Bisate Lodge is located in the natural amphitheatre of an eroded volcanic cone – the word bisate means ‘pieces’ in Kinyarwanda, describing how the cone was once whole but worn away by natural erosion. The area has dramatic views of the peaks of the volcanoes Bisoke, Karisimbi and Mikeno rearing up through the Afro-alpine forests of nearby Volcanoes National Park. Six sumptuous en-suite rooms maximise comfort, warmth and views while retaining environmental principles and reflecting the culture of surrounding rural Rwanda.
As the lodge and all its villas face Bisoke Volcano, we understand that it has some remarkable views. Some of the villas also have a view of two other prominent volcanoes, Mikeno and Karisimbi. The lodge itself has been built within a very small volcanic cone of its own, which thankfully has been extinct for a long time!
Bisate Lodge is being built within a 27-hectare plot (soon to be 35 hectares) that was previously farmland. We’re told that the team at Bisate have worked very hard on a reforestation project to regenerate the area with indigenous plants. A tree nursery has also been developed and 15,000 trees had been planted when we last spoke to the Bisate team. There’s a plan for guests to be invited to help plant trees, including a planting ceremony with the resident agronomist, and a gift certificate with the GPS location of your tree, should you wish to visit again!