Nyungwe Forest Lodge lies on the edge of Rwanda’s Nyungwe Rainforest National Park in the South-West of the country. It boasts an impressive view overlooking the forest canopy from a ridge on one side and a tea-plantation on the other. Although the country and its wildlife are still recovering from the civil war and genocide which ravaged them both in the mid 1990’s, today there still exists an impressive array of 13 different species of primate living in Nyungwe Rainforest National Park including chimpanzees.
Nyungwe Forest Lodge is the National Park’s first five-star lodge and only opened in March 2010. No one at Expert Africa has, as of yet, been to Nyungwe Forest Lodge but we know the area well and have traveled extensively throughout the National Park. With this in mind here is what we do know about the place so far…
Nyungwe Forest Lodge consists of 24 luxury rooms which are situated in 6 wooden villas of four rooms each. There are also two presidential suites in separate villas with one of these having a Jacuzzi. This is a luxury lodge designed for a Western market by an international company with international experience. As such the rooms are modern fit-outs and well decorated with traditional touches here and there. Each room is equipped with private decks which offer views overlooking the vast forest terrain.
The lodge also contains an outdoor-heated swimming pool, a relaxation retreat with two treatment rooms providing various massages and spa-treatments and a fitness center. There is also a gift boutique and the lodge provides guests with Wi-Fi access too.
The dining areas are made up of a Boma (a wood-fenced area containing tables and chairs around an open fire) which provides a great location for outdoor dining and sun downers, as well as a restaurant with a private terrace, a tea lounge and a bar . Meals take place in a variety of these locations.
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