I'm currently sitting on the best bed of all time, wondering why I have to leave this magical place tomorrow.
This place is a splurge, but you get so much more than you pay for. When you arrive, you are greeted with hot towels and drinks (ours was a passionfruit and lime "caipirhina," though there was no booze, sadly). This sets the tone for the extremely high caliber service that you will receive throughout your stay.
The decor is elegant/modern with local flair, incorporating the ubiquitous baskets you see everywhere in Rwanda.
The accommodations are individual casitas, and they all face the Nyungwe forest. Only the monkeys and birds will see you wandering around your tranquil retreat naked, if you so choose. TV with cable channels in English and French, though I haven't been inclined to turn it on, as it somehow spoils the tranquility. Climate here is very moderate, and since it's at quite an altitude (2000+ meters), bugs are really not an issue. No mosquito nets - hooray!! There's also ceiling fans and air cond, as well as wood burning stove for the cool nights during the rainy season. You will NOT be uncomfortable here.
Food is included with the rate, and you are always given a choice of 2 starters, 3-4 entrees, and 2 desserts. The food was always good, never amazing, but perfectly pleasant. On our first night, they surprised us with an entire cake, after we had already eaten our 3 courses, because I mentioned at some point in the reservation process that we were celebrating our 4th wedding anniversary. Husband and I were both so pleasantly surprised, and the other guests were pleased too, as they got to share our cake :)
The reception also helps facilitate visits in the forest, and makes recommendations, which is helpful.
Overall, we had an incredible 3-night stay here, and even though it is seriously a pain to get here (5ish hour drive through curvy mountainous terrain to get here from Kigali), I am already planning our next stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The lodge is the only five star establishment within the Nyungwe National Park area. It lies in a tea plantation on the edge of the Nyungwe closed canopy rain forest and comprises of 20 luxurious rooms and two Presidential Suites – with 2bedrooms – luxurious suites, one with a Jacuzzi, each equipped with private decks with views overlooking the vast forest terrain. Lodge facilities include an outdoor heated swimming pool, a boma for outdoor dining and sundowners, a restaurant with private terrace, a tea lounge and bar, a relaxation retreat with two treatment rooms, plus a fitness centre with treadmill, cycle and weights. The lodge also offers the latest in Wi-Fi technology with exclusive conferences facilities accommodating up to 18 delegates. Furthermore, the main lodge is wheelchair friendly with relevant facilities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Nyungwe Forest Hotel Kigali