Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

Sibyinyo Silverback Lodge

Set on the edge of the Parc National des Volcans in a lush green property of 11 hectares, Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge enjoys fabulous and dramatic views of the surrounding volcanoes.

All guest cottages are discretely situated in the folds of the hills and amongst the verdant vegetation of the Sabyinyo property. Each beautifully appointed ensuite cottage, with its country-chic style and open log fires, is a perfect haven of warmth and luxury. The main lodge building is designed with the guest in mind. Assorted seating areas in the main lounge, reception and entertainment room provide for intimate privacy, or the opportunity to meet other guests, and open-log fires throughout create a luxuriously warm and inviting atmosphere.

Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge is an exciting combination of a world-class lodge and a financial source driving socio-economic development and conservation initiatives in the areas adjacent to the Parc National des Volcans.

Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge was conceived and is operated by The Governors’ Camp Collection. The idea was to develop a lodge whose revenue streams would improve the lives of local community members and directly support gorilla conservation. In partnership with The African Wildlife Foundation (“AWF”) and The International Gorilla Conservation Program (“IGCP”), it was decided that the ownership of the lodge would rest with a Community Trust, “SACOLA”. Lease rentals and a community development levy paid by every guest staying at the lodge are received by SACOLA. These income streams, now totalling over $3.1Million, are the driving force behind the socio-economic development projects undertaken by SACOLA and have directly benefited some 5,800 households and had a very positive impact on the lives of local people and gorilla conservation.

Facilities

  • 24-hour Security
  • Bar
  • Battery Charging Facilities
  • Eco Friendly
  • Internet Access (Complimentary)
  • Library
  • Malaria Free
  • Mobile Connectivity
  • Private Vehicle Available
  • Restaurant
  • Secure Parking

Room types

Cottage (6 ROOMS)

Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge has six cottages. All are stone buildings with Rwandese terracotta tile roofs, and feature sitting areas, fireplaces and stylish en-suite bathrooms. Space heaters supplement the log fire to create a haven of warmth. A verandah invites you to relax and enjoy the lush bird-filled garden

Family Cottage (1 ROOM)

Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge has one Family Cottage. The family Cottage is a stone building with Rwandese terracotta tile roofs. The double room comprises a large sitting area, fireplace, stylish en-suite bathroom with bath and shower, and a dressing room. The twin room enjoys an ensuite bathroom with shower. The rooms are connected via an expansive deck that invites you to relax and enjoy the views.

Suite (2 ROOMS)

Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge has two suites. These extra spacious cottages enjoy an expansive sitting area, two verandahs, ensuite bathroom with shower and bath. Log fireplaces are set every night, and space heaters beside the beds create a haven of warmth in the cool mountain air.

Activities

Gorilla Trekking

For those interested in seeing the gorillas in their natural habitat Rwanda offers one of the best locations for Gorilla trekking. In the Park National des Volcans in Rwanda there are eight families of Mountain Gorilla living on the slopes of the Virunga Volcanoes that you can trek to see. For many, seeing gorillas in the wild offers a wildlife experience of a lifetime.

Gorilla treks take place in the morning and depart from the Park Headquarters at around 07:30am. Prior to departure you are given a briefing by park staff, assigned a gorilla family to visit and rangers to guide you. The treks take place on the slopes of the Virunga Volcanoes and clients should be in good physical condition as some of the trek can be physically demanding. The treks normally start in the cultivated land on the base of the volcanoes and then you are guided up into the beautiful dense misty forests. The trek normally lasts between 2 and 5 hours depending on the location of the gorilla family and a maximum of eight visitors is allowed per gorilla family. Once you reach the gorillas you are permitted to stay for one hour to view them. The minimum age for gorilla trekking in Rwanda is 15 years. A maximum of 80 gorilla permits are issued per day and during high season these sell out far in advance, it is therefore important to book gorilla permits as early as possible. Gorilla Permits currently cost USD$ 1500 per person per trek.

For those interested in seeing the Mountain Gorilla in its natural habitat, Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge in Rwanda offers the perfect location to base yourself. Sabyinyo Silverback lodge is located only 15 minutes drive from the Volcanoes National Park headquarters, the starting point for the Gorilla treks.

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