One&Only Nyungwe House to open in Rwanda this year

Currently being converted from a property standing on the grounds of a working tea plantation in Gisakura (Rwanda), the 22-key One&Only Nyungwe House perched on the edge of the vast, protected Nyungwe National Park. Attracting few international visitors, the park incorporates one of the oldest forests in Africa and provides a habitat for over 13 different species of primates (representing 20 per cent of all the apes in Africa) and 75 species of mammals.

Visitors to the forthcoming retreat will be able to join excursions to view the many rare species of chimpanzees that reside in the area and can enlist guides to help them discover the other animals found in this region; horticulturalists will have the opportunity to explore trails flanked by exotic flora and a multitude of different breeds of orchids

Around the same time frame the brand will launch One&Only Gorilla’s Nest; positioned on the foothills of the Virunga Volcano Range near the village of Kingi, visitors will have the rare chance to observe critically endangered mountain gorillas.

To complement the launch of One&Only Nyungwe House, the company’s Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley resort in Australia is also being placed under the newly coined Nature Resorts umbrella. Each property afforded that designation will, One&Only says: “offer incredible once-in-a-lifetime experiences and provide pure celebration of each dramatic location, offering access to nature’s best kept secrets, in an inspired itinerary, curated for the most discerning global travellers.”

Nature Resorts guests will also be provided with the opportunity to contribute directly to local charitable endeavours should they so wish, “with hands-on, interactive, immersive experiences with the local community, each perfectly curated to the destination.” That the properties will give significant consideration to sustainability and have minimal impact on the surrounding environment is a claim that consumers will be accustomed to hearing from every major hotel group, but in One&Only’s case it seems to be more credible