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Nyungwe Forest Lodge African Interior Design Inspiration

I have just finished reading a delightful and touching book called ‘Baking Cakes in Kigali‘ by Gaile Parkin and in it the main characters take a drive through the Nyungwe Forest, which they describe as being ‘beautiful’. When reading this part I kept visualising the chic Nyungwe Forest Lodge whose website I had come across a little while back. About four to five hours drive from Rwanda’s capital, Kigali; Nyungwe is a closed canopy rain forest. Designed to blend in with the surroundings the Nyungwe Forest Lodge is located on a tea plantation that sits on the edge of the Forest. In contrast to the exterior the interior is a showcase of contemporary African interior design inspiration.

I love the way the Nyungwe Forest Lodge has been decorated with striking African interior design inspiration. The main lodge is decorated with natural wood accents, and a palette of rich warm reds and golden olive and taupe tones give a contemporary update to the classic lodge the look, resulting in an elegant space that still manages to maintain a warm, homely feel about it. Sharp white and black colours against splashes of red are softened by wooden floors and doors frames and bring a contemporary feel to the rooms in which the scheme is applied. What I feel brings the décor together is the use of Rwandan basketry and other striking traditional patterns such as Imigongo, that can be seen applied to linens and incorporated into table and cabinet designs. Tree stumps turned into tables and what looks like one of High Thorn’s twig lighting creations serve to bring nature indoors.
The Forest is home to thirteen species of primates including Chimpanzees which gives enthusiasts the opportunity to take treks to catch a glimpse of the animals. Guided walks are available taking interested guests to the Kamiranzovu Waterfalls and Swamp, as well as bird watching. If trekking is not your thing then take advantage of the peaceful surroundings and head to the relaxation retreat, which offers two treatment rooms and a Jacuzzi pool. Other facilities include, a heated swimming pool, fitness centre, outdoor eating areas and conference facilities that can accommodate up to 18 delegates. Also the main lodge is wheelchair friendly.
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Nyungwe Forest Lodge is a haven of peace and tranquility, showcasing African interior design inspiration.

Additional details:
Current nightly rates valid until 31December 2012 range from: USD$220-USD$320 pp sharing 

Children are half price
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