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Bisate Lodge

Volcanoes National Park , Rwanda


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Luxury Holidays At Bisate Lodge

Located in northern Rwanda and situated next to the stunning Volcanoes National Park, Bisate Lodge (meaning ‘pieces’ of eroded volcano in Kinyarwanda), blends beautifully into the lush mountain landscape. Recently opened, this innovative lodge was born out of a desire to increase the population of the Critically Endangered mountain gorilla, along with promoting high-end ecotourism in Rwanda. Comprising a cluster of just six conically-shaped thatched villas, welcoming a maximum of twelve guests, Wilderness Safaris ‘sophisticated and sustainable fully-inclusive lodge sits in a dramatic natural setting – that of an eroded volcanic cone — providing luxurious interiors with breathtaking vistas from the viewing deck.

Along with affording guests with the incredible opportunity to trek and observe habituated groups of mountain gorillas with expert guides (subject to the purchase of a permit in advance), visitors can also enjoy nature walks, guided birding, tea and coffee tasting, community village visits, tree planting and Golden Monkey Treks (subject to the purchase of permit in advance). As the best location for a holistic gorilla experience in Rwanda, guests can embark on an enriching wildlife-encounter amidst the spectacular backdrop of the brooding Bisoke, Karisimbi and Mikeno volcanoes. Whilst the terrain and trek may be strenuous, the remarkable sight of a mighty Silverback cuts a commanding pose and is guaranteed to reward visitors with an unforgettable experience of a lifetime.

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  • Type: Luxury Lodge
  • Summary: A stunning new eco-lodge in northern Rwanda
  • Feature: Mountain gorilla-trekking and incredible wildlife encounters
  • Rooms: 6 Luxury Forest Villas
  • Nearest airport: Kigali Airport
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Location and transfer

Three-and-a-half hours drive from Kigali International Airport.



The boutique lodge operates an all-inclusive board basis for its guests.

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Wildlife Encounters

At the time of making your Bisate Lodge booking, you may purchase a Gorilla permit ($1,500 per adult) that entitles you to join one trek with an expert guide. The Park Headquarters is located within easy driving distance of Bisate Lodge and it is from here that you will join a trek to track and observe one of twelve habituated groups of Mountain Gorillas (taking between one and five hours, with a restricted period of one hour to view the Mountain Gorillas in situ). The permits are strictly limited and are additional to accommodation rates. The rainforest terrain is steep and muddy at high altitude, so you should be prepared for a strenuous hike, adhere to a code of conduct and be over 15 years.

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In addition to the main attraction of mountain gorilla trekking, guests can also purchase a permit to see the beautiful Golden Monkeys which are endemic to the area.These impressive primates live in groups of around thirty and live in the bamboo forest - their preferred source of food. The permits are available at a cost of $100 per person, per trek. With nature walks, bird watching, mountain treks, coffee and tea tasting, plus local community projects - guests can create a thrilling adventure in Rwanda.

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Culture & History

Community engagement is at the core of Bisate Lodge's vision and guests can enjoy a rich cultural experience by visiting local villages and becoming involved with lodge initiatives. By strolling to the co-operative garden, or visiting the tree nursery, guests can meet local people and learn more about the culture of Rwanda.

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Other activities include Golden Monkey treks, nature walks, tea and coffee tasting and community village visits. Hikes to Karisoke, site of the 1967 research camp and grave of Dian Fossey, plus full day guided hikes to Mount Bisoke, with its sweeping views of the rainforest and stunning crater lake are also possible.


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