Location: Ruhengeri, Rwanda
Kwitonda Lodge, which was named after a legendary silverback gorilla, is located on 178 acres and shares a 1.2km border with Volcanoes National Park – the only lodge within such close proximity of the park. Boasting breathtaking views of the Sabyinyo, Gahinga and Muhabura volcanoes and surrounded by high-altitude forests, Singita Kwitonda Lodge offers an experience unlike any of Singita’s other destinations.
With its exceptional natural beauty, environmentally conscious luxury and transformative, purpose-driven experiences, the lodge was designed in response to this remarkable location, and the eight contemporary suites (as well as the private four-bedroom villa – Kataza House) are linked by volcanic rock pathways to the central lodge.
Designed around local materials, the buildings have been crafted using volcanic rock, river stone, handmade ceramic tiles and oven-red clay bricks made by surrounding communities; connecting the structure to the landscape and its culture. Dramatic stone walls rise out of the volcanic boulders, and from these the architecture is suspended. A combination of green-roofed, stonewalled, organic cabin-like structures set alongside light verandas offers a dynamic play on shape and texture.
Private, self-contained bedroom suites and amenities lead off of the main lodge via a network of volcanic rock pathways. As children under the age of 15 are unable to participate in gorilla-treks, they will be cared for at the lodge with a variety of supervised activities and educational opportunities on offer.
Uniqueness of this Camp
Rwanda can be visited at any time of the year and gorilla trekking is a year-round activity. Singita Volcanoes National Park’s covered golf carts have waterproof roller blinds and transport guests seamlessly from the main lodge to their suites when it rains.
7 one-bedroom suites (sleeps 2), each with indoor and outdoor showers, an indoor bath, a sitting/rest area, covered veranda, dressing room, mini bar, an in-room massage area, indoor and outdoor fireplaces and a heated plunge pool.
A two-bedroom suite (sleeps 4) with two identical bedrooms featuring indoor baths, indoor and outdoor showers, in-room massage areas and dressing rooms. The suite offers indoor and outdoor fireplaces, a more spacious sitting/rest area, a mini bar, covered veranda and a heated plunge pool.
Singita Volcanoes National Park also includes an exclusive-use four-bedroom villa, Kataza House (sleeps 8), featuring indoor baths and showers, indoor and outdoor fireplaces, informal living and dining areas, an interactive kitchen, covered veranda, heated plunge pools, cinema room, massage treatment room, fitness Centre and small cellar
In-room massage treatments, Central fireplaces in suites and the main lodge, Private outdoor heated plunge pools, The on-site Akarabo Nursery and garden, Wine cellar and tastings, A dedicated Gear Room, Two Boutique & Gallery cabinets in the main area of Kwitonda Lodge, Conservation Room, Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the lodge, Electricity/power available: 220V. Converters are also available and hairdryers are supplied in each suite, Children of all ages are welcome at the lodge, but please note that the minimum age for gorilla trekking is 15
Included: Accommodation, All meals and beverages (including premium wines, spirits and liqueurs, but excluding French Champagne), Laundry service, Wi-Fi access where applicable.
Excluded: Tourism Development Levy, Purchases from the Singita Boutique & Gallery, French Champagne, Massage treatments, Any day trips or transfers to and from Singita Volcanoes National Park, Any transfers to and from the lodge, Any additional activities not mentioned above, Permits for gorilla-trekking, golden monkey treks, or any other activities not mentioned above (rates are subject to change)
Lodge Amenities: 24-hour Security, Activity Desk, Bar, Communal Dining, Eco Friendly, Gym, Internet Access (Complimentary), Laundry Service (Complimentary), Library, Pool, Restaurant, Spa, TV Room, Credit Card.
Lodge Activities: Bird Watching, Fine Dining, Game Viewing drives, Gorilla Tracking, Gourmet Picnic, High Tea, Massages, Walks (Guided), Golden Monkey Trekking, The Kwitonda Nursery tour, Cooking classes, World-class wine tasting, Visit to the Kigali Genocide Memorial Museum, Local market tours,
Activities nearby: Bird Watching, Cycling, Game Viewing, General Sightseeing, Gorilla Tracking, Hiking, Walks (Self-Guided)
Children’s activities offered: All activities at the lodge are tailored to specifically suit the interests of each family. The minimum age requirement for gorilla trekking is 15, but the lodge offers childminding services, as well as an array of activities to keep little ones engaged and entertained, Cooking interactions, Board games, Stargazing, Activity booklets with a variety of games, quizzes and games, Arts & crafts, Movies, Swimming, Birding, Cycling, Akarabo Nursery and garden tour, Golden monkey treks (for children over 12 years)