Thatched Treehouses in the Middle of a Volcano Crater? Do Tell.

If you don’t have Rwanda on your travel radar, you should: The central African nation might be better known for a turbulent, violent recent past, but it’s come far since its day in the international headlines.

It’s since become a standout destination in the region, and home to some of the world’s most endangered animal populations. If you can go, you should. 

And where you should stay? We have the answer: Bistate Lodge  in the country’s Volcanoes National Park.

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The new eco-resort — a new offering from African safari operator Wilderness Safaris — sits in the middle of an old volcano crater. Stress on the word “old.” So, y’know, inactive. 

There are just six lodges, all designed by Nicholas Plewman. True to the name, it looks out on three other volcanoes: Bisoke, Karisimbi and Mikeno. And it offers once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to visit with and experience mountain gorillas. 

If you have kids and are looking for a way to teach them about a world that needs protection, it’ll be hard to do better than this.