One&Only Nyungwe House

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In Africa’s largest mountain rainforest, the great One&Only Nyungwe House Nyungwe Forest Reserve, Rwanda, nestles in a paradise for primates.

One and Only Nyungwe is situated in Gisakura bordering the Nyungwe National Park, which is a working tea plantation, the Nyungwe Forest represents the largest mountain rainforest in Africa. It is home to over 13 different species of primates, which represent 20% of all apes in Africa.

Nyungwe lodge in Rwanda offers a total of 22 Luxury Rooms which are in six wooden villas. In addition to this room type, the inn also offers two exclusive and spacious Presidential Suites which are in separate villas. One of the Presidential Suites features a Jacuzzi. The rooms are well-appointed with a modern design and provide private decks from where magnificent vistas over the forest terrain can be admired.

One&Only Guests may take an energising swim in the lodge's heated rim-flow swimming pool from where beautiful views of the rainforest can be admired. Surround by the unique sights and sounds of the Nyungwe Forest; the poolside boma offers an ideal venue for sundowners. Rejuvenating spa and beauty treatments are available in the relaxation retreat which is complete with two treatment rooms and a Jacuzzi. Equipped with a treadmill, cycles as well as weights, the fitness room invites guests to a challenging workout.

Dining and enjoying sundowners in the outdoor boma makes for an unforgettable outdoor dining experience. The boma is a dining area which is fenced by wood featuring tables and chairs around an open fire. The restaurant offers the private terrace, the tea lounge as well as the bar. The delicious breakfasts, lunches and dinners are served in different locations in and around the lodge.

The activities on offer during a stay at this mountain rain forest retreat all revolve around being outdoors and trekking in the National Park. These informative walks are tailored to individual requirements; the guided walks last between 1 to 7 hours. Amongst the most favourite trekking tours is chimpanzee trekking, grey-cheeked mangabey trekking and white and black colobus monkey trekking.

Furthermore, a visit to the Kamiranzovu Swamps as well as the Waterfall walks is highly recommended as well. Cultural walks and bird watching tours are also available.

From the One and Only Nyungwe, guests can enjoy a beautiful 5.3km walk to the Izumo waterfall which lies about 2 hours away. Travellers have the opportunity to visit the tea factory and learn about the process of withering, cutting, tearing and curling, fermentation, drying as well as sorting, storing and packing.

The Nyungwe Forest National Park nestles in the South-Western region of Rwanda. Located south of Lake Kivu on the border to Burundi, this national park was established in 2004 covering about 970 square kilometres of natural bamboo, rainforest, grassland and swamps. The Nyungwe Forest National Park forms one of the oldest forests on the African continent and represents one of the few remaining rain forest mountain habitats.

Despite its remoteness, access to this great rainforest lodge is convenient. Flights to Rwanda are available from Africa's and Europe's major cities such as Nairobi, Entebbe, Brussels and Paris. Airlines which fly to Rwanda are SN Brussels, Alliance Express/Alliance Air, Ethiopian Airlines, Kenya Airways and Air Tanzania. The international flights land at the Kanombe Airport which is 10 kilometres away from central Kigali.

Rwanda has one of the best road infrastructures in East Africa. The countries major centres are interlinked with bus services, although these can be unreliable at times. Rwanda does not offer any railways. However, many small airports are located throughout the country making remote destinations easily accessible by chartered flights. Travellers may use chartered flights or transfers in 4×4 vehicles between Rwanda's destinations and lodges.

Facilities and Services

  • Heated rim-flow swimming pool
  • Poolside boma
  • Relaxation Retreat (2 treatment rooms, Jacuzzi pool)
  • Boutique store
  • Fitness centre (treadmill, cycle, free weights)
  • Conference facilities (up to 16 delegates)
  • Tea Lounge
  • All-day dining restaurant
  • Private dining terrace
  • Laundry service
  • Wireless internet access (main lodge).

Room / Suite configuration:

  • 15 x King bedded Luxury Rooms
  • 5 x Twin bedded Luxury Rooms
  • 2 x King bedded suites (both connect with a second twin-bedded luxury room).

Room features:

  • Air conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Private deck
  • En-suite bathroom with indoor shower
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar
  • Coffee and tea making facilities
  • Electronic safe
  • International electric adaptors
  • International telephones
  • The flat LCD screen and digital satellite channels
  • WiFi access.


  • Full board dining
  • Group style meals
  • Indoor and outdoor dining
  • Meals are included
  • Soft drinks are included during meal times (beverages cost when ordered outside of the set dining times)
  • Room service is available.


  • Chimpanzee trekking
  • Black and White Colobus monkey trekking
  • Grey-cheeked Mangabey Trekking
  • Blue Monkey and Golden Monkey Trekking
  • Kamiranzovu Swamp walk
  • Kamiranzovu Waterfall walk
  • Various guided Walking trails from 1 hour to 7 hours
  • Bird watching walk
  • Cultural area walks with Lodge guide
  • Walk to the Izumo waterfall
  • Visit the tea factory.


  • Air Conditioning
  • Ensuite private bathroom
  • Housekeeping
  • Mini bar
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • TV
  • Viewing Deck

Facilities Available at One&Only Nyungwe House

  • Boma
  • Garden Terrace
  • Gym
  • Hiking trails
  • Hotel Bar
  • Jacuzzi
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Shop
  • Swimming Pool
  • Terrace
  • Viewing deck

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FAQs about One&Only Nyungwe House
What is the contact number for reservations?

The contact numbers to make a reservation at One&Only Nyungwe House are:

•  Cape Town Reservations +27 (0) 21 794 9050
•  Durban Reservations: +27 (0) 31 941 5945
•  Johannesburg Reservations: +27 (0) 10 446 8045.

Alternatively, you can check availability and book online by clicking here.

Where about is One&Only Nyungwe House located?
One&Only Nyungwe House is located at the following location / address: Nyungwe Forest National Park, Gisakura, Nyamasheke.