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Travel Singita Opens Kwitonda Lodge And Kataza House In Rwanda, Dedicated To Gorilla Conservation

Singita Opens Kwitonda Lodge And Kataza House In Rwanda, Dedicated To Gorilla Conservation

Singita Opens Kwitonda Lodge And Kataza House In Rwanda, Dedicated To Gorilla Conservation
By Chloe Pek
By Chloe Pek
August 01, 2019
It is just ten minutes away from Rwanda's famous Volcanoes National Park

An award-winning hospitality and conservation brand based in Africa, Singita adds two new properties to its portfolio of ecotourism lodges and camps this month with the opening of Singita Kwitonda Lodge and Kataza House in Rwanda.

The brand’s first foray into the East African country, Singita is also bringing its ethos of wildlife preservation and protection into Rwanda. The lodge is supporting the conservation of endangered mountain gorillas by committing to extensive reforestation initiatives in the region. It has provided approximately 250,000 indigenous flora from its on-site nursery, Akarabo, to date.

This commitment to sustainability is also reflected in the architecture of the property, designed by Gapp Architects.

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Bedroom in the suite of Kwitonda Lodge
Bathroom in the suite of Kwitonda Lodge
Outdoor deck in the suite of Kwitonda Lodge
Kataza House lounge
Bedroom in Kataza House
Bathroom in Kataza House
 

Spread across 72 hectares on the fringe of Volcanoes National Park, the lodge features eight sustainable suites designed according to the natural contours of the land, while Kataza House hosts four suites in its exclusive-use villa.

Meticulous attention is paid to meet Singita’s eco-conscious principles, from the building materials—mostly sourced from the immediate Musanze district—to the energy and water systems.

An ode to the local culture and the beauty of gorillas, the suites boast bold and striking interiors, with a vivid palette inspired by the natural landscape of mountains, volcanoes, and lakes. Local artisans were also engaged to craft its volcanic walls, woven ceilings and hand-fired terracotta brickwork.

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You can also sign up for a walk to see the golden monkeys
You can also sign up for a walk to see the golden monkeys
See the beauty of the mountain gorillas in their natural habitat
See the beauty of the mountain gorillas in their natural habitat

It goes without saying that a stay at the lodge isn’t complete without gorilla trekking at the Volcanoes National Park, where you can experience “a humbling encounter with the gorillas”. Golden monkey walks and tours to see the wonders of the Musanze Caves, Nyungwe Forest National Park, Lake Kivu, can also be arranged.

Back at the lodge, indulge in a pampering massage in the comfort of your suite, or feast on local Rwandan cuisine, grown and harvested on-site.

Singita Kwitonda Lodge and Kataza House opens today. Find out more here.

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Travel ecotourism wildlife sustainability luxury lodge safari gorilla trekking eco-friendly rwanda africa singita singita kwitonda lodge singita kataza house

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