This ultra-luxury Rwandan resort lets you get up-close and personal with gorillas

And each room is like a tree-house for grownups
This ultra-luxury Rwandan resort lets you get up-close and personal with gorillas

Cushioned in the foothills of the breathtaking Virunga volcano range, One&Only Gorilla’s Nest is the ultimate ultra-luxury resort.

Situated in Kinigi, northwest of Rwanda and just five minutes from Volcanoes National Park, the park is home to the highest number of mountain gorillas, five dormant volcanoes and is categorised as a rainforest because its montane ecosystem.

And now nature-loving travel enthusiasts will be able to get up-close and personal with endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitat.

Featuring just  21 rooms, the resort is made up of 10 Forest King Lodges, four Two-Bedroom Forest Lodges, five Virunga Suites, one Ingagi and one Silverback Suite.

Each space is like a luxury tree-house for grownups and sits on stilts, and private decks provide guests with the perfect opportunity to nestle into the landscape and enjoy all it has to offer.

The resort also boasts two restaurants – Nest, which offers indoor and outdoor dining, and a private dining area for up to 22 guests, and the Pool Bar which serves lighter meals throughout the day.

By night, Nest Bar serves up cocktails inspired by the area and the menu features unique creatures that use local rose water and Eucalyptus.

But the luxury doesn’t end there - the One&Only Spa in partnership with South African brand, Terres d’Afrique, will offer guests holistic treatments using plant-based African ingredients and will provide two treatment suites in a private building. Guests will also have access to Club One facilities offering a relaxation room, an open-air heated pool and plunge pool.

For a more action packed itinerary, tailor made on-resort activities which can be booked at the dedicated Experience Centre, including coffee tasting led by a local coffee expert, yoga on the outdoor decks, photography sessions in the studio or a cycle to a nearby community to learn about Rwandan history and culture.

But an experience like this doesn’t come cheap – one night B&B for two guests in November costs from Dhs11,239.

One&Only Gorilla’s Nest will begin welcoming guests on 1 November 2019. For more information visit

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