Our Guide to Gorilla Trekking
Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda
Bisate is the newest luxury lodge in Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park, home to the mountain gorillas. Owned by Wilderness Safaris the lodge offers a new level of luxury and conservation tourism to the country.
At a Glance
Setting a new standard of luxury lodge in Rwanda
Unique location within the natural amphitheater of an extinct volcanic cone
Stunning views of the Virunga volcanoes
Focus on community and conservation projects
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Bisate Lodge is located on a hillside, close to the Volcanoes National Park in northern Rwanda combining luxury accommodation with a strong conservation and community focus.
The lodge comprises eight beautiful rooms, including one family unit, all enjoying unrivalled views of the Virunga volcanoes Bisoke, Karisimbi and Mikeno. Located in the natural amphitheater of an extinct volcanic cone, this is an entirely unique lodge for the region offering an amazing base for gorilla tracking adventures. Designed with a typical Rwandan style in mind, the buildings are domed with a beautiful draping thatch. Although typically Rwandan, using natural materials such as wood and volcanic stone, the interiors are contemporary and decorated in warm greys with pops of vibrant green.
Bisate Lodge works very closely with the local community and has forged a partnership with the Tuzamurana Cooperative to work on community projects to ensure they benefit from the profits of the lodge. The lodge also works on indigenous reforestation of a 26 hectare plot of farmland to encourage the reintroduction of flora and fauna whose habitats have shrunk in previous years.
The main draw is the opportunity to trek to visit a family of mountain gorillas in the Volcanoes National Park, but there are plenty of other activities to enjoy in the area, too. A visit to one of the habituated golden monkey troops is worth doing for a more gentle trek, and for people looking for a more energetic stay, it's possible to hike up to Dian Fossey's grave and former research station at Karisoke, or spend a full day trekking to the top of one of the volcanoes. There are also local villages to explore and some beautiful twin lakes nearby.
Location & Directions
Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda
Located in northern Rwanda, adjacent to the Volcanoes National Park, home to the mountain gorillas. The nearest main town is Ruhengeri, and the local village is Kinigi where the gorilla tracking park headquarters are based.
When to go
Rwanda can be visited at any time of year. There are two annual rainy seasons: the long rains which last from mid-February to the beginning of June, and the short rains from mid-September to mid-December. Rainfall, especially over the mountains, is heavy during these two periods, particularly from March to May. The long dry season, June to September, is the best time for tracking gorillas in the Volcanoes National Park although their habitat is a rainforest and it can rain or be misty any day of the year, so it's best to be prepared for this.