The spectacular Bisate Lodge is located in the natural amphitheatre of an eroded volcanic cone, with panoramic views across rural hills and Afro-alpine forests to great conic peaks of Volcanoes National Park.
Utterly unique in its design, six sumptuous forest villas are luxurious while retaining environmental principles and reflecting the culture of the surrounding country. Each has a generous yet intimate combination of bedroom, reception space and bathroom, heated by a central fireplace a private deck looking out to Mount Bisoke
The spherical stone and thatch architecture, said to be inspired by the Royal Palace of traditional monarchs, continues through to the communal areas such as the dining room, bar and spa, detailed with a variety of woven materials, local crafts and more modern touches.
Bisate is a short drive to the national park’s headquarters, from where gorilla treks depart daily, and you can also embark upon forest hikes to see rare Golden Monkeys and other wildlife. Visit the site of Dian Fossey’s research camp and grave, meet the community on guided village walks, plant a tree as part of the Bisate’s reforestation project or perhaps tag along with the chef to the local market to buy ingredients.
Bisate Lodge is a camp dedicated to sustainable conservation and community. It is set to be a Centre of Excellence for learning about great apes, focusing on the Critically Endangered mountain gorilla, but ultimately to help drive the local sustainable conservation economy – which drives gorilla conservation. Many of the staff are from the local community and a cooperative has been formed for equitable procurement of fresh produce and other goods from land adjacent to the site.
One of the most exciting initiatives is the reforestation of the 43 hectares (103 acres) of Bisate land in a phased approach and guests are encouraged to spend time in the tree nursery and to plant a tree during their stay.