Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

Close to park headquarters and just outside Rwanda’s enchanting Parc National des Volcans, community-owned Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge is an ideal base if you’re going trekking for Mountain Gorillas – the wildlife encounter of a lifetime. Nestled in the shadow of the misty Virunga volcanoes are 9 guest cottages, fashioned out of stone with Rwandese terracotta tiled roofs and smooth timber floors. Inside each one, you’ll find a spacious living room with an inviting open fireplace, a cosy bedroom and an ensuite bathroom with a deep soaking tub. The single family cottage has two bedrooms. Furnished patios offer a wonderful place to relax with a cup of tea whilst admiring the dramatic surrounding landscape.

The main lodge contains reception, a lounge, dining room and boutique, all warmed by wood-burning fireplaces. There is also a small area here dedicated to showcasing responsible tourism awareness as well as verandas where pleasant al fresco meals can be enjoyed.

Aside from Mountain Gorilla trekking, Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge offers wide range of activities including hikes to see the Golden Monkey – endemic to Volcanoes National Park, bird-watching on the lodge’s 17 pristine private acres, mountain biking around the local area, cultural community visits and an excursion to the original Dian Fossey Research Camp, which rests between two volcanoes.


How to get to Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge is approximately 2.5 hours’ drive from Rwanda’s capital, Kigali.

Activities at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

  • Mountain Gorilla trekking
  • Golden Monkey guided hikes
  • Bird-watching
  • Community visits
  • Excursion to Dian Fossey Research Camp at Karisoke

*Some activities may be at extra cost.

Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge Highlights

  • An upscale lodge overlooking Rwanda’s mysterious Virunga volcanoes
  • Comprised of just six beautifully appointed cottages
  • Featuring fireplaces, deep bathtubs and private verandas
  • Set on 17 exclusive, unspoilt acres teeming with birdlife
  • A perfect base for Mountain Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park

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Rwanda Overview

Why Rwanda: Rwanda’s Parc National des Volcans (Volcanoes National Park) is one of the best places to see the last remaining mountain gorillas. The majority of habituated family groups in the Virunga Volcanoes can be found in this park. Gorillas treks can also be combined with chimpanzee trekking in the Nyungwe National Park. The country also has a good tourist infrastructure with some excellent lodges.

Game Viewing: Rwanda can be visited any time of the year; however during the long dry season between Jun-Sep the ground is drier and dirt roads are more accessible, enabling easier passage to visit the gorillas and chimpanzees.

Climate: Although Rwanda is on the equator, the altitude keeps temperatures down (25°-28°C), and the mountain areas where gorillas are found can be cool to cold. Rain falls throughout the year but is heaviest from Mar-May and Oct-Nov.

Combine With: Gorilla trekking in Rwanda should be combined with a traditional big game wildlife safari in the parks and reserves of neighbouring Kenya or Tanzania.

Getting There: Rwanda’s capital Kigali is easily reached by air from Nairobi in Kenya, Entebbe in Uganda, Serengeti or Arusha in Tanzania. From Kigali, you would take a road transfer to the Parc National des Volcans.

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