Singita’s new gorilla-tracking lodge in Rwanda

Kwitonda opens this month on the edge of Volcanoes National Park

Expeditions from Singita Kwitonda Lodge will bring guests face-to-face with Rwanda’s mountain gorillas
Expeditions from Singita Kwitonda Lodge will bring guests face-to-face with Rwanda’s mountain gorillas

More than half of the world’s mountain gorillas live high in the remote cloud forests of Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda – shy avatars of the continent’s acutely endangered wildlife and wilderness. It’s an area in which Singita, the luxury safari-conservation operator with lodges and camps in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Tanzania, has established itself as a key player; and it is here, on 178 acres at the edge of the park, that Singita Kwitonda Lodge (singita.com; from $3,000, all-inclusive; gorilla-tracking permit, $1,500 per person) opens this month in partnership with the Rwandan government.

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Its eight suites and master villa sit in a lush green area forming a buffer zone between the gorillas (some 320 make their habitat in nearby parkland) and local farms, affording access to both trekking and viewing experiences and farther-flung points in the country, from increasingly vibrant Kigali to the plains of Nyungwe Forest National Park to the south. The lodge also makes a compelling case for combining a Serengeti safari with an up-close great-ape encounter.

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