Volcanoes National Park

Bisate Lodge


Unique, luxury, sustainable

Set in a natural amphitheatre of an eroded volcanic cone near Volcanoes National Park, Bisate Lodge is the ideal base for your bucket-list gorilla trek. Enjoy dramatic views of the Bisoke and Karisimbi volcanoes’ peaks above the Afro-alpine forests.

The lodge’s six unique and spacious en-suite Forest Villas are both opulent and comfortable. They have been designed with the environment in mind and reflect Rwanda’s rich cultural heritage. The lodge itself has large living areas with fireplaces for you to relax in, as well as a cosy wine cellar.

Apart from trekking, your stay at Bisate can include fascinating walks around the property and bird watching.

One of Bisate’s main aims is to be a leader when it comes to sustainable ecotourism. With this in mind, you can get involved in the pioneering reforestation and rehabilitation project. Your participation helps contribute to conservation and community upliftment, as well as having a positive impact on the endangered mountain gorillas.


At a glance

  • Six forest villas

  • Wine Cellar

  • Bar

  • Spa

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    Mountain gorilla trekking

    You’ll head out from the Volcanoes National Park headquarters which is only a short drive from the lodge. You will be assigned to one of the 12 habituated gorilla groups for your one-hour encounter.

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    Meet the community

    Go on a guided visit to the nearby community where you’ll meet members of the cooperative, like the farmers who sell their vegetables to Bisate.

  • Monkey in the forest in Rwanda

    Golden monkey trekking

    Endemic to the area, the beautifully-coloured golden monkey can be found in the park’s bamboo forest. They usually live in groups of between 30 and 80.

Community & Culture

The Bisate site was bought from 103 community members, feeding some $500,000 into the community. Over 200 local people were employed during construction on the property and another 24 community members have been permanently employed at Bisate. They also buy fresh produce and other goods from nearby. Bisate also contributes to various community projects with the help of guests. They have helped to rehabilitate the water infrastructure at Bunyenyeri and Bushokoro, providing more than 5000 people will better access to clean water.


One of Bisate’s main aims is to become an authority on great ape research, with its focus on mountain gorillas, and establishing a sustainable conservation-based economy. The desired result is an increase in Rwanda’s population of mountain gorillas. Another of their initiatives is the reforestation of 43 hectares (103 acres) of land. There will be a bamboo forest at the lower level, with hagenia and dombea trees further up creating a rainforest, mimicking the area’s natural vegetation. It is hoped that this reforestation will in turn attract many of the species that once lived here.


Bisate Lodge has implemented various eco-friendly principles and systems on site, including recycling water and waste, harvesting rainwater and generating solar energy for power.

What makes us different

Why Niarra

Niarra Travel is a forward-thinking travel company headquartered in London born out of a passion to do things differently.

In Swahili, a Bantu language spoken by millions in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa, the name Niara means "with utmost purpose" and our team are united by a passion for exploration and a belief that the right kind of travel can make the world a better place.

Our Travel Researchers are here to create incredible trips with a positive impact for you.

  • Unforgettable experiences

    Creating your trip is entirely collaborative and our Travel Researchers are here for every step.

  • Positive impact

    Curated sustainable experiences and accommodation that maximize the benefits to local people and place.

  • Fairness and transparency

    An open, competitive pricing structure that ensures more money goes to where it's needed in the destination.

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