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Bisate Lodge

Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

Platinum price level

Mango Opinion

One of Mango's favorite lodges. This is a gorgeous lodge in a spectacular views of the Virunga volcanos. Staff is warm and welcoming. This lodge is very involved in conservation projects and the local community.

Bisate Lodge is located in the natural amphitheater of an eroded volcanic cone – the word bisate means ‘pieces’ in Kinyarwanda, describing how the cone was once whole but worn away by natural erosion. The area has dramatic views of the peaks of the volcanoes Bisoke and Karisimbi rearing up through the Afro-alpine forests of nearby Volcanoes National Park. Twelve guests stay in six sumptuous en-suite rooms that maximize luxury, warmth and beautiful views while retaining environmental principles and reflecting the culture of surrounding rural Rwanda.

Bisate is within easy driving distance of Park Headquarters, from where gorilla treks depart daily. With the lodge's vision of reforestation and rehabilitation means that each guest is invited to participate in biodiversity conservation efforts, as well as engage and meet the local community – in addition to learning about and making a far-reaching positive impact on an iconic endangered species: the mountain gorilla.

The main attraction of Bistate is seeing the magnificent Mountain Gorilla - perhaps one of the most dramatic, thrilling and poignant wildlife experiences possible. There are, however, a myriad of other excursions on offer. These include treks to see the fascinating Golden Monkeys, which are found in the bamboo forests on the slopes of the Virunga Mountains. They provide an entertaining viewing as they leap from tree to tree and frolic in the open clearings of the forest. Walks on the extensive property offer birding, great views of the surrounding area and participation in the reforestation program.