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.
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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.
Getting here and getting around need not be a stress.
Several flights weekly are available from African and European cities (Nairobi, Entebbe, Brussels and Paris). Some of the airlines that fly to Rwanda are SN Brussels, Alliance Express/Alliance Air, Ethiopian Airlines, Kenya Airways and Air Tanzania. All international flights land at Kanombe Airport which is 10km away from central Kigali.
Rwanda has possibly the best roads in East Africa. All of the major centres are connected with local and luxury bus services, although as with most of Africa these can be unreliable at times. Rwanda has no railways but there are many small airports dotted across the country making it easy to take a chartered flight between destinations. You have a choice of chartered flights and transfer in 4×4 vehicles between your destinations and lodges.