For those in need of a short break from desert dwelling, go in search of Rwanda’s magnificent rolling rainforest, just a few hours from the UAE
Once controversially dubbed The Dark Continent thanks in large part to its unexplored, mysterious lands, Africa is now safer and more visited than it ever has been (Covid-19 fall-out aside). But for those who prefer their exploration cushioned by extreme luxury, look towards the One&Only’s Gorilla’s Nest.
Cushioned in the foothills of Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park, Gorilla’s Nest is set among a breathtaking backdrop of lush green eucalyptus trees and roses that grow all year round. With majestic mountain gorillas roaming free, the destination offers bucket-list moments full of adventure, balanced by a secluded sanctuary that urges you to swap your smart phone for binoculars and book to read beside the burning fire.
Mornings can be spent trekking to visit chimpanzees, hiking through rainforests or tea-picking. The frequent blankets of mist and bursts of rain mean walking boots and waterproofs are a must — but soft slippers are always waiting at one of the stilted wooden lodges.
Afternoons are best left for blissful spa treatments, dipping into the infinity pool and soaking up the view or simply lazing around the African-inspired bedrooms and admiring the many imigongo prints. When it comes to cuisine, embrace the natural turn of life in Rwanda and enjoy dishes inspired by local seasonal produce that changes day to day.
An uber-luxury hideaway in the heart of the rainforest, One&Only’s Gorilla’s Nest refines social distancing; Oneandonlyresorts.com/gorillas-nest
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