Opening in June 2017, Bisate is located on the southern edge of Volcanoes National Park. It perches on a reforested hillside, surrounded by lush vegetation, perfectly located for gorilla trekking within the park.
The position affords distant views of the Bisoke and Karisimbi volcanoes.
The lodge is made up of six spacious forest villas, each one raised above the forest floor. Resembling thatched domes that rise to a conical point, they are completely unique in their design. Beautifully decorated and comfortably furnished, they claim inspiration from traditional Rwanda palaces - towering, circular, straw-built constructions.
Although the main focus here is gorilla trekking, Bisate offers trips to the Iby'wacu cultural village, the twin lakes of Buhondo and Burera, the Musanze lava tunnels and Dian Fossey's grave. Within the grounds, there is also good birding and the chance to participate in the reforestation programme.
Why We Like It
Stylistically unique and designed with a level of attention that instantly makes it stand out, Bisate offers a very different option for those wishing to go gorilla trekking. Although focussed on unrivalled service and comfort, it manages to stay true to its location, with Rwandan influences permeating its design.