Wilderness Safaris opens Bisate Lodge in Rwanda

Wilderness Safaris has announced the opening of Bisate Lodge, situated next to the renowned Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. Comprising just six spacious forest villas, Bisate offers a base from which to enjoy an extraordinary gorilla conservation experience and life-changing journey.


Located within the amphitheater of an eroded volcanic cone, the 42-hectare Bisate site is incomparable in terms of its natural splendor, with sweeping views towards the Karisimbi, Bisoke and Mikeno volcanoes. It is close enough to Kinigi (the Volcanoes National Park Headquarters) to be convenient for guests’ morning gorilla treks, but far enough away so as to feel remote and even – as a result of the pioneering onsite indigenous reforestation project – part of the spectacular Park.

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“With only six luxurious forest villas, the real generosity of Bisate in the Rwandan context is the amount of private and exclusive space that surrounds the Lodge, sheltering it in a rare natural landscape brimming with Albertine Rift biodiversity and beauty,” said Wilderness Safaris COO, Grant Woodrow.

Each forest villa comprises a combination of bedroom, reception area and bathroom, all warmed by a central fireplace and with views out across a private deck towards Mount Bisoke.

As a Wilderness Safaris Premier camp, the overall design concept for Bisate is based on the principle that “purpose is the new luxury’’, with the vision being to create a world-class venture that will make a dramatic and far-reaching positive impact on more than “just’’ the mountain gorilla. The entire Bisate experience is based around Wilderness Safaris 4Cs sustainability ethos of Commerce, Community, Culture and Conservation. Its pioneering reforestation project, which has already seen nearly 15 000 indigenous trees planted to date, community engagement, cultural appropriateness and exposure, eco-friendly operational systems and more will take guests beyond the “gorilla express.’’

“Since 2009 we have contemplated how our ecotourism model could contribute to the conservation of the Virunga Massif ecosystem and an iconic endangered species like the mountain gorilla. When we made the decision to invest in Rwanda, the last thing we intended to do was just to build a boutique lodge and sell gorilla treks,” Woodrow said. “We wanted to ensure that our brand of responsible ecotourism made a real difference to both rural Rwandan people and biodiversity conservation. As such, we hope that Bisate will exceed our guests’ expectations, and that together we will be able to make a dramatic and far-reaching impact on not just a Critically Endangered species like the mountain gorilla, but also the entire ecosystem of the Virunga Massif and the rural people living adjacent to it.”


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