PROPERTY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • A luxurious, sophisticated wilderness retreat perched at the edge of Nyungwe National Park in south-western Rwanda. You’ll no doubt have come here to see the local chimpanzees but you’ll want to stay for the sublime setting, the service and the spa.
  • Located on the edge of Nyungwe National Park on a working tea plantation.
  • Nyungwe Forest — one of Africa’s oldest forests and home to several primate species — is nearby. Track for chimpanzees Black and White Colubus monkeys, Grey-cheeked Mangabeys, blue and golden monkeys.
  • The 22 rooms are luxurious with all the necessary amenities and private decks at the edge of the rainforest.
  • Plethora of activities including primate trekking, guided walks and bird watching.
  • A gin bar references the safari lodges of the savannah; new decking outside is the perfect place for an evening boma around the fire pit.
  • Facilities include a swimming pool and a brand new spa.

EXCLUSIVE LUXE VOYAGER VIP BENEFITS & BEST PRICE

We negotiate rates & benefits for our clients directly with the hotels’ senior management. Our rates match or in many cases are lower than the best online rate for the property. Our clients also enjoy a suite of extra VIP privileges and recognition while staying at a partner hotel.

  • Complimentary room upgrade on arrival.
  • Daily complimentary buffet breakfast for two.
  • Up to $100 dining or spa credit per stay, and or in-house dining / spa discounts.
  • Welcome amenities (wine/chocolates/fruit) and card from the GM.
  • Complimentary private airport transfers.
  • Complimentary roll-away bed if required.
  • Early check-in and late check-out.
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi.
  • Enhanced recognition through VIP status at all touch points in the guest experience.

A complete or partial suite of VIP benefits will be offered, subject to the property T&C, including availability, category of room & length of stay.

ACTIVITIES:


Nature's Boot Camp

Work up a sweat in a gymnasium unlike any you’ve seen before – the great outdoors! Allow our motivating guide to lead you on a kinetic workout through the leafy tracks surrounding our tea plantation. The natural landscape is the only equipment you’ll need for this jungle-style bootcamp in the fresh, mountain air.



The Chef's Garden

Our world-class menus must be tasted to be believed, and now you can discover first-hand where the inspiration for every dish begins. Revealing the secrets of seasonal cultivation and flavour, one of our senior chefs will personally guide you through our kitchen’s dedicated garden filled with unique native ingredients and a few culinary staples!



Spear Throwing

An iconic part of Africa’s history, the spear is a symbol of strength, but it’s also a lot of fun! On a hill top above our tea plantation, enjoy a refreshing cool drink as you learn how to make your own spear take flight and take in the fabulous fresh air views.



Umuganda Community Participation

‘Umuganda’ has roots back to Rwanda’s independence, and is now a nationwide programme where citizens devote the last Saturday morning of every month to working in the local community. From developing infrastructure to environmental protection, you can elect to take part in this positive initiative, giving back to the communities of Nyungwe and getting to know the local people in a uniquely hands-on way.


Nyungwe Nature Walk

This short walking adventure promises stunning photographic opportunities and an insight into the unique wildlife and cultural landscapes that are at the heart of Nyungwe.



The Secrets Of African Tea

What makes the perfect cup of tea? Some will say it’s all in the brew, but our tea expert will show you it starts right at the beginning. You will be invited to go into the tea plantation and learn the art of picking tea leaves and trying it out on your own. Don’t miss the interactive and visual presentation revealing the process of growing and processing African tea leaves. No demonstration would be complete without a taste, so you will have the chance to sample some beautiful black tea grown in the local area of Gisakura.



Hilltop Archery

There’s fun for all the family as you dabble in the ancient tradition of archery. Located on a hilltop in our property’s tea plantation, prepare to breathe in the fabulous views as you enjoy a refreshing cold drink and set your sights on the bullseye .



Signature Nyungwe Nocturnal Walk

Heading out on foot with your knowledgeable Field Guide, this walking tour uses spotlights to seek out the intriguing wildlife that emerge from their tree hollows, burrows, nests, and dens at twilight. On clear nights, you will be guided through the dazzling equatorial night sky. Many of the major planets can be seen just after sunset, while famous constellations reveal their beauty against the dusk.



The Beautiful Birds Of Nyungwe

Nyungwe is home to an abundant array of unique and captivating bird life, even on our doorstep. Along with our specialist guide, you’ll be taken to the periphery of the National Park to spot and learn about the most prolific, iconic and rare species, so get your cameras ready!



Nyungwe By Helicopter

Take in the epic panorama of Nyungwe Forest, Lake Kivu and other iconic landmarks from the unrivalled perspective of a helicopter. With 60 minutes in the air, you’ll discover the true vastness of the jungle around you and learn more about the geography of this mountainous region. Flights take off and land at One&Only Nyungwe House’s private helipad, for a truly door-to-door service.



Chimpanzee Trekking

Dashing at high speed through the flora, hooting and clanging – it truly is an exhilarating experience to encounter chimpanzees playing, wild and free. Home to one of East Africa’s last intact chimpanzee populations, Nyungwe is an ideal place early morning to observe chimps in their natural habitat. Most active in the morning, an early rise is required for maximum viewing opportunity, and a beautifully prepared breakfast will be enjoyed ‘on the go’. So, allow our experienced, expert trackers to guide you on a deep forest trail, learning about these fascinating creatures and the enchanting forest they call home.



Bird Watching In The National Park

Welcome to a true birder’s paradise. Described by Bird life International as «the most important site for biodiversity conservation in Rwanda,» the Nyungwe National Park is home to over 300 bird species, 27 of which are endemic to the local Albertine Rift. You’ll enjoy a mesmerising trail through the forest floor as bird song accompanies your every step, and your expert guide identifies birds by ear alone, from the elusive Rwenzori Turaco to the Grey-Chested Kakamega.



Karambe Trail

The perfect option for those seeking a more leisurely hike, this relatively flat, sparkling quartz trail begins in the open-air site of an original gold mine, market, and army camp, and leads through an area of low fern trees and young vegetation, the ideal conditions for spotting birds in Nyungwe.



Rukuzi Trail

This exhilarating hike is characterised by continuous open vistas on one side of the track, and the opportu- nity to spot chimps in their natural habitat. Lake Kivu and the islands of the Democratic Republic of Congo are visible early on, and as you descend the peak, listen out for the sounds of children playing as their voices carry up the mountainside from Banda village below.

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One and Only Nyungwe House

One&Only Nyungwe House is located on the edge of the Nyungwe Forest National Park in Gisakura on a working tea plantation. The lodge has comfortable accommodation, top facilities and the benefit of having Nyungwe Forest — one of Africa’s largest and oldest mountain rainforests — right on its doorstep. Activities at the lodge mostly take place in the national park; guests can go chimpanzee, black-and-white colobus monkey, grey-cheeked mangabey, blue monkey, and golden monkey trekking. Various guided walks are available, including a swamp walk, waterfall walk, and bird watching walk.

Guests can also visit the nearby tea factory and nearby communities. Alternatively, relax at the poolside boma, swim in the pool while taking in the surrounding forest views or be pampered at the spa. 22 Luxury Rooms are spread between six wooden villas are on offer as well as two Presidential Suites, each in separate villas. All rooms are en-suite with private decks overlooking the forest and have air-conditioning, a fireplace, minibar, tea/coffee facilities, satellite TV, and Wi-Fi. Enjoy meals at the restaurant or dining area and drinks at the tea lounge and bar.

Small yet sumptuous is the key. The 22 rooms are arranged in five pods away from the main building, at the edge of the rainforest. Each has a forest-view balcony, lie-down-on-me-now four-poster bed, dark bamboo flooring and plenty of warm fabric on show. There’s a wood stove as well as air-conditioning. The bath is splendidly deep and there is a raft of Africology unguents to sample. A cloche of biscuits arrives at turn-down time and a rucksack is supplied for your hikes.

One and Only Nyungwe House Two Bedroom Forest Suite

Two Bedroom Forest Suite

Blending seamlessly into the lush, mountainous landscape, families and friends can retreat to a spacious haven, with every creature comfort at their fingertips. A chic, lodge-inspired aesthetic weaves through two sumptuous bedrooms, each with a fireplace and picturesque private deck. An elegant living and dining room offers the perfect place to relax and share a chilled drink from the replenished mini-bar. State-of-the-art technology brings a modern edge to the environment, with air conditioning, an LCD television, and a dedicated in-room iPad that reveals everything you need to know on resort. Two spacious, en-suite bathrooms feature twin vanities, wilderness-view showers, and indulgent stand-alone baths.

One and Only Nyungwe House Nyungwe Room

Nyungwe Room

Nestled amongst the flora of Nyungwe’s mountainous landscape, Nyungwe Rooms are an ideal haven for couples and friends. Warm interiors are brought to life by an ambient, crackling fireplace, and touches of vivid art, inspired by Rwandan tradition. A replenished mini-bar is yours to enjoy, along with tea and coffee making facilities. State-of-the-art technology brings a modern edge to your rustic environment, with air conditioning, an LCD television, and a dedicated in-room iPad that reveals everything you need to know on resort. A spacious en-suite bathroom features twin vanities, a wilderness-view shower, and indulgent stand-alone bath. Outdoors, your private deck is an awe-inspiring place to soak up the sights and sounds of the forest.

An excellent wine cellar leans heavily – and wisely – on South African varieties, but when it comes to drink, tea is the thing. Tea-tasting seminars explain the fermentation and drying process, as well as the finer points of taste. Food is exquisite, with pumpkin veloute and a piquant pineapple and broccoli salad the highlights during my stay. You don’t choose from a menu; instead chef Treasure Makwanise delivers a set meal each evening, with all due consideration to those with dietary requirements, and many ingredients drawn from his kitchen garden. Breakfast goes big on delicate egg-based hot dishes and sweet pastries from the buffet.

One and Only Nyungwe House Dining Room
One and Only Nyungwe House Deck
One and Only Nyungwe House Boma

Dining Room

Enjoy nutritious breakfasts, leisurely lunches and homely evening meals in an elegant Rwandan-inspired dining room, with idyllic plantation views. From sunrise to sunset, delicious seasonal dishes are served in the atmospheric surrounds of the Dining Room and its plantation-view terrace. Floor to ceiling windows let in breathtaking green vistas by day, while two crackling stone fireplaces glow by night, the perfect ambience for a relaxed and homely evening meal. Touches of Rwandan art celebrate indigenous culture, while daily changing menus showcase the exceptional spoils of the land.

One and Only Nyungwe House Tea Lounge

Tea Lounge

Discover the secrets of locally grown tea in this elegant forest-view lounge. With striking floors, bold rustic beams, and decadent soft furnishings, it’s the perfect place to curl up with a good book and observe the lively treetops.

One and Only Nyungwe House Tea Lounge Bar

Tea Lounge Bar

As the soft sounds of African chill-out melodies float through the air, indulge in an exquisite al fresco cocktail or tipple of your choice, with awe-inspiring vistas all around.

One and Only Nyungwe House Private Dining
One and Only Nyungwe House Private Dining

Private Dining

A private tea plantation dining experience to discover.

The spa is tranquil, the revamped pool area occasionally has monkeys cavorting in the trees above, there’s a new yoga deck and you can even try spear-throwing if you fancy it.

One and Only Nyungwe House Pool
one and only nyungwe house pool and boma

Pool

Heated infinity pool water which overlooks the jungle.

One and Only Nyungwe House Spa

Spa

Feel your cares drift naturally away when you experience our exquisite, immersive treatments at One&Only Spa. Designed by Africology, each unique treatment combines the wisdom from traditional holistic therapies with the scientific power of the purest natural ingredients. Discover the essence of Africa, a journey that is captured through our bespoke spa therapies.

One and Only Nyungwe House Gym

Gym

A small but well equipped gym invites guest to maintain their exercise regimes or begin something new. A range of technogym equipment features customised training for cardio, movement and stretching.

One and Only Nyungwe House Yoga

Yoga

Our Yoga host can guide you through techniques of Ashtanga Yoga and Power Yoga. Sessions can be arranged at several beautiful outdoor locations around the property, or in the privacy of guest suites.

Area & Location

Area, Country
Gisakura, Rwanda
Nearest Airport
Kigali International Airport, Kigali
Local Currency
Rwandan Franc
Time Change
GMT +2:00
Language
Kinyarwanda
Best time to go
December to January and June to September

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