Nestled in the lush foothills of the Virunga Mountains, the prestigious One&Only Gorilla’s Nest combines thrilling mountain gorilla encounters with delectable organic dining and an indulgent selection of wellness experiences.
Reached via a spectacular helicopter flight or luxury road transfer from Kigali, this luxurious treehouse-style hotel boasts a sensational setting amid this vast natural playground of rainforest and bamboo. As well as professionally guided treks to visit the endangered mountain gorillas and playful golden monkeys of Volcanoes National Park, days at Gorilla’s Nest can be spent climbing epic volcanoes, learning about the unique flora of the rainforest and exploring the ancient Musanze caves. You can even hike to Dian Fossey’s grave, and spend time with the locals to immerse yourself in their unique way of life. Between excursions, you can indulge in a deep tissue massage at the hotel’s spa or make full use of the sauna, steam room and heated pool.
Nestled amid vibrant tropical gardens and looking out across a eucalyptus forest, the 21 freestanding rooms and villas come complete with floor-to-ceiling windows, outdoor showers, traditional Imigongo art and wildlife-spotting binoculars. Herbs and vegetables are handpicked from the property’s own organic gardens and used to produce delectable dishes with authentic Rwandan flavours. Dine under an enchanting tree or in The Nest, the resort’s glamorous gathering area where you can socialise with other guests over a morning coffee or rose-infused cocktail in the afternoon.
One&Only Gorilla’s Nest, at a glance
• Luxurious boutique hotel on the edge of the Volcanoes National Park, 120 kilometres’ northwest of the capital, Kigali
• 21 treetop rooms and villas surrounded by lush tropical gardens and eucalyptus forest
• Black and slate grey bathrooms with outdoor showers and freestanding bathtubs
• Undisturbed forest and volcano views through floor-to-ceiling windows
• Subtle decor with pale woods, earthy tones, patterned rugs and traditional Imigongo artwork
• Seasonal, organic dishes produced using herbs and vegetables from the onsite gardens
• Nest bar and restaurant offering coffee, cocktails and sunset dining on a large terrace
• Incredibly hospitable and attentive service
For leisure and pleasure
• Up-close encounters with mountain gorillas on unforgettable trekking excursions
• Spot playful golden monkeys and exotic birds in the canopy
• Volcano climbing and overnight camping
• Visit Dian Fossey’s Karisoke Research Centre to learn about her celebrated work in the area
• Learn about the culture, cuisine and way of life of the local people
• Wellness facilities include a spa, sauna, steam room, small heated pool and an icy plunge pool
• Explore the surrounding hills on the resort’s e-bikes