VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK, Rwanda, December 2019 – Wilderness Safaris Bisate Lodge at Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda, is enhancing its guest experience by building an exclusive new Day Lounge to accommodate early arrivals and later departures. As the only lodge in the area to offer this service as part of its fully-inclusive offering, guests will be able to shower, change, enjoy a light meal, in-room massage, or simply relax in the lodge’s supremely hospitable and peaceful environment.
“We are thrilled to be building this additional facility, which is offered at no additional cost, to maximise convenience and comfort for our guests”, notes Wilderness Safaris Rwanda Operations Manager, Ingrid Baas. “With four spacious change rooms, each with a full bathroom, and in-room spa treatments, the lounge will offer our guests the perfect place to unwind after an exciting gorilla trek in the Park on the day of their departure. It will also accommodate arrivals at Bisate Lodge from 12:00 onwards, offering a freshly prepared lunch, after which the guests may proceed directly to their rooms. Guests arriving earlier than 12:00 can make use of the Day Lounge before heading to Bisate Lodge to check in”.
If guests are not trekking, check-out and departure from Bisate Lodge is before 10:30. However, if they would like to relax in the lounge and enjoy a massage, a community visit, have a nature walk, do some shopping or have lunch they are more than welcome to do so until the latest departure time at 15:30. Located close to the main lodge but hidden from view, the lounge will have the same feel as Bisate, embracing authentic Rwandan décor and architecture, and featuring local materials such as volcanic rock clad walls and locally made red brick. The informal lounge area features a fireplace, while the dining area has sliding doors that open to undisturbed views of a garden landscaped with an assortment of vegetables, and ample space for relaxation. The shop will feature a range of local Rwandan artefacts and keepsakes for guests to browse through and purchase before heading off on the next part of their journey.
A dedicated employee from the agronomist team will be available to take guests to visit Bisate’s on-site nursery, which has already produced more than 100 000 indigenous tree seedlings every year since opening. “We estimate that some 30 000 trees – principally hagenia, dombeya, neuboutonia, hypericum, lobelia and bamboo – have to date made it to a stage of maturity that makes them independent of our care. We are extremely proud of our pioneering reforestation programme that has inspired other operators to follow suit and has resulted in the return of numerous endemic species to the area”, Ingrid adds.
Bisate is Rwanda’s first eco-sensitive lodge centered on Africa’s most immersive wild primate experience. Since the launch of Bisate in 2017, Wilderness Safaris’ first lodge in Rwanda, the company’s visionary ecotourism presence in the region has had a tangible positive effect on biodiversity conservation and the empowerment of local communities. Now, with Magashi Camp in Akagera National Park and an exciting conservation agreement in place for Gishwati-Mukura National Park, Wilderness Safaris continues to offer guests life-changing journeys that have a significant and meaningful impact on Rwanda’s local and national economies.