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 Volcanoes National Park

Tucked between Tanzania to the east, Uganda to the north and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west, Rwanda is a remarkably small country nestled in a 10,169-square mile pocket of land brimful of high-altitude forests and shimmering lakes.

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The One Planet Living Sustainability framework, which supports all of Singita’s operations, was also central to the design and construction of Singita Kwitonda Lodge and Kataza House. 10 sustainability principles underpin the One Planet commitment and two focus areas – Care for Planet and Care for People – are embedded across all operations and activities at Singita Volcanoes…

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“When you realise the value of all life, you dwell less on what is past and concentrate more on the preservation of the future.” Dian Fossey

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Awards & Accolades for Kataza House


Singita Volcanoes National Park – Finalist in the Hospitality category in Fast Company’s 2020 Innovation by Design Awards

Fast Company 2020 Innovation by Design Awards

Singita Kwitonda Lodge – Runner Up in the 2020 Big Sleep Awards (Good Egg category)

National Geographic 2020 Big Sleep Awards


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

2020 Legend Awards


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