Singita has announced the promotion of Lydia Nzayo to general manager at Singita Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda. Nzayo was among the first members of the team when she joined as assistant general manager during the opening of Singita Kwitonda Lodge and Kataza House and has enjoyed success and global recognition alongside the team in the year it has been open.

Nzayo was born in Rwanda but raised in Russia, France and Italy, before spending 10 years working in Spain. She says that talking to travelers from around the world is one of the highlights of the job and she never tires of seeing their photos from the day’s gorilla trek or hearing their stories told around the fire before dinner. Nzayo, according to Singita’s press announcement, feels particularly aligned with Singita’s 100-year conservation vision, saying, “It gives me a sense of purpose to be part of the change we all want to see for the next generation. Contributing to conservation in my home country is a reason for me to wake up every morning with a smile.”

Commercial flights to Rwanda resume on August 1, 2020, and it also marks the first anniversary of the opening of Singita Kwitonda Lodge and Kataza house by His Excellency, President Paul Kagame.

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The property’s on-site nursery, Akarabo—which means “little flower” in Kinyarwanda—supplies indigenous plants for the reforestation of the 178 acres of land on which the lodge sits. Over 250,000 saplings were bought from local growers and earmarked for landscaping before the lodge opened. The nursery continues to increase as Singita contributes to the expansion of Volcanoes National Park, an important natural habitat for the survival of the mountain gorillas.

Singita offers safari experiences at 15 luxury lodges and camps across four countries. In partnership with nonprofit Funds & Trusts who implement strategic conservation projects in each region, Singita’s 100-year purpose is to preserve and protect large parts of African wilderness for future generations.

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