Due to open in late August 2019 and set within a landscape of wetlands and lush meadows, Singita Kwitonda Lodge will be built to embody the spirit of Rwanda . The lodge is named after Kwitonda, a legendary silverback gorilla who was known for his humility and gentleness. Singita Kwitonda Lodge is located on a piece of land spanning 178 acres right on the edge of Volcanoes National Park within easy reach of gorilla trekking but at the same time improving the buffer area between agricultural land and an estimated 320 mountain gorillas who inhabit the area.
With magnificent views of Sabyinya, Gahinga and Muhabura volcanoes, Singita Kwitonda Lodge will be sensitively constructed and will offer 8 suites and 1 four bedroom villa. The suites and villa will be creatively designed with locally sourced and produced materials and the local community that are involved with the building on site. Sustainability is at the core of the construction of Singita Kwitonda Lodge.
To reach Singita Kwitonda Lodge is a 2.5-hour drive from Kigali Airport, a distance of just over 100kms.
There is so much to see and explore from the Afro-montane forests of Nyungwe National Park and Lake Kivu to Rwanda’s charming capital Kigali as well, of course, the iconic mountain gorilla and the beautiful golden monkey.
Singita Kwitonda Lodge is within easy reach of Volcanoes National Park headquarters from where the gorilla trekking departs each day. Take a magical trek through the dense forest to track the critically endangered mountain gorilla. Only eight visitors are allowed per gorilla group each day and visitors are asked to maintain a distance of 7 metres from the gorillas to prevent the transmission of any human diseases. Typically, tracking can take from 3 to 8 hours and requires some agility and fitness, however, all fitness levels can be accommodated and no one should feel deterred from missing this once in a lifetime experience.
Rwanda is a destination for all seasons, however, visiting Rwanda to trek the mountain gorilla is best during the drier season from June to September. This is also the optimum time for chimpanzee trekking . Temperatures hardly vary throughout the seasons due to Rwanda's position just south of the Equator. Days are warm and nights are cool, especially at altitude.