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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 7,000 feet above sea level so the climate is generally cool, and the volcanoes rise to a height of almost 15,000 feet.

The lodge has been designed and is managed by Governors Camps in Kenya, but is owned by a community trust called SACOLA. 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.

Sabyinyo has a central building, with reception, bar, dining room, library / games room,bathrooms and shop. Both the bar and dining room have extensive outdoor decks from which our clients can enjoy the spectacular views. Client accommodation consists of 5 cottages, 2 suites and one family suite. All client accommodation rooms 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 bedroom and bathroom.

The lodge is constructed of local stone, finished with an ochre-coloured plaster. Terracotta tiled roofs give a stylish contemporary Rwandese flavour. All guest rooms have large windows to make best use of the wonderful views. Double thickness walls maintain the warmth from the fireplaces when it is cold outside, and keep the rooms cool in the warmer weather during the day. The lush gardens have been extensively landscaped.


Open: Year round. 

Location: In the foothills of the Virunga Mountains. 

Rooms: 5 cottages and 3 suites.    

Activities: Gorilla trekking, golden monkey trekking, escourted 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 and diningroom has fireplaces to warm them during the cold weather and outside decks for al-fresco meals and drinks during the summer months. There is a small shop but en-site and 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.

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, a phone and fax at reception and limited internect access.

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