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Singita Kataza House

Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda


"With sustainability as a fundamental design focus, the villa treads lightly on the land and offers an intimate engagement with the surrounding landscape."

Wellness Ecotourism Culture

Singita Kataza House is set right on the edge of Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park, where more than a third of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas find refuge in high-altitude cloud forests. This contemporary and richly textured private villa was designed in response to its remarkable location in this unique slice of Africa. The use of striking local materials like volcanic rock, river stone and oven-red clay bricks connects the structure to its setting.

Designed for exclusive use, guests can enjoy relaxed freedom and quality time together in this secluded sanctuary. The villa is serviced with a private chef and host, and amenities include exquisite open living spaces, indoor and outdoor replaces, pools, a gym and media room. Guests are also able to access all facilities of the nearby Singita Kwitonda Lodge, including its impressive onsite garden and nursery.


The luxurious exclusive-use villa provides a reflective and nurturing space in which to appreciate the transformative experience of coming face to face with these magnificent creatures.

Villa Description

Kataza House offers gives guests the relaxed freedom to enjoy quality time together in a secluded sanctuary that features every conceivable creature comfort. The villa sleeps eight people in four suites which include indoor and outdoor massage/wellness treatments, a swimming pool and heated plunge pools, open living and dining spaces, and indoor baths and showers.

Pool + Gym

Every creature comfort is taken of including great amenities such as a heated pool at the main lounge and a private heated pool at the master suite. A fully equipped fitness centre is available for guests’ convenience.


A stay at Singita Kwitonda Lodge is sure to awaken a sense of self-discovery and reflection as guests immerse themselves in one of the most remarkable natural places in the world. Opportunities to retreat, relax and reflect are plentiful at Kwitonda as the lodge breathes a sense of peace, quiet and tranquility into its visitors. Warm fires, restful spaces, healthy food, yoga, meditation, massages, soft lighting and warm baths serve to nurture, comfort and rejuvenate guests as they connect with nature in a way they never have before.

The Singita wellness philosophy creates an environment for urban-weary guests to reconnect to nature, revive their senses, restore their body and mind, and explore our African culture. All treatments are offered in the comfort of guests’ suites or in the tranquility of their private outdoor deck.


The culinary experience at Singita’s lodges and camps is an integral part of any visit to these incredible wilderness areas. Each and every plate is an expression of the company’s commitment not only to creating an outstanding food offering that perfectly complements the exquisite surroundings in which guests find themselves, but to the importance of practising environmental sustainability at every level, including in the kitchens.

A spectacular on-site garden offers farm-to-table fresh produce for Singita Kwitonda Lodge’s guests to enjoy. Visitors are welcome to stroll through the garden and enjoy its sensory delights. The garden plays a key part in contributing to the sustainable operations of the lodge and guests can interact with Kwitonda staff who will educate them about the seasonal foods, allow them to select a few items and learn about the workings of the garden.


Singita is recognised as one of Africa’s most influential collectors of wine, with an extensive cellar showcasing a premium selection of wines, including some of the continent’s most sought-after private reserves, including exclusive release, limited single vineyard and rare auction wines. It’s safe to say that wine is a key ingredient of the unique Singita experience. The Singita wine list has received numerous awards of excellence, the top Diners’ Club Wine List accolade as well as recognition from countless other local and international organisations. Personalised wine tastings within the unique ambience of each lodge’s own temperature-controlled cellar are a true guest favourite, for connoisseurs and casual tasters alike. Singita’s experienced sommeliers are able to guide guests through a variety of wine styles, years and cultivars to find the wines most suited to their individual tastes.

Who's it for?

Encountering the untamed wilderness and magnificent wildlife of Africa is a truly life changing experience, no matter one’s age. Time spent in Rwanda will make for an unforgettable family holiday with it’s warm and welcoming people and its unique natural habitats which are a dream to explore. This is a destination that is sure to open a child’s eyes to the beauty and wonders of Africa and the natural world. Activities at the lodges are tailored specifically to suit the interests of each family. While gorilla trekking is only available to a minimum age of 15, the lodge offers babysitting services as well as an array of activities to keep children engaged and entertained.


Singita Kataza House is set on 178 acres (72 hectares) on the edge of Volcanoes National Park, in northwestern Rwanda. Relative to the population and the intensive use of land for farming food crops, a 178-acre pocket of land in a country the size of Rwanda is highly prized.

Agent's Tips

Spend time tracking and sitting with mountain gorillas: This is the ultimate wildlife experience and the reason why most people visit Rwanda on holiday.

The location of Kwitonda Lodge puts gorilla trekking within easy reach, and daily hikes to observe gorilla groups in their natural habitat in the Volcanoes National Park are led by expert guides.

Gorilla trekking permits need to be secured in advance and Singita can assist guests with this.

Daily trek groups allow for eight people per gorilla family per day, and the age limit for trekking is 15.

SmartFlyer Exclusives

All meals and beverages (including premium wines, spirits and liqueurs, but excluding French Champagne)

Late check out, subject to availability

Complimentary room minibar

Delivery of a personalised welcome note from your SmartFlyer travel advisor

A gift valued at $100 per couple

Complimentary Wi-Fi + laundry service

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