Volcanic rock, river stone, handmade ceramic tiles and oven-red clay bricks are interweaved with ferns, forest trees and mountain bamboo to create an atmosphere that truly evokes the land upon which this lodge sits. The walls, ceilings and surface finishings have been made with locally sourced and produced materials; this focus on eco-conscious design and sustainability has ensured a sense of calm pervades the entire property.
With the foundation of this lodge, Singita have entered into a partnership with local communities and the Rwandan government to rehabilitate, reforest and maintain the biological integrity of no fewer than 7,000 acres of land. The simply stunning landscape in which Singita Kwitonda Lodge has been built is a panoply of rolling hills and verdant vegetation: a prime example of why Rwanda’s natural treasures are valued so highly.
Accommodation & Facilities
There are seven 1-bedroom suites, one 2-bedroom suite and one 4-bedroom villa (Kataza House) available at Singita Kwitonda Lodge. All feature baths, showers, fireplaces and massage/treatment areas (both indoor and outdoor) as well as covered verandas, heated plunge pools and stylish living areas. In addition to the sumptuous living quarters, there is also a tree nursery here that guests are welcome to walk around, as well as a bar, wine cellar, boutique, gallery, media room, mud room and indoor lounge. Make sure to also take in the Conservation Lounge, which provides guests with a fully immersive introduction to Rwanda, its wildlife and its people.
During your stay, why not take a stroll through the spectacular on-site garden and inspect the fresh produce that you’ll be dining on later in the day. This farm-to-table plot plays a key part in contributing to the sustainable operations of Singita Kwitonda. Breakfast, lunch and dinner, as with lodge activities, can be flexible depending on the timing of your gorilla trek. In addition to the lodge’s indoor and outdoor dining areas, those staying at Kataza House can choose to take their meals in the villa.
Gorilla trekking is, of course, the standout activity available here. The lodge itself is named for the late silverback Kwitonda, a well-known resident of Volcanoes National Park, which lies just a short distance from the lodge grounds. In addition to the incomparable experience of coming face to face with a mountain gorilla, Singita Kwitonda also offers its guests a number of other activities to partake in. The breathtaking mountainous surroundings are prime hiking territory, and the site of Dian Fossey’s famous research camp is just a couple of hours away. At the nearby Iby’Iwacu Cultural Village, visitors can learn about the traditions of the Rwandan people, take part in a pottery-making class, and enjoy a glass of locally brewed banana beer. Back at the lodge, it would take a strong will not to indulge in one of Singita Kwitonda’s spa treatments, all of which are designed to bring the weary traveller back in touch with nature.
Children of all ages are welcome at Singita Kwitonda Lodge. Although the minimum age for gorilla trekking is 15, the lodge offers babysitting services as well as an array of activities to keep children engaged and entertained. These include birding, cycling, cooking classes, arts and crafts lessons, and golden monkey trekking.