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Singita Volcanoes National Park

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Singita Volcanoes National Park

Singita is committed to saving Africa’s dwindling wilderness areas. Singita  is a luxury African safari ecotourism experience. There are 15 award-winning  lodges and camps in five regions in Africa, and through them Singita is able to partially fund the protection and preservation of over a million acres of land and existing wildlife populations, as well as creating economic independence within local  communities surrounding the reserves. Travellers choose to stay at Singita because of the expansive space and beauty of the reserves, a transformative guest experience, as well as the exceptional care that is taken of each guest during their stay. They leave, knowing they’ve made a contribution to the legacy of Africa.

Singita Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda (or Singita Kwitonda Lodge),  is  the perfect springboard for gorilla-trekking experiences, and Singita Kwitonda Lodge is also ideally located to discover the rest of Rwanda’s sights  – from the vibrant capital, Kigali, to Nyungwe National Park with its suspended canopy walk; hikes to Dian Fossey’s research site and grave or to see the endangered Golden Monkeys.

The country’s miraculous recovery from its painful past is testimony to the newfound solidary, impressive work ethic and warmth of its people. This regenerative spirit has inspired the entire guest experience at Kwitonda, where guests are enveloped in a contemplative, nurturing space in which to appreciate the transformative experience of coming face to face with the forest’s gentle giants.

Built upon a 100-year purpose to preserve and protect African wilderness for future generations, Singita has been championing conservation in Africa from the very beginning. They achieve this in partnership with non-profit funds and trusts with     critical wildlife conservation projects , reserve and ecosystem integrity, sustainable tourism practices and community enterprise development. Through a sustainable conservation model that helps balance tourism with conservation in all regions in which they operate, Singita’s ethos of “touching the earth lightly” is no longer just a forward-thinking principle; it is imperative to its  survival, and that of the land, wildlife and communities under its care.
Boasting breath taking views of the Sabyinyo, Gahinga and Muhabura volcanoes and surrounded by high-altitude forests, Kwitonda Lodge offers an experience unlike any of Singita’s other destinations. With its natural beauty,
environmentally conscious luxury and transformative, purpose-driven experiences, the lodge was designed in response to this remarkable location, and the eight contemporary suites (as well as the private four-bedroom villa, Kataza House) are linked by volcanic rock pathways to the central lodge.

The exteriors and interiors emphasise local design and workmanship (of over 500 artisans) where exquisite handcrafted details adorn the carefully planned spaces. Layered textures and bold colours enhance the reflective quality of this tranquil haven and an experiential enclave offers free-flowing indoor and outdoor areas. A convivial fire pit, interactive kitchen, bar-deli and an exceptional wine cellar showcasing rare vintages complete the picture.
The suites also include:

  • Private heated pools outside every suite
  • Gear room in the main lodge providing basic trekking equipment
  • In-room spa-treatments
  • Complimentary WiFi internet
  • Each suite has an iPad; while editing facilities in the Conservation Room at the main lodge
  • Guest mini bars or fridges
  • Indoor and outdoor fireplaces

For most guests who stay, a gorilla trek is at the top of their list, and Singita

allows them the privilege to encounter one of Africa’s most majestic and gentle creatures in the wild, while immersed in the beauty of their pristine natural habitat. Setting off early in the morning for the 7am briefing at Volcanoes National Park’s headquarters, a short ten minute drive from Singita Kwitonda Lodge, guests are matched with a guide before starting their hike into the dense cloud forest. The distance of each gorilla trek is varied, depending on which family group guests are allocated, the duration is anywhere from a couple of hours to a full day. Meals and lodge activities are flexible around each guests’s trek. As children under the age of 15 are unable to participate in gorilla-treks, they will be cared for at the lodge with a variety of supervised activities and educational opportunities on offer.

Apart from gorilla-trekking, the Afro montane forests of Nyungwe National Park, primordial Lake Kivu and sophisticated capital Kigali all add to the considerable appeal of this enchanting country. Using Singita Kwitonda Lodge as a, guests are privy to a whole host of unforgettable encounters in remarkable Rwanda.

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