Volcanoes National Park

Singita Kataza House


Rwanda's most exclusive stay

Simply put this is the most opulent private residence for a gorilla trek in Rwanda. Designed to suit its remarkable location, this private four-bedroom villa is constructed of local materials like volcanic rock, clay bricks and river stone. Sustainability played an important role in the design process and so the villa has minimal impact on the surrounding landscape.

Contemporary and private, it offers you the freedom to enjoy your time together. You will have your own chef and host on hand as you make the most of the villa’s open living spaces, pools, gym and media room. You’re also welcome to use the facilities at nearby Singita Kwitonda Lodge.

One of the highlights of a stay at Kataza House is undoubtedly the opportunity to encounter gorillas in their natural habitat. Here you’ll have plenty of space to prepare for and reflect on this truly memorable and transformative experience.


At a glance

  • Exclusive-use four-bedroom villa

  • Heated plunge pools

  • Cinema and wine cellar

  • Full staff complement, including a private chef and host

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    Gorilla trekking

    The distance of each trek is varied, so depending on which family group you are allocated, your trek could be anything from a few hours to a full day. Your meals and lodge activities will be arranged around your trekking. Since children under 15 can’t go trekking, there are supervised activities on offer at the lodge.

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    Golden monkey trekking

    Your whole family can head out on and exciting golden monkey trek together.

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    Kwitonda nursery tour

    Learn more about Singita’s farm-to-table ethos with this sensory experience. It is filled with informative and interactive moments that look at how the lodge’s sustainability helps benefit the local community.

Community & Culture

The team at Singita Kataza are on hand to ensure that any visits to take to local communities are appropriate and respectful, giving you the opportunity to authentically learn about the area’s cultural heritage. Take time to visit the Dian Fossey memorial, the Karisoke Research Centre and the Kigali Genocide Museum. During your stay, you’ll get to enjoy performances by local singing and dancing groups. There are also plans to set up a Singita Community Culinary School, as well as support early childhood development programmes.


There are conservationists on the Singita team available to tell you all about the lodge’s conservation efforts. Spend time in neighbouring Kwitonda's Conservation Lounge where there is plenty of extra information available for you to browse. The current reforestation programme on site is set to be expanded in the coming years. There’s also an endemic orchid project in place. The site on which the lodge is built was, in fact, once farming land that was rewilded back to its natural state.


The Singita Group is a One Planet Community member. Thermal engineering was used in the construction of the lodge to ensure energy consumption was reduced and heating is provided by hydro-thermal underfloor systems. The amount of single-use plastic used on site has already been greatly reduced and the plan is to continue to reduce non-recyclable packaging used. The Singita group in general has targets to meet when it comes to managing energy, water and waste.

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Why Niarra

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In Swahili, a Bantu language spoken by millions in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa, the name Niara means "with utmost purpose" and our team are united by a passion for exploration and a belief that the right kind of travel can make the world a better place.

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