Singita Volcanoes National Park’s commitment to our 100-year purpose to preserve and protect large areas of African wilderness for future generations includes the development of dedicated programmes that support biodiversity conservation, as well as community partnerships that make a meaningful difference in the lives of people living in the area.
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 National Park.
Singita’s primary motivation for operating in Rwanda is to play a key role in the conservation of the area’s endangered mountain gorillas. More than a third of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas are found in Volcanoes National Park and Singita Volcanoes National Park is set on 178 acres right on the edge of the Park.
Our conservation efforts focus on restoring the forest habitat through active reforestation with locally sourced or propagated indigenous trees. Acting as a critical buffer between the Park and agricultural lands of the surrounding villages, Singita also aims to increase the habitat of the mountain gorillas and many other unique species of fauna and flora in the region. Camera traps are strategically placed around the property to monitor the movement of wildlife, including regular sightings of forest buffalo, elephants, duiker, jackal and even the occasional curious group of gorillas. This area is also home to more than 300 bird species and many unique endemic orchids.
Treading lightly on the land was fundamental to the design of the lodge and our One Planet Sustainability commitment is central throughout all operations on the property. An emphasis is placed on sourcing local materials, providing significant local employment opportunities, minimising waste and ensuring recycling, saving and reusing water, and conserving energy. Read more>
This unique initiative aims to establish a comprehensive collection of indigenous orchids from the region. Set to leave a lasting legacy, the conservation collaboration with Michael Tibbs (an internationally renowned orchid specialist) showcases the delicate beauty and fragility of rare species and plays a key role in the re-establishment of endemic orchids in their natural…
According to Dr Andrea Ferry, Singita’s Sustainability lead, “every element of the build was carefully researched and considered, from the local bricks and volcanic rock used to build the walls, to the mechanical ventilation system which draws in fresh air to ventilate and cool the rooms, eliminating the need for carbon-heavy air conditioning. Skylights, double-glazed…
Since 2017, Singita has worked closely with neighbouring communities to restore previously forested areas that were cleared as former dairy pastures and agricultural lands around Volcanoes National Park. The reforestation and rewilding of this area provide a critical buffer zone between agricultural lands and the unique rainforests of the Park – Africa’s oldest protected area….