Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge is located just minutes from the main entrance to Volcanoes National Park and is the perfect location from which to enjoy gorilla trekking in the forests surrounding the Virunga Mountains. The lodge is Rwanda’s first ever community-owned lodge and is run by a community trust called SACOLA, which uses income from its operation to finance socio-economic development and Mountain Gorilla conservation projects in the area.

Property Details

Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge comprises of five double cottages, two suites, and one family cottage with an additional bedroom and bathroom. Each accommodation is constructed of Rwandese terracotta roof tiles and stone foundations, and features sheltered verandas and spacious en-suite bathrooms finished with soaking bathtubs, dual washbasins, and Venetian plaster. No matter the room, each of the guest rooms are lined with large windows that provide amazing views of the Volcanoes National Park and the property’s extensive gardens.

The central hub of Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge is located in the main building, where a comfortable sitting area, a library and games room, and a community awareness center all afford guests the opportunity to learn about the community projects of SACOLA. There are three large fireplaces and a lively dining room, creating a warm and welcoming environment for relaxation and to share in the day’s adventures with the other guests. Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge sits at the foothills of the mighty Virungas, a chain of multiple 15,000-foot volcanoes through Rwanda, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, affording guests spectacular views of their peaks and surrounding lowlands from the comfort of the lodge’s many outdoor patios.

Each day at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge begins with an early breakfast and a warm cup of soothing Rwandan coffee. Afterward, it is time to venture into Volcanoes National Park for one of the most thrilling and poignant wildlife experiences in the world: gorilla trekking. Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge is only a ten-minute drive from the main office and registration center of the Volcanoes National Park, providing easy access to the gorilla trekking program. Guests can also visit the nearby Ruhengeri and its bustling market, the genocide memorials, the beautiful local lakes, SACOLA’s community projects, or the Dian Fossey research center. In addition, avid bird watchers may want to take the opportunity to explore the area and discover for themselves some of the 670 recorded Rwandan bird species while they are here. Learn more about the Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge experience here.

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