Bisate Lodge / Rwanda
With just six thatched villas peeking above the tropical forest, the stunning interiors of this eco-lodge embrace the culture of rural Rwanda. Their conical shape is typical of local architecture.
Cosy interiors are a beautiful blend of low-key luxury (black resin bathtubs, volcanic stone fireplaces) and traditional craftsmanship (geometric textiles, walls clad in woven grass matting). Pops of emerald green reflect the jungle enclosing the bamboo verandas.
The setting is dramatic: an eroded volcanic cone surrounded by rainforest, right in the heart of Volcanoes National Park. This is one of Africa’s most biodiverse regions: a haven for 178 bird species, golden monkeys, side-striped jackals, buffalo, elephants, bushbucks and Egyptian mongoose. But the kings of this jungle arethe mountain gorillas of the Virunga.
Eco-tourism plays a critical role in the conservation of this critically endangered species, which shares more than 97% of its DNA with humans. Guided treks afford a rare opportunity to meet these extraordinary creatures in their natural habitat. To help protect their fragile eco-system, over 15000 indigenous trees were planted during the construction of Bisate Lodge. Every guest is invited to contribute to reforestation efforts by planting a tree during their stay. This immersive journey deep into the African bush takes you way beyond the average safari experience.
(Images courtesy of Bisate Eco Lodge - 2018)