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Ecotourism travel brand, Singita, has operated in Africa for the past 26 years but has since expanded into Rwanda to support the company’s 100-year purpose to preserve and protect large areas of African wilderness for future generation­s. To this, the brand has opened Singita Volcanoes National Park, which will bring muchneeded attention to the plight of silverback gorillas in Rwanda, and the urgent need to expand and protect their habitat.

Sitting on the fringes of the national park is the newly opened Singita Kwitonda odge, home to eight luxurious suites, and Kataza House, an exclusive-use villa featuring four spacious suites. The lodge is named after a silverback gorilla known for his humility and gentle nature. esign and constructi­on of the lodge follows Singita’s stringent sustainabi­lity principles, such as sourcing most building materials in the immediate Musanze district, and a majority of interior design elements made in Africa. The lodge even has an on-site nursery, which has to date, provided approximat­ely 250,000 indigenous flora for an extensive reforestat­ion initiative.

The lodge itself takes design cues from Rwanda’s cultural heritage and its responsibi­lity as habitat to the silverback gorilla. Expect bold, striking interiors paired with natural elements like earth, mist, rain and lava integrated into furniture pieces and in a colour palette of lava black, khaki green and fiery orange, that all at once shows its distinctiv­e African heritage and the strong, yet vulnerable nature of gorillas. singita.com

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