ONE & ONLY GORILLAS NEST – VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK

One&Only Gorilla’s Nest is set against the historic volcanic mountains of Volcanoes National Park – the first national park in Africa and home to endangered mountain gorillas. This is a place that has fostered a spirit of love and protection over the years, most notably from renowned primatologist Dian Fossey.

The lodge has just 21 guest lodges and suites scattered around the forest brimming with eucalyptus trees and flowers.  Sample fresh seasonal cuisine at the Nest Restaurant, sample the flavours of the garden that infuse fresh lemonades, cocktails and teas at the Nest bar.  Work out in the fitness centre and enjoy yoga, pilates and meditation sessions and relax at the infinity pool or spa after your gorilla trek.

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. A huge range of complementary activities are available to enhance your stay.

LOCATION

One&Only Gorilla’s Nest is set close to the Volcanoes National Park in the north west of Rwanda.  Access is either by road transfer which takes around 2.5 hours or helicopter flight which takes around 25 minutes.

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LODGE

At Gorilla’s Nest there is an ecosystem that connects the resort with the local areas of Kinigi and Musanze – mainly through buying locally and employing local people at the lodge.  Regular visits and donations are made to local schools and you can purchase Imigongo art from local tradespeople.

The seasonal dishes crafted in the kitchens are part of a rich eco-conscious cycle and delicious local coffee benefits from pesticide free growth.  Any unused ingredients are returned to Musanze where they are used in fertilizer to grow produce which is then sold back to the Gorilla’s Nest culinary team.

There is a good variety of accommodation options at Gorilla’s Nest:

Forest King Lodge – enjoy a seamless connection with the natural world from your romantic private lodge, perfect for two. Follow the scents and sounds of nature onto your secluded open-air viewing deck or al fresco shower, where the dramatic surround sound awakens you.

Two bedroomed Forest Lodge – couples, friends and family share the magic of Virunga together in this two-bedroom garden haven encircled by rainforest. Separate bedrooms promise blissful privacy for all, while your furnished outdoor viewing deck offers a space to enjoy nature together.

Virunga Suite – soak up the beauty as you bathe in your open-air bathtub, refresh in the outdoor shower, lounge on your spacious deck or dine al fresco. Inside, move between your chic king bedroom, grand master bathroom with large standalone bath and shower and your separate living and dining spaces with a roaring fireplace at the heart.  With a private catering kitchen, enjoy fresh ingredients tailored to your tastes.

Ingagi Suite – immerse yourself completely in the wild Rwandan gardens with an extended private space facing the flora. Soak up the beauty as you bathe in your outdoor bathtub or shower, lounge on the spacious deck or dine in the fresh forest air. Inside your striking master bedroom is complemented with expansive living and dining so you have the best of both worlds.

Silverback Suite – enjoy both grandeur and privacy in your expansive suite and feel immersed in the rainforest from your open-air lounge featuring an intimate fire pit overlooking your private pool.

Main areas are linked to the rooms scattered in the forest by pathways and include the Nest Restaurant, the Nest Bar, an infinity pool, a gym and a spa.

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ACTIVITIES AND WILDLIFE

The following are offered on a complementary basis bookable at the lodge:

Take a Walk in Nature – One&Only Gorilla’s Nest is an ever-growing garden, teaming with flourishing eucalyptus, roses, butterflies and birds. Learn about the natural lifecycle here where every plant and tree is chosen to encourage an abundance of wildlife. Taste the flavours with home-made ice-tea and crudités fresh from the chef’s garden – 60 minutes.

Enjoy the Secrets of Rwandan Coffee – taste the raw flavours of Rwanda with connoisseurs, hearing the origin story of sustainably grown regional coffee. Learn to detect each hint of difference in flavour, scent and colour and understand what makes the perfect cup of coffee. Enjoy with selected savoury and sweet treats that create the perfect sensorial experience – 45 minutes

Hear the Stories of your Ancestors – with a bonfire, blankets, lanterns, drinks and snacks hear the stories of the 12 gorilla families as well as vital information on distance, interactions and safety. With insight into the behaviours and personalities to look out for this is a must for guests embarking on a gorilla trek – 30 minutes.

Listen to the Rhythms of Africa – listen to the sounds of the drummer’s beat and the rhythms, dances, stories and poetry of the neighbouring community themed around various traditional songs and instruments. Hosted by locals these interactive performances provide invaluable support for the local community to continue cultural arts and inspire younger generations to learn traditions.  Discretional donation to the community – 30 minutes.

Join a Drumming Circle – by the warmth of the fire join the unique beat of Rwanda. Led by a local drummer, beat the drums to your heart’s content in a relaxed environment. Professionals and beginners drum together, fire dancers move to the beat and everyone becomes part of the entertainment.  Optional donations to the community – 30 minutes.

Exploring Kinigi by Bike – moderate to challenging – weaving through the village and agricultural lands of Kinigi you’ll discover the gentle turn of life and charm of Rwanda. Infused water and healthy snacks will be provided throughout.  Duration 45 minutes and minimum age is 16.  Mountain e-bikes, helmets, refreshments and snacks provided throughout.

Discover Gorilla’s Nest by Bike – moderate to challenging – venture through the forest and dramatic volcanic landscape in this adrenaline boosting trail featuring winding turns and gentle climbs across the resort grounds – 45 minutes.  Mountain e-bikes, helmets, refreshments and snacks provided throughout.

Take a Run through Nature – moderate to challenging – on this scenic trail explore steep gradients, gentle slopes and cardio workouts. After pushing your body, recuperate and wind down with a full body stretch – duration 30 minutes. Minimum age is 12.  Snacks and refreshments provided.

Workout in Nature – moderate to challenging – working out in nature’s gymnasium immersed in a eucalyptus forest with a selection of outdoor jungle equipment.

Birding (at extra cost) – discover a vibrant forest alive with colour and sound and see and photograph an array of birds, including sunbirds, bee-eaters, flycatchers, weavers, kites, eagles and vultures. Sample homemade ice-tea and crudités made from the chef’s garden – 2 hours.

Explore the Chef’s Garden – moderate – explore the vegetable garden with the Executive Chef as he introduces you to the sustainable ingredients that inspire the lodge’s dishes. Handpick edible flowers, vegetables and herbs to be used in your next meal – 30 minutes.

Classic Movies – screening classic movies from Gorillas in the Mist to Lion King and the African Queen – discover the story of Rwanda and Africa.  2000 hours several days a week – 90 minutes.

The lodge has a complementary yoga programme with daily sessions at 0730 and 1530, pilates sessions at 0900 and meditation sessions available on request.

There is an extensive programme of teen activities including archery, mountain biking, nature walks, learn to weave and drumming.

Additional activities which incur extra costs include cultural experiences, trekking to see the gorillas and golden monkeys, trek up Mt Bisoke, hike to Dian Fossey’s grave and visit Musanze caves.

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ONE&ONLY GORILLA’S NEST OPEN ALL YEAR ROUND 

THE LODGE WELCOMES FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN OF ALL AGES.  

PLEASE NOTE THAT ONLY CHILDREN AGED 15 YEARS AND OLDER CAN TREK TO SEE THE GORILLAS

Call +44 1386 830264 or Email [email protected]

Our expert staff are on-hand, happy to assist with any enquiry you have.

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