Bisate Lodge

Situated in Afro-alpine forests near to Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park, Bisate Lodge offers luxury accommodation and service as well as spectacular views of the volcanic peaks of Bisoke, Karisimbi and Mikeno. It provides easy access to the park for gorilla trekking and a strong conservation and community focus.

Mother and baby by David Crooks Guest bedroom by David Crooks Gorilla trekking by Dana Allen

Inspired by the King's Palace at Butare, the lodge features six sumptuous en-suite rooms in the shape of thatched pods. These rooms are comfortable and warm with exquisite views but also retain environmental principles as well as reflect the culture of surrounding rural Rwanda. Each has a small cloakroom, a spacious lounge and bedroom area as well as a daybed and large fireplace. The bathrooms each have a shower and separate bath and of course bathrobes, slippers and complimentary toiletries.

The lodge's main area is also thatched with three large 'nests' featuring a restaurant, a lounge and bar area and a reception. Meals can be enjoyed either indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Communal dining is the norm but individual tables are also possible.

Obviously, the focus of a stay at Bisate Lodge is the gorillas. The lodge is within easy driving distance of Volcanoes National Park Headquarters from where gorilla treks depart daily. The park is also home to a host of other wildlife and birdlife including the golden monkey, black-fronted duiker, buffalo, elephant, tree hyrax and many more. Guests are invited participate in Bisate's biodiversity conservation efforts, as well as engage and meet the local community. Guests will leave with a knowledge of how to make a positive impact on the critically endangered mountain gorilla.

Getting There

20-minute drive from the park headquarters at Volcanoes National Park and approximately 2.5 hour's drive from Kigali Airport.


Trekking mountain gorillas, forest walks in search of other forest wildlife including habituated golden monkeys, hikes to Dian Fossey's grave and former research station at Karisoke and a full day trek to the top of one of the volcanoes. Also visits to local villages and lakes nearby.

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