Bisate Lodge

Volcanoes N.P., Rwanda

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Room Type

6 Luxury Villas

Child Policy

Children ages 15+

Facilities

Bar, library and wifi

Activities

Birding, Community Visits and Cultural Exchange, Gorilla Trekking, Historical Site Visits, Hiking and Climbing, Conservation and Reserve Management

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About This Accommodation

Nestled into a naturally formed amphitheater with spectacular views of the Bisoke, Karisimbi and Mikeno Volcanoes in Rwanda, Bisate Lodge is a wilderness-lover's dream. Centered on a vision of sustainability, conservation and wildlife protection, the property spans 66,700 acres with only six luxurious guest villas onsite. This ratio ensures guests the utmost level of attention as well as the most private and pristine wilderness experience. Each room features a reception area, fireplace and en-suite bathroom, pairing sumptuous comfort with environmentally friendly design. The décor retains the surrounding area's spirit and culture. Even the name – “bisate” – translates from local Kinyarwanda to “pieces,” evoking the natural erosion of the very volcanic cone around which the spherical, thatched villas are designed.

Located a stone’s throw from Volcanoes National Park, the gorilla trekking is a must-do activity for most visitors but that's not all on offer. Explore the volcanic landscape on day hikes to Bisoke Volcano, search for golden monkeys in the park or engage with locals through community walks at the nearby Iby'wacu village. If you're interested in hiking with a more historical focus, opt for the trail to Diane Fossey's remote rainforest gravesite and learn about her work with the Karisoke Research Centre. Optional tree planting at the reforestation nursery is a fabulous conservation activity. Alternately, if you need a break from activity, you can enjoy wine, coffee or tea tastings or leisurely strolls through the forest on a guided birding walk.

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  • The Albertine Rift is one of the most important biodiversity hotspots on the continent. 31 of its nearly 300 mammal species and 35 of its 900 bird species are found nowhere else on earth! It is also the area in Africa holding the highest number of threatened and endemic birds and mammals. Wilderness Safaris believes that we can help make a difference to biodiversity conservation here and for this reason have partnered with the Bisate community in the reforestation of an iconic site outside Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. It is clear that the future conservation of mountain gorillas and many other Albertine Rift endemics depends on the integration of local communities into the conservation economy. This is something we hope to achieve through the development and operation of a luxury lodge and all the attendant training, employment and procurement initiatives. Beyond this we are excited to work on a wide range of other community engagement programmes in the areas of infrastructure development and education.

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