Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda
Traditional Rwandan architecture meets discerning contemporary style at the edge of Volcanoes National Park in the new six-villa Bisate Lodge. Encompassing more than 66 acres of rugged topography that shields the lodge from any unnatural disturbances, including light from neighboring towns, the lodge gazes directly at towering Mount Bisoke and offers a sense of being inside the park. It also has easy access to park headquarters for gorilla and golden monkey treks. Designed using traditional Rwandan building elements, the lodge’s spherical, thatched villas mimic rolling hills across the landscape.
Each villa has a bedroom, sitting area, en suite bathroom with a soaking tub and separate shower, and a private deck with dramatic volcanic mountain views. Parquet floors feature warming throw rugs and furnishings evoke sophisticated modernist design accomplished with natural, local materials. The feeling is warm and rich, with plush beds and furnishings perfect for relaxation after a day of trekking. The lodge's social spaces include a main lounge, dining and bar areas, a viewing deck and a wine cellar. Bisate lodge introduces an innovative and sustainable model for the area, working alongside local farmers to rehabilitate land along the park border.