February 2018 – Wilderness Safaris Bisate Lodge in Rwanda has won the ‘Best Safari Lodge’ category in the Jetsetter’s 2018 Best of the Best Awards, which honour the most impressive new properties around the globe.
Bisate’s luxurious thatched villas overlooking Volcanoes National Park where gorilla tracking gorilla treks depart daily
“We are proud to have received yet another accolade for Bisate which, since opening in June last year, has truly showcased the remarkable ecotourism offering in Rwanda. Bisate is about so much more than just the best location and hospitality or even the most stylish accommodation; it’s about offering our guests a life-changing journey that gives back to the protection of our natural world at the same time”, said Wilderness Safaris Chief Sales Officer, Dave Bennett.
Jetsetter.com is a luxury travel website which provides expert knowledge to help guests envision their next trip. According to Jetsetter.com, narrowing down this year’s ‘Best of the Best’ contenders proved to be one of the most difficult lists to narrow down.
Bisate Lodge won the award for its high standard of accommodation and service, as well as for being the most exclusive and one of the few sustainable luxury offerings in Rwanda. “For the first time in decades, safari-goers are shifting their gaze away from the Big Five and onto a species far more remote: the Critically Endangered mountain gorilla, found in just two forests on the borders of Rwanda, Uganda, and the Congo”, the Jetsetter’s team added.
Situated within the amphitheatre of an eroded volcanic cone, the 42-hectare Bisate site is incomparable in terms of its natural splendour, with sweeping views towards the Karisimbi, Bisoke and Mikeno volcanoes. It is close enough to Kinigi (the Volcanoes National Park Headquarters) to be convenient for guests’ morning gorilla treks, but far enough away so as to feel remote and even – as a result of the pioneering onsite indigenous reforestation project – part of the spectacular Park.
“With only six luxurious forest villas, the real generosity of Bisate in the Rwandan context is the extent of private and exclusive space that surrounds the Lodge, sheltering it in a rare natural landscape brimming with Albertine Rift biodiversity and beauty”, added Bennett. The spacious en-suite rooms maximise comfort, warmth and views while retaining environmental principles and reflecting the culture of Rwanda.
As a Wilderness Safaris Premier camp, Bisate’s exceptional ecotourism offering is based on the principle that “purpose is the new luxury”, with its reason for being and vision being to create a world-class venture that will make a dramatic and far-reaching positive impact on more than ‘just’ the mountain gorilla. The whole Bisate experience is based around Wilderness Safaris’ 4Cs sustainability ethos of Commerce, Community, Culture and Conservation. Its pioneering reforestation project, which has already seen over 17 000 indigenous trees planted to date, community engagement, cultural appropriateness and exposure, eco-friendly operational systems and more take guests beyond the ‘gorilla express’ and enrich their experience in this inspiring country.
“We are thrilled that Bisate has received such esteemed recognition and are dedicated to ensuring that our brand of responsible ecotourism continues to make a real difference to both rural Rwandan people and biodiversity conservation. As such, we hope that Bisate will carry on exceeding our guests’ expectations, and that together we will be able to make a positive impact on the entire ecosystem of the Virunga Massif and the rural people living adjacent to it”, concluded Bennett.
The full list of winners can be viewed on Jetsetter.com website. Click here to view a short video clip of why Rwanda and Bisate should be on all intrepid travellers’ bucket lists.