Bisate Lodge occupies the best location for a holistic gorilla experience in Rwanda. It has spectacular views of the brooding Bisoke, Karisimbi and Mikeno Volcanoes and its very high standards of accommodation and service create the most exclusive - and one of the only sustainable - luxury offerings in the area.
Bisate Lodge is located in the natural amphitheatre of an eroded volcanic cone – the word bisate means ‘pieces’ in Kinyarwanda, describing how the cone was once whole but worn away by natural erosion. The area has dramatic views of the peaks of the volcanoes Bisoke, Karisimbi and Mikeno rearing up through the Afro-alpine forests of nearby Volcanoes National Park. Six sumptuous en-suite rooms maximise comfort, warmth and views while retaining environmental principles and reflecting the culture of surrounding rural Rwanda. Massages and Wi-Fi are available at the lodge, and visitors are encouraged to participate in the lodge’s biodiversity conservation efforts by visiting local communities and the Iby’wacu cultural village.
Bisate is within easy driving distance of Park Headquarters, from where gorilla treks depart daily. Its vision of reforestation and rehabilitation means that each guest is invited to participate in our biodiversity conservation efforts, as well as engage and meet the local community – in addition to learning about and making a far-reaching positive impact on an iconic Critically Endangered species: the mountain gorilla.
Volcanoes National Park is not only home to ten habituated troops of endangered mountain gorilla, but the endemic golden monkey and a plethora of impressive bird and other wildlife as well. Whilst gorilla trekking is undoubtedly the major draw to the park, there are plenty of other sights to see from the lava tunnels of Musanze Caves, Dian Fossey’s final resting place, and the Twin Lakes. Guests are also invited to spend time in the nursery and plant a tree – help reforest this area, and thus become part of Rwanda’s conservation aims.