GORILLA’S NEST

One&Only Gorilla’s Nest is one of the latest luxury lodge to open near Volcanoes National Park

The calm, eucalyptus-shaded grounds of One&Only Gorilla’s Nest are a welcome respite from the bustling neighboring city of Musanze. The latest luxury lodge to open near Volcanoes National Park is a leafy, 35-acre oasis where 21 guest rooms—configured as one- or two-bedroom suites—sit along winding, landscaped pathways. Interiors are studies in natural wood and geometric Rwandan Imigongo designs; basket porch swings make for easy lounging on large larchwood terraces.

Between trips to Volcanoes National Park for mountain gorilla and golden monkey treks, travelers at the resort will find plenty of things to better acquaint them with Rwanda. Opt for a coffee tasting of locally grown, female-owned Question Coffee, maybe, or head over to the recently restored Jack Hanna House, the former residence of the famed Columbus Zoo and Aquarium zoologist known for introducing America to rare animal species on talk shows and TV programs. Guests can pass an afternoon at the cottage, which retains its original furnishings and wood floors, for a game of cards on Hanna’s veranda, or book the space for a private dinner of local Rwandan dishes.

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