One & Only Nyungwe House
For something special, One&Only Nyungwe House offers a truly sublime setting, perched at the edge of Nyungwe National Park, surrounded by rainforest and tea plantations. The property is perfectly positioned to make the most of its breath-taking surroundings. Huge windows bring the outside in, while dark stone floors and walls adorned with local art in the communal areas are complemented by bamboo flooring, four-poster beds and deep baths in the bedrooms.
There’s plenty on site to keep you entertained when not exploring the forest, including a sumptuous spa, outdoor pool and yoga deck. An outdoor fire pit provides the ideal place to gather around when night falls and local children are often invited to perform traditional songs and dances in the evenings.
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The main lure of Nyungwe National Park must be the charismatic chimpanzees. The Resort offers a discovery trek in the company of experienced guides who will lead you through protected jungle, the natural home of one of East Africa’s rare chimpanzee populations and troops of colobus monkeys.
After your trek, the Spa is the perfect place to relax and refresh with personalised treatments designed by eco-friendly skincare brand Africology. Or perhaps join the daily Tea Ceremony where you’ll have the chance to sample Nyungwe tea. Introduced in 1952, this rich, full-bodied black tea is now one of the country’s largest exports. If you’d like to learn more, you can accompany a guide through the lush Gisakura Tea Estate which borders the resort.
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The kitchen ethos is a sustainable farm-to-table concept, with a tailored approach that ensures guest needs and preferences are all catered for. The inspiration behind the menu is very much the awe-inspiring rainforest and tea plantation surroundings – seasonality is key and authentic Rwandan flavours dominate.
High Tea is a highlight of the day at Nungwe; discover local teas, sweet pastries and casual snacks as you look out over the working tea plantation. Fancy something stronger? Masterfully mixed cocktails can be enjoyed with rainforest vistas from the open-air deck.
The rooms at Nungwe are the perfect immersive retreat for a luxurious, once-in-a-lifetime, Rwandan wildlife experience. Sleeping two, with your choice of a king-sized bed or two twin beds, they are nestled within lush treetops, with a comfortable lounge area opening out to a large, private balcony enabling you to make the most of the setting and watch out for the jungle’s most mischievous residents; curious colobus monkeys.
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Undoubtedly an amazing experience to share as a family, please note the minimum age to trek with the chimpanzees is 12.
The Two-bedroom Forest Suite offers warm, welcoming respite to family adventurers. With two large bedrooms and airy living areas they boast plenty of space for families to come together. The master bedroom features a four-poster king-sized bed, while the second bedroom includes queen-sized twin beds. Both bedrooms offer their own wood-burning stoves and en suite bathrooms, plus private decks. The bathrooms feature twin vanities, a walk-in shower, and a deep standalone bath.
Once a month, Nyungwe House and their guests participates in a Rwandan tradition known as Umuganda (‘coming together in common purpose to achieve an outcome’), which ranges from planting new trees to helping to build new schools. Additionally, their menu is designed with sustainability in mind; their organic produce comes from from environmentally-friendly sources or is grown in their Chef’s Garden. If you too are interested in supporting local artisans and producers, you can visit the nearby village of Banda, where you can find handmade mementos whilst contributing to charitable initiatives.
Located in remote wilderness some 230km from Kigali International Airport, One&Only Nyungwe House can be reached in a variety of ways. By road the journey takes 5 hours but the last 1.5 hours is through the Park, whilst the helicopter journey is 30 minutes. RwandAir also operate daily domestic flights of approximately 35 mins from Kigali Airport to Kamember and then a short car transfer of 45 mins brings you to the resort.