One & Only Nyungwe Forest House
In Southwest Rwanda, just south of Lake Kivu on the Burundi border, One&Only Nyungwe House is set amongst the rich tea-plantations of Gisakura, on the edge of the iconic Nyungwe National Park. The park itself covers approximately 1020 km² of rainforest, bamboo, grassland, swamps and bogs, and is one of the last mountain rainforest habitats on the planet.
Alongside ancient rainforest, within the lush green expanse of a working tea plantation One&Only Nyungwe House offers an exclusive window to Africa’s fascinating wildlife and culture. Curating immersive tailored experiences, from gastronomic picnics to wild chimpanzee tracking and indigenous open-air spa treatments, awe-inspiring, once in a life time moments are sure to amaze you at every turn.
Room types and features
Nyungwe Room– Sleeps 2
Sink into the comfort of your secluded forest haven, with sumptuous amenities, a crackling fireplace, and vibrant art inspired by the natural beauty of Rwanda. Private furnished balconies open up to the lush flora, perfect for spotting wildlife roaming free.
Nestled amongst the flora of Nyungwe’s mountainous landscape, Nyungwe Rooms are an ideal haven for couples and friends. Warm interiors are brought to life by an ambient, crackling fireplace, and touches of vivid art, inspired by Rwandan tradition. A replenished mini-bar is yours to enjoy, along with tea and coffee making facilities. State-of-the-art technology brings a modern edge to your rustic environment, with air conditioning, an LCD television, and a dedicated in-room iPad that reveals everything you need to know on resort. A spacious en-suite bathroom features twin vanities, a wilderness-view shower, and indulgent stand-alone bath. Outdoors, your private deck is an awe-inspiring place to soak up the sights and sounds of the forest.
Two Bedroom Forest Suite – Sleeps 4
Reconnect with family and friends in a spacious Two Bedroom Suite, graced with every creature comfort. Celebrate around a beautifully crafted dining table; warm yourselves by the crackling fire; or unwind on a private deck, completely immersed in nature.
Blending seamlessly into the lush, mountainous landscape, families and friends can retreat to a spacious haven, with every creature comfort at their fingertips. A chic, lodge-inspired aesthetic weaves through two sumptuous bedrooms, each with a fireplace and picturesque private deck. An elegant living and dining room offers the perfect place to relax and share a chilled drink from the replenished mini-bar. State-of-the-art technology brings a modern edge to the environment, with air conditioning, an LCD television, and a dedicated in-room iPad that reveals everything you need to know on resort. Two spacious, en-suite bathrooms feature twin vanities, wilderness-view showers, and indulgent stand-alone baths.
A small but well equipped gym invites guest to maintain their exercise regimes or begin something new. A range of technogym equipment features customised training for cardio, movement and stretching.
One&Only Spa, In Partnership With Africology
A blissful sanctuary inspired by nature. Created by One&Only.
Nature’s Boot Camp
Work up a sweat in a gymnasium unlike any you’ve seen before – the great outdoors! Allow our motivating guide to lead you on a kinetic workout through the leafy tracks surrounding our tea plantation. The natural landscape is the only equipment you’ll need for this jungle-style bootcamp in the fresh, mountain air.
The Chef’s Garden
Our world-class menus must be tasted to be believed, and now you can discover first-hand where the inspiration for every dish begins.
Revealing the secrets of seasonal cultivation and flavour, one of our senior chefs will personally guide you through our kitchen’s dedicated garden filled with unique native ingredients and a few culinary staples!
An iconic part of Africa’s history, the spear is a symbol of strength, but it’s also a lot of fun! On a hill top above our tea plantation, enjoy a refreshing cool drink as you learn how to make your own spear take flight and take in the fabulous fresh air views.
Umuganda Community Participation
‘Umuganda’ has roots back to Rwanda’s independence, and is now a nationwide programme where citizens devote the last Saturday morning of every month to working in the local community. From developing infrastructure to environmental protection, you can elect to take part in this positive initiative, giving back to the communities of Nyungwe and getting to know the local people in a uniquely hands-on way.
Nyungwe Nature Walk
This short walking adventure promises stunning photographic opportunities and an insight into the unique wildlife and cultural landscapes that are at the heart of Nyungwe.
The Secrets of African Tea
What makes the perfect cup of tea? Some will say it’s all in the brew, but our tea expert will show you it starts right at the beginning. You will be invited to go into the tea plantation and learn the art of picking tea leaves and trying it out on your own. Don’t miss the interactive and visual presentation revealing the process of growing and processing African tea leaves. No demonstration would be complete without a taste, so you will have the chance to sample some beautiful black tea grown in the local area of Gisakura.
There’s fun for all the family as you dabble in the ancient tradition of archery. Located on a hilltop in our property’s tea plantation, prepare to breathe in the fabulous views as you enjoy a refreshing cold drink and set your sights on the bullseye
– ready, aim, fire!
Our Yoga host can guide you through techniques of Ashtanga Yoga and Power Yoga. Sessions can be arranged at several beautiful outdoor locations around the property, or in the privacy of guest suites.
Signature Experiences – additional costs apply
Nyungwe Nocturnal Walk
When the sun goes down, the forest really comes to life, and now you don’t have to miss a thing!
Heading out on foot with your knowledgeable Field Guide, this walking tour uses spotlights to seek out the intriguing wildlife that emerge from their tree hollows, burrows, nests, and dens at twilight. On clear nights, you will be guided through the dazzling equatorial night sky. Many of the major planets can be seen just after sunset, while famous constellations reveal their beauty against the dusk.
The Beautiful Birds of Nyungwe
Nyungwe is home to an abundant array of unique and captivating bird life, even on our doorstep. Along with our specialist guide, you’ll be taken to the periphery of the National Park to spot and learn about the most prolific, iconic and rare species, so get your cameras ready!
Nyungwe by Helicopter
Take in the epic panorama of Nyungwe Forest, Lake Kivu and other iconic landmarks from the unrivalled perspective of a helicopter. With 60 minutes in the air, you’ll discover the true vastness of the jungle around you and learn more about the geography of this mountainous region. Flights take off and land at One&Only Nyungwe House’s private helipad, for a truly door-to-door service.
Remote outdoor pursuits – additional costs apply
Dashing at high speed through the flora, hooting and clanging – it truly is an exhilarating experience to encounter chimpanzees playing, wild and free. Home to one of East Africa’s last intact chimpanzee populations, Nyungwe is an ideal place early morning to observe chimps in their natural habitat. Most active in the morning, an early rise is required for maximum viewing opportunity, and a beautifully prepared breakfast will be enjoyed ‘on the go’. So, allow our experienced, expert trackers to guide you on a deep forest trail, learning about these fascinating creatures and the enchanting forest they call home.
Colobus Monkey Trekking
Embrace the home of East Africa’s most diverse primate population, as you track the Colobus monkeys through Nyungwe’s lush forest trails. Most active and visible in the early morning, an early rise is required for maximum viewing opportunity, and a beautifully prepared breakfast will be enjoyed ‘on the go’. We’ll take you to the only location in Africa where you can encounter Colobus monkeys, and one of the few places on the planet where L’Hoests’s monkeys can be seen. So keep your eyes peeled and prepare to be surprised at every turn by the sights and sounds of our jungle filled with life.
Bird Watching in the National Park
Welcome to a true birder’s paradise. Described by Bird life International as the most important site for biodiversity conservation in Rwanda, the Nyungwe National Park is home to over 300 bird species, 27 of which are endemic to the local Albertine Rift. You’ll enjoy a mesmerising trail through the forest floor as bird song accompanies your every step, and your expert guide identifies birds by ear alone, from the elusive Rwenzori Turaco to the Grey-Chested Kakamega.
A beautifully prepared breakfast or lunch is included. As this experience is authentically wild, bird viewing cannot be guaranteed.
Experience the rainforest from a dazzling new perspective – on the famous Canopy Walkway. The only walk of its kind in East Africa, this breathtaking construction hangs 60 metres above the forest floor between giant trees and towers, revealing a stunning view of the flora and fauna, both below and above. An iconic experience, not to be missed!
LEVEL: MODERATE – INVOLVES SWINGING BRIDGE
A variety of hiking trails are available – from Moderate to Challenging
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