SustainabilitySustainable Tourism Operations in RwandaVolcanoes National Park - Rwanda
All our conservation work, including this project, is born of our love for Africa and our need to protect it. Become a part of preserving Africa’s legacy for future generations.

Sustainable operations across all our lodges and camps play a major role in achieving our overall purpose to preserve and protect large areas of African wilderness for future generations. Singita Volcanoes National Park and the 178 acres of land on which it is located set an industry-wide benchmark for sustainable lodge design and operational sustainability. It also reaffirms our commitment to reduce our ecological footprint and to improve the wellbeing of our staff, guests and neighbouring communities.

Singita is fortunate to have had The Milton Group as a construction partner for Singita Volcanoes National Park. The Milton Group shares our approach to sustainability, using the One Planet Living sustainability framework to guide the design and construction phase of their projects. Their approach allowed a seamless transition to the sustainable operation of Singita Kwitonda Lodge and Kataza House under the One Planet Living framework.

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-emitting air conditioning. Skylights, double-glazed windows, and wall and roof insulation are some of the other features that reduce energy consumption. Steel frame structures have reduced the use of environmentally detrimental concrete by up to 50%; heat pump and solar water heater hybrid systems provide underfloor heating, domestic hot water and pool heating; and the landscaping strictly makes use of native plant species.”

Having a dedicated Community and Conservation Officer at the property has enhanced our sustainable approach, adopting The Milton’s Group’s development and sustainability framework for all of our Singita Kwitonda operations. Staff are proud to operate the lodge in a way that maximises its sustainable infrastructure, which was purposefully designed to achieve a property aligned with Singita’s conservation ethos.

How it works:
  • Singita Volcanoes National Park is also designed to be extremely water-efficient, with 60% of lodge wastewater recycled for the onsite nursery.
  • Building materials (sand, aggregate, stone and slate) were all mined in the immediate Musanze district, reducing travel distances and putting significant funds into the local economy.
  • Our increasingly strong focus on sourcing locally resulted in 61% of the interior design elements being sourced within Africa.
  • Additionally, 26% of interior elements were created by local artists, artisans or community projects.
  • A local restaurant served 300 construction workers on-site daily.
  • More than 30% of the local construction workers were female.
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