Of course, not every part of the continent is equal. Each country is as unique as the next. From the cultural Morocco to the emerging Rwanda, a landlocked country in East Africa characterised by mountainous landscape and miles of greenery, each country reflects the diversity of Africa.
This year, more hotel brands are opening up properties across Africa. Singita for instance, is a conservation brand that has been preserving African wilderness for the past 25 years. The brand partners with non-profit Funds & Trusts who implement strategic conservation projects in each region to protect pristine land and wildlife populations.
Here, the latest hotel openings in Africa this 2019.
Set to open on 5 August this year in the awe-inspiring Volcano National Park is the Singita Kwitonda Lodge. Once opened, it will be the gateway to Rwanda, the charming city that’s just recently opened up to tourists. Singita Kwitonda Lodge and Kataza House will put gorilla trekking within easy reach, giving guests the option of combining a visit to Rwanda with a classic safari at Singita’s private concession on the Serengeti plains in Tanzania. What more, Singita Serengeti is home to six unique lodges and camps set in distinctive parts of the vast 350,000-acre private concession.
Another brand set to open in Rwanda is One&Only. One&Only Gorilla’s Nest, slated to open in July this year, will be located near the village of Kingi, on the foothills of the Virunga volcano range near the Volcanoes National Park. The luxurious and eco-conscious safari camp is centred on Africa’s most immersive wild primate experiences. Activities guests can take part in include gorilla trekking and viewing of wildlife including golden monkeys, elephants and exotic birds.
Zannier Hotels’s Sonop in Namibia is set to open its doors in July 2019. Nestled on the southern edge of the Namibian desert in the Karas region, Sonop is a luxurious tented camp boasting a 360-degree view of the Namib Desert. Accommodation comes in the form of ten lavish tents inspired by its wealthy explorers from the early 20th century. Guests at Sonop will get a taste of living in complete isolation, yet still being able to enjoy the luxurious hospitality. Activities will include desert tours on foot, horseback or electric mountain bikes, as well as stargazing and an open-air cinema.
The Ritz-Carlton Rabat Dar es Salaam is set to open in a renowned golf course in the centre of Rabat, Morocco’s capital. The property will be set in landscaped gardens and 440 acres of oak forest. Once opened, it will be home to five restaurants and lounges that offer distinct interpretations of local cuisine — as well as a spa that draws from ancient rituals to provide treatments including the signature hammam.
Singita’s elegant exclusive-use five-bedroom villa, Singita Malilangwe House, opens with a new look in July 2019. The new villa will be perched on a sandstone ridge alongside Singita Pamushana Lodge, boasting panoramic views of the Malilangwe Dam below and the pristine surrounding landscape of the private reserve. Singita Malilangwe House’s five bedrooms each features an outdoor deck, and rooms that flow seamlessly into the shared convivial living areas with an interactive kitchen and the signature Singita ‘bar-deli’. The beautiful main living area looks out onto a large private rim-flow pool boasting spectacular views.