Bisate Lodge is part of Wilderness Safaris which runs 40 luxury lodges across Africa.
The ranking was made by Elite Traveler, company that writes about luxury lifestyle news and travel among others that listed the hotels by continent.
Grootbos a Private Nature Reserve in South Africa, and Bisate Lodge two facilities on African continent appearing on the list.
Elite Traveler has revealed that listed hotels below have the credentials to prove that they are operating in a way that protects the natural world, not just hopping on a trend.
“From caring for the immediate surrounding landscape and its wildlife to operating at a fully carbon-neutral level, our top picks of the world’s most luxurious prove that hotels can be eco-friendly without needing to sacrifice the impeccable levels of service and comfort that discerning travelers are accustomed to,” reads part of introductory message introducing the top ten hotels.
Bisate Lodge was inaugurated by President Paul Kagame on 1st September 2017.
In 2019, it was upgraded to five star, becoming the second upcountry facility receiving the ranking following One & Only Nyungwe House.
It is among 40 hospitality establishments awarded between 1 (one) to 5 (five) stars by Rwanda Development Board (RDB) during the 2019 Hospitality Grading ceremony held at Kigali Convention Center. The 1-5 star grading system helps to differentiate the quality of services that establishments render to their clientele.
The criteria used to grade the establishments range from their location, site, and environment, architectural design and features, capacity, reception area, information services, hours of service, decor, amenities and accessories and regulation of temperature among others as per the ‘East African Criteria for Standardization of Hotels, Restaurants and other Tourist Accommodation Facilities’.
Bisate Lodge is a natural fit on a roundup of the world’s best eco-friendly hotels. Nestled into the heart of a natural amphitheater formed by an eroded volcano, the design of Bisate Lodge is impressively unique. A series of nestlike thatched forest villas form the lodge’s luxurious accommodation, all of which boast spacious verandas offering enchanting views of the surrounding hillside.
Aside from the distinctive architecture, rare wildlife sightings are the main appeal at Bisate Lodge. Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park is famously home to the endangered mountain gorillas, with guests invited to experience a once-in-a-lifetime encounter with the majestic animals. In addition to the mountain gorilla, the park is also a critical habitat to a variety of other mammals, including the side-striped jackal, buffalo, golden monkeys, elephants and Egyptian mongooses, among others.
In addition to providing unrivaled guest experiences, Bisate Lodge is working hard to protect and preserve its surrounding landscape as well as the animals that inhabit it.
Its various environmental initiatives include habitat reforestation with the intent of recreating the indigenous rainforest as well as mountain gorilla conservation, with the aim of becoming a Centre of Excellence for great-ape research. Holding on to the belief that every guest is a philanthropist, Bisate Lodge encourages tourists to actively engage with these initiatives during their stay and beyond.
Other hotels that appeared on Elite Traveler’s list include, Pikaia Lodge from Galápagos, Habitas Tulum from Mexico, Whitepod from Switzerland, Borgo Pignano from Italy, Song Saa Private Island Resort from Cambodia, Soneva Fushi from Maldives and Kokomo Private Island from Fiji.