Nyungwe Forest Lodge

Ecolodge Design

Nyungwe Forest National Park, Rwanda

Nyungwe Lodge is located in Southwest Rwanda and 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 the largest mountain rainforest habitat in Africa.

HM Design was the lead Consultant, concept architect and landscape architect for the team that planned, designed and supervised the construction of the first ecolodge in Rwanda. HM Design provided full services (from Conceptual Design to Construction Documents) and the local team consisted of a regionally based Architect of Record, Interior Designer, Mechanical Engineer, Electrical Engineer, Civil Engineer, Structural Engineer, Quantity Surveyor and a Community Crafts Liaison. The master plan includes four different types of villas, tree houses, conference center, wellness center, nature activity center, tree houses, library, and trails. The project was under construction when Dubai World hijacked the project. The lodge is currently being operated by the luxury Operator – One and Only.

Awards & Media:


2021 – Rwanda’s Leading Safari Lodge :  World Travel Awards
2015 – Top Ten Safari Destinations in Africa  : Safari Awards