Part of the Wilderness Safaris group, the spectacular Bisate Lodge near Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park is built into the natural amphitheatre of an eroded extinct volcano. Comprising just six forest villas, the property offers guests a luxurious base from which to enjoy an extraordinary gorilla conservation experience and a holistic exploration of this beautiful region. The lodge is situated conveniently close to the headquarters of the National Park (from which most gorilla treks begin) but the 27 hectare location is wild and expansive enough to feel remote and serene. It also has sweeping views towards the Karisimbi, Bisoke and Mikeno volcanoes.
The spherical, thatched architecture is rooted in Rwandan building tradition as exemplified in the design of the Royal Palace of the traditional monarch. This shape echoes the thousands of hills that dot the Rwandan landscape, while the richly-detailed interiors exhibit surfaces and screens made from a variety of woven materials with strong resonance in Rwandan culture.
Apart from treks to see the endangered mountain gorillas and the endemic golden monkeys, visitors to Bisate Lodge can enjoy guided hikes to the summit of Mount Bisoke, Dian Fossey’s grave and the remains of her Research Centre, as well as visits to local villages and community projects, Bisate’s reforestation nursery and Rwandan coffee and tea tastings with the resident barista.