Opening in August, the two lodges bring guests close to the Volcanoes National Park, home to one-third of the world’s mountain gorillas.

African safari operator Singita sets foot in Rwanda

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Family-owned African safari operator Singita will be opening two properties along the northwestern border of Volcanoes National Park.

The new properties -- Singita Kwitonda Lodge and Kataza House -- are perched along the northwestern border of Volcanoes National Park, home to more than one-third of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas, who live among its high-altitude cloud forests.

Family-owned African safari operator Singita, which runs 15 luxury lodges and camps, will be setting foot in Rwanda with two outposts opening August 5.

The new properties -- Singita Kwitonda Lodge and Kataza House -- are perched along the northwestern border of Volcanoes National Park, home to more than one-third of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas, who live among its high-altitude cloud forests.

Trekking excursions feature sightings of gorillas, chimpanzees and golden monkeys. Guests can also visit the capital of Kigali and the Nyungwe National Park, with its suspended canopy walk.

Singita Kwitonda Lodge comprises seven one-bedroom suites and a two-bedroom suite. Each lodge is fitted with indoor bath and shower, indoor and outdoor fireplaces, heated plunge pool, and indoor and outdoor massage treatment areas.

Families looking for a more private experience can book the Kataza House, a four-bedroom villa that has its own private wine room and interactive kitchen, and the services of a house manager, chef and house staff.

The main lodge features common amenities such as a nursery and garden, wine cellar, media room and complimentary Wi-Fi. Children of all ages are welcome at the lodge, but a minimum age of 16 is required for gorilla trekking. A night’s stay at the lodge starts from US$1,495 per person, per night in the green season.

The brand, known for its conservation focus, is relatively new in the Southeast Asia region, and has been seeing a shift in the profile of its guests.

“We’re noticing our guests are getting much younger. They belong to the millennial generation who are organising multi-generation holidays and bringing their parents and kids. In Asia, it’s no surprise that they’re coming from markets like Hong Kong and Singapore,” shared Caroline Burke, general manager, business development, Singita at a media session during ILTM Asia Pacific last week.

This month, the brand is also opening a new villa at Singita Sasakwa Hillside Suite at the Grumeti Reserve in Tanzania, which forms part of the Serengeti Mara ecosystem. It will also be unveiling a refreshed villa at Singita Malilangwe House at Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve, Zimbabwe in July.

Singita also has lodges in Kruger National Park and in the adjacent Sabi Sand, a privately-owned game reserve.

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