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Happy New Year!

December was the perfect end to a very eventful year for Wilderness Bisate. Looking back is always a good way to judge growth and improvement, but also a time for reflection. Through this reflection, one can formulate a plan for the future – and what a bright future Bisate has. Our team has grown, our property has expanded and our natural native forests have swollen and taken hold. The property is looking better than ever before.

Bisate Rwanda Christmas celebrations

This year, our Kwanda day lounge come into full operation, offering our guests a stylish and truly comfortable place to rest and reflect, and get ready to depart after their experiences with us.


We also had a change of management at Bisate and new staff members joined us. This has grown our numbers to 65 permanent staff members servicing 12 guests. That sound like a great ratio to us! However, keep in mind that many of our team members are involved behind the scenes in security, maintenance and of course reforestation – you might not meet them all when you are staying with us!


Looking forward, we are excited to bring in another year of continued growth for our team and property, while from a global standpoint, we are encouraged by the continued recovery of the hospitality industry. We look forward to welcoming more and more guest to this beautiful country, and will continue to introduce our guests to one of Earth’s ultimate, untamed places.    

Gorilla Viewing

December was a month of great weather bringing great trekking conditions. Of course we still had the occasional cold rainy morning, but they were much less prevalent.


One of the highlights was sending our head chef Angelus on his first gorilla trek, thanks to some very generous guests who decided to “donate a permit for Angelus to use”. After many years of making our guests happy, he finally got to go and see the gorillas with his own eyes!

Bisate Rwanda Chef Angelus Gorilla Trekking
Bisate reforestation Cross Polination Team

Bisate Family

Our Cross-Pollination Initiative, where staff members from different Wilderness camps spend a week or two working at our lodges in Rwanda, has taken off in a big way. This initiative is to align our offerings between the lodges, but also to share knowledge in a very practical way.

It has been immensely successful so far, and we are very proud of the staff members who we have had over here at Bisate over the last month. We welcomed Elie from Magashi and Fidele from Sabyinyo, and they both had a marvellous time learning new things at Bisate.


2022 was an amazing year for hospitality with the easing of Covid restrictions around the world, and we have seen a nice recovery in guest numbers at our camps. To celebrate this, as well as thank our staff for their tireless efforts over the year, we decided to throw a year end party (something we have not been able to do for a few years now) – and do it in style, with our favourite delicacy of “brochettes” (skewers), along with some of our chefs’ other specialties. This was preceded by a football match between the different departments, and was followed by some good music and soft drinks. Once again, we thank our staff for all of their hard work!

Wildlife & Nature Trails

Bisate’s continued reforestation efforts were bolstered by our team of community members over the last two months. With the re-introduction of so many indigenous tree species, we have seen more and more native wildlife species on the property as well!

Wildlife Returns with Reforestation

We are pleased to note that our side-striped jackal pups are now looking more and more like their parents and have grown up very nicely. The two jackal families on the property continue to thrive and have entrenched themselves on Bisate land as true locals.
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Bisate Reforestation

Bisate’s reforestation efforts came to a fabulous close at the end of December. We saw large areas of invasive eucalyptus being removed, and in their place, native redwoods litter the land and gorilla friendly Lobelia species start rising ever skyward. The team has worked very hard throughout the last two months and we thank them for their massive efforts. In the last two months we have planted over 5,000 trees and have gathered firewood from invasive species to keep our lodge and villas’ fireplaces burning for many months to come!

Happy Agronomist removing alien trees

Guest Feedback


“From Arrival to Departure, there was not one detail left unconsidered. We felt genuinely welcomed, utterly pampered and appreciated. Any visit that starts with a song can only be a beautiful experience”. – H


“As always it is the team + people that make our stay special with wilderness. The friendliness, passion, care and sincerity of all the team are outstanding. Everyone goes out of their way to make us feel special. Thank you for the special birthday celebration”. – M


“Everyone was very friendly & hospitable. There was great knowledge of our dietary preferences and amazing dedication to making sure that we got food that met our preferences. Great variety of options that were vegan friendly at all meals & fresh fish every day at lunch and dinner was great! “– P & J


“Literally everything was the best! The warm welcome from everyone, the thoughtful & attentive service. Amazing food & fabulous wines and cocktails! The prep for trekking. Incredible room. Truly one of the best places & experiences. Thank you!” – B

Let’s plan your next journey


When we say we’re there every step of the way, we mean it, literally. From planning the perfect circuit, to private inter-camp transfers on Wilderness Air, and easing you through Customs. We’re with you on the ground, at your side, 24-7, from start to finish. Ready to take the road less travelled? Contact our Travel Designers to plan an unforgettable journey.