One&Only Nyungwe House

Nyungwe Forest National Park, Rwanda

At a Glance

  • Chimpanzee trekking, in the Nyungwe Forest Reserve

  • Boma area for outdoor dining and drinks

  • Outdoor heated swimming pool

  • Relax in one of the two treatment rooms or the Jacuzzi

  • Trek for the Black and White Colobus monkey.

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Rwanda can be visited at any time of year. There are two annual rainy seasons: the big rains which last from mid-February to the beginning of June, and the small rains from mid-September to mid-December. Rainfall, especially over the mountains, is heavy during these two periods, particularly from March to May. The long dry season, June to September, is the best time for tracking gorillas in the Volcanoes National Park and for hiking in Nyungwe Forest Reserve.

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Insider's View

You will be spoilt for choice here but along with the famous canopy walk above the rainforest and chimp trekking find time to enjoy the fabulous massage from Bernice in their Spa to ease those aching muscles

Call us on 020 3993 5269 to start planning your holiday to One&Only Nyungwe House or take a look at our itineraries to Rwanda


Nyungwe House is the newest luxury lodge within the One & Only portfolio bringing five star luxury to the Nyungwe Forest Reserve. Nyungwe Rainforest is home to 13 species of primate including Chimpanzees.

Nyungwe House is situated on the edge of the Nyungwe National Park and stunningly set in the grounds of a tea-plantation. The Lodge boasts impressive views overlooking the rainforest canopy and the rugged Rwandan mountains. The major attraction in this area is of course the chimpanzees and other primates which call the Nyungwe Forest National Park home.

Activities are tailored to the individual and guided walks can last anything from 1 to 7 hours. The most popular walking excursions available include chimpanzee trekking, black and white colobus monkey trekking, grey–cheeked mangabey trekking, the Kamiranzovu Swamps and Waterfall walks, Bird watching and cultural walks.

Nyungwe Hosue consists of 24 luxury rooms all with views of the lush green forest canopy. All of the rooms feature private decks to make the most of the views, a fireplace to ward off the cool evenings, en-suite bathroom with indoor shower and deep baths, air conditioning, electronic safe, flatscreen TV, hairdryer and mini bar.

The lodge also has an outdoor-heated swimming pool with fantastic views of the forest, a relaxation retreat with two treatment rooms providing various massages and spa-treatments and a fitness centre. There is also a boma in the main lodge, enjoy alfresco drinks or dining with breath-taking panoramic views.

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All rooms and suites are forest facing. Accommodation at Nyungwe comprises of 15 x King bedded luxury rooms sleeping a max of 2 adults each, 7 x Twin bedded luxury rooms sleeping a max of 2 adults each and 2 x King bedded suites (Both connect with a second twin bedded luxury room). All rooms have wood burning stoves as well as air conditioning.


Children are welcome, with the suites specially designed for families. However, it is important to note that children under the age of 15 are not permitted to visit the chimpanzees.


Daily laundry, wireless internet access in the main lodge, and conference facilities with AV equipment accommodating up to 18 delegates.


Within the main lodge there is a boma area for outdoor dining and drinks, a tea lounge and bar, as well as a restaurant including a private room with private terrace. There is also a spa, heated outdoor infinity edged pool with view across the forest, a fitness centre and bicycles to ride around the tea plantation.


Chimpanzee, Colobus Monkey and other primate trekking. You can also arrange to do a canopy walk in the forest.



Jules Maury (Staff)

We entered The One & Only Nyungwe House after a long drive from Kigali and were immediately assailed by the sense of peace and gorgeous decor this hotel claims fame to.  Beautiful artefacts, designer fabrics, slate, stone and feature walls all create a wonderful ambience to relax and enjoy for 3 days.  Nestled within a tea plantation but surrounded by the Nyungwe National Forest the mornings broke with either mist hanging in the valleys or sunshine sparkling off the tea plantation in every direction.  All the rooms face into the rain forest where you can see monkeys if you are lucky and boast comfortable bathrooms, wood-decked terraces and large comfy beds draped in find mosquito nets (which are not needed!) Fabulous food, breakfast served on the terrace in the sunshine overlooking the lovely views, access to both chimp trekking and the famous Canopy Walk, Nyungwe House along with its stylish spa is one of the nicest hotels to relax in for a few days whilst exploring Rwanda.  The staff will see you lack for nothing.


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    Visiting the Kigali Genocide Memorial Museum should be on everybody's must-do list when in the area. The memorial is a haunting but stark journey through one of the most savage genocides in history, that took place in this tiny, landlocked country.

Holiday Ideas

  • Highlights of Rwanda

    Nyungwe Forest & Volcanoes National Park

    from £11000 pp inc flights & transfers for 6 nights

    • Go in search of chimpanzees, birds and other primate species in Nyungwe Forest
    • Indulge in a variety of wellness experiences in the heart of Nyungwe Forest
    • Come fact to face with the endangered mountain gorillas on a gorilla trekking experience

Location & directions

Nyungwe Forest National Park, Rwanda

The lodge, built to blend in with the surrounding environment is situated in a tea plantation on the edge of the Nyungwe Forest Reserve, in the west of Rwanda.

How to get there

8-hour 30-minute international flight to Nairobi followed by a 2-hour international flight to the capital city of Rwanda, Kigali and from there the Nyungwe Forest Lodge is a 5-hour drive. Helicopter charter flights can be arranged from Kigali International Airport.

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