Offering an exclusive front-row seat to one of the world’s most popular mountain gorilla sanctuaries, One&Only Gorilla’s Nest opened its doors in Rwanda this month, giving adventurous incentive groups another reason to consider this emerging and enticing African country.
One&Only Gorilla’s Nest is the ultimate ultra-luxury resort, located just five minutes from Volcanoes National Park – home to the highest number of mountain gorillas and five dormant volcanoes.
The property offers 21 jungle-chic havens, including 10 Forest King Lodges, four Two-Bedroom Forest Lodges, five Virunga Suites, one Ingagi and Silverback Suite, all surrounded by Eucalyptus trees and strategically positioned on stilts.
Private decks and in-room fireplaces provide guests the opportunity to live amongst the endless landscape, inviting the outside in, and allowing for a truly unforgettable African experience.
Guests can look forward to enjoying meals in the main restaurant, Nest, offering dining both indoor and out, as well as offer a private dining area for up to 22 guests.
Executive Chef Bryan English and his team will focus on local and organic ingredients, making use of the abundant produce from local farmers as well as his own Chef’s Garden. Private outdoor dining experiences, barbecues and picnics will also be an option for groups.
As well as providing access to activities in the National Park, the resort will offer a range of tailored on-site activities, from coffee tasting with the resort’s barista and local coffee expert to yoga on one of the outdoor decks, or cycle to a nearby community where they can learn about the Rwandan culture and history, the art of basket weaving and enjoy the traditional dance and music performances to name a few.
After a long day of trekking, guests can enjoy a cocktail or two in the Nest Bar or unwind in the One&Only Spa in partnership with South African brand, Terres d’Afrique, which offers holistic treatments using plant-based African ingredients.
The property is a scenic two-and-a-half-hour drive from Kigali International Airport, or a breath-taking 25-minute flight in a helicopter departing from the airport and landing at the resort’s private helipad.
One&Only Gorilla’s Nest is the second One&Only in Rwanda, joining One&Only Nyungwe House which opened in October 2018.