Bisate Lodge, Parc National des Volcans

Rwanda

A modern take on rustic charm, up close and personal with Rwanda’s mountain gorillas.

Bisate Lodge sits in the eroded cone of a dormant volcano in northern Rwanda, with vistas stretching out across the nearby Parc National des Volcans. It’s a beautiful place, and it takes something pretty special to top the view of three brooding volcanoes rearing up through the misty Afro-alpine forest. Luckily, Bisate Lodge is perfectly positioned for some of the best gorilla trekking in the country.

The lodge itself only opened in 2017, and it’s setting the new standard for conservation-focused safari lodges in Rwanda. Cosy domed thatched-roof lodges dot a path winding up through hillside trees. Inside, you’ll find exposed-brick open fireplaces, with stylish furniture and fittings inspired by the materials and textures of the environment around them.

Of course, it’s the gorillas who are the stars of the show. There are twelve groups living in the national park, which is within easy trekking distance of the lodge, and there are guided treks daily. A trek can last anything up to eight hours, and cover up to eight kilometres over thick, muddy terrain – so be prepared. Sightings are reliably regular though, and the exertion is worth it when you emerge from the undergrowth to find yourself within 30 feet of these magnificent creatures.

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Location

The lodge is adjacent to Parc National des Volcans, approximately 2 ½ hours transfer from Kigali Airport. Helicopter transfers are planned in the future.

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