Iconic hospitality and conservation brand, Singita, has created a flurry of delight with the opening of its new gorilla trekking safari lodges in untouched Rwanda. Sitting comfortably on the edge of the verdant Volcanoes National Park, is the newly opened Singita Kwitonda Lodge and Kataza House. In true Singita style, the Singita Gorilla Trekking Lodges in Rwanda have a story entrenched in ecotourism and conservation of the immediate area. The Singita brand is not only about sophistication speckled with elite luxury aimed at discerning guests, but it also has its heart immersed in conservation.
These two lodges are set on a private tract of land spanning some 72 hectares of rugged terrain. This tract serves as a buffer between the agricultural lands and the natural habitat of some 320 wild mountain gorillas. Singita endeavours to take a measured approach to conservation, working closely with locals to build sustainable revenue streams through tourism while ensuring the community thrives. The aim of Singita Volcanoes is to strike a balance between preserving the gorilla groups and increasing their habitat while remaining sensitive to the needs of the surrounding communities. Thus far, 60,000 tree saplings have been planted on the surrounds in an effort to extend the size of the national park.
The jungle floor and canopy of trees covering lofty mountains creates a breathtaking topography and natural habitat for wild mountain gorillas. This is the perfect place for a gorilla trekking safari and it’s a mere 3 hour drive from Kigali, the centre of Rwanda. Singita Volcanoes is a mere stone’s throw away from the briefing point at headquarters, and at each of the properties there are gear rooms housing a variety of technical gear for the arduous treks through rugged tropical terrain carpeting the lofty hills of Rwanda. Gorilla trekking is not the only activity available in the area – there are many other walks/hikes and opportunity to visit surrounding communities.
Singita has the pampering side of things covered. After a lengthy time spent on the mountains, guests can return to their lodge for a well-deserved, soothing spa treatment.
In terms of accommodation, there are two options. One is the exclusive use Kataza House, a serviced villa that comes complete with a private chef. The space is has all the amenities of a luxury villa, including a gym, swimming pools and more.
Singita Kwitonda Lodge is an architectural delight, built from natural stone constructed in the midst of wetlands and lush meadows. Handcrafted detail, and layers of texture can be found scattered throughout this 7 bedroom lodge.