The Bishop’s House
The Bishop’s House in the Northern Province of Rwanda is in a small town called Muzanze—the gateway to Volcanoes National Park, which is home to around one-third of the world’s remaining population of Mountain Gorillas, about 400 of them.
If you’re looking for a cozy, luxurious home away from home as your base while adventuring to trek the mountain gorillas or golden monkeys, take a canoe trip, or hike one of the volcanoes, this is it. It’s just a 20-minute drive to the park headquarters from the property, perfect for those early starts.
The hotel offers luxury accommodation at a competitive price and is designed with a grand, opulent feel—rich African fabrics, antique furniture, handmade wall decor, and paintings that capture the atmosphere of a colonial manor house. The Bishop’s house has nine rooms located in the quiet suburbs: six standard and two junior suites, as well as a presidential suite. All rooms offer a television, a mini bar, and en-suite bathrooms. The rooms feel stately, and each has its own private veranda to relax on, surrounded by healing volcanic rock and banana trees.
The gardens are lush and filled with tropical trees and flowers, and it’s a birdwatcher’s paradise—speckled mousebirds seem to love it here. On the grounds, visitors will also find a brand new outdoor pool for warm days, a spacious lounge and terrace, and a small library with a magnificent view overlooking the Virunga volcanoes, the best spot to cozy up with a good book.
Sipping a glass of wine by the fire in the stunning dining area filled with locally made art, and enjoy dinner cooked by expert local chefs (the food is delicious), and it’s the perfect way to unwind and refuel post gorilla or golden monkey trek.