Now that the excitement and dust of opening day at Singita Volcanoes National Park has settled, do you want to step inside and have a look at what this amazing new establishment looks like and what it has to offer?
Singital Volcanoes National Park honours Rwanda's people and the fertile land by only touching lightly on it, with conservation, community partnerships and ecotourism as their major focus.
The concept was designed by GAPP Architects in collaboration with the interior design teams from Cécile & Boyd and HK Studio. The vision was simple yet powerful, create a lodge and villa that take their cue from Rwanda's rich cultural heritage and the great responsibility of protecting the strong, yet vulnerable mountain gorillas. The décor reflects the gorilla's plight with ease and simplicity, which has resulted in spaces that are bold and embracing.
The setting at Kwitonda Lodge and Kataza House can simply be described as dramatic guest suites were in created in reflect this with private heated pools and massage areas, as well as in- and outdoor fireplaces.
A dedicated Conservation Room, Gear Room, on-site nursery and vegetable garden providing fresh produce for the lodge’s farm-to-table food journey further enhances this unique offering in Rwanda.
Awe-inspiring views of the Virunga mountains and volcanoes form the backdrop for a fresh, yet modern interior with splashes of colour and surprise – the effect is startling yet soothing, captivating and calming all in the same breath.
Natural elements like mud, earth, mist, rain and lava are cleverly integrated into most furniture pieces and linear art, while the vivid colour palette of black, khaki green, also known as ‘greige’ and fiery orange echo the surrounding landscape, which flows in through large windows. It highlights an organic rawness that’s inherently African, sophisticated and polished, but remains earthy.
Textural and decorative themes include hand-tooled geometric pieces and the Rwandese tradition of Imigongo, which entails decorating walls with striking patterns. More than 500 local creatives, artisans and builders were involved in crafting features like lava rock walks, exquisite woven ceilings and hand-fired terracotta brickwork, ensuring an authentic feel of local culture in the design of the lodge and villa, while boosting local employment and business.
The finishes are naturalm with raw and burnished timbers, along with hand-fired terracotta tiles typically found on Rwandese rooftops in the countryside, with furniture pieces set to create a sense of groundedness. This ties in perfectly with the serious, soul-centering experience of meeting the gorillas up close on treks – creating a sense of place, purpose and perspective.
The primary motivation for Singita operating in Rwanda is to play a key role on the conservation of gorillas in the Volcanoes National Park. The first step to this end is the extensive reforestation initiatives, helping to increase the gorilla's range and numbers.
The lodge also puts gorilla trekking experiences within easy reach and is situated less than ten minutes from the Park’s headquarters.
Luke Bailes, Singita’s Founder and Executive Chairman says: “It’s such a privilege to expand our conservation footprint into Africa and we are thrilled with the elegant and sustainable lodge and villa that we’ve created here. They allow our guests to connect deeply with nature in the heart of Africa, after humbling encounters with the gentle giants of the forest.”
Singita Kwitonda Lodge comprises:
Singita Kataza House comprises:
Combine three nights at Singita Volcanoes National Park (Singita Kwitonda Lodge or Kataza House) with four nights at any combination of Singita Serengeti lodges and receive 50% off one night at Singita Volcanoes National Park and a complimentary night at Singita Serengeti, as well as 50% off a private vehicle.
* Valid: 6 January – 31 May & 1 September – 14 December 2020