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Gisakura Guest House is comfortable accommodation for people working within smaller budgets. This guest house is found about 2 km from the park. It is located close to the Gisakura tea estate along the road to Rusizi.

Gisakura Guest House offers opportunities to visit chimpanzees, the canopy walkway, bird watching, and hikes along different trails. For meals the guest house offers breakfast, lunch dinner, and carry away snacks can be arranged if you are planning to spend the day out in the national park. Food and drinks are included in Full board.

The forest walks here are excellent, lasting from one to six or seven hours, and generally follow pathways but may deviate off if you are lucky enough to spot some chimpanzees or other primates. The guides will then take you off through the bush, which can be quite challenging, but will hopefully be rewarding, affording you much better views.

Cost of rooms ranges from about $43 to $85. which makes this affordable accommodation. The guest house is secure and there is very minimal risk of encounters with wild animals.

Rooms & Accommodation

The accommodation at Gisakura Guesthouse is rudimentary, with 12 simple rooms that share a communal bathroom block. Each block of rooms are made from brick, wood and tiles and offer little more than a bed and some shelving. The traditional home-cooked food is uncomplicated and, depending on the duration of your stay, may get a little repetitive.

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Nyungwe Top view hotel might not be a five star hotel but it offers pretty good accommodation close to the park. Opened in 2011, the unassuming Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotelis located just five minutes’ drive off a main road, on top of a steep hill with views across numerous tea plantations; it has easily the most beautiful views in the Nyungwe Forest area. With its proximity to the headquarters of Nyungwe Forest National Park, it is a good base for trekking to see the chimpanzees and exploring the forest.

Nyungwe top view hotel offers activities mainly centered around the park. So look forward to tracking chimpanzees, seeing he Ruwenzori Colobus monkey, birdwatching, forest walk, and going on the Nyungwe canopy walk.

The hotel provides a driver to take you around the park and the various places you might want to visit.

Infrastructure

Power supply: Main Electricity

Power supply notes: There is a back-up generator in case of emergencies. It is possible to charge batteries in the rooms. The sockets have two European-style round pins, but the hotel can provide adaptors on request.

Communications: There is WiFi in the central area, although this can be fairly slow. The hotel plans to install phones in all cottages, however this is not yet in place.

TV & radio: There is no TV or radio at Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel.

Water supply: Borehole

Water supply notes: All water comes from the forest itself. Whilst this is fine for brushing your teeth, bottled water is provided in all rooms.

Health & safety

Malarial protection recommended: Yes

Medical care: The nearest medical service is at Kibogora Hospital, 10km from the hotel. There is a first-aid box at the hotel and we were told that a team member was also trained in first aid.

Dangerous animals: Low Risk

Security measures: There are security guards dotted around the property day and night, and there are safes in half of the cottages. Guests staying in cottages without safes may leave valuables with the manager who can lock them away.

Fire safety: Fire extinguishers are positioned by every cottage and around the main areas. Some members of staff are trained to use them. We would advise travellers against having the log fires lit as there are currently no carbon monoxide detectors in the rooms.

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Nyungwe House, previously known as Nyungwe Forest Lodge, lies in a beautiful location on the edge of Nyungwe Forest National Park, in south-west Rwanda. Nyungwe Forest Lodge is a luxurious, sophisticated wilderness retreat perched at the edge of Nyungwe National Park in south-western Rwanda. You’ll no doubt have come here to see the local chimpanzees but you’ll want to stay for the sublime setting, the service and the spa.

Location

At the centre of a tea plantation and reached via a rough track at the western extremity of Nyungwe forest. The red roof of Nyungwe House is practically invisible until you are almost upon it. A 20-minute drive from the Uwinka reception centre (the main access point for the National Park) and five hours from the Rwandan capital Kigali, this is the perfect place to base yourself for rainforest walks and primate trekking.

Rooms:

Small yet sumptuous is the key. The 22 rooms are arranged in five pods away from the main building, at the edge of the rainforest. Each has a forest-view balcony, lie-down-on-me-now four-poster bed, dark bamboo flooring and plenty of warm fabric on show. There’s a wood stove as well as air-conditioning. The bath is splendidly deep and there is a raft of Africology unguents to sample. A cloche of biscuits arrives at turn-down time and a rucksack is supplied for your hikes.

Nyungwe forest lodge has luxury facilities such as a gym and a swimming pool, and over looks the forest canopy so you are guaranteed some good views of the scenery in the area. It has comfortable luxury rooms, one of them even has a jacuzzi.

Board basis is full board and it includes meals. You can either dine outdoors, or in the restaurant, or in your room. There is access to WIFI, and telephone services, so you can communicate to people back home. There are also sate-lite TVs in the rooms to keep you in touch with the rest of the world.

Security at the Lodge is quite good, with very minimal threat of wild animals, and there are security guards day and night.

Guests at the lodge have the opportunity to go chimpanzee tracking, go on guided walking through Nyungwe forest, enjoy the canopy walk and birdwatching in Nyungwe forest national Park.

Transport to the park is provided and there is even a provision for helicopter rides to the airport.

Payment for hotel facilities can be made in US dollars, Pounds or Rwandese Francs.