Mountain Gorillas Nest

Mountain Gorillas Nest: Our full report

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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 is undergoing significant refurbishments. We understand that the plan is for the lodge to reopen under its new ownership in late 2019. Please call us to find out the latest information and updates.

Mountain Gorilla's Nest, or simply 'Gorilla's Nest', as it's usually known, 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 are planning a beautiful lodge in line with their other properties, including Nyungwe House, just outside Nyungwe Forest National Park. We're expecting a high-end lodge, and look forward to the latest updates on the property.


Location: Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

Ideal length of stay: Four nights, which will allow for 3 full days in the area. This allows you to spend your first whole day acclimatising to the place and the altitude, and taking a relatively gentle hike to see the golden monkeys; then to have two subsequent days on which you can hike up the mountains to see gorillas – usually two different groups of them.

Accessible by: Fly-and-Transfer

Food & drink

Usual board basis: Full Board

Dining style: Individual Tables

Dining locations: Indoor Dining


Power supply: Mains Electricity

Health & safety

Malarial protection recommended: No

Dangerous animals: High Risk


Disabled access: Not Possible

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