Bisate Lodge in Volcanoes National Park Rwanda
Adjacent to Volcanoes National Park, Bisate, a Wilderness Safaris camp, is made up of a series of spherical fiber-thatched pods with domed roofs, including six sophisticated forest villas built onto an eroded volcanic cone. They take their design inspiration from the King’s Palace at Nyanza, home to Rwanda’s last traditional monarchs.
Each suite has a bedroom area and a grand bathroom with a deep soaking tub and a shower carved out of volcanic rock, and both have knock-out views from the floor-to-ceiling windows.
Interiors draw on Rwandan craftsmanship, incorporating woven baskets and colorful kitenge fabrics, and the emerald green in the chandeliers, made locally from recycled glass, reflects the green hills of Rwanda’s countryside.
Imigongo tiles with geometric patterns appear in spaces like the wine cellar, where guests can have a private meal. This is the place to base yourself for gorilla-trekking, with visits to local villages and lakes, birding walks, and participating in Bisate’s forest rehabilitation program.
Bisate lodge Critique
On a stunning hillside adjacent to the Volcanoes National Park, appears a series of thatched huts that look like peanut shells and appear almost like a mirage. The eroded volcanic stone steps lead up to the main building, which houses the lounge, bar, dining area, and the lodge’s six suites.
Fiber-thatch, which looks like leaf thatch but is made from recycled plastic strips, adorns each structure and is a testament to the focus on sustainable design throughout Bisate. Volcanic stone walls and fireplaces are a great emphasis of the grandeur and the durability of the surrounding volcanoes, which are always on view from the terraces, where black and white striped chairs and loungers invite all-day lingering before and after gorilla-trekking.
The six suites consist of a bedroom area and a large bathroom with a soaking tub, both with knock-out views from floor-to-ceiling windows. Interiors draw on traditional elements of Rwanda such as the bright colorful fabrics of the Great Lakes region. The emerald green in the chandeliers of recycled glass pays tribute to the deep green hills of Rwanda’s countryside.
The traditional craft, Imigongo geometric-patterned tiles made from cow dung appear in spaces like the wine cellar, which is a perfect spot for a private meal. The culinary program at Bisate is incredible, given the property’s remoteness: guests can enjoy delicious sweet potato gnocchi and mezze platters at lunch and fare including butternut squash with wild rice, chickpeas, and feta for dinner.
While the rates at Bisate do not include gorilla permits, which must be arranged separately, activities offered by the lodge include trekking to see the gorillas and the golden monkeys but also visiting local villages and lakes, birding walks, and participating in the forest rehabilitation program.
The lodge has an agronomist who is in charge of an ambitious reforestation project, and guests can spend time meeting with him and planting a sapling to help increase the gorilla habitat. And after a long day of trekking, there’s no better way to relax than with an in-room massage.
The ready and standby Rwanda teams in Bisate lodge make you feel at home. The team has been a remarkable standout of the safari lodge.