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Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel

A relaxing hotel with fine views of Rwanda's primate-rich Nyungwe Forest.

Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel

Accessed from the main road from Kigali via a steep and mercifully short dirt track, the hotel lies on a small plateau with some of the most beautiful views in the Nyungwe Forest area—the largest single forest block in East Africa and Rwanda's biggest water reservoir. This is primate country, with 13 species such as chimpanzees, black and white colobus, mangabey, silver monkey and olive baboon, along with 270-plus bird species and incredible plant life (look out for orchids). The hotel is modern, so the facilities are clean and comfortable, the ideal base for exploratory tours.

At the lodge

The hotel

The main areas are contained in a large, two-tiered rondavel – the ground floor reception area, decorated with slightly hypnotic traditional murals, and the mezzanine, home to the bar, dining and veranda areas. The bar is decorated entirely in bottle tops, beloved by people familiar with African style, and meals are fresh and creative (especially the fish dishes). From the veranda, the views stretch across the forests to, on a clear day, Lake Kivu. No TV; WiFi in reception area.

The rooms

Glass doors at the front of the rondavel lead to the lovely lawn, flanked by six double or twin cottages. Each has tiled floors, a comfortable sitting area, netted beds, a fireplace for cold evenings and an en-suite bathroom with a basin, toilet and shower (some have baths). The rooms are comfortable, clean and spacious but not glam in any way. No aircon, although the staff will put hot-water bottles in your bed at night.

On safari

Experiences

As at any other lodge in this area, activities from Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel focus on those offered by Nyungwe National Park. Trek to see the Ruwenzori colobus and other monkeys, spend a morning looking for chimpanzees, go birding (there are 270-plus recorded species), explore the botanical treats (including some 100 orchid species) and brave the canopy walk. Your private driver will take you to the park headquarters, just three kilometres away, to start each activity.

When to go

Nyungwe by month

January

Season: Dry

February

Season: Dry

March

Season: Wet

April

Season: Wet

May

Season: Wet

June

Season: Dry

July

Season: Dry

August

Season: Dry

September

Season: Dry

October

Season: Wet

November

Season: Wet

December

Season: Dry

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