May 2017 – Due to open in June, Bisate Lodge, Wilderness Safaris’ first ecotourism venture in Rwanda, will offer a holistic health and wellness experience, combining active outdoor adventures, such as gorilla and golden monkey trekking, with luxurious pampering.
As Bisate Lodge is situated some 2 650m (8 700ft) above sea level, the fresh, healthy mountain air can give guests the feeling that they are at a spa or health centre from the moment they arrive. Since a typical day at Bisate is likely to be quite active – with a range of adventures on offer, such as gorilla or golden monkey trekking, nature or community walks and climbing Mount Bisoke Volcano – guests will be able to return to their luxurious forest villa for some much-needed rejuvenation and relaxation.
Bisate’s masseuse, Orlane Delice Umutesi, offers a full range of massage treatments which guests can enjoy in the privacy of their luxurious forest villa, including Bisate’s signature massage, Intonga Amasatchi. According to Orlane, who has just returned to Rwanda following extensive training at a range of Wilderness Safaris Premier camps in Botswana (her first trip outside her home country), this local full-body, deep-tissue massage is perfect for relieving stress. The treatment makes use of different-sized wooden sticks to stretch tight muscles and ease toxic overload from daily pressures.
Ingrid Baas, General Manager of Bisate Lodge, explains the cultural significance of these yellowwood rods and how they complement the treatment: “Symbolically, they represent wisdom and direction to the traditional healer, who uses the energy of the earth as a valuable tool. A special blend of orange, geranium, lemon and lemongrass essential oils is also used as part of the very cosy and warm in-villa massage offering. With the massage bed placed in front of the fireplace, candles and essence will be added to create the right ambience for true relaxation”.
For guests looking to continue the active theme of their stay, in-villa gym and yoga equipment will also be offered. The combination of compelling wildlife encounters and a holistic wellness experience promises guests a perfect balance of excitement and relaxation, and a true life-changing journey.