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Where To Stay In Nyungwe National Park/Accommodation In Nyungwe National Park

For travellers planning their tour to Rwanda’s Nyungwe National Park, there are several safari lodges and other places to stay.

Nyungwe is surrounded by five districts including Nyaruguru in Southeast, Nyamagabe in Northeast, Karongi in the north, and Nyamasheke in Northwest and Rusizi in Southwest.

All these contain good accommodation facilities ranging from;

  • Budget safari lodges,
  • Mid-range safari lodges, to
  • Luxury safari lodges.

Luxury Rwanda safari lodges in Nyungwe Forest National Park

One & Only Nyungwe House

This lodge re-opened in 2018 as part of the One & Only group after undergoing refurbishment.

Previous known as Nyungwe Forest Lodge, it is set in a stunning location, in the Gisakura tea plantation, and directly bordered by Nyungwe Forest.

Designed to fit in with the surrounding environment, the main buildings are constructed of wood, dark slate and terracotta tiles.

Accommodation At One & Only Nyungwe House includes;

  • Twenty (20) luxury rooms, situated in five clusters, each containing four rooms
  • Each luxury room has either a king-size bed or large twin beds, locally carved wooden furniture and comfortable seats. There is a log burner for cold evenings, an espresso machine and extensive mini-bar.
  • Wi-Fi connection, multi-pin plug sockets, an iPad loaded with a huge selection of current newspapers and magazines, and a satellite TV all come as standard. Outside there is a private deck, with views over the forest terrain.
  • Directly off the bedroom, but shielded by a folding wooden screen, the en-suite bathrooms have a large bathtub and twin basins, with separate toilet, bidet and shower cubicles set further back. Wooden walkways and stone paths, lit at night, lead from the main building to the rooms.
  • There’s also a golf cart on site to assist guests if needed, and to transport luggage to the rooms.

Room types At Nyungwe House

2 Bedroom Suites

These are 7 x Twin bedded luxury rooms sleeping a max of 2 adults each. Room amenities include;

  • Fire place
  • Air conditioning
  • Private mini bar
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Hairdryer
  • Electronic safe (laptop size)
  • International electric adaptors
  • Private deck En-suite bathroom with indoor shower
  • International dial telephones
  • Flat LCD screen and digital satellite channels
  • Wireless Internet access
Luxury Room

This is a 15 x King bedded luxury rooms sleeping a max of 2 adults each. Room amenities include;

  • Fire place
  • Air conditioning
  • Private mini bar
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Hairdryer
  • Electronic safe (laptop size)
  • International electric adaptors
  • Private deck
  • En-suite bathroom with indoor shower
  • International dial telephones
  • Flat LCD screen and digital satellite channels
  • Wireless Internet access
Presidential Suite

The presidential suite features include;

  • A Fire place
  • Air conditioning
  • Private mini bar
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Hairdryer
  • Electronic safe (laptop size)
  • International electric adaptors
  • Private deck
  • En-suite bathroom with indoor shower
  • International dial telephones
  • Flat LCD screen and digital satellite channels
  • Wireless Internet access

Facilities And Services At One & Only Nyungwe House include;

Main building
  • This houses a stylish reception area
  • It contains a gift boutique
  • There is a lounge area, where you’ll also find a library, and the bar and spacious dining room beyond, all overlooking the tea bushes of the plantation which surround the central areas.
  • There is also a large outside deck and fire pit, where pre-dinner drinks and nibbles are served.
Food and drinks
  • The quality and standard of presentation of food at Nyungwe House is incredibly high, and easily matches that of any top city restaurant.
  • With advance notice special diets and requests can be catered.
  • Breakfast is a light buffet, served early to accommodate those trekking to see the chimpanzees. Guests, who have a more leisurely start, can choose from a selection of hot dishes cooked to order, from the à la carte menu.
  • Lunch is typically a set menu consisting of a selection of salads, breads and light fish of meat dishes. Luxury picnic lunches are provided for guests on all-day excursions.
  • For Dinner guests can expect a 6 course tasting-menu influenced by the surrounding environment and using local ingredients. This is usually served in the dining room, but alternative locations, such as down by the pool, can be arranged.
Swimming pool

The lodge also has an outdoor heated infinity pool, with a poolside bar and plenty of loungers.

Health Facilities
  • Nyungwe house has a fitness centre and relaxation retreat.
  • There are two treatment rooms providing various massages using Africology products and Rwandan-inspired spa treatments.
  • Al fresco yoga is also on offer.
Power Supply Notes
  • There is a second back-up generator.
  • Nyungwe House has a small business centre and conference room.
  • Each room has a phone and there is cellphone reception and Wi-Fi connection throughout.
TV & Radio
  • There is a satellite TV in every room.
Water Supply
  • Nyungwe House has its own borehole and water treatment facility.
  • Bathrooms are fully plumbed with hot and cold showers, and flush toilets.
Laundry Facilities
  • Included, 24hour service

Midrange Rwanda Lodges In Nyungwe Forest National Park

Nyungwe Nziza Eco-Lodge

Nyungwe Nziza Eco-Lodge is located very close to the “Nyungwe Forest National Park” (about a 40 minutes’ drive from the park).

It is located outside the small city of Kitabi in a very quiet place, close to a forest, in the middle of nature.

It is built in semi-traditional style and set on top a small hill which allows visitors to get views of Nyungwe mountain and tea plantations.

Accommodation At Nyungwe Eco-Lodge Comprises;

Deluxe Tents
  • These sleeps 2 people or 1 person
  • They feature double and twin rooms
  • The rooms contain comfortable beds, solar lamps, and table, Clothes Rack, and bath towels.
  • Bedding includes 100% cotton sheets, duvet, pillow and mattress.
  • A hot water-bag to warm the bed can be provided on request for free.
  • The tents have a balcony where you can watch mesmerizing sunset over the Nyungwe National Park in the evening.
Deluxe Rooms
  • These rooms accommodated 2 people or one person.
  • They have double beds and Twin beds.
  • Bedding includes very comfortable beds with 100% cotton sheets, duvet and pillows.
  • A hot water-bag to warm the bed is also available on request for free.
  • The rooms also feature a clothes rack, Africa handmade table and armchairs.
  • The bathroom is with shower and warm water, W-C, water sink and bath towels.
  • The balcony offers spectacular views of the mesmerizing sunset over the Nyungwe National Park in the evening.
Camping Areas
  • Portable tents are available in the camping area.
  • Visitors can come with their tents and have the choice of the place.
  • Sleeping bags, sleeping mats and solar lamps are available.
  • There are clean outdoor showers and toilets.

Facilities At Nyungwe Eco lodgeComprise;

  • Offering delicious African and European cuisine
  • The restaurant can prepare for you our specialized traditional African buffet.
  • There is a fully stocked bar, with beers (local and internal brands), wines, soft drinks, fresh tropical fruit juice and cocktails.
Coffee Shop
Fireplace and Wood Oven
  • This is where you can spend your during evening, as you have a drink, eats, in the company of other guests, friends and staff.
  • There is also freshly baked bread and Pizza using our in-house WOOD OVEN.
Handcraft Shop
  • Well stocked with typical Rwanda traditional handmade crafts.
  • The crafts are made by local community.

Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel

Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel is located in Buvungira Cell of Bushekeri Sector of Nyamasheke district of the Western Province of Rwanda.

As the names suggests Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel is built on the top of one of the hills positioning it to have the most beautiful views in the Nyungwe Forest area.

The hotel is located on the vicinity of Nyungwe National Park and it is a good base for trekking chimpanzees and exploring the forest.

Accommodation At Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel Includes;

  • A total of 12 red-brick cottages
  • The cottages are ranged in two rows, one on each side of the rondavels, along two sides of the lawn.
  • Every cottage houses a bedroom, a small lounge area at the front, with terracotta-tiled floors, a sofa, chair and coffee table, and a fireplace.
  • Although the furniture is different in every cottage, it is angular and modern throughout.
  • The bedrooms are quite sparse, furnished only with a double, twin or triple beds, a chest of drawers and hanging space for clothes, but they have plenty of space and were spotlessly clean.
  • African patterned throws cover the beds and there is traditional Rwandan ‘imigorigo’ artwork on the walls.
  • 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, with towels and toiletries provided.

Facilities And Services At Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel Include;

Main areas
  • Main areas at Nyungwe Top View are housed in 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 you 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 up to a mezzanine balcony.
  • It is on this second level that you will find the dining area, with tables and chairs set on a rather out-of-place black-tiled floor, and a sweeping veranda with wooden tables and chairs.
  • 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.
  • It really was a piece of art – almost Art Deco.
Food And drink
  • Breakfast is served throughout the morning with cereals, fruit and toast available along with fruit juice, and a selection of teas and coffee. Guests may also order a full English breakfast with eggs (at extra cost) cooked to their liking. The hotel can provide a packed breakfast if you are leaving early in the morning.
  • Lunch is three courses, from an à la carte menu.
  • Dinner is typically served as a buffet, but if there are only a few guests this may be à la carte. The starter is normally soup, with the buffet featuring a range of hot dishes such as meat stews, vegetarian dishes, fish, rice and a selection of vegetables and potatoes.
Power Supply Notes
  • There is a back-up generator in case of emergencies.
  • It is possible to charge batteries in the rooms.
  • The sockets have two European-style round pins, but the hotel can provide adaptors on request.
  • There is Wi-Fi in the central area, although this can be fairly slow.
Security measures
  • There are security guards dotted around the property day and night, and there are safes in half of the cottages.
Laundry facilities
  • Laundry is washed and dried by machine, at a small fee.

Budget Rwanda Safari Accommodation In Nyungwe National Park

Kitabi Eco-center (KEC)

Kitabi Eco-Center is situated about 2 kilometers from the eastern entrance to Nyungwe National Park.

It is perched on Mount Kitabi and offers panoramic views in all of Rwanda.  The eco-center combines camping, a restaurant, gardens, and Ecotourism activities with an ecologically-friendly mindset.

Accommodation At Kitabi Eco-Center Comprises;

  • There are some 2 person and 4 person tents for rent, but not an endless supply.
  • If you have your own tents and camping equipment, please bring along.
King’s Palace
  • This house is a replica a King’s Palace that features a Queen bed with warm furnishings.
  • You will also receive a personalized tour on the history of the King’s Palace and other local traditions from our manager or local guides; your own fire at night inside the palace; and breakfast the next morning in the comfort of the palace grounds (optional).
  • They can also add mattresses for larger groups.
  • This is perfect for a family of 3 or more with young children who want to stay together.
Prince’s Palace
  • This house features a comfortable Double Bed inside.
  • Each can accommodate 2 persons.
  • They can arrange for a small clay oven fire to keep you extra warm.

Kitabi Eco-center Services And Facilities Include;


The center has chefs with many years of experience and offers simple breakfast, with toast, jam, honey, fruit, coffee or tea; special breakfast with toast, jam, fruit, omelet (vegetarian or Spanish), coffee or tea.


Lunch is served anytime between 11: 30 – 1: 30. It will include a soup or salad starter, a main course, a dessert, and a drink of your choice (beer OK, no wine or alcoholic beverage.)


All guests are asked to come to the restaurant around 7 pm, and will be served a drink to start (beer OK, wine and alcoholic drinks not included in price.)

Dinner will start around 7:30, and will include an appetizer, a main course, and dessert.  Fridays is the exception: It is pizza night!


Fanta, Coca-cola, Krest tonic, Mutzig (petit), Mutzig (Grand), Knowles, Primus (Grand), Turbo (petit), Turbo (Grand), Drostdy-Hof wine (dark red, chardonnay) and South African