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