Nyungwe House

With its location in a lush working tea plantation bordering Nyungwe Forest National Park, blissful Nyungwe House is the perfect base for chimp tracking and exploring Rwanda’s astonishing biodiversity.

In lush green tea plantations in the foothills of Rwanda’s mountainous southwest, Nyungwe House is surrounded by ancient rainforest. Given its proximity to the age-old African montane habitat of Nyungwe Forest National Park – and its own tranquil setting, absolutely beautiful in its own right – Nyungwe House is the perfect base from which to track threatened primates, including chimpanzee, and unearth the secrets of this wild southern corner of Rwanda.

The 22 luxury rooms and suites are clustered in six beautiful wooden villas, all designed to frame exceptional vistas of the forest. Private decks offer extraordinary secluded spaces from which to soak up the surrounding wilderness views. At this elevation, early mornings and evening are chilly and so open fireplaces in every room are thoughtful and necessary comforts. The charming wooden villas belie the contemporary sophistication and luxury that underpin this beautiful hotel.

Blending seamlessly into the lush mountainous landscape, the two-bedroom villas are a spacious retreat for up to four people, with every creature comfort at their fingertips. Each of the two spacious bedrooms has king-size or twin beds, a fireplace and private deck. The elegant living and dining room is the perfect place to relax with a chilled drink from the mini-bar, while state-of-the-art technology adds a modern edge, with air conditioning, an LCD television, and a dedicated in-room iPad that reveals everything you need to know about the resort. The final luxurious touch is provided by the two spacious en-suite bathrooms, with twin vanities, wilderness-view showers and stand-alone bathtubs. The forest-view one-bedroom villas match the luxury of the larger villas, with sumptuous amenities, a crackling fireplace and furnished private balconies overlooking the lush flora, perfect for spotting wildlife roaming free.

When you are not out exploring glorious Nyungwe National Park, there is plenty to savour at Nyungwe House itself. Delicious meals – featuring ‘farm to table’ local cuisine with a contemporary influence – are served in the dining room, which has magical plantation views, out on the terrace, or around the glowing fireplace. The Tea Lounge – under rustic beams and with panoramic tree-top views – is another popular gathering place where you can enjoy a daily tea ceremony, pore over a book from the curated library or toast the setting sun at the end of the day. Casual bites are served beside the sparkling infinity pool, while the Nyungwe House alfresco picnics are truly memorable. For special occasions (or just because you can) request a private dining experience in the beautiful grounds.

The open-air One&Only Spa is a real indulgence, but if you are looking to raise your pulse, head for gym or ask an in-house field guide to take you for a kinetic workout through the leafy tracks surrounding the tea plantation, for a guided walking tour or for a nocturnal stargazing tour.

Things to do
• Chimpanzee tracking
• Primate viewing
• Stargazing
• Hiking
• Birdwatching
• Nyungwe helicopter tour
• Signature Nyungwe wildlife, property & sundowners walking tour
• Signature Nyungwe nocturnal spotlighting & stargazing tour
• Signature Nyungwe tea factory tour
• Colobus monkey trekking
• Canopy Walkway (60 metres above forest floor)
• Art, culture & community interaction
• Bicycle trails
• Archery

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