Nestled within the heart of a natural amphitheater sculpted by time and volcanic erosion, Wilderness Bisate offers a breathtakingly dramatic backdrop. Embraced by the lush forest, six charming, cone-shaped thatched villas are discreetly nestled, each boasting spacious verandas that unveil awe-inspiring vistas of the encircling peaks. These villas, paying homage to Rwandan heritage with their traditional forms, combine sumptuous interiors to ensure optimal comfort and coziness, all while harnessing the mesmerizing scenery.
Spanning a generous 91 square meters, each villa gracefully merges bedroom, reception area, and bathroom, all aglow with the warmth of a central fireplace and presenting awe-inspiring panoramas that stretch out to Mount Bisoke from your private deck.
In the guest areas, where tradition and modernity coalesce seamlessly, you’ll find floor-to-ceiling windows that allow you to immerse yourself in the world beyond while savoring a refreshing beverage at the refined bar or exploring the contemporary wine cellar. This culinary journey at Wilderness Bisate marries local Rwandan flavors with international cuisine, showcasing wholesome farm-to-table dishes. A cherished treat for many guests is sipping on Rwandan coffee. The wine cellar, a veritable masterpiece, offers an enchanting setting for a romantic dinner accompanied by the finest wines.
For those seeking adventure, a plethora of activities await in the vicinity, including gorilla tracking, visits to cultural villages, golden monkey sightings, birdwatching, and tours to captivating landmarks like Lakes Ruhondo and Burera, the Musanze Caves, and the resting place of Dian Fossey. After an enthralling day of exploration, indulge in a rejuvenating couples’ treatment at the spa, a perfect conclusion to an unforgettable experience.
Nestled within the foothills of the Virunga Mountains, a place once inhabited by primatologist Dian Fossey, the One&Only Gorilla’s Nest unfolds a captivating narrative of Rwanda and its majestic mountain gorillas. With a mere 21 rooms, the hotel is seamlessly integrated into the surrounding natural splendor.
The perpetual symphony of nature and the vibrant local life serve as a harmonious backdrop, exemplifying the essence of the untamed Rwandan spirit at the One&Only Gorilla’s Nest. The accommodations resemble treehouses elevated on stilts, their design thoughtfully inviting the outdoors. Wooden decks offer sweeping views of the eucalyptus forest, while the interior decor features a rich tapestry of browns adorned with traditional Rwandan imigongo motifs. Interior designer Hubertus Feit envisioned this space to provide a subtle African ambiance, always mindful of preserving the primacy of the natural landscape.
Perhaps reflecting this ethos, the hotel’s bar, restaurant, and spa are discretely scattered along a meandering path that winds through the estate, evoking the sensation of strolling through a lush garden. Further down the slopes, one can discover traditional Rwandan villages where locals diligently cultivate the fertile volcanic soil alongside the chef’s own garden. Notably, the hotel’s restaurant and bar become lively conversation hubs, with tales and anecdotes revolving almost exclusively around the day’s encounters with the remarkable gorillas. These spaces exude warmth and vitality, offering dishes inspired by Rwanda’s compelling history.
Elsewhere, a spa infused with traditional African wisdom beckons guests to embark on a journey of relaxation and rejuvenation, mirroring the One&Only Gorilla’s Nest’s commitment to delivering an authentic and enriching experience deeply rooted in the land and its remarkable inhabitants.
Designed exclusively for private use, Kataza House grants guests unfettered access to all the facilities and amenities provided at the nearby Singita Kwitonda Lodge, ensuring a comprehensive and luxurious experience in this extraordinary setting.
Crafted in perfect harmony with its pristine location on the periphery of Volcanoes National Park, Singita Kataza House is a tribute to the natural geology of this remarkable region. It offers an intimate connection with the surrounding landscape, immersing guests in a profound sense of solitude amidst nature’s splendor.
This luxuriously modern African dwelling is an architectural marvel, featuring individual pavilions thoughtfully arranged around a central cluster of living spaces. Self-contained bedroom suites and amenities are seamlessly accessed via meticulously landscaped forest walkways. The distinctive allure of Kataza House is further enriched by the handiwork of local stone masons, weavers, and ceramicists, lending a unique and captivating touch to its already exquisite design and interiors.
• 1 x master suite • 1 x junior master suite • 2 x suites • 1 x two-bedroom staff residence.
Every creature comfort is taken care of with great amenities in every suite, including: • Private wine cellar • Private interactive kitchen • Generously stocked ‘bar-deli’ • House manager, chef and house staff • Private entrance and turning circle • Golf cart for access to Singita Kwitonda Lodge (should guests wish to enjoy a meal at the main facility) • Heated pool off main lounge • Private heated pool off master suite • Gear-up area • Massage treatment room • Fitness centre • Complimentary WiFi internet throughout • iPad and media suite in each room • Private cinema room • Fire pit • Indoor and outdoor dining and lounge areas
In contrast to its competitors, Kwitonda possesses a sprawling 72-hectare expanse of land on the national park’s periphery. This land serves as a critical buffer zone, demarcating a protective barrier between the shrinking habitat of the gorillas and the mosaic of cultivated fields growing wheat, potatoes, cassava, and bananas. This additional layer of defense plays a pivotal role in safeguarding against poaching threats. Moreover, it ensures an unobstructed connection between visitors and the awe-inspiring apes, offering an unparalleled proximity to nature.
This venture represents only the inaugural phase of Singita’s ambitious reforestation initiative, marked by donating a quarter of a million indigenous trees and shrubs and planting 60,000 saplings. Over time, this rejuvenated terrain will seamlessly merge with the national park, contributing to its conservation and expansion.
Nestled amidst the captivating panorama of the Sabyinyo, Gahinga, and Muhabura volcanoes, enveloped by high-altitude forests, Singita Kwitonda Lodge promises an experience that stands apart from all other Singita destinations.
This extraordinary lodge is a harmonious blend of the stunning natural backdrop, eco-conscious luxury, and immersive, purpose-driven encounters, all crafted to mirror the resilient yet gentle spirit of Rwanda’s endangered mountain gorillas. Its offering comprises eight contemporary suites, and for those seeking seclusion, Singita Volcanoes National Park presents the exclusive Kataza House villa.
Incorporating a commitment to local design, the lodge’s interiors showcase meticulously crafted details that adorn the thoughtfully designed spaces. Each suite is graced with private heated plunge pools and both indoor and outdoor fireplaces, ensuring an exquisite level of comfort. The main lodge, in turn, boasts a convivial fire pit, an engaging interactive kitchen, a welcoming ‘bar-deli,’ and an impressive wine cellar.
7 x 1-bedroom suites & 1 x 2-bedroom suite.
A well-equipped gear room is stocked with all the essentials required for a trek, ranging from weatherproof jackets to gaiters and even thermal undergarments.
Nestled within the enchanting Virunga foothills, the exquisite Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge awaits your discovery. These towering volcanic peaks, often regarded as the legendary heartland of King Solomon’s treasure, provide a mesmerizing backdrop to this hidden gem. Surrounded by the lush tropical forests of Rwanda, our discerning guests can indulge in a selection of stone cottages and suites. Each of these accommodations boasts a spacious sitting area, a cozy fireplace, an elegant ensuite bathroom, and a private veranda. The stone structures are adorned with classic terracotta tile roofs and gleaming wooden floors.
Wilderness Sabyinyo offers a range of accommodations, including six double cottages, two suites, and one family unit.
In our intimate dining room, you can relish delectable menus or dine al fresco on our outdoor deck, where breathtaking vistas of the Virunga volcanoes unfold before you. Nearby adventures beckon, from exhilarating hikes through Parc National des Volcans in pursuit of the majestic mountain gorilla and the enchanting golden monkey to enriching cultural excursions, captivating bird-watching opportunities, invigorating mountain biking trails, and visits to a plethora of scenic destinations.
The lodge enjoys a prime location just moments away from the Volcanoes National Park headquarters, serving as the starting point for guests embarking on an unforgettable journey to encounter the awe-inspiring mountain gorillas. This experience ranks among the most captivating, thrilling, and emotionally stirring wildlife encounters imaginable.
Wilderness Sabyinyo holds the distinction of being Rwanda’s very first community-owned lodge. While Wilderness operates it, ownership is vested in a Community Trust known as SACOLA (Sabyinyo Community Livelihood Association). SACOLA utilizes the lodge’s rentals and community fees to drive socio-economic and conservation initiatives within the communities adjacent to the national park.
Nestled atop a rustic hill, Virunga Lodge offers an idyllic retreat featuring ten inviting suites known as bandas. Half of these charming abodes provide enchanting vistas of the serene Lake Burera, while the other half offer sweeping panoramas of Rwanda’s dramatic volcanic peaks. When choosing between these two picturesque sides, rest assured that you can’t make a wrong choice. However, we highly recommend indulging in one of the two deluxe options, which boast spacious living rooms and inviting fire pits for a truly elevated experience.
Inside, the rooms exude a delightful blend of spaciousness and coziness, adorned with vibrant local fabrics that add a touch of warmth and culture to your surroundings. As part of your stay, you’ll enjoy inclusive rates that cover all your meals and beverages, ensuring you savor the finest culinary offerings the lodge has to offer. A daily massage is also at your disposal—a welcome respite after an adventurous day spent trekking with gorillas, exploring the hiking trails, or immersing yourself in birdwatching within the nearby Volcanoes National Park.
As twilight descends, retire to the inviting living room, where you can gather for a friendly game of cards or savor a glass of South African wine. Alternatively, step out onto the stone terrace to witness the breathtaking spectacle of the sun setting over the horizon, providing the perfect conclusion to your day in this remarkable haven.
Located a mere ten-minute drive from the grand entrance of Volcanoes National Park, along the road leading to Kinigi in Musanze – Ruhengeri, you’ll discover the Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel. This charming mid-range retreat boasts elegant colonial-style architecture with tastefully tiled roofs, set amidst lush gardens adorned with an array of trees, shrubs, and vibrant blossoms. The hotel’s inviting lounge is situated within a picturesque cottage, complete with a cozy fireplace and a spacious patio adorned with plush wickerwork chairs.
From your vantage point at the hotel, delight in the breathtaking panoramas of the volcanic Virunga peaks that grace the park’s horizon. Alternatively, take a leisurely stroll to the inviting swimming pool to enjoy a refreshing dip. For a more tranquil experience, recline in the loungers thoughtfully placed in the pool’s shallow end, allowing the gentle caress of the water to tickle your toes. Seek solace and rejuvenation in the hotel’s spa, where skilled therapists will melt away any trek-induced aches and pains with a soothing massage. If ultimate relaxation is your aim, unwind in one of the scattered hammocks throughout the property, letting the serene ambiance and stunning views of Volcanoes Park envelop you.
8 Deluxe bedrooms (double/twin), a Family Suite, and the Volcano Manor, a restaurant, a pool, and a beautiful garden are awaiting your visit and our staff is looking forward to making your stay a pleasant one.