Gishwati Lodge promises a combination of luxury, adventure, and conservation to great advantage. This rustic forest lodge, due for reveal in 2018, provides guests with unique access to the habituated chimpanzee and golden monkey communities within the relatively unknown and unexplored Gishwati and Mukura forests in western Rwanda.

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Comprising just six rustic forest cottages, Gishwati Lodge will only accommodate a maximum of 12 guests at a time, all being among the first to explore this unique habitat. The relatively unknown Gishwati Forest in western Rwanda is a wonderland of diversity, home to everything from chimpanzees, golden monkeys, and L’Hoest’s monkeys, to red river hogs and serval. The growth of flora and fauna here is mainly due to a recent urgency in conservation efforts, transforming previously deforested farmland into reforestation and protection projects in order to ensure the future of the habitat.

The upcoming opening of Gishwati Lodge is proof of Gishwati Forest’s growing prestige and its position on Rwanda’s ever-expanding eco-tourism map. Adventurous rather than overtly luxurious, Gishwati Lodge intends to focus on the spirit of exploration and the opportunity to be a part of an ambitious conservation effort. In fact, all revenues generated from the forest activities at Gishwati Lodge are being put toward the creation of the new Gishwati-Mukura National Park and the establishment of a connecting wildlife corridor, allowing movement of wildlife and a wider area of protection for the indigenous flora and fauna between the two little-known forests. It is projected that these efforts will more than triple chimpanzee habitat and allow its populations to thrive.

Above all, Gishwati Lodge will serve as the perfect base for visiting the habituated chimpanzee and golden monkey communities in their natural environments within Gishwati and Mukura. Chimpanzee tracking and guided scenic nature walks will open up a world of primary forest, degraded forest, and regenerating forest to visitors, allowing them to better understand the formidable conservation effort at stake. Once open in 2018, Gishwati Lodge will best be experienced alongside its sister property, Bisate Lodge, in the gorilla haven of Volcanoes National Park, combining privileged interactions with two of Africa’s greatest apes.

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