Rwanda is one of the fast developing tourism destinations in Africa. Located in Central Africa, Rwanda has always been a peak tourist destination for gorilla trekking safaris in Africa and a reason for many to visit the “Land of Thousand Hills” a small cleanest country in East Africa region.

Today, Rwanda has turned into a luxury destination for gorilla safaris due to the increase of its gorilla permits from $750 to $1500 per a trek year round.  The announcement was made by Rwanda Development Board (RDB) on 6th May 2017 in Kigali. Taking you back, Volcanoes National Park is a home for mountain gorillas, six of the eight Virunga Volcanoes. The park offers the great experience to see and track mountain gorillas as well as golden monkeys in Rwanda.

However the situation will benefit Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo since the price for the single gorilla permit is enough to book a private tailor made tours to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Mgahinga National Park and one in Virunga National Park. However, there are several benefits of the gorilla permit increase like the chance to track the entire gorilla family with exclusive park rangers at only $15000 per a trek.

Another exciting offer is that Rwanda offers family travelers who seek for great time and moments together as a group. Imagine tracking a particular gorilla family alone with your close relatives without any other intruder in the well conserved bamboo forest as you feel the natural surroundings of the jungle and its habitats.

Also travelers visiting other Rwanda national parks like Akagera National Park and Nyungwe Forest for a minimum of 3 days will get a 30% discount on their Rwanda gorilla permit. However, this offer works best for travelers interested in tracking mountain gorillas, chimpanzees and game viewing. If you also planning to visit Rwanda for a conference and also do the gorilla trek, be ready to get your 15% discount on your gorilla permit.

Other activity fees in Volcanoes National Park like golden monkey trekking, Dian Fossey Hike and Volcano hiking never changed.

There is also good news to the local community living adjacent to the park. Good news also goes to the nearby communities close to Volcanoes National Park will receive 10% instead of the initial 5%. This will improve and develop many community projects that will benefit the community today and tomorrow. Water supply systems, hospitals, schools, business centers are the main target for community development programs under Rwanda Development Board.

Ms. Clare Akamanzi the Chief Executive Officer at Rwanda Development Board said that “gorilla trekking is a highly unique experience. We have raised the price of permits in order to ensure sustainability of conservation initiatives and enhance visitors’ experience. We also want to make sure that the communities living near the park area receive a bigger share of tourism revenues to fund development projects and empower them economically.”

To make luxury tours a success, several new luxury Rwanda lodges have been opened in Musanze. These include Bisate Lodge and the One and Only Gorilla’s Nest Lodge.

Are you willing to go off the beaten track to visit an exquisite and classic place that will make you relax after a long day of gorilla trekking? If yes, then try and experience comfort  during your gorilla safari in Rwanda with a stay at Bisate Wilderness Lodge. Opened in 2017, Bisate Lodge is found in the natural amphitheater of a worn down volcanic cone and sits on 27 hectares of land. Bisate is a Kinyarwanda word meaning “pieces”, which tells of how the cone was at one time whole/intact but has been worn out by natural erosion.  The Lodge offers phenomenal views of the summits of two of the Volcanoes in the Virunga Massif-Mount Bisoke and Mount Karisimbi rising up through the Afro-Alpine Forests of the surrounding Volcanoes National Park.  This luxury Lodge is located near Kinigi Park Headquarters, which is handy for your early Gorilla trekking briefing at 7am. It is found in a place very far away from other lodges which offers a real feeling of wilderness and being part of the magnificent Volcanoes National Park.

The state of the art architectural design and decoration of Bisate Lodge is derived from Rwandan traditional building and designs as epitomized in the intricate designs of the Royal Palace of the Traditional Monarch in Nyanza. Its globe-shaped and thatched designs are a replica of the thousand of hills and the Virunga Volcanoes, whereas the generously thorough interior designs display surfaces and partitions made from several woven materials with strong resonance of Rwandan rich culture.

Bisate Lodge

This Lodges is made up of 6 forest villas, each composed of a lavish yet intimate amalgamation of charming en-suite bathroom, cozy bedroom and exquisite reception space, all warmed by a central fire place and with mind-blowing views across your exclusive deck towards the magnificent Mount Bisoke and Karisimbi. There are over 12 beds and the amenities you will enjoy include laundry services, local drinks, and free Wi-Fi among others. As earlier mentioned this is a luxury Lodge made up of 12 exquisite rooms and the rates are from $1400 per person per night, and offers value for money because it includes accommodation, meals, all house drinks, laundry services, visit to the Park reforestation site, complimentary in-villa welcome massage treatment (for 30 minutes for the neck, back and shoulder), guided walk to the pyrethrum fields, tasting of Rwandan delicious coffee and tea, wine tasting, sundowners with the magnificent Volcanoes, community walks to the nearby primary and secondary schools, village walk to Bisate, guided walks and vegetable picking, free wireless internet and Government taxes.

You will also enjoy the following at your own cost. Additional in-room massages, champagne and other premium brand drinks and Mountain gorilla trekking with a permits being at $1500 per person. There are over 10 habituated Mountain gorilla groups that can be tracked within Volcanoes National Park, hence 80 gorilla permits are available per day. This activity takes between 30 minutes and over 6 hours and starts with pre-tracking briefing at Kinigi Park Headquarters.

Besides gorilla trekking, other activities exist and can be enjoyed within Volcanoes National Park, and they include Golden monkey tracking, visit to the Dian Fossey gravesite, birding, visit to the Iby’iwacu cultural Village, visit to the Twin Lakes of Ruhondo and Bulera and Volcano climbing (Mount Bisoke and Mount Karisimbi).

In conclusion, with an exquisite luxury Safari Lodge like Bisate Lodge, a tourist who visits the Volcanoes National Park is sure of enjoying nature while at the same time enjoy comfort. This implies that at Bisate Lodge, Nature meets Comfort.