Surrounded by rainforest; nestled among mountains; One&Only Nyungwe House is a haven of creature-comforts where the wild secrets of nature come to life before your eyes. .


Gisakura, Western Province Rwanda

In Southwest Rwanda, just south of Lake Kivu on the Burundi border, One&Only Nyungwe House is set amongst the rich tea-plantations of Gisakura, on the edge of the iconic Nyungwe National Park. The park itself covers approximately 1020 km² of rainforest, bamboo, grassland, swamps and bogs, and is one of the last mountain rainforest habitats on the planet.

External View of Resort - One&Only Nyungwe House

Arriving at One&Only Nyungwe House

Located in remote wilderness some 230 kilometres from the Kigali International Airport, One&Only Nyungwe House can be reached by road, by domestic flight, or helicopter direct to our helipad.

Kigali Airport (International Flights)

Our closest international airport is served by several weekly flights from key European, African and Middle Eastern hubs. Some of the airlines that fly to Rwanda include SN Brussels, Alliance Express/Alliance Air, Ethiopian Airlines, Kenya Airways, Turkish airlines, RwandAir, KLM, Qatar Airways, Fly Dubai and Air Tanzania. Flights from Cape Town and New York are also expected to launch soon.

Kamembe Airport (Domestic Flights)

RwandAir operate daily domestic flights of approximately 35 mins from Kigali Airport. A short car transfer of 45 mins can then be arranged from Kamembe Airport to the resort.

By Road

Rwanda has possibly the best roads in East Africa, and all major centres are connected by local and luxury transfer services. The 5-hour journey from Kigali Airport (the last 1.5 hours is through the National Park) will take you south through scenic countryside towards Butare, a university town, home to the Ethnographic Museum of Rwanda. Turning west, you will soon climb into the mountains of the Nyungwe National Park and down into Gisakura and One&Only Nyungwe House. Our luxury car transfer from Kigali Airport offers a supremely comfortable journey and fascinating insight into the rural towns and scenic landscapes of central Rwanda, including a beautiful arrival into the mountains of Nyungwe National Park.

By Helicopter

For an awe-inspiring and expedited arrival, a 30-minute helicopter charter will reveal incredible views of the Rwandan countryside, Lake Kivu and the Nyungwe National Park, bringing you directly to the resort’s helipad.

History and Culture

Capturing the imagination of adventurers, bird watchers and lovers of nature.

"Nyungwe Forest - The most important site for biodiversity conservation in Rwanda"

The ancient Nyungwe Forest is the largest mountain rainforest on the entire African continent, home to over 13 different species of primate and 20% of all the apes in Africa.

The lush and diverse habitat is famously home to a large population of chimpanzees and endangered monkeys; including the owl faced monkey and the golden monkey, of which sightings are reported, but unverified. The forest was cited by Birdlife International as “the most important site for biodiversity conservation in Rwanda” for its 275 recorded bird species of which 27 are endemic. Home to a myriad of stunning orchids, butterflies, moths and other fascinating creatures and insects, the Government of Rwanda declared Nyungwe a national park in 2005, affording it the highest level of protection in the country.

The resort itself, on the edge of the park, was originally developed in conjunction with the Rwandan Government in 2010. In 2017, it came under the management of One&Only, and after an extensive renovation and upgrade of facilities, it has become the unrivalled rainforest oasis you see today.


From thrilling outdoor pursuits in the National Park, to unique cultural insights and wellness experiences, One&Only Nyungwe House curates the most inspiring things to do in Rwanda.

Wellness Spa - One&Only Nyungwe House
Colobus Monkey - One&Only Nyungwe house

One&Only Spa

  • Unwind in harmony with the forest’s healing energy, as an extensive menu of treatments resets body and mind, and systematically enlivens all five senses.

Signature Resort Activities

  • Set within a beautiful working tea plantation just bordering the Nyungwe National Park, discover endless fascination within our own scenic grounds, from bird watching, to wildlife spotting, stargazing and more!

National Park Activities

  • Enjoy wild, up-close encounters with Nyungwe’s famous flora and fauna on an expertly-led Rwanda safari.
  • Activities include primate tracking, bird watching, and canopy walk.

Useful Details

One&Only Resorts Weather


In the heart of Africa, fractionally south of the equator, Rwanda’s high altitude creates a remarkably pleasant tropical climate, with a fairly stable annual temperature of 15.5 degrees Celsius. Two wet seasons (March–May, and October–November) are characterised by rain, while two dry seasons (June–September, and December–February) tend to have light cloud cover which occasionally brings showers.

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Visa Requirements

All visitors to Rwanda must present a passport valid for at least 6 months from date of travel. Visa requirements for entering Rwanda may vary significantly from country to country. For more information on visa requirements, please click here.

One&Only Resorts Timezones

Time Zone

Central African Time (UCT +2)

One&Only Resorts Language


Rwanda has four official languages: Kinyarwandan, English, French and Swahili.

One&Only Resorts Electricity


Electricity in Rwanda is 230 Volts, alternating at 50 cycles per second. If you travel to Rwanda with a device that does not accept 230 Volts at 50 Hertz, you will need a voltage converter.

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Check-in and Check-out

Guests may check-in from 3pm and are requested to depart rooms by 11am.

One And Only Resorts Internet


Complimentary WiFi internet access is available in all private guest rooms and in the main resort building, including the guest lounge, bar and restaurant.

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