A Luxury Safari Lodge for Rwanda Gorilla Trekking
Bisate Lodge (opening June 2017) will be located in the natural amphitheater of an eroded volcanic cone – the word bisate means “pieces” in Kinyarwanda, and describes how the cone was once whole but has been worn away by natural erosion. The area has dramatic views of the peaks of the volcanoes Bisoke and Karisimbi rearing up through the Afro-alpine forests of nearby Volcanoes National Park. Bisate is situated close enough to Kinigi (Park Headquarters) to be convenient for your morning gorilla trek rendezvous, but far enough away so as to feel remote and even part of the spectacular Volcanoes National Park. Bisate’s sophisticated architectural and interior design is rooted in Rwandan building tradition as exemplified in the design of the Royal Palace of the traditional monarch. This spherical, thatched structure echoes the thousands of hills that dot the Rwandan landscape, while the richly detailed interior exhibits surfaces and screens made from a variety of woven materials with strong resonance in Rwandan culture. Each of the six forest villas consists of a generous yet intimate combination of bedroom, bathroom and reception space, all warmed by a central fireplace and with breathtaking views out across your private deck towards Mount Bisoke. Ten habituated gorilla groups can be tracked and observed in the Volcanoes National Park. While trekking expeditions do not necessarily cover enormous distances, they can range in length from 1 – 8 kilometers (0.5 – 5 miles) over very steep country at high altitudes. The undergrowth can be thick, the ground beneath muddy, and, including the time spent with a gorilla group, excursions can last between approximately 2.0 and 8.0 hours. Gorilla viewing protocol is based on the guidelines issued by the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) for great ape viewing. Such protocols are designed specifically to limit stress and behavioral impact and also potential disease transmission from humans to gorillas. Bisate aims to enrich the gorilla viewing experience for its guests by providing depth and knowledge through evening presentations and informal chats with an on-site gorilla expert, researcher or scientist who will share his or her knowledge with guests about these charismatic creatures. Aside from tracking one of the ten habituated gorilla groups, other attractions include Iby’wacu cultural village, the Twin Lakes of Buhondo and Burera, the lava tunnels of the Musanze Caves, Dian Fossey’s grave, and even seeing the endemic golden monkey. Walks on the extensive property offer birding and participation in the reforestation program. Gorilla trekking permits are issued by the government on a per person, per day basis at a cost of $1500 per permit and are not included in the accommodation cost.
Availability & Pricing
The availability calendar for this property is not yet connected. Please call one of our safari specialists at 800-995-8689 to request current availability.
- Price: From $1,400 per person per night
- Location: Eastern Africa, Rwanda
- # of Beds: 12 beds
- Age Minimum: 15 years old
- Amenities: Ensuite Bathrooms, Laundry Included, Local Drinks Included, Recharge Facilities, Wi-Fi
- Type: Lodge
- Included: Accommodation, meals, all house drinks, laundry, complimentary in-villa welcome massage treatment (30 minute back, neck and shoulder offering), lodge activities (both on and off the property): guided walk to pyrethrum fields, Rwanda coffee and tea cupping/tasting, wine tasting, sundowners with the volcanoes, film screenings, visit to park reforestation site, guided visit to Bisate primary and secondary schools, guided visit of Bisate Village, guided nursery visit and indigenous tree planting, guided walks and vegetable picking, wireless internet connection in villa only, local government taxes
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Additional Cost: Champagne and premium brand drinks, gorilla trekking, additional in room massages, cultural interactions, gorilla trekking permit (currently $1500)