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Nyungwe Forest Lodge

Nyungwe Forest Lodge

Built on the edge of the Rwanda’s Nyungwe Forest, Nyungwe Forest Lodge offers breathtaking views of the park and of the surrounding tea plantations. The lodge was designed and constructed to blend in with the surrounding environment, and many regard it as one of the top two lodges in Rwanda, the other being the Virunga Lodge. The lodge’s most notable attraction is the nearby 160-foot high canopy walk that allows incredible eye-to-eye encounters with chimpanzees and other rare species.

Nyungwe Forest Lodge is the area’s first five-star lodge, only opening in March 2010. Twenty-four luxury rooms are situated in six timber villas. Two separate villas house the presidential suites. Fifteen of the rooms have king size beds, seven have twin beds, and the remaining two are suites with king-bedded rooms connecting to a second twin-bedded room.

This luxury lodge is designed for the Western tourist. The rooms are fitted to suit the modern traveller, and the décor is contemporary with a few traditional touches. Each room has en-suite bathroom facilities and private decks with wonderful views across the countryside. All rooms and suites face the forest and have a fireplace for the cold nights and air-conditioning for the warm days.

The facilities of the lodge are as one would expect of a five-star lodge. There is an attractive bistro next to the outdoor heated swimming pool. The boma area offers outdoor dining and drinks. The tea lounge and bar are a favorite place to unwind after the day’s activities. A relaxation retreat has two treatment rooms and a Jacuzzi pool. The fitness center has a treadmill, stationary bicycle, and free weights. The restaurant is noteworthy and offers private rooms with private terraces. The lodge even has conference facilities with AV equipment, accommodating up to eighteen delegates.

This region of Rwanda is home to more than ten primate species, encompassing 20% of the African primate species. These include black and white colobus monkeys in groups of up to 400 individuals, which is almost ten times the number recorded elsewhere. For those keen on birding, almost 300 bird species have been recorded, with around 24 species that are endemic to the Central African Highlands (Albertine Rift). The habitat includes hundreds of unique trees and more than 140 orchid species.

Activities at Nyungwe Forest Lodge revolve around walking and trekking in the national park. Guided walks can last from one to seven hours, and the most popular include chimpanzee and bird tracking.

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