Top accommodation safari in Nyungwe National Park

Nyungwe National Park is one of the oldest rainforests in Africa, covering 1,019 km2 of dense Afromontane forests, bamboo-covered slopes, grasslands and wetlands. Nyungwe National Park is located in the south west of Rwanda on the border with Burundi in the south and the Democratic Republic of Congo in West on the shores of Lake Kivu. The park is a 6 hour drive from Kigali International Airport in the Capital city of Kigali, Rwanda. Below are things you need to know before visiting Nyungwe National Park. Nyungwe National Park has been in existence since 1903 and in 2004 it was then declared a National Park and one of the 4 national parks such as   Volcanoes National park, Akagera national park and Gishwati Mukura national park.

The Nyungwe forest is known for its 13 primate species, including the famous chimpanzees, which are the highlight of any visit to Nyungwe. Chimpanzee trekking is one of the most popular activities in the forest, and visitors can expect to encounter these intelligent creatures in their natural habitat. Nyungwe forest is also home to the largest troop of black and white Colobus monkeys, which can be seen swinging through the trees.

The Nyungwe forest  is also rich in other wildlife, including duikers, golden cats, Klipspringer, impalas, Bushbucks, Buffaloes, Elephants, Bush pigs, Gant forest hog, Blotched serval, Carnival genet, Congo clawless, Mongoose, otter, serval, felis, black-fronted duiker, western tree hyrax, and many more. Birdwatchers will also be thrilled to know that the Nyungwe forest is home to over 300 bird species, including 29 Albertine Rift endemic species, Butterflies are also a common sight, with at least 120 species. The forest has 1,064 plant species and 140 orchids. . Nyungwe is also known for its Canopy Walk suspension bridge. With more than 12 trails for hiking in Nyungwe Forest, visitors can choose to sample the delights of the forest or indulge themselves for a week or more in one of Africa’s most stunning forests.

There are different accommodation facilities available in Nyungwe national park and this accommodation includes luxury ones, mid-range level and budget accommodation facilities.  Here are some of top safari accommodation facilities within Nyungwe National Park where you can immerse yourself in this memorable encounter.

One & Only One Nyungwe House

Nyungwe house is located in the southwestern part of Rwanda, it is a stunning house surrounded by attractive mountain rainforests. This is a five-star cabin lodge in Nyungwe national park. This is the only accommodation that seems to be set and attached inside Nyungwe because there is nothing between the lodge and Nyungwe forest.  The services here are incomparable and the nature & view of Nyungwe monkeys sometimes around. It offers tea plantation tours to the travelers and other activities like community walk and tea estate encounters

The rooms at Nyungwe houses captures the mountainous landscape and the rooms are designed in a soft and confronting features such as fireplace, a replenished mini-bar, roomy en-suite, air conditioning, a wilderness view shower and lavishness stand- alone bath. The rooms here have a wooden decks which looks out to the vivid sights and sounds of the forest birds.

Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel

Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel introduced in February 2011 to provide luxury services and it was constructed on hilltop of Nyungwe Forest Mountain. It has a total of 12 well-maintained and self-contained cottages, all the rooms in the hotel are well-maintained, and they are very rewarding and precious with private balconies which rewards a great attractive views. They have a comfortable and relaxed beds in a queen and kings size, the rooms are traditional built using materials that are locally acquired  it offers   the most wonderful  views in the region  and you will be amazed with the marvelous view of the tea plantation around  Nyungwe forest national park because it is on the hilltop  of a hill

In addition, to beautiful views, this Nyungwe Top View hotel is strategically located by being closer to the park headquarters plus only a few minutes from the main road. For guests looking for luxury awesome experiences but still get the touch of home this is your answer.

Mantis kivu marina bay

Mantis kivu marina bay is a newly outstanding accommodation facility in Nyungwe national park, located along the southern Lake Kivu shores with an attractive lake views and enthralling   surrounding islands. Mantis bay is another luxury facility with appealing look in close proximity to Nyungwe designed with a standardized nice looking material to give visitors full luxury lifestyle experience.

The hotel contains a plenty of rooms including presidential suite, exclusively luxurious family rooms, 7 high class deluxe rooms, and 59 lavish standard rooms.

 Gisakura Guest House

This is also called ORTPN Rest House. It is situated in the southwestern side of Rwanda near to Nyungwe tropical forest amazed with a really high canopy and it is also the largest montane forest in the whole of East and Central Africa.  Gisakura Guesthouse offers basic accommodation to travelers that are not willing to spend a lot but still wish to enjoy the beauty of the place and the nature that surrounds the lodge.

 This lodge is consists of 12 rooms and all are built in a simple way using the locally Rwandan materials and with a shared bathrooms.  All rooms in this lodge are built with made bricks, timbers and then the floor are tiled or made to appear a bit modern. While in the lodge , you will get an opportunity to  have a short  guided nature walks where you will be surprised by what nature offers, the lodge is also surrounded by beautiful plant species such as old mahoganies, really giant fern trees and then the orchids as well as epiphytes-clinging to tree branches.

Nyungwe Nzizi Eco-Lodge

The lodge is currently opened and is the closest accommodation to Nyungwe because it’s built on the buffer zone of the Nyungwe national park and located Nyamagabe district side of Kitabi.  It is also mid-range accommodation. It is approximately 32km drive to Nyungwe’s Uwinka reception center and it’s only about 40minutes drive to the park.

Kitabi Eco-center

This is also one of the closest accommodations around Nyungwe National Park at the border, and it’s only stretched a distance of about 33km and its 41minutes drive to Nyungwe, Uwinka reception center. This Eco-center is constructed in Rwandan traditional style or materials and built on the hilltop of a mountain. The center offers view of tea plantation and mountains from all the sides, this one is most recommended accommodation around Nyungwe National park for mountaineer and budget travelers.

Emeraude Kivu resort

This is one of the most affordable mid-range accommodation property in Nyungwe national park, Emeraude kivu resort is set in a very tranquil setting on the southern shores of Lake Kivu in Cyangugu nearer to Nyungwe national park and offers the perfect view of magical islands, fascinating tea estates and DRC Mountains. This facility is mostly recommended for business, relaxation and honeymoon travelers. Their services, amenities, and facilities are all worth it.

Note that chimpanzee trekking, colobus monkey trekking, canopy walks and bird watching and other more activities are only available to visitors who stay at One & Only Nyungwe house