Wilderness Bisate Lodge Newsletter – September 2023

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We had another wonderful month at Wilderness Bisate which saw us very busy with guests hailing from all walks of life and cultures. The Emerald Bar was abuzz with different and interesting people all coming together with the goal of seeing our wonderful mountain gorillas.


As we gear up for the last quarter of 2023 (I can’t quite believe it either), we look forward to a busy end of year. It seems like the last few cobwebs of the Covid crisis are being shaken off and people are once again heading out of their home countries and exploring our beautiful Earth.  At Bisate we cannot wait to host guests from around the world, so that we can showcase our beautiful country and the continent of Africa.

Director Nick Stone named a gorilla at Kwita Izina

In recognition of Wilderness’ continued commitment to growing conservation tourism in Rwanda, the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) invited Wilderness Lead Director and Board member, Nick Stone, to name a baby gorilla at the annual Kwita Izina ceremony on 1 September.


"It is with deep honour that we were chosen to name a female baby gorilla from the Musirikari Family, born on the 14th of May 2023 to mother Muntu. The name for this baby girl is Umucunguzi, which means ‘Redeemer’. She is the hope and redemption of her mother's bloodline, after her mother unfortunately lost all of her other babies", shared Nick.

Annual CITW Teacher Training


Children in the Wilderness Rwanda (CITW) organised a two-day workshop for the teachers involved with the CITW Eco- and YES Clubs in our seven partner schools. In total, 21 teachers and three CITW colleagues participated in the training on Monday 11 and Tuesday 12 September.


The schools are Bisate Primary School, Bisate Secondary School and Rushubi School from the Wilderness Bisate and Sabyinyo area; Akayange Primary School and Rwabiharamba Secondary School from the Wilderness Magashi area; and Gisunzu Primary School and Kinihira Secondary School from the Gishwati Forest area.



It was great for all the Eco-Mentors from the different schools to meet each other, exchange ideas and brainstorm about the best ways for the Eco-Clubs to thrive and flourish. The new school year starts on Monday the 25th of September, so this get-together was perfectly timed to ensure all schools are ready for an environmentally friendly start to the first term!


Bisate Family


The cross-pollination of staff continues to bring new and exciting skills to all of our camps, and we welcomed back Loyce, our Assistant Manager, from her wonderful time at Wilderness Magashi. She had a great time with our sister camp and it was a dream for her to spend some time in a safari concession.


We also say au revoir to our Food & Beverage manager Benjamin, who is going to be spending some time at Wilderness Sabyinyo for the next month. Even though it is not far from our own lodge, he is very excited for the beautiful and cozy atmosphere that Sabyinyo has to offer. We wish Benjamin luck and we miss him already!

The lodge staff and the managers exceed all expectations in every way. A true high-end experience.

J & P

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