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Gorilla's Nest / Jack Hanna Cottage

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59 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2016

This was a wonderful, cozy cottage located on the grounds of the Gorilla's Nest. It is a beautiful cottage that is owned by Jack Hanna, an famous American Zoo keeper. It is a quiet location with large rooms and plenty of space to relax. It felt like we were staying at a family cottage.

Thank Mercury752
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 September 2015

My husband and I were greeted warmly by the staff of the Jack Hanna cottage and by the manager, Judith. It is a comfortable home with beautifully landscaped grounds. Our tour company suggested putting monies in envelopes for each lodge that we were staying in on our trip. We thought that was a good idea so we placed funds in... More 

8 Thank Amy H
Alamosa, Colorado
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15 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 September 2015

We spent three nights at this beautiful property with a group of friends after our successful Kilimanjaro climb. Though we had an outstanding experience with Tusker Trail on the mountain, the large comfortable beds, high thread count linens, cozy fireplace and hot and cold running water with soaking tub and shower options was a welcome change after 10 days in... More 

1 Thank medgal
Callicoon, New York
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109 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 August 2015

A once in a lifetime experience. By far the nicest room we have ever stayed in. This is a lovely private house that is part of a larger lodge. The complex is very well managed. This house includes private chefs and dedicated staff who respond to your every whim. Beverages are available 24 hours. The food was beyond outstanding. Return... More 

2 Thank 69WorldTraveler
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9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 July 2015

We stayed at Jack Hanna House for 2 nights while gorilla trekking for 2 days. Wish we has stayed 3. Beautiful home; bedrooms were large and extremely comfortable. The living area had a fireplace (which we used) and very comfortable furniture. Food was excellent. In house staff could be a bit friendlier but the manager Judith was excellent. The view... More 

Thank MargMToronto
San Diego, California
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41 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 July 2015

Veering Lodge overbooked, so had to stay one night at Gorilla's Nest in July 2013. Yes, the cottage is luxurious and we thoroughly enjoyed soaking in a bathtub. Fireplace lovely treat, too. However...clientele and staff were snobby and standoffish. Gorilla's Nest felt like staying at a Four Seasons plucked down in Africa. Travel with Volcanoes Safaris instead and stay at... More 

3 Thank clenor2013
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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89 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2015

We stayed here for six nights in February. The food was delicious. The bottles of wine in the fridge seem a bit pricey by UK standards (£25 - £30 each). The baths were great, just right after trekking mountain gorillas. We had some laundry done, which was really useful, and not expensive. Surely though, the best bit must be getting... More 

1 Thank Mike B
Edgewater, Maryland
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141 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 January 2015

Will not repeat all the details from the other reviews, just some of the points that may get overlooked. We stayed 3 nights at the Jack Hanna Cottage as we did 2 gorilla treks. Was like having a mini-estate all to ourselves which is a unique and special treat for the entire family. The two bedrooms in the Cottage are... More 

1 Thank JRoz
new york
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32 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 December 2014

We recently stayed at the Jack Hanna Cottage at Gorilla's Nest for two nights in October in order to do two gorilla treks. I was a bit reluctant given the negative reviews for the main hotel (totally separate and actually closed currently due to fire), but due to a lack of availability at Sabyinyo and the other 'luxury' properties nearby... More 

3 Thank sek07
Yorba Linda, California
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 May 2014

My wife and I and our friends were supposed to stay at Sabinyo but due to an error we were forced to take refuge in Jack Hanna's Cottage. Wow! What a brilliant problem to have. The accommodations were like you were staying in your own home but with staff to take care of all of your needs. Staying here and... More 

4 Thank 742dave14

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
From the hotel's website: The Gorillas Nest Lodge recently sustained fire damage to its main public building. This has limited the operational capacity of the lodge until the main Lounge and Dining Room are restored. The Lodge remains open for single family or friends groups of up to 8 pax who will be accommodated in the famous Hanna Cottage (max 4 pax) and adjacent Ranch Rooms (max 4 pax) on the property with all meals prepared by a private chef in the Hanna Cottage. The Hanna Cottage was recently renovated to 5-star standards and ranks as the finest accommodation available in the region. Guests are hereby notified that some noise associated with demolition and reconstruction of the main public building, limited to normal daylight hours, is likely. The owners and management of the property apologize for any inconvenience caused and wish to assure all guests staying on the property in the intervening period of continuing excellent and personalized service. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Gorilla's Nest / Jack Hanna Cottage

Address: P.O.box 79, Ruhengeri, Rwanda
Region: Rwanda > Northern Province > Ruhengeri
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Gorilla's Nest / Jack Hanna Cottage 3.5*
Number of rooms: 174
Also Known As:
Gorillas Nest Ruhengeri
Hotel Gorillas Nest
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“There are only 2 bedrooms rooms so perfect for a family to share.”
 of 5 bubbles MargMToronto, 28 Jul 2015 | Read review
“Private cottages with fireplaces and bathtubs.”
 of 5 bubbles clenor2013, 3 Jul 2015 | Read review
“We were a family of 5 (grandmother with us) so we needed (or benefited from) 3 bedrooms. The third bedroom available is in the main building complex where most of the rooms are closed due to the fire in 2011. It is not the same as staying in the Hanna Cottage which has a kitchen, living room, dining room, teak floors, and large patio - basically a very nice standalone house. In addition the third bedroom, while OK, is not as nice as the other rooms in the cottage so you might consider a rollaway bed placed in one of the bedrooms in the cottage. The walk (outside pathway) to the third bedroom is short but not well lit so a bit disappointing to whomever gets that room.”
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 of 5 bubbles JRoz, 9 Jan 2015 | Read review
“Only two rooms, both the same i believe.”
 of 5 bubbles sek07, 23 Dec 2014 | Read review
“One of the two bedrooms has a more open view from its windows.”
 of 5 bubbles mj1776, 21 Jan 2014 | Read review
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