The Bishop’s House

Volcanoes National Park, Virungas and northern Rwanda, Rwanda

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  • A beautiful, colonial-style manor house offering a luxurious retreat close to Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park
  • Trek through the lush bamboo forests of Virunga in search of endangered mountain gorillas and golden monkeys
  • Refined, table d'hôte cuisine is served in the elegant dining room, paired with fine South African wines
  • From its quiet suburban location, it is easy to explore the incredible Musanze Caves, Lake Ruhondo and the grave of eminent naturalist and gorilla conservationist, Dian Fossey

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Rwanda can be visited at any time of year. There are two annual rainy seasons: the big rains which last from mid-February to the beginning of June, and the small 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 and for hiking in Nyungwe Forest Reserve.

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Bishops House is a luxurious, colonial style boutique hotel with just nine elegant bedrooms, located just a stone’s throw from the wilds of the Volcanoes National Park that is home to Rwanda’s famous mountain gorillas and a myriad of spectacular wildlife.

Set in the heart of Musanze, just half an hour from the headquarters of Volcanoes National Park, Bishops House is a tranquil private retreat set amongst beautiful gardens, with just nine elegant rooms. The nearby mountains and dense jungles of northern Rwanda are the home of the endangered mountain gorillas, making Bishops House the perfect base from which to discover these incredible great apes.  The house is set amongst beautifully tended gardens, with colonial-style architecture offering a sense of grandeur and luxury to this busy mountain town. Interiors are opulent and grand, with plush fabrics, hand-carved furniture and colourful works of art that add a touch of local Rwandan flair. Roaring fires are little on the cooler evening and through the winter months, whilst sunny days can be spent enjoying al-fresco breakfasts on the sunny patio. The nine rooms are spacious and elegant, harking back to days gone by with their hand-carved furniture, polished wooden floors and curated works of local art and sculpture. Some of the larger suites have private balconies that open out onto the tropical walled garden.   Fine dining is a highlight of a stay at Bishops House, with sumptuous menus drawing influence from Asian, American and local Rwandan cuisine. Hearty breakfasts are served from dawn, before any early adventures into the national park, whilst lunches are a more formal affair, offering a five-course table d'hôte menu. Come evening, a six-course dinner is served in the elegant dining room, paired with house wines, with local beers and soft drinks included throughout.

The town of Musanze is only half an hour by car to the entrance of the Volcanoes National Park, the oldest national park in Africa. Here, amongst the dense bamboo thickets and steamy jungles, dwell families of endangered mountain gorillas, some of the largest apes on earth. Trek through the jungles in search of these impressive primates, or head off in search of the smaller golden monkeys. Cultural visits, tours of the Musanze Caves, trips to the twin lakes of Burera and Rohondo and visits to the tomb of primatologist Dian Fossey can all be arranged from Bishops House.

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Holiday Ideas

  • Imagine Rwanda and Kenya

    Volcanoes National Park, Nairobi, Masai Mara

    from £7200 pp inc flights & transfers for 7 nights

    • Trekking with mountain gorillas is one of the most sought-after wildlife experiences on the planet and you’ll have the chance to observe these incredible primates in their forest home.
    • Let your excitement wander as you journey through the vast, open plains of the Masai Mara in search for leopards, lions and the planet’s greatest wildlife migration.
    • This tailormade trip between Rwanda and Kenya is made seamless with the excellent flight connections available in east Africa.

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Volcanoes National Park, Virungas and northern Rwanda, Rwanda

Bishops House is located in the northern Rwandan town of Musanze, just thirty minutes by car from the headquarters of the Volcanoes National Park, domain of the famous mountain gorilla.

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