Gorilla's Nest is a luxury lodge located at the foot of the Virunga volcanoes and only a 5 minute drive from the park headquarters. Fit with 5-star treatment, rooms are styled like treehouses up stilts, and with a design that draws the outside in. The hotel was imagined by interior designer Hubertus Feit to give a subtle sense of Africa while taking nothing away from the true emphasis of the place: the surrounding landscape. One&Only Gorilla's Nest is a place that encourages you to gaze into the mirror through eye-opening encounters with majestic mountain gorillas and experience the story of Rwanda.
Gorilla's Nest is situated close to the entrance to Parc National des Volcans in northern Rwanda and set within a grove of trees with the rooms set around a large courtyard. On a clear day the views across to the volcanoes and surrounding area are spectacular. Surrounded by swaying eucalyptus trees, One&Only Gorilla’s Nest awakens a wild spirit of adventure.
Features & Facilities
A collection of 21 intimate lodges and suites, swathed in eucalyptus and volcano views. Get active with a revitalising trek or mountain biking session, then recuperate with a calming spa treatment. All children are welcome.
A luxury, treehouse-style lodge
Set a little north of Kinigi, in a lovely setting very close to the main headquarters of Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park – from where all the hikes to see the gorillas depart in the morning.
Accommodation & Facilities
With a total of 21 lodges, choose from the Forest King Lodge, Two-bedroom Forest Lodge, Virunga Suite, Ingagi Suite, and Silverback Suite each with their own grandeur and privacy. Rooms include private pools, spacious decking and open-air bath tubs.
Food is based mainly on traditional recipes with fresh produce harvested from nearby volcanic soil. From a quiet early morning coffee to a romantic evening meal, enjoy seasonal cuisine that’s in complete harmony with the natural world. With menus that change daily, enjoy the feeling of not knowing what to expect but knowing you will love it.
Away from gorillas the Park is also home to seventy six mammal species, including a troop of habituated golden monkeys. Nature walks can be undertaken alongside a knowledgeable National Park's guide; climbs of the volcanoes are also possible as well as visiting the tomb of Dian Fossey. Of course there is Gorilla tracking as well as visits to Lake Kivu or the opportunity to take part in a number of community projects. The hotel’s restaurant and bar are places where the chatter is almost wholly gorilla-related after the day’s encounter with the great apes. They are warm and energetic spaces with dishes inspired by the story of Rwanda while elsewhere, a spa draws on traditional African wisdom.