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This Sweet New Safari Lodge Should Be On Everyone's Bucket List

Call us creatures of comfort, but we've always dreamed of going on the kind of safari where the style and service is fully five star. And so we've long been thinking about taking a trip to one of the stunning properties run by Singita, the award-winning hospitality and conservation brand.

All the more so now that they've just opened Singita Kwitonda Lodge and Kataza House in Rwanda, set on 178 acres on the edge of Volcanoes National Park.

As we'd expect from Singita, the architecture is first rate. Kwitonda Lodge features eight luxurious suites while Kataza House is an exclusive use four-suite villa that can be booked for larger groups or those wanting maximum comfort and privacy. 

Aside from opening the luxe lodge, Singita has "committed to extensive reforestation initiatives in Rwanda," helping to increase number of endangered mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park. 

The new property is one of the most sustainable safari lodges in Africa. The Kwitonda Lodge is actually made up of a collection of small buildings designed to blend into the landscape. 

Conceptualized by GAPP Architects in collaboration with an interior design teams, the aesthetic is contemporary and eco-friendly with a neutral palette anchored by ebony tones and fiery orange highlights, and a focus on the surrounding landscape. 

The desired effect is unique African, sophisticated, enduring, polished and earthy. Guest suites have both indoor and outdoor fireplaces as well as heated plunge pools, with stunning views of the Sabyinyo, Gahinga and Muhabura volcanoes. 

More than 500 local artisans and builders were involved in crafting volcanic walls, hand-fired terracotta brickwork, timber framed windows and natural woven ceiling coverings. 

The lodge serves sustainable farm-to-table food as well, mainly featuring vegetable-based dishes and local Rwandan favorites, making full use of an on-site herb and fruit garden.

The kitchen also provides tailor-made trekking lunch boxes and a signature “bar-deli” which offers fresh fruit and small snacks, with a full bar always on call for thirsty adventurers.

In-suite massages are also available, especially following a long day of trekking in the national park, perhaps encountering a gorilla or two. A whisky enjoyed while immersed in one of the soaking tubs is also highly recommended. 

Rates for suites range between $1,495–$1,750 per person per night; or from $6,877 per night for the exclusive-use Kataza House villa. We'll see you there....