One&Only Gorilla’s Nest awakens a freedom of spirit and wild sense of adventure.
One&Only Gorilla's Nest
Be captivated by every movement and sound in this glamorous setting, where each tree is selected to attract an array of different lifeforms and every meandering path leads to a new adventure. One&Only Gorilla’s Nest is a home of freedom and positivity. A hidden garden of possibility.
IN THE HEART OF RWANDA
Eye to eye with swaying eucalyptus trees, One&Only Gorilla’s Nest is the closest resort to Volcanoes National Park – a historic rainforest home to a diverse tapestry of wildlife, including over 340 mountain gorillas, golden monkeys, and 300 bird species. In and around the resort, there is an incredible topography of peaceful sleeping volcanoes that defy gravity, creating an awe-inspiring atmosphere and perfect setting for cyclists.
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 Mist
One&Only Gorilla’s Nest is a 2.5-hour scenic drive from Kigali international Airport. In your luxury SUV, let your heart be captured by the rolling vistas and local communities that pass by.
Enjoy a dramatic entrance, in your own chartered helicopter, only 25 minutes from Kigali International Airport and 45 minutes from One&Only Nyungwe House. Be blown away by the the volcanic vistas and gardens below, as you sweep into One&Only Gorilla’s Nest in style.
History & Culture
A land distinguished by beauty and hope.
Volcanoes National Park and the protection it offers endangered species and its precious land, tells a story of Rwanda. A country that is always looking ahead, fueled with positivity both nationally and locally. From the nationwide ban on plastic bags to the regular ‘Umuganda’, national community cleaning efforts, Rwanda celebrates unparalleled pride in community and the natural world.
At One&Only Gorilla’s Nest, there is a perfect ecosystem that connects the resort with the local areas of Kinigi and Musanze. Employing largely locally, we have largely employed locally, building on a booming tourism industry. The team themselves contribute to the ‘Umuganda’ in Musanze with great pride. Regular visits and donations are made to local schools and guests are also able to purchase Imigongo art from local tradespeople.
The seasonal dishes crafted in our kitchens are part of a rich eco-conscious cycle. Delicious local coffee benefits from pesticide free growth and our chefs ensure any unused ingredients are returned to Musanze where they are used in fertilizer to grow produce which is then sold back to the One&Only Gorilla’s Nest culinary team.
The permit to view mountain gorillas not only allows the most respectful encounter, with limited numbers, controlled by experts but also contributes to both the local environment and national initiatives.
Follow every adventurous thought through meandering garden paths. Whether soaking in the sparkling infinity pool, sampling seasonal menus or taking time to pause in the spa; the natural surroundings spark activity.
The Nest stands open yet protected from the natural elements, enjoying undisturbed views of the rolling landscape beyond. Sample fresh seasonal cuisine from breakfast through to dinner against the burning sunset landscape.
Sample the flavours of our garden with fresh ingredients including rose and eucalyptus that infuse fresh lemonades, cocktails and teas – showcasing the flavours and aromas borne of Virunga.
Feel as though you are running into the trees, connected to the elements, in our fitness centre, which offers state-of-the-art Technogym equipment. From nature trails to al fresco yoga on our meditation deck – relish in the chance for active adventure in a setting full of life.
One&Only Spa and Club One
After a long day of activity, soak in our sparkling infinity pool and bar at Club One, teetering over the edge of the luscious gardens below. At the One&Only Spa, Terres D’Afrique draws on ancient tribal remedies using African botanicals that ground you in the surroundings.
Volcanoes National Park
With a passion and deep knowledge of Volcanoes National Park, our experienced guides take the time to brief you before your trek, tailoring the route to your needs with comfort and refreshments throughout. At the end, they await the glean in your eye that follows this life changing encounter.