Information reached late yesterday that a fire has yesterday partially destroyed the luxurious ‘Gorilla Nest Lodge’, which is owned by Dubai World and strategically located just outside the Volcanoes National Park, home to the prized mountain gorillas.
Information received was sketchy and efforts to get more details were futile, but it seems established that the fire started in the kitchen area of the main building before spreading further into the facility.
It is understood that guest rooms were not affected by the fire, which was however causing major damage to the public areas and facilities of the main building, hampering operations.
Management is understood to be making urgent arrangements to open a temporary dining room, bar and lounge for the clients staying at the property in coming weeks while undertaking urgent repairs following an assessment by engineers and insurance loss adjusters.
Sources in Kigali were unable to give a timeframe at this time of how long repairs would take but vaguely spoke of ‘several weeks’. As and when available an update will be provided here and when repairs are complete this too will be mentioned in this column.
The ‘Gorilla Nest Lodge’ is one of two lodges owned and operated by Dubai World, which in the aftermath of the global economic crisis scaled down their planned investments in Rwanda considerably, but completed and opened the Nyungwe Forest Lodge last year, which has immediately gained a reputation for being a very luxurious and well managed property in a relatively new park featuring the only tree top ‘walk way’ in Rwanda and in fact in Eastern Africa.
The company is however said to be monitoring demand and market developments in Rwanda and could restore some or all of their initial plans in the future.
Compiled by Jackie