One&Only Nyungwe House

Nyungwe Forest Reserve, Rwanda


Experience rainforest living at its finest as you immerse into lush jungle canopies, surrounded by harmonious bird sounds and cavorting monkeys. Nestled in the heart of Rwanda’s stunning tea plantation lies Nyungwe House, a sophisticated retreat on the edge of exciting national parkland where primate trekking and rainforest walks are enjoyed.

Key Features

  • 22 beautiful rooms and suites
  • Swimming pool and spa
  • Tea Lounge Bar serving eccentric cocktails
  • Fire pit
  • Restaurant with outstanding executive chef
  • Yoga deck


Exuding Rwanda’s beauty and heritage, this property was constructed with its natural surroundings in mind, angled effectively to maximise mesmerising forest views from the main building. Interior dark floors, bamboo features, and African artwork combine to fashion a tasteful and private atmosphere. Discover rooms and suites skimming the treetops in their remarkable wooden clusters. Their spacious living rooms ooze delightful local character through sustainably-sourced natural materials and timber, intertwined with traditional artwork and African craftsmanship. Step across authentic bamboo flooring, past a four-poster bed to a private balcony boasting superb views into the verdant forest. Keep your eyes peeled for rare birds and mischievous monkeys darting above you. After busy days hiking, retreat to the wonderfully deep bathtub and Africology ointments to reflect on your Rwandan adventures.


As well as a brilliant wine cellar filled with South African varieties, Nyungwe House places a great focus on tea. From the classy Tea Lounge, participate in tea-tasting seminars that provide fascinating explanations of the processes of fermentation, drying, and the points of taste. Learn about Rwanda’s most spectacular tea plantation as you follow the leaf’s journey before relishing a freshly brewed cup with African biscuits. Built on a sustainable farm-to-table concept, the Executive Chef Treasure Makwinise thoughtfully personalises the menu each evening to your tastes, whilst showcasing the delectable Rwandan flavours. Indulge in wonderful cuisine from the noteworthy Dining Room where floor-to-ceiling glass windows bring the outdoors in, and a roaring fireplace creates a snug ambiance.


One&Only contributes to the community and environmental conservation in Nyungwe National Park through tree planting, school building, and community-driven development. Their organic menu prioritizes food sustainability with locally sourced produce. They support conservation initiatives and offer guests the opportunity to contribute to community livelihoods through investing in handmade objects from the local Banda Village.

Why we love it

As Nyungwe Forest National Park survived the last Ice Age, it is home to Africa’s oldest rainforests with the continent’s most crucial area of fantastic biodiversity. Embark on once-in-a-lifetime jungle hikes to observe primates in their natural habitat, and become educated on other enthralling indigenous flora and fauna that surrounds.

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