On 1 June 2021, the Bisate Lodge team, along with a few local VIP guests, attended the launch of the newly-opened Bisate Kwanda day lounge. The opening event was a wonderful opportunity for staff, Volcanoes National Park officials, partners in the tourism industry, as well as members of the community, to celebrate the new facility and its unique offering.
VIP guests included four members of the community who worked at Karisoke alongside Dian Fossey. Their photos and stories are displayed in the day lounge, together with a selection of images of Rwandan staff members who worked at Karisoke, taken by author John Fowler (A forest in the Clouds: My Year Among the Mountain Gorillas in the Remote Enclave of Dian Fossey). The installation celebrates the Rwandans of Karisoke and their contribution to gorilla conservation.
The first of its kind in Rwanda, Bisate Kwanda day lounge is a proud showcase of Rwandan creativity, resourcefulness and commitment to conservation, and a testament to a team dedicated to creating impactful Rwandan journeys. Bisate’s guests can now relax in the comfort and understated luxury of this fully-staffed day lounge, which is an ideal space for early arrivals or late departures.
As part of our launch event, our guests were invited to view the lounge and cultural memorabilia on display. “It was humbling and emotional to share this with many of the conservationists and local Rwandans who dedicated years of their life to the protection of Rwanda’s wilderness and wildlife. Our guests were particularly delighted to see the powerful stories and imagery of their efforts displayed on the wall in the lounge, all tributes to these amazing individuals”, said Ingrid Baas, Wilderness Safaris Rwanda Operations Manager.
Click here to read more about the all-new Bisate Kwanda day lounge.
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