Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge
Volcanoes National Park
Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge
Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge is located close to the headquarters of the Volcanoes National Park from where clients trek on foot to see the magnificent Mountain Gorilla. Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge is Rwanda’s ﬁrst ever community owned lodge. The lodge was built and is operated by Governors’ Camp Collection, but the ownership rests with a Community Trust, SACOLA (Sabyinyo Community Livelihood Association) which uses rentals and community fees from the lodge to drive socio-economic and conservation initiatives in the communities adjacent to the National Park.
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All Year Round Price
From $800 pp All Inclusive Highlights
Mountain Gorilla Ideal Stay
Minimum 5 Nights
Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge Booking Seasons
Stay at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge
Situated in the foothills of the mighty Virungas, the chain of 15,000 ft volcanoes stretching through Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sabyinyo offers wonderful views of the volcanoes and the surrounding countryside. Guest cottages and the main lodge building have been beautifully constructed – the perfect base from which to explore this unique and fascinating corner of Africa.
Breakfast is a continental and full English buffet. Lunch and dinner is a set menu served in the main dining room. We cater for special diets on request. Guests going gorilla trekking are provided with snacks. The camp offers a wide range of spa treatments at which can be done within the comfort and privacy of the guest's room. The lodge is connected to the national grid which generally provides a reliable service. In the event of power outages the lodge is equipped with a powerful generator which will take over to provide power 24 hours a day. Wifi is available at the main lodge and in all the guest cottages and suites.
Gorilla permits are limited to a set number issued each day. We can check on Gorilla Permit availability for you for intended dates.
At Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge
Accommodation at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge comprises six cottages, two suites, one family cottage. All are stone buildings with Rwandese terracotta tile roofs, and feature large sitting areas, fireplaces, stylish en-suite bathrooms finished with Venetian plaster a dressing room and a sheltered veranda. The family cottage comprises two independent ensuite rooms connected by a shared verandah. The main lodge building comprises reception, sitting room with snug area, dining room, library / games room, a responsible tourism / community awareness room, shop and bathrooms. Three large fireplaces provide warmth and all rooms are finished with a polished wooden floor. Two patio areas afford wonderful and dramatic views to the Virunga Volcanoes and the surrounding lowland farmland.
At Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge
Designed as gracious country manors and rustic cottages on a hillside overlooking the volcanoes, Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge appeals to a by-gone era in Virunga rainforest explorations. In the daytime, the gardens are filled with rich birdsongs and at turndown, the log fireplaces are set for perfect relaxation in a haven of cool mountain air.
Surrounded by the tropical forests of Rwanda, guests can unwind in their choice of stone cottage or suites, each with a large sitting room, fireplace, stylish ensuite bathroom and private veranda. The stone buildings feature traditional terracotta tile roofs and polished wooden floors. Scrumptious menus can be savoured in the cosy dining room or al fresco on the outside deck, with its breath-taking views of the Virunga volcanoes. Nearby adventures include hikes into the Parc National des Volcans in search of the majestic mountain gorilla and the enchanting golden monkey, cultural excursions, bird watching and mountain biking trails and visits to a multitude of scenic destinations.
Things to do at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge.
- Gorilla trekking
- Golden monkey treks
- Guided bird watching walks with park rangers
- Escorted mountain bike trails (3 mountain bikes are available at lodge)
- Iby’iwacu cultural village visits
- Visit Dian Fossey’s grave; author of Gorillas in the Mist
- Buhanga Sacred Forest
- Village walk
- Musanze market trip
- SACOLA community visit
- Picnics can be arranged on request (never during Gorilla treks)
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