There can’t be many hotels on the planet which can offer guests an audience with mountain gorillas. Yet, the One&Only Gorilla’s Nest, slated to open in late 2018, will do just that. Known primarily for its luxury beach resorts, One&Only is actively evolving its brand with the introduction of nature resorts – two of which are in Rwanda.
Located near the village of Kingi and set within the enchanting mists that surround the foothills of the Virunga volcano range, this new grass-thatched traditionally-styled Rwandan lodge, will guarantee an hour-long encounter with one of the eight local families of mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. Guests will also be able to explore the Virunga conservation area, which consists of eight major volcanoes, most of which are dormant yet known far and wide for these endangered mammals.
Virunga conservation area ranges from Northwestern Rwanda covering Volcanoes national park, southwestern Uganda covering Mgahinga gorilla national park and eastern Congo covering part of Virunga national park. Whilst this region is well known for its endangered mountain gorillas as well as its golden monkeys, there are many other authentic experiences that nature lovers and adventure tourists can enjoy while visiting the Virunga Mountains. These range from forest walks and volcano hiking, to trekking, birding and visiting Dian Fossey’s original scientific base, Karisoke, founded in 1967 to study endangered mountain gorillas.
After their gorilla encounter, guests at One&Only Gorilla’s Nest will be able to refresh in their simple, en-suite, rustically-furnished lodgings, take a long hot shower, feast on farm-to-table cuisine served in the lodge’s restaurant, and relax in an onsite spa which draws on traditional African elements to provide a range of unique therapies.