On the edge of mystical rainforest lies an intimate haven, immersed in nature, filled with creature comforts. Offering an exclusive front-row seat to Africa’s oldest national park and the rare mountain gorilla, roaming wild and free.
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.
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.
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.
|Toyota V8||$350 (each way)||3 guests|
A breathtaking 25-minute flight with a helicopter from Kigali International Airport to the resort’s helipad.
Four helicopter charters are available:
|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|
For bookings and further information, please contact our reservations team on Reservations@oneandonlygorillasnest.com.
Where gorillas roam and beauty abounds.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.