Wilderness Safaris says it is on track to open Bisate Lodge next to Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park on the 1st of June 2017.
Bisate Lodge will comprise six forest villas and serve as a base for gorilla conservation experiences. Situated within the amphitheatre of an eroded volcanic cone, the 27-hectare Bisate site offers sweeping views towards Karisimbi, Bisoke and Mikeno volcanoes. It is close enough to Kinigi (the Volcanoes National Park headquarters) to be convenient for guests’ morning gorilla treks.
“We are extremely proud of the progress we have made with Bisate, especially with regards to our pioneering reforestation programme which has already seen over 5 000 indigenous trees planted to date in partnership with the newly created Tuzamurane Cooperative,” says Wilderness Safaris CEO, Keith Vincent.
The villas will comprise a bedroom, reception space and bathroom with a central fireplace and views out across a private deck towards Mount Bisoke. The architectural and interior design will be rooted in Rwandan building tradition as exemplified in the design of the Royal Palace of the traditional monarch. This spherical, thatched structure echoes the thousands of hills that dot the Rwandan landscape.
Bookings for Bisate Lodge opened on the 3rd of October 2016. All sales are being handled by Wilderness Safaris’ partners and ground handler in Rwanda, Thousand Hills Africa (previously Thousand Hills Expeditions).
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In other news, in recognition of Wilderness Safaris’ investment into Rwanda, CEO Keith Vincent was invited by the Rwandan Development Board to name a baby gorilla at the annual Kwita Izina – a traditional baby-naming custom in Rwanda which has now been extended to gorillas.
The ceremony was held in Kinigi, and a total of 22 mountain gorilla babies received their official names from a range of dignitaries, including Sir David Attenborough. The gorilla named by Vincent was a young female born on the 10th of April, 2016 to a mother Kurinda in the Giraneza Group. She was named Nyampinga, which means ‘the most beautiful girl’ in Kinyarwanda.