ABOUT ONE&ONLY GORILLA’S NEST, RWANDA


An exclusive front-row seat to Africa’s oldest national park, where the rare mountain gorillas roam wild and free.

Virunga Mountain

LOCATION

Cushioned in the foothills of the breathtaking Virunga volcano range along the north-western frontier of beautiful Rwanda, One&Only Gorilla’s Nest is the closest resort to Volcanoes National Park, and the region’s ultimate luxury retreat.

It lies just a 45-minute helicopter flight from One&Only Nyungwe House in the southwest, the perfect complement to your Rwandan adventure.

Arriving at One&Only Gorilla's Nest


Inspiring journeys await by land and air as you make your way from Kigali International Airport to the realm of the gorillas and the Volcanoes National Park.

Luxury SUV transfer

Rwanda is graced with good quality road connections, and the route from Kigali International Airport takes just 2.5-hours by luxury SUV. The journey offers a fascinating insight into rural communities, culminating with an arrival through dramatic Eucalyptus forest.

Model Price Capacity
Toyota V8 $350 (each way) 3 guests
Helicopter transfer

A breathtaking 25-minute flight with a helicopter from Kigali International Airport to the resort’s helipad.

Four helicopter charters are available:

Model Price Capacity
Robinson 44 $1,120 3 guests
Agusta 119 $2,200 5 guests
Agusta 109 $2,860 5 guests
Agusta 139 VIP $5,500 5 guests

Reservations & Inquiries


For bookings and further information, please contact our reservations team on Reservations@oneandonlygorillasnest.com.

History and Culture


Where gorillas roam and beauty abounds.

“The sense of exhilaration I felt when viewing the heartland of the Virungas for the first time… I have made my home among the mountain gorillas.” ~ Dian Fossey, Gorillas in the Mist

Rwanda is a country distinguished by beauty and hope. Home to warm, friendly communities, flourishing mountain forests, and sparkling blue lakes. Unique flora and fauna that thrive with concerted conservation, including its most famous resident– the majestic mountain gorilla.

Less than nine-hundred are said to exist on the planet, and Rwanda is one of only three countries where you can encounter them. Their lush mountain reserve, Volcanoes National Park, was hailed as the first national park in Africa, created in 1925 by Belgian colonists. The expanded area now covers 160 square kilometres and is a rich mosaic of montane ecosystems, embracing evergreen and bamboo forest, open grassland, swamp, and heath. It contains five of the eight Virunga volcanoes, named Karisimbi, Bisoke, Muhabura, Gahinga, and Sabyinyo.

In the 1960s, the park became a base for American naturalist Dian Fossey, known for her determined plight against gorilla poaching. Her Karisoke Research Centre thrives today, and the story lives on thanks to Hollywood movie ‘Gorillas in the Mist’, inspired by her autobiography.

But the allure of this region doesn’t stop at gorillas. With an authentic cultural village, a myriad of captivating hiking trails, cave systems, over 165 bird species, and numerous mammals including rare golden monkeys, it’s a haven that must be seen to be believed.

Amenities


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.

Spa
Fitness

One&Only Spa

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.

Fitness Centre

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.

Nest

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.

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.

VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK ACTIVITIES

Our Experience Guides possess a deep knowledge of the property, the National Park and our beautiful surroundings, and they can design a tailored programme of activities suited to your personal interests and desires, including suggestions for the most scenic picnic locations and points of interest. Activity bookings must be made directly through Guest Services/Front Office and additional fees apply.

GORILLA PERMIT NOTE AND TREKKING RULES

Please note that once the permit is bought, it cannot be refunded or inter-changed. Before confirming the tour, please ensure that you have requested availability for the total number of participants as there are only 96 permits issued per day. This activity is available for children over the age of 15 years. If you have a cold, flu or other contagious infection, we kindly request you not to go gorilla trekking as the gorillas are very susceptible to catching human infections, particularly respiratory ones. Permits are not included in the room rates and must be purchased separately.

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Weather

Rwanda has a tropical highland climate, with plenty of rain. Temperatures vary considerably between locations depending on their altitude, but very little from month to month in the same place. In the capital, Kigali, the average daily temperature is about 21°C/70°F:

– Rainy season: March to May and October to November
– Hottest months: June to September

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Visa Requirements

All visitors to Rwanda must present a passport valid for at least 6 months from date of travel. Visa requirements for entering Rwanda may vary significantly from country to country. For more information on visa requirements, please click here.

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Time Zone

Central African Time (UCT +2)

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Language

Rwanda has four official languages: Kinyarwandan, English, French and Swahili.

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Electricity

Electricity in Rwanda is 230 Volts, alternating at 50 cycles per second. If you travel to Rwanda with a device that does not accept 230 Volts at 50 Hertz, you will need a voltage converter.

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Check-in and Check-out

Guests may check-in from 3pm and are requested to depart rooms by 11am.

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Internet

Complimentary WiFi internet access is available in all private guest rooms and in the main resort building, including the guest lounge, bar and restaurant.

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