This place is amazing: the views, rooms, staff (all of them went above and beyond), management (Wendy and Finn are just delightful, they are in the right profession!), main areas.... just everything!
Henry M 60 yrs, London, UK, Read 22 reviews »
Parc National des Volcans, Rwanda
Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge
- Trek on foot to see the magnificent Mountain Gorillas
- Situated in the foothills of the mighty Virunga Volcanoes
- Extremely spacious, private cottages boast stunning vistas
Facilities includeRoom service available Bar Library/Games room Deep Fireplaces Shop
- Explore Ruhengeri
- Birding with Guide
- Golden Monkey Tracking
- Mountain Gorilla Trekking
- Visit Conservation Projects
- Visit the Musanze lava flows
Seasons in Rwanda
About Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge
The lodge is only minutes away from the headquarters of the Parc National des Volcans from where clients trek on foot to see the magnificent Mountain Gorilla perhaps one of the most dramatic, thrilling and poignant wildlife experiences possible.
The lodge, situated in the foothills of the mighty Virungas, the chain of 15,000 ft volcanoes stretching through Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, affords wonderful views of the volcanoes and the surrounding countryside.
Accommodation at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge comprises five cottages, two suites and one family cottage. 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.
The main lodge building comprises reception, sitting room with snug area, dining room, library/games room, a responsible tourism/community awareness room, shop and bathrooms. Three large fireplaces provide warmth and all rooms are finished with a polished wooden floor. Two patio areas afford wonderful and dramatic views to the Virunga Volcanoes and the surrounding lowland farmland.
The close relationship between the operations of the Lodge by Governors’ Camp and the Community Trust (“SACOLA”) that owns the lodge and is responsible for advancing socio-economic development and conservation objectives locally can be explored in the Community Awareness room in the main lodge building, or by visiting the various projects run by SACOLA.
How to get there
We will assist you with all necessary internal transfers.
Daily flights between Kigali and Nairobi.
Flight time is 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Rwandair flies twice a week between Kigali and Kilimanjaro.
Private charters from Nairobi to Kigali can be organised for clients who wish to travel at times when the international airports are less busy and can process visas and baggage faster.
From Kigali: 2 hours by road on reasonable roads and through scenic agricultural countryside.
The lodge is a 10 minute drive from the Parc National des Volcans.
NB. All prices and times are subject to change.
When to go
Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge is open all year round.
High season: 1st June – 31st October and 16th December – 31st December.
Mid season: 1st January - 31st March and 1st November - 15th December.
Green season: 1st April - 31st May.
Visa requirements: British, American, or East African passport holders do not require an advanced visa for Rwanda as is available on arrival. All other nationalities must obtain a visa for Rwanda before travel as visas are not available on arrival in Rwanda.
You are advised to obtain professional advice on health issues. Drink only bottled water. A yellow fever vaccination is required for travel to Rwanda.
You are required to have full travel and medical insurance prior to departing their country of origin.
Visa and MasterCard are accepted at the lodge.
Clients wishing to go gorilla trekking must be reasonably fit and able to handle walking for some time in the hilly and forested terrain. To reach the lodge, clients must walk 200 meters or so up hill from the car park.
Travelling with children
Children are welcome in the lodge and there is a family cottage specially designed to cater for them. Please note that children under the age of 15 are not permitted to visit the gorillas.
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- We will customise your requirements with the help of our true expert knowledge.
- We will create the best experience possible at a truly transparent price.