New Rwandan forest lodges open in a volcano crater

Six exciting new forest lodges are to open their doors right next to Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park, known the world over as a haven for the endangered Mountain Gorilla which calls the region home.

The new site, the 42-hectare Bisate Lodge, is situated inside the amphitheatre of an eroded volcanic cone and has views looking out onto the Karisimbi, Bisoke and Mikeno volcanoes.

Rwanda is world-famous as a destination for watching mountain gorillas in their natural habitat, and the lodge is a great base from which to embark on an expedition.

The COO of the organisation who have built the lodge, Grant Woodrow, detailed what is special about this spot in this jungle, as well as the ecological aims of the project in relation to the landscape.

“With only six luxurious forest villas, the real generosity of Bisate in the Rwandan context is the amount of private and exclusive space that surrounds the Lodge, sheltering it in a rare natural landscape brimming with Albertine Rift biodiversity and beauty.

“We wanted to ensure that our brand of responsible ecotourism made a real difference to both rural Rwandan people and biodiversity conservation. As such, we hope that Bisate will exceed our guests’ expectations, and that together we will be able to make a dramatic and far-reaching impact on not just a Critically Endangered species like the mountain gorilla, but also the entire ecosystem of the Virunga Massif and the rural people living adjacent to it,” he said.

Rwanda is home to spectacular scenery – all lush jungle and dramatic hills – and this new spot looks like a unique place from which to explore all that this country has to offer.