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Rwanda: A new hotel to improve both locals’ welfare and environment protection

As it is planned, in August 2019 Rwanda will have a new hotel which will be expected to employ Rwandans and to protect environment since so many measures have already taken by hotel owners.

Singita is honored to be opening Kwitonda Lodge in late 2019 on 178 acres on the edge of Volcanoes National Park. The presence of Singita Kwitonda Lodge on the park border will help to create a natural space between agricultural plots and the habitat of the estimated 320 mountain gorillas that find sanctuary here.

Working in close partnership with the Rwandan Development Board and local communities, Singita will be taking a measured, long-term approach to conservation on the edge of the Volcanoes National Park, in line with the company’s established 100-year vision to build sustainable revenue streams to fund the preservation of African wilderness for future generations.

The luxury Magazine wrote that Reforestation of land heavily impacted by farming is vital, and will initially include the establishment of a nursery and the planting of over 60,000 tree saplings in and around the new lodge. Ultimately, Singita hopes to be able to support the Rwandan government in finding ways to increase gorilla habitat while remaining sensitive in assisting neighboring communities to thrive economically and socially.

Luke Bailes, Founder of Singita, states that an extensive sustainability framework was compiled in the design stage to ensure design efficiency throughout the project. The architects and interior designers are selecting locally sourced and produced materials for walling, ceilings and surface finishing. The local community has been engaged in building traditional dry stone walling on site for specialist areas within the landscape. “We believe this project will set a new standard for construction and landscape design in Rwanda,” notes Bailes.

Singita is a conservation company that has been preserving African wilderness for the past two decades. Through an exceptional safari experience with 12 award-winning lodges and camps across South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.


The Express News

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