Due to open in mid-2016, the newly conceived Bisate Lodge is slated to set a new standard for luxury lodges and conservation tourism in Rwanda. This lavish 12-bedroom sanctuary is perched within its own natural amphitheater inside an extinct volcano, providing guests unrivalled access to the adjacent Volcanoes National Park and its resident mountain gorillas.

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Awaiting its 2016 reveal, Bisate Lodge promises to contribute a new layer of luxury to Rwanda and its iconic mountain gorilla habitat along the Virunga Massif. This visionary conservation and community endeavor has already begun its first phase of development, focusing on indigenous reforestation within the 26-hectare plot in which it will reside. The hope is that by reintroducing native flora to the farmland, Bisate Lodge will in time attract several types of small antelope and bird species to its fringes. It is an incredible undertaking with purpose – to ensure the area is restored and sustained for generations to come.

The next phase of development will be constructing the 12-room sanctuary, which promises an unmatched luxury experience for the region and unparalleled views of the brooding Bisoke, Karisimbi, and Mikeno Volcanoes from its location within its own extinct volcanic cone. Aside from its elevated amenities and unique setting, the main draw for visitors to Bisate Lodge will be its exceptional proximity and access to the neighboring Volcanoes National Park, home of the celebrated mountain gorillas. Activities at the lodge will therefore concentrate on morning treks up the Virunga Mountains, where more than half of the world’s population of mountain gorillas reside.

Another quintessential wildlife activity at Bisate Lodge will include gentle treks to visit one of the park’s many habituated golden monkey troops, striking yet little-known inhabitants of the bamboo forest. And for those who are in search of something more vigorous, it is also possible to hike up to Dian Fossey’s grave and former research station at Karisoke, or spend a full day trekking to the top of one of the three volcanoes nearby. Bisate Lodge will be close to the town of Kinigi, where the park headquarters are situated, putting Bisate Lodge in perfect position near the park, some beautiful twin lakes, and local villages.

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