One&Only Gorilla's Nest
A bucket list 'must'
Offering a front row seat to nature, the unparalleled Gorilla’s Nest is a bucket list ‘must’.
Set in the scenic foothills of Parc National des Volcans, the resort is the closest to the trailhead which leads to the mountain gorilla habitat in the Park. Adventure doesn’t come more awe-inspiring than this.
Walk on the wild side
Whether you’re a nature enthusiast or are simply looking for a once-in-a-lifetime experience, mountain gorilla trekking amongst the Virunga volcano range is genuinely awe-inspiring.
Around half of the world’s wild population of mountain gorilla lives here, and you can trek to observe them in their natural habitat. You may also spot elephants, birds, lions and other primates, but seeing the gorillas up close is absolutely incredible.
The great outdoors
From the moment you arrive at the resort it’s clear that this is a really special place. One&Only Gorilla’s Nest is a fragrant, beautiful hidden garden atop the dramatic volcanic range that’s the perfect combination of nature and luxury.
Lodges and suites are built on stilts, perfectly blending into the mountainous canopy of towering eucalyptus trees. You’ll find binoculars in your room to help survey the majestic surrounds, as this is a place designed to honour its location.
There’s more to this place than gorilla treks. This is a destination of incredible beauty and culture, waiting to be explored. There’s a wealth of experiences and adventures to be had, with something to suit every personality and mood.
Learn about Rwandan coffee from local experts and learn what makes each blend unique with a series of delicious tastings. Be tutored in the art of the drum circle, or try open-air yoga in the forest. Climb the towering Mount Bisoke for photo-ready views, explore 65-million-year-old caves, tour local villages or take a cycle tour of the “land of a thousand hills”.
At the mountain top, surrounded by nature, this is a place where relaxation, finding yourself and feeling restored come naturally.
Take to the forests for mindful meditation, outdoor yoga and al fresco Pilates. The resort also offers Reiki sessions, chakra balancing treatments and ancient crystal healing, for all-encompassing wellness.
The One&Only spa draws on ancient local knowledge and global techniques to deliver exceptional treatments that allow you to totally relax, focus on yourself and feel renewed. Therapies include a specific massage to soothe your body after a trek to the National Park and a superlative full-body treatment utilising the properties of Rwandan coffee.
One&Only Nyunge House
Luxury in the heart of the jungle
Luxury and style in the heart of the jungle. This is wilderness, but not like you’ve ever experienced it before. Surrounded by mist-shrouded protected forest and overlooking the seemingly endless National Park before it, Nyungwe House is a simply magical retreat.
Nyungwe National Park is a spectacular place, home to monkeys and chimpanzees. Leave the resort at dawn with your guide, who will take you through the jungle in search of these amazing resident primates. A walk on the wild side you’ll never forget.
The resort’s tea plantation is a beautiful setting for walks, adventures and even private dining experiences. Each day the Tea Lounge hosts a tea ceremony, where you’ll be talked through Rwanda’s different tea varieties and learn to taste the difference. It’s a whole new approach to the afternoon cuppa!
The great outdoors
The resort’s resident guides and local experts will help shape the perfect al fresco adventures for you through the amazing and world-renowned Nyungwe National Park. There are several trails to explore, framed on either side by lush African jungle.
The National Park was around before the last Ice Age, and is one of the most incredible natural landscapes anywhere in the world. You could spend hours simply listening to the sounds of nature, but with countless wildlife species – including chimpanzees – to spot, exploring really is the only option.
Inspiring Insight: We highly – no pun intended – recommend the resort’s Canopy Walk, the only treetop path of its kind in East Africa. Be elevated 60 metres above the ground and survey the incredible forest that stretches as far as the eye can see.
In partnership with the eco-friendly brand Africology, the One&Only Spa here offers each guest a personalised and holistic approach to wellness that perfectly complements the scenic and tranquil surrounds.
The spa itself is nestled at the heart of the tea plantation, enveloped in serenity and perfectly located for you to focus on yourself and let everyday stresses melt away. Therapies use natural ingredients and traditional African methods to restore your balance and send you away rejuvenated and refreshed.