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First look: Singita Kwitonda Lodge and Kataza House open in Rwanda

The highly anticipated accommodation offering is the brand’s first foray into the East African country.

Set on 72 hectares on the edge of Volcanoes National Park, Singita Kwitonda Lodge is now welcoming its first guests, serving as the perfect base for travellers who wish to experience the area’s once-in-a-lifetime gorilla trekking.

Comprised of eight suites, each room features a covered verandah, indoor and outdoor showers, soaking tubs, a heated plunge pool, fireplaces and a treatment area so that guests can enjoy an alfresco massage.

For families or those travelling in large groups, Kataza House is an exclusive-use villa with four bedrooms that comes with its own private chef, swimming pool, open living and dining spaces, media room and gym.

Both offerings have been built with sustainability in mind, from the eco-friendly energy and water systems to the building materials, which were mostly locally sourced from the surrounding Musanze district.

Conceptualised by GAPP Architects, in collaboration with interior design teams HK Studio and Cécile & Boyd, the lodge and villa boast views of the Virunga mountain range and volcanoes, and have been designed with a striking colour palette of black, khaki green and fiery orange – reminiscent of its surrounding landscape. More than 500 local artisans and builders were involved in the development, crafting lava rock walls, woven ceiling and hand-fired terracotta brickwork.

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