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Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge is a high end five-star lodge situated adjacent to Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park (Parc National des Volcans). Nestled in the foothills of the mighty Virungas, a chain of 15,000 foot volcanoes stretching through Rwanda, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, the lodge has magnificent views of the mountains and the surrounding countryside. Since it is so close to the headquarters of the national park from which visitors trek to see the magnificent mountain gorilla, Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge is the perfect base for experiencing this dramatic and extraordinary wildlife encounter.

The lodge was built by Governors’ Camp Rwanda and is owned by a Community Trust, SACOLA, which uses the rental fees to drive socioeconomic and conservation initiatives in the surrounding communities.

Accommodation at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge encompasses a total of eighteen beds. Five double cottages, two suites, and one family suite have en-suite bathrooms with bath, shower, double basins, flush toilet, and hot and cold running water. The family suite has a second bedroom with its own en-suite bathroom. All the cottages were constructed using local stone and terracotta roof tiles. In addition to stylish en-suite bathrooms finished with Venetian plaster, each room offers a large sitting area, fireplace, dressing room, and a sheltered veranda.

Generators provide power to the lodge six hours per day. Inverter systems provide power to guest rooms 24 hours a day but may not run high power appliances such as hair dryers and computers. These should only be used while the generators are in force.

The common area at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge houses a reception, a sitting room, the dining room, a library/game room, and a shop. The floors of the main building are all of polished wood, and three large fireplaces ensure the area is warm when the weather is inclement. There are two patio areas offering dramatic views toward the Virunga Volcanoes. The lodge also offers specialized massage treatments are available for tired and aching bodies.

Of course, the highlight of any visit to this area is gorilla trekking. There are eight habituated groups of mountain gorilla living on the slopes of the Virunga Volcanoes. Guests also enjoy tracking golden monkey (Cercopithecus Mitis Kandti), a local subspecies of the widespread Sykes monkey. Escorted bird watching walks allow you to encounter the more than forty species of birds (of which a few species are endemic to the Albertine Rift forests) around Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge and the almost 200 species that make the region their home.

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