Recently converted from a property standing on the grounds of a working tea plantation in Gisakura, Rwanda, the 22-room Nyungwe House resort is perched on the edge of the vast, protected Nyungwe National Park. Attracting few international visitors, the park incorporates one of the oldest forests in Africa and provides a habitat for over 13 different species of primates (representing 20 per cent of all the apes in Africa) and 75 species of mammals.
The One&Only Nyungwe House was previously known as Nyungwe Forest Lodge. It received a full refurbishment in 2017, reopening in November under new ownership.
There are 22 rooms made up as twins or doubles with king size beds and thick, warm duvets making it very cozy. All rooms have fireplaces for cold nights, air conditioning, mini bars, tea and coffee facilities, spacious en-suites and private decks with more forest views. Striking artworks adorn the walls, inspired by the natural beauty of Rwanda and its rich cultural history.
For guests relaxation after a long day of activities there is an outdoor heated infinity pool and a poolside bar. Alongside the pool is a small fitness centre and a spa retreat. Enjoy relaxing in one of the two treatment rooms.
The main building is spacious with high ceilings. This houses the lounge area, restaurant, reception and curio shop. The large floor to ceiling windows look out towards the vast expanse of lush, green forest, a stunning backdrop to accompany your meals. The décor throughout is sophisticated and contemporary, though natural materials have been used in construction creating a blend of traditional and modern that just seems to work.
Guests at the lodge can take tours of the tea estate and may be able to see a local troop of colobus monkeys. Gisakura village down the road is also worth a visit whilst at the lodge.