One & Only’s new Nature Resort in Rwanda

Nyungwe House, on a working tea plantation on the edge of Nyungwe Forest, offers hiking, wildlife experiences and a commitment to community projects

One & Only Nyungwe House is set on a working tea plantation at the edge of Rwanda’s Nyungwe Forest
One & Only Nyungwe House is set on a working tea plantation at the edge of Rwanda’s Nyungwe Forest

At One & Only (oneandonlyresorts.com), there’s an intriguing – and commendable – push to extend the remit beyond the lavishly appointed beachside resorts for which it’s known. One & Only Nyungwe House (from £857), which opens this month, is the first in a new Nature Resorts portfolio and one of two properties in which the company is investing in Rwanda. The 23 rooms and suites are in low-slung buildings on a working tea plantation at the edge of Nyungwe Forest, with hiking trails, archery, “jungle boot camp” workouts and wildlife guides to escort guests through the forest to view chimpanzee and monkey populations and dozens of native bird species. Perhaps most appealing is Nyungwe House’s commitment to Umuganda, the last-Saturday-of-the-month nationwide initiative in which guests participate in community work, from collecting rubbish to building roads – along with every able-bodied Rwandan from 18 to 65, including President Paul Kagame.  

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