Situated on a working tea plantation, at the edge of Nyungwe National Park, East Africa’s largest tract of protected high-altitude rain forest, One&Only Nyungwe House is recognized by many as being one of Rwanda’s finest eco retreats.
Praised for the quality of its design, and the use of ecologically sound materials, Nyungwe House shared areas include a restaurant, bistro, spa, tea lounge, bar, gym, conference centre and shop, whilst outside there is a heated swimming pool with views across the reserve. Characterised by open spaces, wood panelling, stone flooring and well-chosen pieces of local art, the look throughout is very eco-chic.
Food & service
Guests can choose to enjoy meals around the fire pit, out in the bush or around the table on the elevated deck. Seasonal menus are garden-to-plate using organic ingredients from the chef’s garden, and the staff are incredibly attentive and outgoing.
Returning guests never fail to report on the excellent standard set by the Nyungwe House’s 22 private rooms and suites. Reflecting the same high levels of comfort and design as the main lodge, all rooms are forest-facing with extended furnished balconies, large bathrooms and fireplaces, which can be made up with log fires upon request.
Each individual room also offers air conditioning, a private mini-bar, an electronic safe, wireless internet access, international dial telephones and tea and coffee-making facilities as standard. The two suites can sleep up to four people, and staff are able to make up cots upon request.
Activities include guided walks, bird watching, mountain biking, canopy-walking and trekking, bush picnics and sundowners. Please note that the type and length of guided wildlife walks depend entirely on guests’ needs and wants, and can last anything from one to seven hours. Among the most popular are chimpanzee treks, black and white colobus monkey treks, grey-cheeked mangabey treks and walks across the Kamiranzovu Swamps and Waterfall.