On the trail of the golden monkey and the mountain gorilla
Volcanoes National Park is not only a sprawling rainforest reserve but also home to the mountain gorilla, a magnificent yet endangered species. Adjacent to this park, we find Bisate Lodge, a place with a pioneering vision of reforestation and community partnership; a place where one can connect with the parks’ unique fauna and enjoy all the perks of luxury lodgings.
Bisate is located in the natural amphitheater of an eroded volcanic cone, with dramatic views of the peaks of the Bisoke and Karisimi volcanoes. It boasts six opulent en-suite forest villas to maximize comfort while keeping in line with environmentally responsible principles that reflect the rich Rwandan cultural heritage. We’re not exaggerating when we say that Bisate is one of the first genuinely luxurious eco-sensitive safari camps out there, deeply immersed in Africa’s wild primate experience.
At Bisate, you’ll have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to come face to face with the imposing and majestic mountain gorilla: to observe where they eat, sleep, dwell, and interact with one another. Moreover, guests will be able to come within feet of the golden monkey, the side striped jackal, the serval, the black-fronted duiker, the buffalo, the elephant, and the Egyptian mongoose.
Volcanoes National Park is excellent for birdwatching too, with almost 180 species recorded to date. A habitat restoration project expects twelve more species to recolonize the area around Bisate.
Guests can also partake in community projects, taking guided visits to nearby towns to meet the locals that keep the park alive, as well as collaborating on a tree planting project overseen by Bisate’s agronomist, Jean-Moise.
Bisate is, in short, a safari like no other.
Text: Andrés Ordorica ± Photo: Copyright © 2019 Wilderness Safaris. All rights