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.
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.