Wake up at the center of a volcano at this new ecolodge.
Increasing stability and treks with the region's rare mountain gorillas have made Rwanda an ever more attractive destination for tourists. And the opening of a new eco-lodge, Bisate Lodge, is adding to the appeal.
Located next to Volcanoes National Park, the accommodations give guests easy access to daily activities like guided hikes and nature walks through the park, as well as encounters with the native gorillas, golden monkeys, side-striped jackals, buffalo, and elephants.
The new lodge, which is part of Wilderness Safaris’ offerings, is a collection of only six forest villas that sit within the amphitheater of an eroded volcanic cone, giving you spectacular views from every corner.
From their villas, guests will get views of the Karisimbi, Bisoke, and Mikeno volcanoes, while the exteriors of each villa are created from a variety of woven materials that blend right into the natural surroundings.
Opened in June of this year, the eco-lodge is dedicated to helping protect the area’s famed gorillas and their habitat. Their reforestation project has already seen close to 15,000 indigenous trees planted into the area. Guests are even invited to plant their own tree in the reforestation nursery during their stay.
Preservation is a serious theme at Bisate Lodge. Even the chandelier in the wine cellar is crafted from 358 recycled glass bottles.
Each villa includes a bedroom, a reception area, a bathroom, a central fireplace, and a private deck from which you can enjoy views of the volcanic landscape.
“With only six luxurious forest villas, the real generosity of Bisate in the Rwandan context is the amount of private and exclusive space that surrounds the lodge, sheltering it in a rare natural landscape brimming with Albertine Rift biodiversity and beauty,” Grant Woodrow, the COO of Wilderness Safaris, said in a statement.
Throughout the villas, guests will enjoy locally made decor and colorful fabrics that nod to the batik textiles you’ll find in markets across the country. Black-and-white cowhides contrast with vibrant pops of green, while volcanic stone is used in the villa’s fireplaces.
Rates start at $1,100 per night and include accommodation, meals, local drinks, lodge activities, and Wi-Fi.