Bisate Lodge is located in the natural amphitheatre of an eroded volcanic cone – the word bisate means ‘pieces’ in Kinyarwanda, describing how the cone was once whole but worn away by natural erosion. The area has dramatic views of the peaks of the volcanoes Bisoke, Karisimbi and Mikeno rearing up through the Afro-alpine forests of nearby Volcanoes National Park. Six sumptuous en-suite rooms maximise comfort, warmth and views while retaining environmental principles and reflecting the culture of surrounding rural Rwanda.
We’re looking at the beautifully, eco-centric designed lodge, which was conceptualised and brought to life by Rwandan fashion entrepreneur and founder of Inzuki Designs, Teta Isibo.
Teta sourced locally-made products for Bisate’s interior décor and other operational items such as uniforms. Bisate’s interior design is drawn from a variety of aspects of the Rwandan lifestyle, particularly the colourful textiles and use of texture. The emerald green colour in the textiles and chandeliers is reminiscent of the verdant greens of the rainforests. Following through with their commitment to recycling, the chandeliers were made out of recycled glass.
Many of the furnishings at Bisate make use of imigongo, an art form unique to Rwanda that uses cow dung and goes back hundreds of years; the dung is mixed with soils of different colours and then painted in geometric shapes. The use of black and white cow hides will also reflect the rural way of life in the villages, and volcanic stone will be used in the fireplaces to echo the volcanoes of the adjacent Volcanoes National Park.
Photography: Crookes and Jackson.