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Rwanda

Kwitonda Lodge

PLAN MY TRIP

Perched in the high-altitude forests overlooking three volcanoes, Kwitonda Lodge offers not only luxury accommodations and breath-taking views but the opportunity for a once-in-a-lifetime gorilla trek.

The lodge’s eight modern suites are staggered across the hillside. Each one-bedroom suite includes comfy beds that can be configured as two twins or a king, a cozy sitting area warmed by a fireplace, a well-stocked pantry and mini-bar, and a dressing room with a double vanity. The en suite bathroom comes with a flush toilet, bathtub, and both an indoor and outdoor shower. Of course, the suite’s best feature is the private terrace with its fireplace and heated plunge pool that overlook the gorgeous verdant national park. For groups or families, the private Kataza House has four bedrooms.

The lodge is located on 178 acres of awe-inspiring land just on the edge of Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park. Volcanoes National Park is the starting point for all gorilla treks. Spanning ninety-nine miles in the northern part of Rwanda, it is the oldest national park in Africa. Most famously it is home to around half of the world’s precious mountain gorillas, some 400 of them. Moreover, it’s also the site of groundbreaking gorilla conservation efforts conducted by primatologist, Dian Fossey, the inspiration for the book and film, Gorillas in the Mist. Guests can visit her grave and research center. The park’s altitude ranges from about 8,202 feet to the peak of Karisimbi, at 14,763 feet resulting in extensive bamboo forests.

The gorilla treks are the main draw of the lodge. From the park’s headquarters, guests can take a one-hour guided hike through lush bamboo forests with the chance of spotting a fully-grown silverback gorilla, up to three times the size of an average man, yet remarkably peaceable and tolerant of human visitors. For an easier walk, there is always a golden monkey trek to watch these playful creatures jumping and climbing through the trees. Other nearby activities include a tour of the Kwitonda nursery where the lodge’s food is grown, cooking classes, wine tasting, and day trips to Kigali.

The lodge’s central area is linked to the suite’s by a series of volcanic pathways and has an interactive kitchen where guests can watch the locally grown food be turned into a delicious meal. There is also a bar and deli, a wine cellar, and a firepit where everyone gathers in the evening with a drink and a story to share.

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Rwanda

Kwitonda Lodge

PLAN MY TRIP

Perched in the high-altitude forests overlooking three volcanoes, Kwitonda Lodge offers not only luxury accommodations and breath-taking views but the opportunity for a once-in-a-lifetime gorilla trek.

The lodge’s eight modern suites are staggered across the hillside. Each one-bedroom suite includes comfy beds that can be configured as two twins or a king, a cozy sitting area warmed by a fireplace, a well-stocked pantry and mini-bar, and a dressing room with a double vanity. The en suite bathroom comes with a flush toilet, bathtub, and both an indoor and outdoor shower. Of course, the suite’s best feature is the private terrace with its fireplace and heated plunge pool that overlook the gorgeous verdant national park. For groups or families, the private Kataza House has four bedrooms.

The lodge is located on 178 acres of awe-inspiring land just on the edge of Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park. Volcanoes National Park is the starting point for all gorilla treks. Spanning ninety-nine miles in the northern part of Rwanda, it is the oldest national park in Africa. Most famously it is home to around half of the world’s precious mountain gorillas, some 400 of them. Moreover, it’s also the site of groundbreaking gorilla conservation efforts conducted by primatologist, Dian Fossey, the inspiration for the book and film, Gorillas in the Mist. Guests can visit her grave and research center. The park’s altitude ranges from about 8,202 feet to the peak of Karisimbi, at 14,763 feet resulting in extensive bamboo forests.

The gorilla treks are the main draw of the lodge. From the park’s headquarters, guests can take a one-hour guided hike through lush bamboo forests with the chance of spotting a fully-grown silverback gorilla, up to three times the size of an average man, yet remarkably peaceable and tolerant of human visitors. For an easier walk, there is always a golden monkey trek to watch these playful creatures jumping and climbing through the trees. Other nearby activities include a tour of the Kwitonda nursery where the lodge’s food is grown, cooking classes, wine tasting, and day trips to Kigali.

The lodge’s central area is linked to the suite’s by a series of volcanic pathways and has an interactive kitchen where guests can watch the locally grown food be turned into a delicious meal. There is also a bar and deli, a wine cellar, and a firepit where everyone gathers in the evening with a drink and a story to share.