Lodge Manager - Jerry Were (at centre) with Staff at the award ceremony held at Nyungwe Forest Lodge
On 9 September 2012 Lodge owner, Dubai World Africa together with associates, representatives of government, tour operators and valued guests came together to celebrate Nyungwe Forest Lodge’s most notable achievements since opening its doors for business in March 2010. The property recently received 5 star grading, making Nyungwe Forest Lodge the only 5 star lodge in Rwanda and the celebrations have continued with the announcement that Nyungwe Forest Lodge received the prestigious “Best International New Small Hotel - Construction & Design” award for 2011 – 2012 atthehighly respected International Hotels Awards event, held on the 18thJanuary 2012 at The Savoy Hotel in London, beating other regional and continental winners and entries from 73 countries.
At the ceremony held to unveil the award plaques, Nick Webb, Managing Director of Dubai World Africa recalled “when I first visited the site, I was overwhelmed by its beauty and tranquility but also by the obligation to develop the site with extreme care, ensuring that the lodge would in fact complement the magnificent forest which gave rise to this once in a life-time opportunity.
Webb also noted the extreme logistical challenges involved during the construction of the lodge “there were no services or infrastructure to speak of on the site and all materials, furniture and equipment had to be transported over great distances to this remote and spectacular project location.
He also reminded the gathering that the lodge was built through a period of recession and its completion was at times at risk. Webb commended and thanked the architects, 'M2K' and interior designers, 'Keith Design', for their award winning work" and went on to say that “for all these reasons and more, the lodge is a great achievement and a tribute to the creativity, sacrifices, dedication and perseverance of many.”
Nyungwe Forest Lodge is set in Rwanda’s mountainous southwest Gisakura region and lies in a tea plantation on the edge of the Nyungwe closed-canopy rain forest. South African Airways flies direct to Kigali from Johannesburg every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday and Air Rwanda operates direct flights every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. From Kigali airport it approximately a 250 km drive or a 30 minute scheduled flight from Kigali to Kamembe airport.
Lodge facilities include an outdoor heated infinity swimming pool with uninterrupted views over the forest, a boma area, an indoor restaurant flowing out onto an undercover terrace overlooking the tea plantation, a private dining / conference room, a tea lounge where guests can enjoy daily tea Ceremonies, bar area, a spa with two treatment rooms, a fitness centre and a helicopter landing pad. All 20 luxurious rooms and the 2 spacious two bedroom suites offer private decks affording views of the vast forest terrain which is home to innumerable tree species, flowering plants and over 13 primate species including chimpanzees and colobus monkeys. Other room amenities include; air-conditioning, en suite bathrooms, flat screen TV with satellite, wireless internet access, mini bar.