Wilderness Safaris Changing Lives in Rwanda

“Our Journeys Change Lives”, says Wilderness Safaris’ payoff line. Nowhere is that more evident than at their Bisate and Magashi lodges, built in the last two years.

Be inspired by a few of their staff members’ amazing personal development stories since being employed at the lodges.

Mansuet has a wife and his four children, and is very passionate about his work. He is extremely happy to be part of the Magashi team and was one of the first employees based on the construction site. As cook for the construction team, his speciality was cooking bread in the ground oven for the workers. In his free time he likes playing and watching football.

While working for the construction company that built Bisate lodge, David heard that Wilderness Safaris was looking to employ staff. David applied, and was proud to be employed as a security guard at Bisate Lodge. At Bisate he learned about the kitchen and food preparation. His goal is to become a chef one day, and he is working hard to achieve this: he has already taken the first steps in this direction through his move to Magashi as part of the kitchen team! He loves working for Wilderness Safaris because he feels supported by their training programme, and he is happy that he can realise his dream.

As a young Rwandan girl Anita dreamed of a career in hospitality, and growing up she was committed to achieving this dream. Although she faced several obstacles she remained focused on her studies whilst working in a hotel in Kigali at night to pay for her tuition. She graduated from the Akilah Institute as one of the top students, and was selected to work for a high-end hotel chain in Dubai. After almost four years she decided to return to Rwanda and continued to work for the same hotel group in Kigali. Hungry for the best, Anita applied for a job at Bisate Lodge, the first Wilderness Safaris lodge in Rwanda.  “There is nothing that can stop me. I am so proud to be part of the Wilderness Safaris team because of the company’s values: putting people first (guests and staff), giving back to the community and taking care of the environment by conserving nature and wildlife.”

Johnson was born very close to the Bisate property. After completing secondary school, he began working on the Bisate property as a casual labourer, chopping wood and planting trees. Soon after that, he joined the Bisate team full time with the dream of one day becoming a chef. He believes that working at Bisate will help him to grow and achieve this dream.

Jimmy started his career with a construction company involved in building the lodge. His hard work and dedication did not go unnoticed and earned him a full-time job with Wilderness Safaris. His new role has been life-changing and he hopes to one day join our agronomy team.

Gilbert was working for the construction company that was building Bisate when he received an offer to join Bisate’s staff. He is thrilled to be part of the team and the fact that the lodge contributes to the development of the village where he grew up. Gilbert is an artist and he enjoys singing and writing in his free time.