If your clients are looking for a true African escapade that blends luxury with untamed landscapes, look no further than Bisate Lodge in the heart of Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park. Nestled amidst the dramatic Virunga Mountains, this wilderness haven is more than just a lodge; it’s an immersive experience that brings you face-to-face with nature’s grandeur.
Part of the Wilderness group of properties, the award-winning Bisate Lodge will have your clients wowed by the beauty of Rwanda while ensuring that every care is taken to ensure their stay is memorable.
Bisate Lodge is no ordinary destination; it’s a gateway to the realm of the mountain gorillas. Volcanoes National Park is renowned for its population of these majestic creatures, and Bisate Lodge positions you perfectly for unforgettable gorilla trekking experiences. The lodge is your launchpad into the wild, where encounters with mountain gorillas and golden monkeys are not just a possibility but a near certainty.
Beyond gorilla treks, the safari adventures continue with captivating nature walks, birdwatching, and cultural village visits that provide a glimpse into the vibrant life of the local communities. Every excursion is a chance to unravel the mysteries of this biodiverse wonderland. Trekk the nearby mountains for Golden Monkey or simply sit and watch the wildlife that resides around the lodge.
Since opening in 2017, Bisate has racked up 34 awards and continues to inspire. A homage to Rwandan royalty, the lodge overlooks unforgettable vistas over brooding Bisoke, Karisimbi and Mikeno volcanoes.
The lodge itself is a masterpiece of design, seamlessly blending with its surroundings. Bisate Lodge boasts six luxurious forest villas, each designed to reflect traditional Rwandan architecture while offering modern comforts. From the warmth of the fireplace to the awe-inspiring views of the Virunga Mountains, every element invites you to immerse yourself in the wilderness without compromising on indulgence.
The lodge facilities, including a cozy library, inviting lounge areas, and a well-stocked bar, provide the perfect backdrop for relaxation and camaraderie. Bisate’s Kwanda (day lounge) is the first of its kind in Rwanda. Located in Bisate’s organic vegetable garden, it’s the perfect space in which to gather yourself before your next adventure. Shower after a last trek, wander around the gardens, enjoy a healthy meal, or a soothing massage. Browse the curio shop for a hand-crafted Rwandan memento.
The heart of Bisate Lodge, however, lies in its dedicated and knowledgeable staff. From the moment you arrive, their genuine warmth and eagerness to share their expertise about the region’s wildlife and culture makes you feel right at home.
The dining experience
Foodies, rejoice! The lodge’s restaurant promises a gastronomic journey that reflects the richness of Rwanda’s culinary heritage. Overlooking the lush forest, the restaurant offers a diverse menu that showcases both local and international cuisines. Each dish is a masterpiece, meticulously prepared with locally sourced ingredients, including produce from the lodge’s garden and nearby communities.
The dining experience is not just about savouring delicious meals; it’s an opportunity to connect with the region’s culture. The staff enthusiastically shared the stories behind each dish, adding an extra layer of immersion to every bite.
Bisate Lodge is more than a place to rest your head; it’s a sanctuary dedicated to preserving Rwanda’s natural wonders. The lodge’s commitment to sustainability, along with its collaboration with local communities, showcases an ethos that extends beyond luxury. As you tread lightly on the environment, you’re also supporting conservation efforts and contributing to the upliftment of the local population.
For travellers seeking a transformative African experience, Bisate Lodge offers a harmonious blend of luxury and wilderness. As you relish the comfort of your villa, encounter gorillas in their natural habitat, and savour the flavours of Rwandan cuisine, you’re also making a positive impact on the ecosystem and the lives of those who call this region home.
For those planning a visit to Bisate Lodge, here are a few insider tips to make the most of your stay:
Gorilla Trekking: Make sure to book your gorilla trekking permit well in advance, as the availability is limited and the demand is high. The trek itself is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, allowing you to get up close with these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat.
Pack Layers: The weather in the mountains can be unpredictable, so pack layers to stay comfortable throughout the day, whether you’re on a hike or relaxing by the fireplace in your villa.
Cultural Encounters: Don’t miss the opportunity to engage with the local community during village visits. It’s a chance to learn about traditional Rwandan life and support sustainable tourism initiatives. One of the best places to do this is in nearby Musanze at Red Rocks Cultural Centre.
Address: Volcanoes National Park, Kinigi, Ruhengeri, Rwanda
Phone Number: +27 82 576 9173
For more on Bisate, visit wildernessdestinations.com/africa/rwanda/volcanoes-national-park/bisate-lodge
For more on Rwanda, visit visitrwanda.com
Disclosure: The writer Kate Webster stayed as a guest of Wilderness.