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 Gorillas.
Set in the foothills of the Virungas in Rwanda with wonderful views of the volcanoes and surrounding countryside, Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge is located close to the park headquarters for trekking the critically endangered Mountain Gorilla. Owned by the Community Trust and part of the Governor Camps family with sister camps in the Maasai Mara, the lodge uses rentals and community fees from the lodge to drive socio-economic and conservation initiatives in local communities.
Just 6 cottages, 2 suites and a family cottage make up the accommodation at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge. Each spacious stone cottage features a private sheltered verandah, large open plan bedroom with stylish ensuite bathroom and sitting room with an open fireplace. Heat exchangers in the fireplaces provide a plentiful supply of hot water. The family cottage comprises two independent ensuite rooms connected by a shared verandah.
The cosy main lodge with restaurant, bar, outdoor decks, library and homely living room enjoy views of the landscaped gardens. 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.
Experiences at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge
Gorilla trekking takes place from Volcanoes National Park headquarters, close to Bisate Lodge. Take a magical trek through the dense forest to track the critically endangered mountain gorilla. Only eight visitors are allowed per gorilla group each day and visitors are asked to maintain a distance of 7 metres from the gorillas to prevent the transmission of any human diseases. Typically, tracking can take from 3 to 8 hours and requires some agility and fitness, however, all fitness levels can be accommodated and no one should feel deterred from missing this once in a lifetime experience.
Take a trek into the high altitude forests of Volcanoes National Park to see the playful and inquisitive Golden Monkey. The Golden Monkey is a local subspecies of the widespread Sykes Monkey and is endemic to the area.
Over 40 species of birds have been identified on and around Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge. Many of these are endemic to the Albertine Rift Forests and thrive in the sheltered 7 hectares (17 acres) expanse of land surrounding the property.
Enjoy an escorted walk or mountain bike trip in the area surrounding Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge. These walks are arranged and led by the staff of the lodge and provide a fascinating introduction to daily rural life in the Volcanoes area.
Visit Iby’iwacu cultural village and discover the traditional house of a local king, watch an authentic medicine man prepare herbal potions, try bow and arrow shooting and watch cultural dances by local performers. Having been convinced by villagers to turn their back on poaching, past poachers now perform for visitors. Iby'iwaco village is located 15 minutes from Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge.
Take a challenging yet spectacular hike to see the grave of Dian Fossey and some of her beloved gorillas as well as the ruins of the original Karisoke Research centre. Whilst there is not a huge amount to see when there, at an altitude of 3,000 metres in the saddle between the Bisoke and Karisimbi volcanic cones, a visit to this beautiful spot is highly recommended for the views alone. Operated by the National Park, the trek starts early in the morning and takes 6 to 8 hours.
The Ngezi trail is the shortest trail in the Volcanoes National Park and leads to a small scenic lake nestled in a volcanic depression at the foot of Mt Visoke. This hike takes around three hours and is not physically demanding. This short trail leads to a scenic lake nestled in a volcanic crater at the foot of Mt Visoke. There is the possibility of encountering wildlife on the trail and views extend over the Congolese parts of the Virunga range.
Mt Bisoke stands at 3700m, Mt M'gahinga at 3,400m and Mt Muhabura at 4127m. Mt Bisoke is not a demanding climb, however, does take 5 hours and is challenging at high elevation. Mt M'gahinga is the smallest of the six volcanoes in the Virunga range and is a pleasant climb to the summit crater encountering interesting features such as volcanic caves along the way. Mt Muhabura is the most easterly volcano in the Virunga range and marks the border between Rwanda and Uganda.
Guest cottages and the main lodge building at the lodge have been beautifully constructed – the perfect base from which to explore this unique and fascinating corner of Africa.
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 gardens.
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.
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.
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