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One&Only Gorilla's Nest

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Volcanoes National Park, Kinigi Rwanda
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  • On-site COVID testing available
  • Licensed healthcare professional available 24/7
Updated 03/09/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 03/09/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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Cushioned in the foothills of the breathtaking Virunga Volcano Range, One&Only Gorilla’s Nest makes the magical possible as you enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime, personal encounter with the rare and majestic mountain gorilla, roaming free in its own natural habitat.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
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Pool
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
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Hoho86 wrote a review 19 Sep
Rwanda14 contributions
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A serene and exotic destination with 5star treatment. Loved everything about it and so much more! The décor, the food & excursions that pay hommage to our local culture and community, the warm and amazing team & the little details in every nook & corner! #veryhappycustomer:-)
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Dear Hoho86 Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review on your stay with us. The team and I are thrilled to read about our guests experiences and we sincerely hope these memories will last a lifetime. We are looking forward to welcoming you back in the near future. Kind regards Theunie Marais
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Safari61525 wrote a review 15 Sep
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The most extraordinary experience I’ve ever had. The accommodations were incredible, the food was Michelin caliber and the staff was amazing. Small touches such as a cookie and candy bar, coffee tasting, transporting you from the restaurant to your room in a golf cart with a hot water bottle nestled inside a blanket, neck massages after our gorilla trek…..the list goes on and on. I’ve travelled to over 80 countries and stayed at 6 star destinations. This is simply the finest property I have ever stayed at.
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Date of stay: September 2021
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Dear Safari61525 Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review on your recent stay with us. Brings the team and I so much Joy to read about our valued guests memorable experiences. All the small things that makes memories last a lifetime and we sincerely hope that we will be welcoming you back in the near future to create some more. Warm Regards Theunie Marais
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pal0chas wrote a review 7 Sep
Los Angeles, California1 contribution
Excellent in every regard. We loved it. The food, atmosphere, people, and rooms, were beyond expectation. We have traveled quite a bit, and find this property and its staff to be one of the most special places we have ever stayed. And don't forget the gorillas. It was all a dream
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Date of stay: August 2021
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Dear pal0chas Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review on your recent stay with us. The team and I are thrilled to learn of your memorable experience with us and we sincerely hope that these memories will last a life. The team and I are looking forward to welcoming you back to One & Only Gorillas Nest in the near future. Kind Regards Theunie Marais
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KentuckyGirlAtHeart wrote a review 1 Sep
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates103 contributions78 helpful votes
We stayed here for only two nights in July on a trip to Volcanoes National Park for gorilla trekking, but they were two wonderful nights. We arrived just before dinner on the first night and there was a slight mixup with our reservation. Instead of the booked two bedroom Forest Lodge, we ended up with two separate rooms but it all worked out in the end. The two rooms ended up being a Forest Lodge king and a Virunga Suite. The suite was amazing and had lots of little touches to put it over the top. My husband ended up taking the single room, leaving my teenage daughter and I to enjoy the luxurious suite. The staff were all extremely attentive, beginning with Tee, the manager who sorted out the room miscommunication. He was always cheerful and ready to help in any way needed. Apple was another staff member who went above and beyond for us. She was happy to chat and give us suggestions about things to do at our next stop in Nyungwe. And then there is Teddy, who has been mentioned in other reviews. She did a coffee tasting session with my husband and gave my daughter and I a short, guided walk of the gardens, which are simply amazing. She also does a pre-trek briefing the night before in the lounge to prepare people for the gorilla treks. The only area that we found slightly disappointing was the dining options. Dinner the first night was in the main dining area and while the food was good, it did not overwhelm. The second night we opted to do room service and again found it to be okay, but not great. However, the staff did provide a nice surprise that night for my husband, whose birthday was the next day. Under the guise of coming back to pick up the dirty dishes (Jennifer from Food & Bev called ahead on this), they brought a lovely chocolate cake with a candle and sang happy birthday to him. For those of you going on gorilla treks, the staff has a great handle on this. There is a large to go breakfast spread laid out. You can either snack on something there while waiting to be picked up for your trek or take it to go. There were also lots of lunch items to take with you as well since the treks may last several hours. They will also provide gaiters for the trek if you want them, and they are highly recommended. Upon returning from your trek, they will take your dirty hiking boots and return them to you looking brand new. We would not hesitate to stay here again on a return trip to Volcanoes National Park. The tranquility of the gardens and the energy of the staff are a nice combination. The rooms are lovely enough that you almost do not want to leave them, instead taking in the luxury of it all. I only wish we had been able to stay a bit longer.
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Dear KentuckyGirlAtHeart Thank you very much for taking the time to write such a detailed review on your recent stay with us. Its imperative for us to get feedback from our valuable feedback from our valued guests. thank you for choosing Gorillas Nest as your proffered stop and celebrating the special birthday with us. We are looking forward to welcoming you back in the near future. Kind Regards Theunie Marais
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farai591 wrote a review Aug 2021
Harare, Zimbabwe1 contribution
This was an exceptional location from the fauna and flora to the hospitable people and beautiful design and architecture of the hotel. The dining experience was excellent with very good service. I would recommend Gorilla's Nest anytime. Perfect base for trekking into the forest to see the gorillas!
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Date of stay: August 2021
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Dear Farai591 Thank you very much for taking the time to write such a wonderful review on your recent stay with us. The Gorillas Nest team are overjoyed when reading about our guests experience with us and knowing that you chose to share them with us. We sincerely hope that we will have the opportunity to welcome you back again in the near future. Kind Regards Theunie Marais
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US$3,003 - US$4,110 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
RwandaNorthern ProvinceMusanze DistrictKinigi
NUMBER OF ROOMS
21
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Frequently Asked Questions about One&Only Gorilla's Nest
Which popular attractions are close to One&Only Gorilla's Nest?
Nearby attractions include Iby'iwacu Cultural Village (3.1 km) and Red Rocks Arts Center (1.8 km).
What are some of the property amenities at One&Only Gorilla's Nest?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
What food & drink options are available at One&Only Gorilla's Nest?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at One&Only Gorilla's Nest?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at One&Only Gorilla's Nest?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a fitness centre, and a sauna during their stay.
Does One&Only Gorilla's Nest have an airport shuttle?
Yes, One&Only Gorilla's Nest offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are there any historical sites close to One&Only Gorilla's Nest?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Iby'iwacu Cultural Village (3.1 km).
Is One&Only Gorilla's Nest accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.