August is the time to unwind for many and what better way than doing so on a Rwanda holiday at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge to enjoy some gorilla trekking and much more.
This time of year sees gorillas with new found energy as they spend time wondering the mountain slopes of Volcanoes National Park in search of the sweetest bamboo and thistle shoots. Their foraging for tasty food sometimes takes them further up the slopes through the higher lying Hypericum forests to the beautiful open subalpine areas.
This higher altitude is known for its Senecio and Giant Lobelia.
Gorilla trekking hikes are worth the effort
The longer hikes while gorilla trekking comes with great reward as the skies open up to beautiful bright heavens with unbelievable views that stretch for miles and panoramas of the surrounding volcanoes.
The farmland meadows lie far below in alternating shades of brown and green patchwork, which is quite a sight.
Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge guests are delighted by Rwanda's gorillas
The gorilla families in the area keep delighting the Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge guests time and again as there are endless stories of entertainment. Most stories revolve around the absolute awe not only visitors have for the dominant Silverbacks, but also the baby gorillas, playful adolescents and other adults in their troops have for these autocratic males.
The latest treks in the area have been a bit longer as a result of the dryer weather being experienced, where the 'traditional' mud has turned into dry sand.
The exhilaration of not only seeing but also coming into close contact with these primates cannot really be explained in words and needs to be experienced by every individual who visits Rwanda . The stories and experiences shared in the evenings around the campfire bear testament to this. David Attenborough once said about spending time with gorillas that it was, "One of the most exciting encounters of my life".
Reforestation at Silverback Lodge
This lovely time of the year brings drier weather to Silverback Lodge and Rwanda, as described before, and this year the roots of some of the larger trees had dried up and this was threatening the cottages when the strong winds come up. For this reason, some of the non-indigenous Gum trees have been replaced with natural indigenous forest trees. Some of the great views have been opened up as a result, which is much to the delight of the lodge and its visitors.
The Lodge and local community are one
One of the things Governors' Camp Collection is most proud of is the commitment to the local community. Sacola is the body elected by all the community members that 'own' Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge and through the success of the lodge are able to tackle many uplifting projects that greatly benefit the community. The latest project is the finalisation of a major water distribution pipeline that will bring fresh mountain water to more than 6000 local inhabitants.
This relationship strengthens the ties between conservation, local families and the Rwandan population in general.