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Gorilla's Nest

Gorilla's Nest: Our full report

North of Kinigi, Mountain Gorilla's Nest, often know simply as 'Gorilla's Nest', is just a short drive from ...

... the headquarters of Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park.
Gorilla's Nest has been taken over by One&Only, and has undergone significant refurbishments...and what a transformation it is too! It reopened under its new ownership on the 30th October 2019 as an extremely luxurious lodge. We are in the process of updating this webpage but please call us to find out the latest information.

Gorilla's Nest is a little north of Kinigi, and very close to the main headquarters of Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park – from where all the hikes to see the gorillas depart in the morning. Previously a larger and good quality hotel, it was taken over by Dubai World in 2008, and was undergoing lengthy and considerable refurbishments. The ownership changed hands over the years, and we had no word on when the lodge would be re-opening.

One&Only took over Gorilla's Nest, and the adjacent Jack Hanna's House, in early 2017, and they now have a beautiful lodge in line with their other properties, including Nyungwe House, just outside Nyungwe Forest National Park. We have high expectations for this smart, high-end lodge.

Our view

Gorillas Nest is a well-appointed, highly luxurious accommodation option, with very friendly and professional staff. The size and layout of the property gives it a resort feel, and becasue of this it does perhaps lose the personalised touch that some of the smaller high-end options in this area can offer. However, the location is fantastic both as a base for trekking to the gorillas, and to enjoy the scenery and many other activities on offer. Overall this is a very good inclusion to a high-end Rwandan safari.

Jessica Plumb

Jessica Plumb

Rwanda expert


Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda
Ideal length of stay
We would recommend a stay of three or four nights at Gorillas Nest - though this will be dependent upon how many times you trek to see the gorillas, and if you wish to partake in any other activities
Gorillas Nest is a drive of approximately 2½–3 hours from Rwanda's capital, Kigal
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Food & drink

Usual board basis
Full Board
Food quality
We did not get the opportunity to eat at Gorillas Nest when we visited. However, we expect that the quality and variety of food would be comparable to that at sister lodge Nyungwe House. The food there was incredibly high, and easily matches that of any top city restaurant. With advance notice special diets and requests can be catered.

Special interests

With luxurious private free standing villas, heated infinity pool, spa and fine dining, Gorillas Nest is an exclusive base to trek the mountain gorillas. You’ll experience top level service throughout.
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Attitude towards children
Children aged 12 years and above are welcome.
Generally recommended for children
Young children are not hugely encouraged, though they will be made to feel welcome. Gorillas Nest has an adult atmosphere and so is more suited to older or well-behaved and mature children. Note that the minimum age for trekking gorillas is 15 years old.
The pool is unfenced, so younger children should be supervised in this area.


Cellphone and WiFi connection throughout.
TV & radio
There is satellite TV in every villa.
Water supply

Health & safety

Malarial protection recommended
Medical care
We understand there are first aid kits on site, and some staff members are first aid trained. The closest hospital is in Kirambo, a 35-minute drive from Nyungwe House.
Dangerous animals
Moderate Risk
Security measures
Gated and fenced with security personnel on the property.
Fire safety
Fire extinguishers are located in each room and in the main area. Staff trained in their use.


  • Canoeing


  • Cultural excursion

    Cultural excursion

  • Helicopter


  • Primate trekking

    Primate trekking


Disabled access
In Place
Laundry facilities
Included. 24 hour service.
There is an electronic safe in each room. It is possible to exchange small amounts of USD.
Accepted payment on location
isa and Mastercard are excepted.

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