Places We Love: Bisate Lodge, Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

Bisate Lodge is a luxury eco-lodge located in Rwanda, near the renowned Volcanoes National Park and is known for its unique design and stunning location, nestled in the natural beauty of the Virunga mountains.

Bisate Lodge is strategically situated to offer breathtaking views of the surrounding landscapes, including the volcanic peaks. It provides an ideal base for tourists seeking to explore the nearby Volcanoes National Park, which is famous for its mountain gorilla trekking experiences.

Over the years deforestation has had a massive impact all over Rwanda and one of the projects currently underway is bringing the forest back to what it used to be.  All guests that stay at Bisate lodge have the opportunity to plant a tree and in this way contribute to the reforestation.

Key highlights and features of Bisate lodge

Sustainable Design: Bisate Lodge is committed to sustainable and eco-friendly practices. The architecture and design of the lodge often blend with the natural environment, and efforts are made to minimize the environmental impact.

Luxurious Accommodations: The lodge typically offers high-end, spacious accommodations, ensuring comfort and luxury for its guests. The rooms or suites may be designed with a combination of local aesthetics and modern amenities.

Proximity to Volcanoes National Park: One of the main attractions of Bisate Lodge is its proximity to Volcanoes National Park, which is renowned for its population of mountain gorillas. Guests often choose to stay at the lodge to embark on gorilla trekking adventures.

Wildlife and Nature Experiences: Besides gorilla trekking, the lodge may also offer other wildlife and nature experiences, such as bird watching, guided nature walks, and opportunities to explore the local flora and fauna.

Cultural Interaction: Some lodges, including Bisate, may provide opportunities for guests to engage with the local communities, offering a cultural dimension to their stay.

Fine Dining: High-end lodges like Bisate  feature gourmet dining experiences, showcasing local cuisine and incorporating fresh, regional ingredients with first class service.

Exclusive and Intimate Setting:  Bisate emphasizes exclusivity and an intimate atmosphere, which provides personalized services and attention to detail to ensure a memorable and comfortable stay.

Best Time to Visit:

The best time to visit Bisate Lodge and the surrounding Volcanoes National Park is generally during the dry seasons, which typically occur from June to September and December to February. These months offer clearer skies and better trekking conditions, however gorilla viewing is also great during the rainy season if you don't mind some mud on your shoes.

Gorilla Trekking Seasons:

Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park is a popular activity, and permits are required. It's essential to book your gorilla trekking permit well in advance, as they have limited availability. The dry seasons are often preferred for trekking, but gorilla trekking is possible all year-round.

What gear will you need?

Gorilla treks can be unpredictable and could vary from half an hour to six or seven hours depending on which family you are trekking and where that gorilla family moved during the night.  It is important to have comfortable hiking shoes, preferably water proof.  It is also recommended to where comfortable long pants and long sleeved shirts.  Bisate lodge provides you with a pair of gaters, garden gloves and a walking stick which are essentials for the trek.


Rwanda generally has a temperate climate due to its elevation. Daytime temperatures can vary, so it's advisable to bring layers of clothing. Rainfall is more common during the wet seasons, so waterproof gear is recommended.

How to Get There:

Bisate Lodge is located near Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. Visitors typically fly into Kigali International Airport, which is the main gateway. From Kigali, the lodge is accessible by road, and the journey takes approximately 2-3 hours.

Insider tip from Johan Van Zyl

The gorilla trekking experience is one of the most incredible experiences you could possibly have, PLEASE don't just do one trek.  I would recommend at least two treks.  This way you get to see different families, different parts of the forest and it also just gives you more time with these amazing animals.  You have come all the way here, make the most to it!

When staying at Bisate, make sure you request to have lunch at the vegetable garden.  The pizzas are incredible and it is also a lovely walk through all the veggies and herbs.  There are also day room facilities here which include showers in case you would like to check out later on your final day.

Bisate lodge, because of its unique design is simply a must see property.  All the elements come together here, from the experiences of seeing gorillas in the wild, to the ultimate luxury at the lodge, it is simply heaven on earth.

Visit Bisate Lodge

Spending time in a rainforest with mountain gorillas is right up there with one of the best experiences you could possibly have.  Our expert logistics team will customise an experience that fits your exact needs from a time and budget point of view to ensure that this is an experiences that you will never forget.

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