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Navigation Tip - Go Directly To Prices, Reviews, Map, Photos, Video & Room Rate Guide For One&Only Gorilla's Nest LodgeA forest of fragrant eucalyptus trees at the base of the lofty Virunga Mountains shelters a boutique cottage, the One&Only Gorilla’s Nest Lodge. Located at Musanze, this luxury vacation stayover offers you superb views of the famed Volcanoes National Park. As you arrive at the main reception area, you will be charmed by the giant hydrangea flowers and sightings of some of the 178 bird species of the wilderness, lighting up the locale with their colors and songs. You might even spot the resident African wildcat sunning himself on the patio. The lodge has two sections, the main lodge and the Jack Hanna Cottage, a private home that is let out to touring families and friends staying at the One&Only Gorilla’s Nest Lodge. You will love the elegant homeliness of the common areas of the lodge that include all the comforts of a yesteryear country-style cottage meshed stylishly with the distinct spirit of Rwanda. A fireplace keeps guests warm while the television lets them stay up to date with world events. You will be staying in one of the 4 spacious rooms available, two of which are branded as the Hanna Cottage. The other 2 rooms are the adjacent Ranch Rooms. One of the rooms includes a double bed while the other comes with twin beds. The Hanna Cottage is spacious enough to accommodate a roll-away third bed each. The ensuite bathrooms include shower area, bathtub, and vanity. The cottage has its own dining area and kitchen with a separate staff to care for you. You can also use the in-room electronic safe provided for storing your valuables. Spend time on the patio outside reveling in the views of the magnificent mountains of Virunga (view map), or play a few rounds of leisure holiday golf in the nine-hole green bordering the lodge complex. Your evenings will be made pleasant with a safari campfire around which you can sip sundowner drinks.Dine on delectable meals including authentic Rwandan fare, cooked with care for you. Your chef will take orders for whatever dishes you would like to try, and you can look forward to three-course meals served. Your mornings will begin with hearty offerings at breakfast to keep you going during your hike. Before you set out to meet the magnificent mountain gorillas of Rwanda, your expert safari guide will give you a short talk on the protocol to follow when meeting these gentle giants. As you trek over the trails, he will alert you to the presence of the gorilla family you are assigned. The sight of the alpha silverback that can tower up to six feet in height and the gentleness he displays is truly mesmerizing. Tear yourself away from him, and you could go looking for the other rare and equally amazing primate of the Volcanoes National Park, the golden monkeys, found mainly in the bamboo forests. Choose from one of the other touring trails in the reserve, and you can make a trip to the grave of the famous conservationist, Dian Fossey. Without her dedicated support, the mountain gorillas might have become extinct. You must also explore the underground caves of Musanze or trek up the edges of Mountains Bisoke and Karisimbi for the breathtaking views at the top. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the rich and varied biomes of the Volcanoes reserve as you hike. Also, take the time to visit the indigenous tribal people of the Iby'Iwacu Village.RELATED PAGES: (1) Volcanoes Safari Park Guide, (2) Best Time & Weather To Visit Volcanoes, (3) Safari Lodges, Camps & Hotels In Volcanoes
What We Like About One&Only Gorilla's Nest Lodge
- Located at Kinigi, close to the headquarters of the Volcanoes National Park. Thus, it is easy for guests to travel to the starting point of the gorilla safari treks
- Offers fine views of the lush vegetation and the Virunga Mountains (on a clear day). Has a nine-hole golfing green that sporting holidaymakers can use
- With just 4 rooms that can sleep 8-10 guests, the lodge offers guests the quiet, boutique experience with personal attention
- Meals are very appetizing and specially cooked by the personal chef according to guest preferences
- The staff are very helpful and friendly, offer services such as laundry, cleaning muddy footwear, preparing meals, and making fires in the rooms to help you stay warm
Things To Note When Staying At One&Only Gorilla's Nest Lodge
- Costs are on the higher side for a premier accommodation due to lack of competition
- While ideal for vacationing families, Hanna Cottage does not offer any additional activities for. children that guests might appreciate given that gorilla viewing is restricted to people of ages 15 and above only
- Solar power is lacking for a small accommodation. The lodge should consider being more ecologically sustainable
- The golf course makes it a less authentic gorilla lodge to stay in
- Limited availability during peak season as there are limited rooms. We recommend booking Gorilla’s Nest 12-18 months in advance
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