Nyungwe National Park
Located in the South West corner of Rwanda on the border with Burundi, Nyungwe National Park is an untouched natural rainforest that is filled with exciting biodiversity. The forest covers over 1000 square kilomtres, Nyungwe is surely one of the world’s most beautiful and pristine mountain rainforests. It’s believed to be one of Africa’s oldest forests, staying green even through the Ice Age, which explains its diversity.
The forest is a home to habituated chimpanzees and 12 other primates species (including a 400-strong troop of habituated Ruwenzori Black & White Colobus), it’s also a birder’s paradise with over 300 species, including 16 endemics, and is home to 75 different species of mammal.
This majestic rainforest is filled with nature and wildlife experiences for you to immerse yourself in. Hiking or even biking the beautiful terrain, tracking the famous chimpanzees, experiencing the canopy walk, witnessing beautiful birds, relaxing by waterfalls are just a glimpse of activities that Nyungwe offers. Tracking chimpanzees can also be done in the nearby Cyamudongo forest for a rich primate experience.
The forest is surrounded with large tea plantations that you can explore or visiting the tea factories and learning how tea leaves are picked from the plantation. Cultural activities are also available around the forest.
Where to stay on a Primate safari in Nyungwe Forest National Park
1. Nyungwe Top View Hotel
Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel is built on the top of one of the hills positioning it to have the most beautiful views in the Nyungwe Forest area. Located five minutes drive off a main road, uphill, the hotel has 12 cottages arranged into two rows, one at the sunrise and the other at the sunset side. On each side, there is a row of six red-brick cottages ranged northward. Each of these double or twin cottages houses a lounge area at the front, with terracotta-tiled floors, sofa, chair and coffee table, and a fireplace which can be lit for you on cold evenings. The bedrooms are quite sparse, furnished with a bed, hanging space for clothes, hair dressing table and amazing well decorated spacious and clean bathroom.
The main area consists of a large, two-tiered rondavel with a phenomenally high roof. Although a rondavel is usually a traditionally built round house, this building offers a rather more modern take on the theme. The ground floor, where you find the reception, is furnished with a few modern angular sofas and walls adorned with traditional Rwandan murals. Circular wicker lights hang from the ceiling and dark tiled stairs lead you up to a mezzanine balcony. Whereas the basement cubicle hosts administration offices, the reception, kitchen, store and the laundry, it is the second level that hosts dining area and the bar both with tables and chairs set on a rather out-of-place black-tiled floor and a sweeping veranda with all-weather tables and chairs of steel and moulded materials. The views from here are stunning and on clear days you can even see Lake Kivu and the volcanoes of far North Rwanda and the Eastern of Democratic Republic of Congo. The bar on this level is entirely decorated from bottle tops, giving it a bright but simple look.
2. One & Only Nyungwe House
One&Only Nyungwe House is set on the edge of the Nyungwe Forest in Rwanda’s mountainous southwest. Part of a working tea plantation, her roots are well-established, while her recent transformation provides a distinctly modern energy with incredible design and every comfort you could ever need or desire.
Every newly-transformed room and suite has been architecturally designed to blend seamlessly with the unique landscape, respecting the environment and perfectly frame the best aspects of Nyungwe’s natural beauty. With an emphasis on indoor and outdoor living, you remain consistently connected to your surroundings, as extended furnished balconies open up to lush flora, with mesmerising aspects over the working tea plantation and forest beyond.
- 22 luxury rooms and suites and situated in eight stunning wooden villas.
- All designed to frame nature, with exceptional views of the Nyungwe Forest.
- Open fireplaces in each room or suite burn fragrant eucalyptus.
- Newly-extended private decks offer a secluded haven to watch wildlife.
- Interior design comprising locally-made textiles and artwork is inspired by the talent and beauty of Rwanda.