Planning a safari trip to Rwanda? If you’re looking to get away and have once in a lifetime Wild Luxury experience then look no further than Bisate Lodge Rwanda.
Located in the heart of the Albertine Rift, Rwanda is Africa’s most biodiversity hotspot with more indigemous birds, mammals, butterflies and fish than anywhere else on African continent.
Its fascinating savannah, magnificent curvy hills and deep valleys, abundant wildlife makes Rwanda a “must-visit” tourist destination to enjoy adventurous and fun holidays you’ve always wanted. Rwanda’s capital Kigali is a picturesque city with plenty of remarkable sights.
Rwanda has 3 national parks: Volcanoes National Park known for its mountain gorillas, Akagera National Park containing swamps, lakes, savannah, woodland and open grassland, Akagera River and Nyungwe National Park with the most remote source of the River Nile.
Rwanda is densely populated and Rwandans are known for their friendliness and hospitality. If you are a foodie, you will enjoy the famous Rwandan’s cuisine including some of the popular dishes such as Ugali and vegetables, Green Masala fish, Isombe and much more.
What are you waiting for? Get ready to immerse into Rwanda’s spectacular scenic landscapes and enjoy their stunning national parks, great nightlife and friendly people. If you are looking for an adventurous gateway in one of three Rwanda’s national parks famous for its mountain gorillas, look no further than Bisate Lodge Rwanda.
About Bisate Lodge Rwanda
Located close to the famous Volcanoes National Park, Bisate Lodge is Rwanda’s first luxurious and eco-friendly safari lodge. Nestled between spectacular volcano peaks Bisoke and Karisimbi and Afro-alpine forests Bisate Lodge Rwanda offers a unique experience.
Bisate lodge is the best place to stay if you are looking for a gorilla safari, and to enjoy wildlife and natural scenery. It is located within a short driving distance of the Park, from where gorilla treks depart on daily base. Bisate’s strong vision in deforestation and community partnership
Bisate has a strong vision in reforestation and rehabilitation and by staying at their lodge guests are contributing to biodiversity conservation and making a positive impact on mountain gorillas, the endangered species and the whole community.
Bisate Lodge is managed by Africa’s top safari operator, Wilderness Safaris. Founded in Botswana in 1983, Wilderness Safaris operates several other camps and lodges in Botswana, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Namibia and Zambia.
Bisate Lodge Rwanda Accommodation
Bisate Lodge offers accommodation in 6 Forest villas with stunning views. Villas are spacious with almost 1000 sq ft in size and have been designed by Rwandan craftsmen.
All villas feature his and her ensuite with walk-in showers, spacious lounge area, a library, a fireplace, a laundry service and a private butler.
Each villa has 6 guest rooms which can accommodate a maximum of 2 guests per room, with twin or double beds.
While staying at Bisate Lodge Villa you can enjoy private massage treatments and stunning views from a private balcony.
Prices range from $1,550 up to $2,550, depending on the season with the minimum stay of 2 nights. The price includes accommodation, all meals and drinks, laundry, massage and some lodge activities.
All six Forest villas provide maximum luxury and comfort and views while following eco-friendly principles and reflecting the rich culture of Rwanda.
Bisate Lodge Rwanda Activities
Bisate Lodge offers a wide range of on site activities, including guided birding and nature walks, guided nursery visit and tree planting, guided walks to surrounding communities, running trails, gym at villas, wine tasting, movie screenings and more.
Outside of the Lodge you can go for guided walks to the Bisate reforestation site, nursery school in Bisate Village and to surrounding communities to meet the locals.
Some of the unique activities include guided Gorilla Safari treks at Volcanoes park, planting your own tree at Bisate nurseries, guided cave exploring at Bisate and great birding walks.
Gorilla Safari treks are not included in the price of the stay at Bisate Lodge and costs $1500 per person.
Bisate Lodge Rwanda Dining Experience
Bisate Lodge has a main lodge styled in the same decor as villas. The main lodge features a stylish bar with a cozy sitting area around an open fire, an intimate dining area with only six tables, a wine cellar and a balcony that offers stunning views of the surrounding volcanoes.
Bisate Lodge offers an all-inclusive service where all meals, drinks, cocktails and premium wine are included in your stay. All meals are served in the restaurant in the main lodge. The menu changes on a daily base and features slow-cooked and healthy meals.
Signature dishes include liboke – served in banana leaves, sambaza – fried spicy fish served with ginger rice, and kachumbari – tomato and onion salad. Common ingredients used in Bisate’s dishes include wild honey, kale, papaya, avocado, mango, plantain, passion fruit, pineapple, nuts and chilies.
A must have is a Rwandan coffee, called Gato Keza, sourced from the local Kigufi Coffee Estate.
“What an experience….Bisate Lodge is an experience worth the journey. The amazing staff, so attentive and joyous, great rooms and setting and then the incredible gorilla trekking.
Superlative words do not do this experience, staff and place justice….just urge you to go and stay. You will leave with an affection for the Rwandan people that make travel all worth it.”
“Bisate Lodge perfectly sets up travelers for the mountain gorilla hikes. Provides gaiters, advice, and great stories. Hotel rooms are very unique. I wish we would have added a day to hike a nearby peak, and enjoy the hotel more.”
“Definitely the coolest place with first class service that I’ve ever experienced. Absolutely hands down the best in guest service…more like staying with lifelong friends! Their lodges and views were unsurpassed. Every meal/dish was an experience in itself with many ingredients grown onsite or sourced with local farmers.
Bisate was beyond expectations. Glad to have ample time to enjoy their well appointed lodges after Mountain Gorilla and Golden Monkey trekking. Definitely the place to stay if planning Mountain gorilla trekking in Rwanda!”
Final Thoughts on Bisate Lodge Rwanda
Bisate Lodge Rwanda is one of the most luxurious and most expensive lodges in Africa. But you have to note that the high price includes all meals and drinks, a private butler, massage, and all on-site excursions (excluding gorilla trekking).
Most importantly at Bisate Lodge you don’t pay for a stay but you pay for a once in a lifetime experience.
Photos credit: wilderness-safaris.com