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Bisate Lodge - Rwanda

Your eco-luxury lodge located in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park, home to the extraordinary mountain gorillas, all in sustainable luxury

About this project

This charity relocates mistreated elephants to their sanctuary where they are cared for by permanent staff, including veterinarians. Your stay contributes to the cost of the elephants’ upkeep and welfare.
Main volunteering activities:
  • Preparing the elephant’s vitamin balls
  • Tracking their feeding patterns
  • Assisting the vet on their daily checks
  • Washing the elephant
  • Cleaning their beds
  • Maintaining the gardens
Key information:
  • The typical number of days on this fulfilling project 2-3, but you can spend longer
  • It involves 7-8 hours of helping each day, starting at 7:30am
  • November to April is recommended, but you can help anytime
  • This volunteering project blends well with activities in central Sri Lanka, including Kandy and the rest of the Cultural Triangle
Successes to date:

The foundation has cared for over 80 elephants. There are currently nine elephants being cared for at the sanctuary.

One of the resident elephants was the first in the country to be born in captivity.

The Foundation’s mahout training program is the only one to be recognized and accredited by the Sri Lankan Department of Wildlife.

This project is for you if:
  • You are looking for a project that enables you to learn an enormous amount about elephants 
  • You would like an experience that has a variety of activities
  • You are happy rolling up your sleeves and don’t mind getting dirty
Nearby activities:
  • Exploring the fascinating Cultural Triangle
  • The Tea Country hill stations
  • Leopard spotting in Yala National Park

Suggested Itinerary for Sri Lanka

in Sri Lanka

Price: US$6,000 per adult, $3,800 per child under 12

This adventure enables you to bond as a family by conserving critically endangered sea turtles, plus you get to explore the wildlife highlights of Sri Lanka

Trip Highlights

  • Rolling up your sleeves and caring for elephants
  • Jeep safari to see elephants in the wild
  • Awesome views and the engineering marvel that is Sigiriya Rock
  • Bustling Kandy and the Temple of the Tooth
  • Epic train ride
  • The waterfalls and  scenery of Horton Plains
  • The beauty of the Tea stations
  • A working tea factory

Price Includes

  • Luxury accommodation throughout
  • Private transfers
  • Domestic flights
  • Expert local guides
  • Meals as specified
  • Volunteering costs
Note: Price excludes international flights

Sample Day by Day

Note: This is a sample itinerary only
Note: This is a sample itinerary only, and we delight in crafting unique itineraries to meet your family’s exact requirements

An award-winning eco-luxury lodge, ideally positioned amongst trees at the heart of a natural amphitheater formed by eroded volcano cones.

The six uniquely-shaped villas here offer breathtaking vistas of the surrounding peaks, exhibiting traditional Rwandan architectural influences, marrying them seamlessly with opulent interiors designed to optimize comfort and coziness amidst the stunning panoramas. Each villa spans 91 square meters, striking a balance between spaciousness and intimacy, comprising a luxurious combination of bedroom, reception area, and bathroom, all enveloped in the warmth emanating from a central fireplace, while treating guests to awe-inspiring views from the private deck, overlooking Mount Bisoke.

Incorporating a harmonious blend of traditional and contemporary elements, the guest areas exude elegance, boasting floor-to-ceiling windows that invite families to immerse themselves in the natural splendor outside, whether savoring a refreshing beverage at the sophisticated bar or exploring the modern wine cellar. Indulge in a culinary journey that celebrates the fusion of local Rwandan flavors with international cuisine, relishing farm-to-table delicacies crafted from a plethora of fresh produce including wild honey, avocado, climbing beans, mango, kale, papaya, plantain, passion fruit, pineapple, macadamia nuts, and chilies, sourced directly from the onsite kitchen garden. A particular highlight for many is the exquisite Rwandan coffee, adding an extra layer of delight to the dining experience.

This is arguably the finest base from which to trek to see the glorious mountain gorillas of Rwanda. 

NB: minimum age of 15 to see the gorillas.


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