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Nyungwe Forest Lodge
Why we like it
- Track for chimpanzees Black and White Colubus monkeys, Grey-cheeked Mangabeys, blue and golden monkeys
- Guided walks, bird watching and walking trails
- Heated infinity pool water which overlooks the jungle
- Boma for outdoor dining and drinks
- 'Relaxation retreat' with two treatment rooms and Jacuzzi
- Children under 15 are not permitted to trek chimpanzees but are able to see the other primates in the forest
If you are looking to splash out, opt for one of the two presidential suites in separate villas on wooden stilts. All the rooms have views to the Nyungwe forest canopy from the verandahs.
I can easily say that nothing - nothing - in the natural world compares to an hour spent with wild mountain gorillas. An encounter with these magnificent beasts is absolutely without parallel.
- MM, Edinburgh
The Nyungwe Forest Lodge is located in an expansive tea plantation on the edge of Nyungwe Forest, overlooking the forest canopy in a ridge below. With 13 different species of primate including chimpanzees, and 275 bird species, Nyungwe Forest Lodge is a spectacular destination for safari enthusiasts. There are 24 spacious and contemporary en-suite rooms, all with air-conditioning, private verandah and open fireplace for a cosy warmth at night.
Kigali via Nairobi
10 hours 10 minutes
GMT +2 hours
Required for UK passport holders
Yellow fever certificate required
Best time to travel
July - September, December - January
The driest months in Rwanda are between July and September and from December to January. The rains tend to fall between April and May and then again from October to November. However, trekking for gorillas involves entering the rainforests so you need to be prepared to get wet and muddy most of the year.
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