If you are inspired by the remake of The Lion King to visit Africa but don’t really want to take the lion or big-five route, consider Rwanda. This is where Dr Dian Fossey had dedicated her life to studying and protecting gorillas. An exciting safari travel opportunity now comes in the form of Singita’s two new properties, Kwitonda Lodge and Kataza House, perched on the edge of the Volcanoes National Park.
Kwitonda Lodge has eight gorgeous suites, each boasting plump couches, indoor and outdoor fireplaces, and heated plunge pools from where you can enjoy views of the Sabyinyo, Gahinga and Muhabura volcanoes. Designed by South African based Cécile & Boyd, GAPP Architects and HK Studio, with a focus on ecological sustainability, it successfully conveys a sense of place. Through its design language and programmes, Singita lets the world see the beauty and vulnerability of mountain gorillas.
Kataza House is an exclusive haven with just four suites. The interiors feature bold and striking interiors inspired by Rwanda’s colours, textures and cultural heritage. Situated less than 10 minutes by jeep from the Volcano National Park headquarters, it gives easy access to the gorilla treks.
As well as the awesome hikes through the gorilla treks, Singita also runs other activities such as golden monkey walks, a local community tour and day tours to the vibrant capital of Kigali for both of the new properties.
Singita is committed to increasing the number of endangered mountain gorillas in the Volcanoes National Park. It spearheads a number of reforestation initiatives that include a nursery to provide indigenous forest shrubs, bamboo shoots and trees for planting. As a natural extension of this, it also follows a farm-to-table approach, featuring vegetable-based dishes and local Rwandan favourites. Its expansive on-site fruit and vegetable gardens supply the lodge kitchens with fresh ingredients every day.
Rates for suites at Singita Kwitonda Lodge are SGD $2,055 – SGD $2,405 per person, per night; or from SGD $9,450 per night for the exclusive-use Kataza House villa in Green Season.