"It exceeded our expectations. Not just the gorillas. The people. The trackers. The guide. The accommodation. The food. The coffee. The genocide museum. How Rwanda rebuilt itself under this government after such awful events in 1994, only 25 years ago. And it was all super well organised. So thank you", Piessens Family
Joy for Life
The optimistic energy of the people has earned their country the moniker 'Remarkable Rwanda', and it regularly features on 'must-visit' lists. Rwanda is a rainforest haven and one of Africa's most biodiverse regions but, of course, its most celebrated wild mammal is the iconic, critically endangered mountain gorilla. Affectionately known as, “Land of a Thousand Hills”, Rwanda offers a uniquely comprehensive experience, from rainforest and imposing volcanic peaks to East Africa styled safari, having outstanding scenic savannah dotted with floodplains.
Rwanda has shown great courage in recovering from the memory of the 1994 Rwandan genocide to emerge into the stable, well-run and peacefully united country that it is today.
Rwanda’s absolute highlight is access to trek and spend time with the highly-endangered mountain gorilla. It has opened up the world to organised and safe primate viewing especially when measured against the experience available in its neighbours. The gorilla trekking here caters for many individual levels of fitness and can be tailored to your needs. Some stunning and exciting new accommodations are now available, with some still in progress, and visitors are guaranteed unspoilt wilderness, pure luxury and exceptionally high chances of seeing the protected mountain gorilla. While not guaranteed, the gorilla troops are monitored for their protection; therefore, their whereabouts are generally known and shared by conservation guards.
Rwanda hosts thousands of plant species, over 650 bird species and a plethora of reptiles and amphibians, and even with the impressive 151 mammal species including no less than 15 primates; it's the people that create the experience. Surprising to many, savannah-based 'Big 5' game viewing is also available and becoming popular in Rwanda.
A vibrant and friendly culture with an incredible story to tell. Rwanda holds much in her peoples' history, and the value of tourism and conservation to this incredibly diverse land is positive and remarkable.
Rwanda's main airport in the capital city of Kigali offers easy daily connections into East African countries of Tanzania and Kenya for visitors wishing to combine their highly-engaging gorilla safari with the Great Migration, Zanzibar or some of the other well-known and top national parks for wildlife viewing. Safari Guru understands the best connections and safari offerings to combine Bisate Lodge with well-suited luxury camp creating a well-rounded and rewarding safari experience.
As a boutique tour operator we only share a very small selection of preferred properties in each country we operate; mainly those in which we have ultimate confidence and first-hand knowledge of providing our clients with intimate bush experiences. Enquire for rates and availability, and further insight into additional preferred properties which might be more suited to your style of travel and luxury.
Bisate Lodge, adjacent to Volcanoes National Park, combines the bucket-list gorilla trek with a pioneering vision of reforestation and community partnership. Bisate is located in the natural amphitheatre of an eroded volcanic cone, with dramatic views of the peaks of the Bisoke and Karisimbi volcanoes rearing up through Afro-alpine forests.
Encountering one of the gorilla groups in the nearby Volcanoes National Park is a unique experience.
Ideally located in Rwanda’s northwestern reaches, adjacent to the mountainous Volcanoes National Park, Singita Kwitonda Lodge’s unparalleled position puts life-changing gorilla-trekking experiences within easy reach.
Renowned with exceptional natural beauty, sustainably-aware luxury, and purpose-driven experiences as Rwanda has rightfully become known for; this luxury lodge has been intrinsically designed with this unique environment in mind.
Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge is located close to the headquarters of the Volcanoes National Park from where clients trek on foot to see the magnificent Mountain Gorilla.
The lodge, situated in the foothills of the mighty Virungas, the chain of 15,000 ft volcanoes stretching through Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, affords wonderful views of the volcanoes and the surrounding countryside. Guest facilities have been beautifully constructed and appointed and are the perfect base from which to explore this unique and fascinating corner of Africa.
One of Rwanda's earlier premier-luxury and most-renowned lodges; perched high on a ridge with stunning views of the Virunga Volcanoes, the Musanze valley to the west and Lake Bulera to the east.
Each of the ten luxurious bandas offers a private terrace and vibrant Rwandese fabrics and stylish locally inspired furniture, an individual fireplace, and a luxury shower room with double vanities.
The two deluxe bandas – called Ibirunga and Ibiyaga have their own private sitting room and more refined interiors.
Amakoro Songa Lodge is one of the closest eco-lodges to the Volcanoes National Park Headquarters where gorillas are the main attraction; quick and easy access to daily trekking while contributing to the social-economic transformation of the local communities.
All eight cottages offer rustic elegance, fusing local and modern pieces that create much warmth and comfort. The spacious rooms are each equipped with a fireplace, yet an outdoor fireplace allows guests to enjoy the traditional ‘must-experience’ Intore Dance Troupe.
We are proud to continue our commitment to helping communities and protecting wildlife through our latest visual campaign Wild by bird & knoll x deon de villiers. Along with your support we want to make a difference for five of the world's most vulnerable species.