An exclusive front-row seat to Africa's oldest National Park, where rare mountain gorillas roam wild and free
One&Only Gorilla's Nest
Allow yourself to be captivated as exotic colourful birds and one of the planet’s greatest array of primate species flourish before your eyes and welcome you into their world. Then retreat to your own world - our spectacular modern haven, where every creature comfort is yours to enjoy.
Discover the 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.
Feel at home
"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 MistDownload Brochure
Air and Land
The route from Kigali International Airport takes only 2.5-hours by luxury SUV or 25 minutes by helicopter. It's a 45-minute helicopter flight away from One&Only Nyungwe House to complete your Rwandan adventure.
History & Culture
A land distinguished by beauty and hope.
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.
Find everything you could desire, intimately connected to nature. A sparkling pool, surrounded by eucalyptus. Delicious seasonal menus, served with floral views. Wellness that draws remedy from African botanicals. And a wealth of jungle experiences, curated for you.
Celebrating Rwandan beauty from every angle, it offers indoor and outdoor dining that overlooks rolling greenery. It's freshly prepared seasonal menus take you from breakfast through to dinner. 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, 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.
Relish the chance to get active surrounded by wilderness and the purest jungle air. Our state-of-the-art Fitness Centre offers Technogym® equipment, while the great outdoors promises a world of inspiration, from nature trails surrounding the resort to Volcanoes National Park hikes.
Relish in our sparkling al fresco pool and pool bar, a plunge pool surrounded by a eucalyptus forest, steam and sauna rooms. Terres D’Afrique draws on ancient tribal remedies using African botanicals, and blends this with modern science to create incredible results.
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
Once a permit is purchased it cannot be refunded or inter-changed. Before confirming your tour, please request availability for all participants as there are only 96 permits issued per day. If you have a cold, the flu or a contagious infection, please avoid gorilla trekking as gorillas are susceptible to human infections, particularly respiratory ones. Permits are not included in the room rates and must be purchased separately. Minimum age 15 years old.
Everything you need to know before you travel to One&Only Gorilla's Nest.
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.
In the heart of Africa, fractionally south of the equator, Rwanda’s high altitude creates a remarkably pleasant tropical climate, with a fairly stable annual temperature of 15.5 degrees Celsius.
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.
Complimentary WiFi internet access is available in all private guest rooms and in the main resort building, including the guest lounge, bar and restaurant.
Rwanda has four official languages: Kinyarwandan, English, French and Swahili.
Guests may check-in from 3pm and are requested to depart rooms by 11am.
Central African Time (UCT +2)