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    Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park is a haven for animals and plant life, and Bisate Lodge, which is located in the natural amphitheatre of an eroded volcanic cone adjacent to the park, provides guests with the chance to experience one of the most humbling moments in their lives – the chance to walk with gorillas.

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    This luxury eco-lodge offers unrivalled views of the Virunga volcanoes known as Bisoke, Karisimbi and Mikeno emerging above the Afro-alpine forest from its six ensuite forest villas, which adhere to environmentally-responsible principles as well as offering ultimate comfort and luxury to its guests. Each villa measures 91 square metres and has a bedroom, reception space, bathroom and a central fireplace. In typical Rwandan style the lodge rooms have domed roofs complete with draped thatching, while the contemporary interiors hold true to Rwandan style by using wood and volcanic stone and combining warm greys with bursts of vibrant greens.

    The lodge strives to support the native wildlife by creating a sustainable safari camp and luxury guest lodgings, and is sited in an optimal location from which to encounter gorillas as well as elephants, golden monkeys and side-striped jackals.

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    Guests can take part in organised treks to the rainforests of the Volcanoes National Park in the Albertine Rift, where they can see mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. While encountering gorillas in the wild is certainly a drawcard for many who visit Rwanda, there are other treks available equally as exciting, and varying in intensity.

    Those who prefer a gentle trek can set off on an adventure with a troop of golden monkeys while the more energetic can head up the volcano to Dian Fossey’s grave and a former research station at Karisoke. You can even trek around the top of one of the volcanoes, and when the legs need a rest, a visit to nearby lakes or a stroll through the local villages offers a unique perspective into this beautiful country.

    Bisate Lodge work closely with the local community and the Tusamurana Cooperative on community projects to ensure that the surrounding areas, people and wildlife benefit from the lodge’s profits. Guests who are interested in learning more about the work done at Bisate can participate in the reforestation program run by the lodge: a 26-hectare plot of farmland where any flora and fauna whose habitats have shrunk or suffered are being reintroduced to the area.

    Bisate Lodge is a first in Rwandan luxury eco-lodges and promises a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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    For more personalised information tips and advice, or to book this incredible holiday contact your local TravelManagers’ personal travel manager here.

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