Nyungwe forest are now a thing of the past. Now it is
official that the
Lodge will open its doors to the first guest in March of 2010.
The lodge is already accepting booking. With a total of 24
suites, this luxury eco-friendly lodge not just another lodge.
Though made of the local material, the lodge is packaged for a
modern traveler, who desires to combine adventure with all the
trappings of digital world.
Bistro with an
out door swimming pool
A Boma area for
outdoor dining and winning
retreat with a Jacuzzi and two treatment rooms
Health club with
treadmill, cycle and weights
facilities with AV equipment for 18 delegates
Tea lodge bar
private rooms and terrace
The main lodge is
wheel chair friendly.
The lodge has 24 rooms all forest
facing configured as follows
15 King bedded
luxury rooms for maximum 2 persons
7 Twin bedded
luxury rooms for maximum 2 people
2 King bedded
suites with a twin room for 4 persons each.
Tea and coffee
dial up phones
Flat LCD screen
with digital satellite channels
Rate per person
per night sharing USD 400.00
. Rates are quoted in US Dollars
per person sharing and includes
Accommodation, Breakfast, Dinner with
selected beverages and 18% VAT. 50% single
supplement applies. Long Stay Discount (4 nights and over) 10% on
total accommodation. To get your discount email us
that desire budget accommodation can always stay at Gisakura Guest
House. Gisakura Guest House has basic accommodation ideal for
budget travellers. One can also explore the forest from Cyangugu.
Nyungwe Forest National Park covers an area of 970 Km 2 and is
the largest remaining mountane rain forest in East Africa. The
park is a biodiversity centre with 13 species of primates, 260
species of trees and shrubs, over 200 species of orchids and lots of
forest birds. Most of the visitors to Nyungwe forest are
attracted by the presence of privates. Chimpanzee and colobus
monkey tracking are the main activities. Besides primate
tracking, other activities include.
Excursions to Kamiranzovu Marsh (13 Km2) offering opportunity to
study marsh ecosystems.
Excursions to Lake Kivu and Gisakura tea factory.
Scaling Mt Bigugu(2925M).
Visits to Cyamudongo forest with the resident population of
Excursions to Cyangugu.
Chimpanzee and colobus monkey tracking
activities may start late, Chimpanzee tracking starts at 06:00 Hrs
at Uwinka tourist centre. Nyungwe has recorded some of the
larges troops of colobus monkeys with some recording 400
waterfall trail takes half day. While the hike is moderate,
some sections can be strenuous. Our advice is you follow the
instructions of your guide. Carry a walking stick.
Likewise the search for Uwinka troop of colobus is quite challenging
depending on their location.
Nyungwe forest is approximately 225 Km along a winding road,
some sections of which have got very sharp corners. From
Kigali, you drive to south westwards to Gitarama,where you turn
southwards to Nyabisindu (Popularly known as Nyanza) and finally
into Huye (Former Butare(Aristrida)). From Butare, you turn
westwards to Gikongoro a short distance from which you enter the
forest. For those interested in deeper insights of Rwandan
society there are a lot of interesting place to see on your way to
Nyungwe forest. You can briefly visit
palace at Nyabisindu. By the arrival of Europeans, the
shifting king’s palace had relocated to Nyanza. That is
where the first Europeans met the reigning King (Umuami) of
Rwanda. Today Nyanza is the home of Intore (Rwandan Barret).
In Nyanza you will also visit the reconstructed King’s place
which gives the insight into the royals of the Rwanda Kingdom.
A brief stop is
advised in Butare to visit the National Museum, crafts
workshops, arboretum, national university and the cathedral.
Genocide Memorial is also worthy a visit if you are interested
in learning the causes of genocide and how avoid it.
The Kigali Cyangugu road cuts
Nyungwe forest national park. That means you can easily
use public means to Nyungwe forest. However to enjoy your
tour, we recommend you use private means. To hire a car visit
Kigali Car Hire Rwanda .
A faster alternative is to fly to Cyangugu (Kamembe) and drive to
Nyungwe. You will need a car to wait for you at Kamembe
From Nyungwe forest,
it is a days drive to Ruhengeri. However this is quite tiring.
If you have time, drive from Nyungwe to Kibuye via the lake route
for overnight. The next day you can explore Kibuye and proceed
to straight to Kinigi or via Gisenyi. If you have time you can
overnight at Gisenyi.
The following safari
is ideal for those interested in combing Nyungwe Forest and gorilla
, including visits to some attractions along the way.
Track gorillas only @