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