Singita Kwitonda: The Lowdown

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Singita Kwitonda is a lovely, very luxurious lodge, run by one of Africa’s most respected safari companies. 

What’s Singita Kwitonda really like?

It’s pretty small and special with just eight suites on the edge of Volcanoes National Park. One of these is wheelchair friendly, and another has two bedrooms for families or groups travelling together. Each suite has indoor and outdoor showers, private heated plunge pools, and an iPad for you to use during your stay. The design is beautiful with huge windows looking out towards the national park and a contemporary natural style.

A similar feel is continued in the main lodge- there’s a real sense of considered, thoughtful luxury, mixing indoors and outdoors. There’re plenty of peaceful spots to curl up in with a book and admire the view, a firepit, an interactive kitchen, and a wine cellar where you are more than welcome to do tastings.

What can I do at Singita Kwitonda?

The main focus for guests staying at Singita Kwitonda is gorilla trekking in nearby Volcanoes National Park, however this is such a lovely area there’s plenty more to do if you have time to spare. A particular favourite is visiting the Gorilla Doctors project to hear about their work protecting the gorillas of the DRC, Rwanda and Uganda. We can also arrange a visit to the village of Gasura for travellers who are interested in learning a little more about the local community.

On site at the lodge you can visit the tree nursery and the vegetable garden, there’s the chance to do cycling, running, walking and yoga, and should you wish we can arrange a cooking lesson in the lodge kitchen. For an extra charge the lodge also can arrange a massage in your room, you can have your own stick personally carved for you, try your hand at traditional Rwandan basket weaving or even have your own item or outfit made by a seamstress.

Families at Singita Kwitonda:

If we’re honest, the age restrictions on gorilla trekking mean that it’s fairly rare for families with younger children to travel to this part of the world. However if you are exploring Rwanda with little ones, there is a childminder that we can pre-book to look after them while you’re trekking and a number of board games and arts and crafts kits available for children. They’re invited to explore the garden and do cooking classes with the chefs.

Giving back at Singita Kwitonda…

As one of the newer lodges in Rwanda, Kwitonda was built with sustainability as its key focus, using local materials and modern energy-saving design. The lodge has planted over 250,000 saplings as part of a project to help reforest the area, creating a buffer zone between the park and farmland. Singita has also set up a culinary school to train local chefs to a world-class standard and give them a brighter future- interested guests are more than welcome to visit!

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