Sabyinyo is one of Rwanda’s leading gorilla lodges. Located approximately three hours from the capital Kigali, Saybinyo Silverback Lodge is a stunningly located property with views over the Virunga Volcanoes range and the Parc National des Volcans. The lodge was the first community owned lodge and is run by the famous Kenyan safari group Governors, who operate some of the Masai Mara’s finest safari camps.
Sabyinyo - The Details
Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge is situated on the edge of the Parc National des Volcans in North Western Rwanda, in an area of 11 hectares with views towards the Parc National des Volcans, and its 5 volcanoes.
All guest cottages are privately situated in the folds of the hills, each with its own view. The volcanic views can be enjoyed from the outdoor decks of the bar and the dining room. Accommodation comprises six cottages, two suites and one family suite alongside the landscaped gardens.
The stone buildings are typical Rwandan style with terracota roofs and give you that home away from home feel. Each cottage has large sitting areas, fireplaces, en-suite bathrooms and a sheltered verandah.
The main lodge comprises of a dining room, a library/games room, and two patio areas that give astounding views across the dramatic Virgunga Volcanoes and surrounding lowland farms.
Sabyinyo certainly is not as luxurious as its Singita and Wilderness counterparts, but for those seeking a very warm and friendly environment, and to keep costs slightly lowerr, it is the perfect choice.
The rainforests of the Virunga Volcanoes are the last refuge of the Mountain Gorilla and the slopes of the volcanoes provide a natural setting for a wildlife experience – to see the Mountain Gorilla in its natural habitat. Roughly half of the world’s wild population of Mountain Gorillas are resident on the Rwandan slopes of the Virungas.
Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge is the perfect base to explore this corner of Africa. Clients may wish to visit the nearby market town of Ruhengeri, the beautiful lakes Kivu, Burera, Ruhondo and Karago, the genocide memorials, as well as experience some incredible bird-viewing.
By staying here, guests are directly contributing to the 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.
All in all, it is the ultimate gorilla safari