Named Akarabo – which means ‘little flower’ in Kinyarwanda – our on-site nursery was borne from our commitment to help reforest, rehabilitate and maintain the habitat of Rwanda’s endangered mountain gorillas. Initially, 60,000 saplings were bought from local growers and earmarked for the 178 acres of land Singita Volcanoes National Park sits on. This number quickly grew to 250,000 saplings, even before the lodge opened, and continues to increase as we keep expanding our reforestation efforts in the area.

It’s a privilege to share this lush diversity of plants with our guests. Whether you opt for a gentle stroll along the rows of new trees, past the glorious fragrances of flourishing herbs or through the farm-to-table chef’s garden filled with fresh vegetables, it’s bound to inspire and delight in equal measure.  

Providing an authentic taste of Rwanda’s offerings, our garden includes a teahouse serving fresh herbal brews, as well as local artisans such as a basket weaver, seamstress and stick carver showcasing the intricacies of their craft. Echoing our passion for treading lightly on the land, living sustainably and empowering communities, Akarabo is growing – just like the saplings being planted – into a lasting, living legacy.

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Singita Kwitonda Lodge

Set in Rwanda’s northwestern reaches, right on the edge of Volcanoes National Park, Singita Kwitonda Lodge’s unparalleled position puts life-changing gorilla-trekking experiences within easy reach.

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Conservation at Volcanoes National Park

Aligned with our mission to preserve Africa’s most vulnerable landscapes for future generations, Singita’s primary motivation for operating in Rwanda is to play a role in the conservation of this critically endangered species and its natural habitat.

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Before or after a trek, gazing up at the forested slopes of the volcanoes, guests will be imbued with a sense of awe, excitement and gratitude - a journey of a lifetime, which Singita cannot wait to reveal.

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Awards & Accolades for Kwitonda Lodge


Singita Kwitonda Lodge – The Best New Hotels in the World 2020


Town & Country Worlds Best New Hotels 2020


Singita Kwitonda Lodge – The Best New Lodges and Resorts Around the World

2020 Legend Awards


Singita Kwitonda Lodge – Best new hotels in Africa and The Middle East

Hot List 2020


Singita Kwitonda Lodge & Singita Kataza House – Best Safari Lodge

Best of the Best Awards 2020

Singita Kwitonda Lodge – Winner – Walk On The Wild Side

Tatler Travel Awards 2020