Nyungwe forest lodge-Luxury
Nyungwe forest lodge is designed to fit harmoniously within its beautiful natural surroundings of Nyungwe forests. Nyungwe Forest Lodge provides upmarket travellers an exceptional five star comforts and ensures an experience rich in local culture, fluently fused with quality service and African courtesy. The lodge is situated in Gisakura, a working tea plantation, on the edge of the Nyungwe National Park. The Nyungwe Forest is the largest mountain rainforest on the African continent with over 13 different species of primates, representing 20% of all the apes in Africa.
Nyungwe Forest Lodge consists of 22 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 and as such the rooms are modern fit-outs and well decorated with traditional touches. Each room is equipped with private decks which offer views overlooking the vast forest terrain. Each and every room in the lodge has its own, Air conditioning, Private deck, Electronic safe (laptop size), Hairdryer, En-suite bathroom with indoor shower, WiFi access, Flat LCD screen and digital satellite channels, Fire place, International electric adaptors among others.
The dining areas in the luxury lodge are built up with a wood-fenced area containing tables and chairs around an open fire which provides a great location for outdoor dining and sundowners, as well as a restaurant with a private terrace, a tea lounge and a bar. Meals take place in a variety of these locations.
Hotel Facilities which are offered to the visitors include a Swim in the heated rim-flow swimming pool with views into the rainforest .At the pool side people can socialize while enjoying the sights of the green lush forest species. The lodge has treatment rooms and Jacuzzi pool where visitors can relax and refresh their bodies.
The lodge has capacious conference room with nice facilities which favor business meetings, get together parties, birth day parties among others.
As one might expect, excursion activities provided at Nyungwe Forest Lodge revolve around walking and trekking in the National Park. Activities are tailored to the individual and guided walks can last anything from 1 to 7 hours. The most popular walking excursions available at Nyungwe Forest Lodge include chimpanzee trekking, black and white colobus monkey trekking, grey – cheeked mangabey trekking and the Kamiranzovu Swamps and Waterfall walks. Bird watching and cultural area walks are also offered.
Gisakura Guest House- Budget
Gisakura Guest House is located in just mere two kilometers outside the Nyungwe National Park close to the Gisakura Tea Estate precisely on the road from Park to Rusizi former Cyangugu.
The accommodation facilities are extremely affordable and comfortable. Rooms are of three categories furnished with shower and hot water is always available. Anywhere, it is an ideal place to be based when one wants to explore the Park with very helpful, hospitable staff due to its location close to Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) office former ORTPN and RDB Reception for chimpanzee tracking or for any other visit in Nyungwe National Park.
Staying at the guest house means that one has full access to the Waterfall Trail, Canopy walk, Colobus troop living on the Gisakura Tea Estate, Vervet monkeys, a fair variety of birds are present in the small patch of forest in front of the rest-house and many other trails in Park. For a short time you reach to Uwinka center.
Visitors who wish to stay in the guest house are requested to book their rooms earlier and confirm one week before coming because it gives an assurance to the Guests of the availability of rooms or other service needed.
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Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel- Budget.
Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel was opened in February 2011 and it has the most beautiful views in the Nyungwe Forest area. Located five minutes’ drive off a main road, up a very rough and steep dirt track, it is set on top of a hill with views across numerous tea plantations, and close to the headquarters of Nyungwe National Park.
The main areas at Nyungwe Top View consist of a large, two-tiered rondavel with a phenomenally high roof. Although a rondavel is usually a traditionally built round house, this building offers a rather more modern take on the theme. The ground floor, where one will find the reception, is sparsely furnished with a few modern angular sofas and walls adorned with traditional Rwandan murals. Circular wicker lights hang from the ceiling and dark tiled stairs lead you up to a mezzanine balcony.
The Lodge‘s dining area is located in the second floor, with tables and chairs set on a rather out-of-place black-tiled floor, and a sweeping veranda with tables and chairs of steel and moulded plastic. The views from here are stunning and on clear days you can even see Lake Kivu and the volcanoes of the Congo beyond. There is also a bar on this level made almost entirely from bottle tops, giving it a bright, very kitsch look: almost Art Deco. It really was a piece of art and probably our favorite part of the hotel.
Glass doors at the front of the rondavel open onto Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel’s beautifully kept lawn. On each side of this is a row of six red-brick cottages. Each of these double or twin cottages houses a small lounge area at the front, with terracotta-tiled floors, a sofa, chair and coffee table, and a fireplace which can be lit for you on cold evenings. Although the furniture is different in every cottage, it is always angular and modern, and not of great quality, so it appears to be wearing quite quickly.
The bedrooms are quite sparse, furnished only with a bed and some hanging space for clothes, but they have plenty of space and were spotlessly clean. There are no fans or air con but the team here will put hot-water bottles in your beds on cooler nights.
The tiled bathrooms each have a sink, toilet and shower and some also have baths. Towels are provided but toiletries are not.
The activities from Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel focus on those carried out at Nyungwe Park. These include trekking out to see the Ruwenzori colobus monkeys, trekking the chimpanzees, birding walks, and – for adventurous travellers – the high canopy walk.