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Found amidst a luscious tea plantation on the edge of the Nyungwe National Park, the stylish Nyungwe House sits high above the jungle. With thirteen different species of primate (including chimpanzees), and 275 bird species in the region, this is a fantastic wildlife spot, accompanied by stunning views.
The lodge is made up of 22 rooms and suites, all situated within six wooden villas. Décor is luxurious, chic and contemporary, with a fresh black and white colour scheme and plush soft furnishings. All rooms also have cosy seating areas complete with open fireplaces, and the tasteful artwork adds a touch of authentic Rwandan style. Most importantly, since all of the rooms have private terraces with comfortable seating, views of the vast rainforest forest terrain can be enjoyed throughout the lodge.
Dining is part of the experience at Nyungwe House and meals are tailored around the activities. Expect filling sunrise breakfasts which will set you up for a day of trekking, gourmet picnic lunches served in the heart of the forest, and fine dining candlelit dinners which take full advantage of the verdant views.
Exploring the forest is where the lodge really comes into its own. The expert guides will tailor the treks to each guest's preferences and abilities, and are always on hand to help point out the many, many different wildlife species. There are several different treks available in a range of lengths and difficulty levels, however some of our favourites include chimpanzee trekking, colobus monkey trekking, the Waterfall Walk and the Kamiranzovu Swamp trek. The bird watching here is also particularly spectacular, with giant hornbills and great blue turacos regularly spotted in the trees.
If that isn't enough, perhaps visit the local tea factory, take in the views from the nearby canopy walkway, or explore the forest further by kayak or mountain bike. Or, for a day of pure relaxation, sit and enjoy the stunning rainforest views from the lodge infinity pool, and then indulge with a massage in the spa.