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Bisate Lodge opening set for June 27

 

Artistic impression of Bisate Lodge.
Artistic impression of Bisate Lodge.

International safari group to offer luxury in pristine wilderness

Wilderness Safaris have announced a date for the opening of its luxurious lodge in Bisate, Musanze district, Northern Province of Rwanda. It is June 27.

Wilderness Safaris announced in a Sept. 23 press statement that the Wilderness Safaris Bisate Lodge, situated next to Rwanda’s renowned Volcanoes National Park, will comprise six forest villas. Its main offer will be a luxurious base from which to visit the nearby gorilla conservation experience.

“The real generosity of Bisate in the Rwandan context will be the amount of private and exclusive space that surrounds the Lodge, cosseting it in a rare natural landscape brimming with Albertine Rift biodiversity and beauty,” the statement said.

Wilderness Safaris operation comprise 50 luxury camps and safaris in Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Rwanda will be the latest addition in 2017.

There specialty is wildlife, marine and cultural safaris in remote, pristine wilderness destinations that are designed to be specialised, educational, explorative, and fun.

The lodge’s opening date is about one year off the initial projected opening of mid-2016. It is not clear what caused the Botswana-based Wilderness Safaris – with its vast experience and resources, couple with extensive support from the Rwanda Development – to fall off target.

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Artistic impression showing the inside of Bisate Lodge.

Wilderness Safaris CEO, Keith Vincent, says they are now ready to move ahead and have already achieved a lot regarding some of the project goals. The lodge was planned to include a conservation and community project on a 64 acre site to benefit from reforestation using indigenous species and Vincent says a lot has been achieved.

“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,” he said in the statement.

He described the project as an incredible opportunity for Wilderness Safaris to use its model of responsible ecotourism to contribute to positive conservation and community empowerment in a unique and exciting environment.

Each spacious forest villa at Bisate will comprise a generous yet intimate combination of bedroom, reception space and bathroom, all warmed by a central fireplace and with views out across a private deck towards Mount Bisoke.

Bisate’s sophisticated architectural and interior design is rooted in Rwandan building tradition as exemplified in the design of the Royal Palace of the traditional monarch.

It comprises spherical, thatched structures that are designed to echo the thousands of hills that dot the Rwandan landscape. Inside, the guests are promised richly-detailed interiors with surfaces and screens made from a variety of woven materials with strong resonance in Rwandan culture.

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