Our Guide to Gorilla Trekking

Bisate Lodge

Volcanoes National Park, Virungas and northern Rwanda, Rwanda

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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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.

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Call us on 858 345 1761 to start planning your vacation to Bisate Lodge or take a look at our itineraries to Virungas and northern Rwanda

Description

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.

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 six 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.

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Activities

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.

Experiences

  • Experiences and activities in the Virungas

    Rwanda's Parc National des Volcans surely must rank at the top of any list for the sheer majesty of its landscapes. It's a land of soaring cloud capped volcanoes, beautiful mountain lakes and warm welcoming people.

  • Golden Monkey trekking

    Trekking to see the Golden Monkeys in Uganda and Rwanda is a great trip where you will witness these inquisitive animals leaping from branch to branch around you.

  • Gorilla Trekking

    Gorilla tracking in Parc National des Volcanoes, through the mountainous forest on the slopes of the Virunga range, is a magical experience. Seeing a mountain gorilla in its natural habitat is one of the world's most thrilling wildlife experiences.

Location & directions

Volcanoes National Park, Virungas and northern Rwanda, 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.

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Call us on 858 345 1761 to start planning your vacation to Bisate Lodge or take a look at our itineraries to Virungas and northern Rwanda

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