One&Only Gorilla's Nest

Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

A canopied jewel in the Rwandan jungles protected by the love and passion of local communities.

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Property Overview

Surrounded by swaying eucalyptus trees, One&Only Gorilla’s Nest awakens a wild spirit of adventure. Cushioned in the foothills of the breath-taking Virunga volcano range, this hotel makes the magical possible as guests enjoy a once in-a-lifetime, personal encounter with the rare and majestic mountain gorilla, roaming free in its own natural habitat.


SmartFlyer Exclusives

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily Farm to Table Breakfast, a La Carte Breakfast, and Buffer Breakfast for two guests per bedroom
  • $100 USD equivalent Resort or Hotel credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
  • Early Check-In / Late Check-Out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi


Agent Tips

  • Work with your SmartFlyer travel advisor to arrange a private experience in famed wildlife expert Jack Hanna's personal cottage. The cottage has been fully restored with great care and attention to the original design and architecture, complete with a library of photographs of his adventures. The cottage also hosts talks from local Gorilla Doctors, who are experts on the health and survival of these magnificent creatures.
  • Guests can enjoy a dramatic entrance in their own chartered helicopter, only twenty-five minutes from Kigali International Airport. Be blown away by the volcanic vistas and gardens below as the helicopter sweeps into One&Only Gorilla’s Nest in style.
Rooms + Suites

A hidden oasis atop the misty volcanic mountains that puts guests at the center of a diverse tapestry of wildlife.

Guests are invited to stay in one of twenty-one treehouse-style lodges or suites framed by eucalyptus and rainforest views. Guest rooms and suites have a warm interior, brought to life the age-old Rwandan art form of Imigongo—typically white, black and red geometric patterns—embraced in a contemporary way throughout. One&Only Gorilla Nest's crowning Silverback Suite peaks out over an endless expanse of greenery and immerses visitors in every corner of rainforest. Take advantage of the open-air lounge featuring an intimate fire pit overlooking an expansive private pool.
Pool + Gym

Moderate-to-challenging jungle workouts led by a motivating guide in the fresh, mountain air.

The hotel features an open air pool in the relaxation room of the Recreation Lodge, a separate, private building surrounded by the eucalyptus tree forest. Guests can cap off their swim with a visit to a steam sauna and the Pool Bar.

The Fitness Centre offers both indoor and outdoor spaces. Guests can work up a sweat in the great outdoors with a moderate-to-challenging jungle workout led by a motivating guide in the fresh, mountain air. Cyclists are invited to explore the awe-inspiring atmosphere and winding jungle paths while hikers of all levels of experience can take advantage of the hotel's access to Volcanoes National Park.

Melt into the aromas and textures of Africa.

One&Only Gorilla’s Nest's collection of spa experiences in partnership with South African brand Terres D'Afrique creates a rich wellness experience, celebrating the traditions and heritage of Africa. Melt into the aromas and textures of Africa with their exclusive Essence of Rose, Forest Coffee and Coconut, and Post Trek and Travel spa treatments. We highly recommend indulging in their array of signature massages and Terres D’Afrique facials after returning from a day of adventure.
Restaurant + Bar

Organic food based on European-Mediterranean that celebrates Rwanda.

The hotel's main restaurant Nest focuses on local, organic food based on European-Mediterranean that celebrates Rwanda. Enjoy daily specials that showcase the seasonal cuisine, as well as an interactive fresh juice-making station and hot food cooked to order. Nest also offers a samovar with a wide tea selection and a coffee bar.

With warmth and energy, Nest Bar welcomes guests in after a long day of adventure. Sit back and relax as their resident mixologists craft the resort’s signature cocktails for you with a modern twist. The bar infuses the petals from the surrounding flourishing rose bushes in their bespoke cocktails, refreshing lemonades, and teas.
  • Who's it for?
    This property is ideal for couples, families, and outdoor enthusiasts searching for a jungle escape. One&Only Gorilla's Nest list of immersive experiences, including their iconic gorilla treks into their misty bamboo forest habitat, will leave guests in awe of the power of nature and Rwanda's rich culture.
  • Location
    One&Only Gorilla’s Nest is cushioned in the foothills of the breath-taking Virunga volcano range between the awesome Volcanoes National Park and tribes of rare and majestic mountain gorillas, roaming free in its own natural habitat.

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