Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge
Virungas and northern Rwanda, Rwanda
At a Glance
Trekking for the Eastern Lowland Gorillas in the Virunga Mountains
Sit on the deck and soak in the spectacular views
Visit the socio-economic development and conservation projects in the area
Beautiful walks around the lodge
Trek for the Golden Monkey
Relax at the lodge after a day's gorilla trekking, enjoying the spectacular views of the Virunga Mountains.Anna Hearn
The climb up from the car park to the Lodge's main area of the lodge is good training for you gorilla trekkingLouisa Ross-Taylor
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Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge is situated in the foothills of the mighty Virunga’s, the chain of 15,000ft volcanoes stretching through Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Lodge is some 3 kilometers from the main entrance to the Parc National des Volcans in Northwest Rwanda near the border with Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The lodge is a comfortable 2-hour drive from central Kigali. The site itself is approximately 1 kilometer from the Park boundary on the gentle foothills of Sabyinyo, one of the most impressive of the five volcanoes visible from the site.
From the Lodge guests have magnificent views to the verdant slopes of the Virunga Volcanoes to the North and over the agricultural lowlands to the South. It is possible to make the short journey to the Park headquarters each morning for a gorilla trek in only a few minutes, and the Lodge is a perfect base from which to explore this unique and fascinating corner of Africa.
The lodge has five cottages, two suites and one family cottage, all offering private verandas, bathrooms and sitting rooms with fireplaces. The rooms have large beds, a dressing room and all have en-suite bathrooms. The family cottage is very similar but has an extra bedroom and bathroom. The main lodge offers the opportunity to relax with both the bar and the dining room with great views from the outdoor decks. There is a library and a games room and there is also a community awareness center, offering more information and advice on the resident gorillas. Set in landscaped gardens, the buildings are made from local stone with terracotta roof tiles, creating a contemporary Rwandan ambience and blending in well with the local surroundings. However the main reason for visiting Sabyino Silverback Lodge is to see the mountain gorillas in the Volcanoes National Park.
Accommodation at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge comprises five double cottages, two suites and one family suite. All are stone buildings with Rwandese terracotta tile roofs, and feature large sitting areas, fireplaces, stylish en-suite bathrooms finished with Venetian plaster a dressing room and a sheltered veranda. Heat exchangers in the fireplaces provide a plentiful supply of hot water.
Children of all ages are welcome at Sabyinyo Lodge. The family cottage was especially designed with families in mind and is therefore a good choice if you are traveling with little ones. However, it is important to note that children under the age of 15 years are not permitted to visit the gorillas.
Contained within the main lodge building, the bar and dining room has fireplaces to warm them during cold weather, and outside decks for al-fresco drinks and meals during the warmer weather.
A well-equipped shop is situated within the main lodge building.
One of the most rewarding of all wildlife experiences is Gorilla trekking. Gorilla treks take place in the morning and depart from the Park Headquarters at around 07:30am. Also on offer from the lodge are escorted walks, escorted mountain bike excursions and escorted bird watching walks in the local area. Also recommended is a visit to the nearby Genocide memorials to learn about and understand both the genocide and the incredible progress Rwanda has made since.
Location & Directions
Virungas and northern Rwanda, Rwanda
The Virunga Mountain range span Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Parc National des Volcans, known more commonly as the Volcanoes National Park, is located in north-western Rwanda. The Volcanoes National Park on the Rwandan side is lucky to have more than half of the world's mountain gorillas, and is probably the best place in Africa to see them. There are five habituated families of gorillas which are generally visited, having from 7 to 35 individuals in each family.
When to go
Rwanda can be visited at any time of year. There are two annual rainy seasons: the big rains which last from mid-February to the beginning of June, and the small rains from mid-September to mid-December. Rainfall, especially over the mountains, is heavy during these two periods, particularly from March to May. The long dry season, June to September, is the best time for tracking gorillas in the Volcanoes National Park and for hiking in Nyungwe Forest Reserve.