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Bisate Reserve: A new era of luxury and conservation in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park

Bisate Reserve, Rwanda's newest luxury lodge, sets a new standard in eco-conscious travel, blending opulent comfort with groundbreaking conservation initiatives. Share

The imminent opening of Bisate Reserve in September 2024 heralds a new era in luxury travel and conservation efforts within Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park. This exclusive property, an expansion of Wilderness Rwanda’s Bisate experience, is poised to redefine the parameters of premium hospitality and environmental stewardship.

Bisate Reserve, an intimate establishment, will feature just four spacious villas. These villas, positioned on the rim of a weathered volcano, offer unparalleled views of six majestic volcanoes. Their design and construction pay meticulous attention to detail, ensuring that every aspect of the guest experience is imbued with luxury and sophistication. Inside, the villas are a masterpiece of design, combining modern luxury with traditional Rwandan elements. The interiors are spacious, exuding an air of elegance and tranquillity, making them a perfect retreat after a day of exploration.

The lodge’s architecture and opulent villas are deeply rooted in Rwandan traditions and heritage, offering guests a regal and culturally immersive experience. This extends beyond the physical structure of the lodge, permeating the community, and offering guests the opportunity to engage with and support local empowerment initiatives.

Bisate Reserve: A new era of luxury and conservation in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park

The culinary experience at Bisate Reserve is expected to be exceptional, with menus crafted to reflect the rich culinary heritage of Rwanda. Bisate’s vegetable garden is an ecosystem intended to be sustainable and self-sufficient. The menu comprises seasonal ingredients for freshness, the majority of which are from the own garden. They also support the communities already growing crops, and source our red-skinned and wonderfully starchy potatoes, as well as the eggs, organic and free range.

Bisate Reserve: A new era of luxury and conservation in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park

The lodge’s emphasis on conservation extends to its activities, with opportunities for guests to engage in environmental and community projects. This approach to tourism, where luxury and responsibility go hand in hand, is what sets Bisate Reserve apart. It offers a model for future developments in the luxury travel sector, where indulgence does not come at the expense of the environment or local communities.

Conservation lies at the heart of Bisate Reserve’s ethos. The property showcases the successful reforestation and rehabilitation efforts, with the planting of nearly 100,000 indigenous trees transforming a former agricultural site into a thriving forest. This focus on biodiversity protection is particularly significant given the lodge’s proximity to the habitat of the endangered mountain gorilla species.

Bisate Reserve: A new era of luxury and conservation in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park

Guests at Bisate Reserve are invited to become partners in these conservation efforts. The lodge’s commitment to sustainability and environmental preservation is evident in its various initiatives, contributing to the protection of the iconic endangered mountain gorilla species and other local flora and fauna.

The experience at Bisate Reserve is not limited to luxury accommodation and environmental responsibility. It also encompasses a range of immersive guest activities. These include expert-guided gorilla encounters, booked through the national park authorities, captivating nature trails, and a vibrant birding environment. Such activities allow guests to connect deeply with the natural beauty and wildlife of Rwanda.

Bisate Reserve: A new era of luxury and conservation in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park

The strategic location of Bisate Reserve, perched on the edge of a volcanic formation, offers guests an extraordinary vantage point from which to appreciate Rwanda’s unique landscape. The panoramic views of the surrounding volcanoes serve as a constant reminder of the natural beauty and geological significance of the region.

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