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Rwanda sets a new standard for ecotourism

Designed to pay homage to the Rwandan culture and natural landscape, the Eco-retreat is located near the Volcanoes National Park Headquarters and is part of a pioneering onsite indigenous reforestation project.

Only six thatched-roof villas are located on the expansive 103-acre resort, which was built into a natural cavernous space in an overgrown volcanic cone.

Wanting to create an authentic Rwandan style, the resort’s overall design was inspired by indigenous tradition. Much of the interior design includes an abundance of colorful prints and varying textures that were chosen to represent the local style.

In fact, Teta Isibo, local fashion entrepreneur, and founder of Inzuki Designs and one of Africa’s 30 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs for 2017 collaborated on the design process.

According to the COO Grant Woodrow, the company put strategic care into building something that would enhance the area rather than harm it.

“We wanted to ensure that our brand of responsible eco-tourism made a real difference to both rural Rwandan people and biodiversity conservation.”

Constructed into an eroded volcanic cone, the pod-like villas, which were designed by Johannesburg-based architect Nick Plewman, are surrounded by lush forest with views of the volcanic landscape.

 

The Express News 

 

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