- Cushioned in the foothills of the breathtaking Virunga volcano range, One&Only Gorilla’s Nest is the closest resort to Volcanoes National Park, and the region’s ultimate luxury retreat. Enjoy a once in a lifetime, personal encounter with the rare and majestic mountain gorilla, roaming free in its own natural habitat.
- Feel the thrill of up-close encounters with the endangered Mountain Gorillas found only in this part of the world. Immerse yourself in the wonders of the forest, traversing magical landscapes and scaling epic volcanoes.
- The beautifully designed private sanctuaries seamlessly blend with our location. One&Only Gorilla’s Nest is home to 14 rooms and 7 suites – every space is designed to frame nature, encircled by trees for ultimate privacy, with breathtaking views of Pyrethrum farmland, lush shambas and Eucalpytus forest.
- Discover the highlights and the secrets of the Volcanoes National Park with our inclusive, signature, and private experiences.
- Soak up the wonders of our environment as you savour authentic Rwandan flavours, prepared with contemporary flair, showcasing vegetables and herbs harvested from the resort’s own thriving gardens.
- Rwandan artists were called upon to create the stylish, bright interiors enhanced by local crafts like baskets. Even the One&Only Gorilla’s Nest guides leading you into the wild grew up in this area, sharing with you their first-hand knowledge about the park.
- There are only 880 gorillas in Rwanda’s mist-shrouded mountains and the neighboring countries of Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Learn about these creatures when the gorilla doctors come to the resort to speak to guests about conservation.
EXCLUSIVE LUXE VOYAGER VIP BENEFITS & BEST PRICE
We negotiate rates & benefits for our clients directly with the hotels’ senior management. Our rates match or in many cases are lower than the best online rate for the property. Our clients also enjoy a suite of extra VIP privileges and recognition while staying at a partner hotel.
- Complimentary room upgrade on arrival.
- Daily complimentary buffet breakfast for two.
- Up to $100 dining or spa credit per stay, and or in-house dining / spa discounts.
- Welcome amenities (wine/chocolates/fruit) and card from the GM.
- Complimentary private airport transfers.
- Complimentary roll-away bed if required.
- Early check-in and late check-out.
- Complimentary Wi-Fi.
- Enhanced recognition through VIP status at all touch points in the guest experience.
A complete or partial suite of VIP benefits will be offered, subject to the property T&C, including availability, category of room & length of stay.
The ultimate Virunga experience – once-in-a-lifetime and truly transformational. Hiking through misty bamboo forest you’ll track endangered mountain gorillas who roam in this habitat and languish in their troops. Statuesque yet gentle, human-like but entirely wild, you’ll be captivated, endeared, and enlightened as they go about their day, unperturbed. It’s a bucket-list encounter that will stay with you always.
Trekking to the Dian Fossey tomb is one of the most coveted and rewarding activities in the Volcanoes National Park. The walk to the Karisoke Research Centre, set up by Fossey, takes around 1 to 1.5-hours and is an incredible experience physically and emotionally. You’ll learn about the amazing life and legacy of the American activist and cover incredible floral landscapes with the chance to spot a variety of native creatures, from forest hogs to primates and colourful birds.
With their prominent golden fur coat, wide fuzzy faces, and beady eyes, the endangered golden monkeys are a thrilling highlight of the national park – amazing to observe up close. Following the fresh leftovers of bamboo, their large groups are usually easy to trace at the bottom of the volcanos. You’ll love simply watching them graze, socialise, and leap dramatically between trees with the aid of long tails.
Indulge in an epic adventure on the Bisoke volcano, scaling the forest to be rewarded with a spectacular crater lake at the summit.Approximately 4-hours up and 2-hours down, depending on ability, the experienced rangers will reveal a world of wonder as you traverse the rugged landscape. From native flora and fauna to local history, you’ll learn and see a lot during this full-day jungle expedition.
Step back in time to a network of caves formed 65 million years ago by molten lava flows that forged the epic Albertine Rift Valley. 2-kilometers of easy hiking through the caves reveals dramatic rock formations, dotted with cascading light shafts, spilling greenery, and no doubt you’ll meet the local colony of bats, casually hanging from the stone.
This intimate forest is a hidden treasure that holds a great deal of biological and cultural significance. The park is set upon an ancient sacred site that was used for the coronation rituals of Rwandan kings. Rugged trails are forged of cut lava stones, weaving through sprawling plants and towering trees to the natural soundtrack of birds and the flash of colourful butterflies. There are several sites of interest to visit along the way, and plenty of folklore to charm you.
Follow the sounds of thunderous drumming and joyful dancing to this traditional Rwandan village, located just outside the national park. A ‘living museum’, it reveals the rituals of life in the ancient Rwandan kingdom and features hands-on activities to acquaint you with the friendly locals. Some of the presenters and performers are in fact former poachers who have been rehabilitated by the opportunity to work in the village.
At One&Only Gorilla’s Nest, you have a front row seat to Africa’s oldest national park where gorillas roam freely in their natural habitat. There aren’t many places on the planet where you can see endangered gorillas going about their day. Beyond the gorillas, you will also see elephants, lions, exotic birds, and a wide array of other primates jumping and climbing before your eyes. Once you witness their world, settle into yours in this spectacular, modern haven where you will enjoy every creature comfort. You can arrive to One&Only Gorilla’s Nest by helicopter; this is a coveted means of transport we recommend so that you can see the emerald landscape unfurl below you. The property is nestled within a forest of eucalyptus trees, surrounding you with their heavenly scent.
Rwandan artists were called upon to create the stylish, bright interiors enhanced by local crafts like baskets. Even the One&Only Gorilla’s Nest guides leading you into the wild grew up in this area, sharing with you their first-hand knowledge about the park. But this region isn’t just about the gorillas. At One & Only Gorilla’s Nest there is also a chance to kayak on Lake Kivu, discover hidden caves, and go birdwatching in search of the over 100 varieties. Visit local communities where former poachers are now being educated about the importance of keeping the gorillas in the wild. You can also help to re-plant sections of the forest.
The beautifully designed private sanctuaries seamlessly blend with our location. One&Only Gorilla’s Nest is home to 14 rooms and 7 suites – every space is designed to frame nature, encircled by trees for ultimate privacy, with breathtaking views of Pyrethrum farmland, lush shambas and Eucalpytus forest. Bask in the rich colours, patterns, and timbers of traditional Rwandan artisans, embraced in contemporary style. With private viewing decks and warming fireplaces, Forest Lodges are idyllic havens for couples and families to retreat. Relish the ultimate combination of generous living space and seclusion as you unwind in a fusion of indigenous and modern styles. With dedicated lounge and dining areas, expansive viewing decks with outdoor bathing, and a host of luxurious inclusions.
Perfect for couples, you can immerse yourself in the jungle elements with a blissful open-air shower and a covered private viewing deck. Inside, a luxurious king-size bed awaits, with cosy gas fireplace and personal pantry. A spacious bathroom offers a striking standalone bath with nature views, indulgent separate shower and twin vanity. An entrance vestibule provides space to store outdoor clothing and equipment.
Two-Bedroom Forest Lodge
Ideal for families and small groups, this flexible two-bedroom haven balances privacy with shared living space. A king bed master is complemented by a second bedroom with convertible twin/king bed and its own adjoining powder room. A gas fire and personal pantry add comfort, while the private outdoor viewing deck offers ample space to relax together and take in the sights. An entrance vestibule provides space to store outdoor clothing and hiking equipment.
Ultra-spacious and filled with light, this suite enjoys a striking king bedroom and elegant lounge and dining area with a convertible sofa bed. Drifting out onto the large private deck there’s a private bathtub, perfect for observing the forest in bloom. A spacious bathroom offers a striking standalone bath with nature views, indulgent shower and twin vanity. An entrance vestibule provides space to store outdoor clothing and equipment.
The striking master bedroom is complemented with expansive living and dining space, featuring a cosy gas fire and convertible sofa bed. Seamlessly connected to an elongated al fresco viewing deck with outdoor bathtub, lounging, and dining. The spacious master bathroom includes a standalone bathtub, plus indoor and outdoor showers, depending on your mood.Our resident chef and butler are always on call, with a private catering kitchen connected to your suite. A self-contained unit also offers living and dining space for any personal staff members. An entrance vestibule provides space to store your outdoor clothing and hiking equipment.
The king of all suites, your spacious interior is matched with expansive multi-level outdoor space, boasting its own stately swimming pool, sociable al fresco lounge, and dedicated barbecue dining terrace. The secluded master bedroom is complemented with elegant interior lounge and dining space, with cosy fireplace and a sofa bed.Our resident chef and butler are always on call, with a private catering kitchen connected to your suite. A self-contained unit also offers living and dining space for any personal staff members. An entrance vestibule provides space to store your outdoor clothing and hiking equipment.
The fresh, seasonal flavours of Rwanda served in a myriad of enchanting settings. With a bountiful chef’s garden, exceptional local providers, and ultra-talented chefs, our food story is born of Rwanda and inspired by the world. Seasonal, organic, and always connected to place, you can follow the journey of each creation from field to fork. The essence of Virunga comes alive in mixology found nowhere else on the planet.
The Nest Restaurant
A place for nourishment, inspiration, indulgence, and warm service, The Nest is the resort’s main restaurant and it celebrates Rwandan beauty from every angle. With indoor and outdoor dining that overlooks rolling greenery, freshly prepared seasonal menus take you from breakfast through to dinner. Dishes range from European to Rwandan in style and always include a tempting Daily Special. A speciality tea samovar and coffee bar are also based here, providing soothing and uplifting refreshments.
The Nest Bar
From jungle-inspired cocktails to crisp South African wines and international spirits, The Nest Bar offers the perfect drop for every occasion.Enjoy the resort’s signature ingredients, namely rose petal and eucalyptus, grown freshly around the grounds. Infused in refreshing lemonades, quirky cocktails, and teas, the aroma is simply born of Virunga.
Serving colourful juices by day, evolving into creative cocktails by night, the spa’s own pool bar is a hub for refreshment and flavour.
With a sumptuous spa, world-class cuisine, and once-in-a-lifetime experiences through magical rainforest, One&Only Gorilla’s Nest is a rare haven that indulges the body and inspires the soul.
There’s no better place to connect body and soul with nature than the serene One&Only Spa. With a sparkling al fresco pool and pool bar serving healthy juices, a plunge pool surrounded by eucalyptus forest, steam and sauna rooms, and naturally-inspired African treatments.Our spa partner, Terres D’Afrique, draws on ancient tribal remedies using African botanicals, and blends this with modern science to maximise physical benefits and create delightfully sensorial experiences.
Relish the chance to get active surrounded by wilderness and the purest jungle air.Our state-of-the-art Fitness Centre offers Technogym equipment for customised training and stretching, while the great outdoors promises a world of inspiration, from nature trails surrounding the resort to rewarding hikes through Volcanoes National Park.