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Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge


Rating: Deluxe    

Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge overview

Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge is on the edge of the Parc National des Volcans in North Western Rwanda. It is in an undulating area of 11 hectares with fabulous views towards the Parc National des Volcans and lowland agricultural areas. All guest cottages are detatched and privately situated in the folds of the hills and trees. The altitude is about 2,100 metres above sea level so the climate is generally cool, and the volcanoes rise to a height of around 4,500 metres.

The lodge has been designed and is managed by Governors Camps in Kenya, but is owned by a community trust called SACOLA, and is the firest community owned lodge in Rwanda. Governors Camp leases the lodge from SACOLA, and SACOLA uses rental and other income from Governors Camp to finance its socio-economic development and conservation objectives in the area.

The lodge is constructed of local stone, finished with an ochre-coloured plaster. Terracotta tiled roofs give a stylish contemporary Rwandese flavour. Double thickness walls maintain the warmth from the fireplaces when it is cold outside, and keep interiors cool in the warmer weather during the day. The lush gardens have been extensively landscaped. The lodge's central building houses the reception, bar, dining room, library / games room and shop. Both the bar and dining room have extensive outdoor decks from which you can enjoy the spectacular views.

Accommodation consists of six cottages, two suites and one family suite. All have at least one private veranda, a sitting room with fireplace, bedroom, dressing room and a large modern bathroom. The family suite has an extra en-suite bedroom. All guest rooms have large windows to make best use of the wonderful views.


Open: Year round. 

Location: In the foothills of the Virunga Mountains, about a two hour drive from Kigali. 

Rooms: Six cottages, two suites and one family room. All are en-suite with hot water, have sitting and dressing areas, heating and a private terrace. The family units comprises two en-suite bedrooms with a shared terrace. Each room is equipped with a selection of locally made toiletries.  

Activities: Gorilla trekking, golden monkey trekking, escorted walks, mountain biking, cultural visits, Dian Fossey research walk, scenic day excusions, market visits and hiking trails.

Facilities: Within in the main building, the bar, dining room and library-cum-games room all have fireplaces. There are two outside decks for al-fresco meals and drinks during the summer months. There is a small souvenir shop on site. The lodge offers laundry and room service.

Dining: Meals are served in the restaurant and on the deck (weather permitting). Picnics can also be requested. Guests going on gorilla treks are given a supply of snacks.

Children: The lodge welcomes children of all ages. Children under 15 years old not permitted on gorilla treks.

Health: This is a malaria area. 

Communication: There is limited mobile reception. The lodge has Wi-Fi in guest rooms and communal areas.

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"A delightful lodge which allowed the experience of the gorillas to soak in."



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