One & Only Gorilla’s Nest

Kinigi, Musanze, Northern Province, Rwanda – Show more hotels in Rwanda

Location: Kinigi, close to the headquarters of the Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda


One & Only Gorilla’s Nest awakens a wild spirit of adventure. A place that encourages you to gaze into the mirror through eye opening encounters with majestic mountain gorillas and experience the story of Rwanda. Here we have crafted a set of experiences that write adventure-rich stories. Individual free-standing lodges and suites sit suspended over sprawling gardens at eye level with the tall eucalyptus trees and volcanic surroundings. Feel the call of the trees from your secluded sanctuary where binoculars, a library of books and local Imigongo art await. This Lodge set on the foothills of the Virunga volcano range offers an idyllic base from which to visit the region’s mountain gorillas. With just 21 rooms and suites, this treehouse-style boutique hotel never feels crowded.

Uniqueness of this Camp

Being in the heart of Rwanda, Eye to eye with swaying eucalyptus trees, the One & Only’ s Gorilla’s Nest is an opulent, 5-star getaway 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. The lodge offers guests the opportunity to visit Iby’I’wacu, a nearby traditional Rwandan village, who are rehabilitated poachers and a demonstration of the lodge’s close ties with the local community.


The One & Only has a total of 7 Suites and 14 elegant luxury rooms each has Housekeeping, Room service, Safe, Kitchenette and Minibar. Forest Lodge: (Sleeps 2) in 77 sqm / 829 sqft, 1 King Bed/2 Single Beds, Minibar, Internet access-Wi-Fi, TV. Seamless connection with the natural world from your romantic private lodge, perfect for two. 2 Bedroomed Forest Lodge: Sleeps 4 in 87 sqm / 936 sqft (Sleeps 2 Adults and 2 Children under 12 years or 3 Adults) 2 King Beds/1 King Bed or 2 Single Beds with separate bedrooms connected by a spacious outdoor viewing deck and bathroom, perfect for families and friends, Balcony, Connecting room, King Size bed, Minibar, TV, Internet Access – Wi-Fi. Virunga Suite: (Sleeps 2) in 147 sqm / 1,582 sqft King Size Bed, Balcony, Internet Access – Wi-Fi, TV, Minibar, open-air bathtub, refresh in the outdoor shower, lounge in your spacious deck, or dine al fresco with loved ones. 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. Ingagi Suite: (Sleeps 2) in 251sqm / 2,702 sqft, 1 King Bed, lounge on the spacious deck or dine in the fresh forest air. Master bedroom enjoys expansive living and dining spaces with a cosy fireplace. Retreat into your master bathroom with standalone bathtub, indoor and outdoor showers to enjoy the natural views as you please. Resident chef and butler always on call, Balcony, Minibar, TV, Internet Access – Wi-Fi. Silver back Suite: (Sleeps 2) in 402 sqm / 4,402 sqft, 1 King Bed, master bedroom, private bathroom, large living and dining room, an atmospheric fireplace. An expansive multi-level terrace, open-air lounge, minibar, savour fresh grills on the barbecue terrace, internet Access – Wi-Fi, fire pit and private pool.


Lodge Amenities The Nest is the social heart of One & Only Gorilla’s Nest, Nest Bar, private dining, Jack Hanna Cottage – Jack’s original guestbook documenting years of high-profile guests and photography throughout which tells a great story of his years in Rwanda. With luxury experience from the Games Room guests can spend an evening playing with bespoke wooden board games, cards to a boutique cinema room, a fully equipped dining area – an escape for a private cigar and whisky experience, library, an outdoor heated swimming pool and plunge pool, free high speed internet, Fitness Center with Gym, Airport transport, Spa & Sauna, laundry Service, Bar/lounge, Restaurant.


Lodge Activities: Volcanoes National Park, hikers can venture up Mt. Bisoke (3,711m), hiking to spot golden monkeys through the jungle canopy, birdwatching, or being immersed in the colourful fragrant rose garden at the resort, explore chef’s garden, discover Gorilla’s Nest by Bike,  Charter Helicopter: only 25 minutes from Kigali International Airport and 45 minutes from One & Only Nyungwe House. Teens activities: Mountain e-bikes and helmets will be provided as well as refreshments and healthy snacks, try your hand at archery, Wander in nature equipped with a walking stick, binoculars reference books and iPad, Learn how to play Ingoma drums made out of cow hide, the Inanga (oval shaped harp) or Umuduri (stringed instrument),