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 habitats in this region.
An initial search-and-rescue project at the site of Singita Volcanoes National Park secured 5,300 Cynorkis anacamptoides orchids before the construction of the lodge commenced. These rescued plants were grown in pots in a makeshift shade house until the completion of the lodge in August 2019, and within just six months after its opening, several hundreds of orchids were flowering in situ around the lodge.
The project is of vital importance as the historic deforestation of the area for agriculture and charcoal production has led to a dramatic loss of forest habitat, placing numerous endemic species found only in this region at an increased risk of extinction. Singita actively supports the reforestation in the area.
are endemic in Rwanda