Thanks to its climate and location, Rwanda is one of the largest producers of coffee and tea from Africa and exports of these two products have an important weight in the economy, which has tried to position both in recent years to compete with countries like Kenya, that counts with a longstanding history on these crops.
Perhaps it is difficult to perceive this situation by stepping on Rwandan soil for the first time, since the tourism icon are the famous gorillas in the north, but if you take the time to search through the thousand mountains that shape the landscape of this beautiful land, looking to the south, at the end you will find a delightful destination for relaxation, one of those places where the traveler can find himself.
Nyungwe National Park is a not-known place barely nothing visited by international tourists, despite the beauty of its landscapes, lush jungle and the many species of monkeys that inhabit it. It is located south of Rwanda, almost on the border with Burundi, and reached from Kigali, the capital, it results in about 4-5 hours away. However, driving through the mountains of Rwanda is a pleasure to find places where you can admire the views every few kilometers and enjoying one of the best road infrastructure across the continent. Along the way, also is the town of Butare, cultural capital of the country with the National Museum.
Of all the activities that the park offers, such as hiking in search of chimpanzees or various species of birds, what stands out is the possibility of staying in the fantastic Nyungwe Forest Lodge, a boutique hotel nestled between kilometer tea crop. It has several bungalows with rooms private and a central building with restaurant, shop, fireplaces and magnificent views, of course, of the tea fields. The climate in this place meets the capricious requirements growing this product needs to grow and, therefore, is a place where, all day the sun is alternating with rain and clouds that cover practically at times the horizon. Enjoy a cup of coffee or, of course, freshly Rwandan tea just grown in this place an almost mystical experience, one of those moments in which one can observe the wonders of nature unfolding before their eyes. Cup of tea in hand, eye to green crops and body heat warming fireplaces, the Nyungwe Forest Lodge is ideal for travelers seeking time to think instead, to rethink their way in life or simply to rest and forget the real world for a weekend.
But as a picture is worth a thousand words, we leave a gallery of the Hotel and National Park, one of the destinations that has most impressed us...