Emeraude Kivu Resort

A good choice of accommodation for those who visit Nyungwe Forest National Park is the family-run Emeraude Kivu Resort at Kamembe, near Cyangugu (about 45 minutes from the Gisakura area). The hotel is on the top of a hill from where there is a panoramic view over Lake Kivu. Each of the 8 rooms has en-suite facilities and a private balcony with a lake view. The service is of high quality and the food is excellent. Cyangugu, where the resort is located, is near Cyamudongo, where the most of Chimpanzee tracking excursions are organised (only a 20 minute drive away). The owners, Jeanne-Francine and Eugene Rutagararama, have impressive credentials, combining hotel management with wildlife conservation and law. (Eugene is a recipient of the Goldman Environmental Prize).

Why we like it here

Astonishing views over Lake Kivu.

Things to be aware of

To go chimp tracking, the early morning drive is only an hour. After tracking, it’s recommended to take an hour transfer to Uwinka for a picnic lunch, followed by an early-afternoon canopy walk.

Where we are situated