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2 June, 2017

May news from Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

We have had a wonderful month at Sabyinyo helping guests fulfill their bucket list wish of seeing the mountain gorilllas. We welcomed a big multi-generational family group as guests. Manager Philip and Charlie were invited to attend the celebration of the years accomplishments of SACOLA (Sabyinyo community lodge association).There were great festivities which included the opening of 6 new classrooms, 40 cows were presented to the one cow one family program, the opening of a new administrative centre for SACOLA as well as much celebration for all of SACOLAS achievements from the past year

4 May, 2017

April at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

Its been all go at Sabyinyo this month. Our guests have been enjoying some authentic 'Gorilla in the mists' trekking experiences. We welcomed back trainer Antonia from Antonia's bush kitchen for a chefs training and menu updating session, we welcomed artist Christine Bowen to paint in the gardens and helped a couple of our guests celebrate their 26th wedding anniversary. The birding has been great and we celebrated Earth Day by planting more trees at the lodge and relief manager Alisa took a trip to Lake Kivu to highlight all the areas has to offer to our guests.

3 April, 2017

March at Sabyinyo

Managers Phil and Charlie, explore more of what the region has to offer to our guests, from the beautiful gardens at Imbabazi, to the palm fringed shores of Lake Gisenye, to the wonderful variety of Rwandan cuisine on offer. Back at the lodge there has been lots going on, the kitchen has been re -done finished just in time for our next set of guests.

28 February, 2017

February at Sabyinyo

Philip and Charlie take a trek to see the Kwitonda Gorilla family and spend a fascinating hour watching the family interact. Back at the lodge we hosted delegates from the Dian Fossey Board and held great pre dinner talks from the Gorilla Doctors team. And this month we highlight the SACOLA poultry project one of SACOLA's many fabulous community projects.

1 February, 2017

January at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

Sabyinyo is celebrating 10 years of working with our community lodge association SACOLA and with over US$ 2 million generated for the community trust by the lodge there have been some remarkable achievements to date. We are very proud of our association with SACOLA and the fantastic work they have done and continue to do within the community and SACOLA also completed some new projects this month and Sabyinyo welcomed new managers Phil and Charlie this month who are settling in very nicely.

5 January, 2017

December at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

Sabyinyo celebrated a very happy christmas and new year with our guests which included some unexpected last minute Rwandese adjustments. There was much singing, dancing and merriment all round. Relief manager Henry accompanied guests on a breath taking gorilla trek to see the Hirwa gorilla family whose playful babies, aloof matriarchs and imposing Silverback gave them all some 'uniquely glorious' moments.

1 December, 2016

November at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

Rainy season has arrived in Rwanda, and with it wild flowers are blooming in the lodge grounds, bringing in an abundance of birdlife. New bamboo shoots are growing in the forests drawing the gorilla families down the slopes to feed on their favourite delicacy and get a little drunk in the process. Jess and Oliver take a memorable trip to the twin lakes and the genocide memorial and they bid a fond farewell to the Sabyinyo team as they return to Kenya.

1 November, 2016

October at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

This month Sabyinyo welcomed visiting chef Antonia Stogdale who came to work with our chefs on giving our menus a whole new makeover and the results are delicious! There have been some fabulous gorilla treks and we sent waitress Priscilla and receptionist Eric on a gorilla trek to see the Isabakuru Gorilla family. Jess and Oliver took treks to see the golden monkeys, Dian Fossey research camp and Buhanga sacred forest which they fill us in on and SACOLA the community lodge association s busy raising funds to cover the community medical care.

3 October, 2016

September News at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

We have had a fabulous month at Sabyinyo, firstly at the end of August we were awarded the best compliant tax payer for 2015 for our province and then we were given the honour of naming a baby gorilla at the very prestigious gorilla naming ceremony! Our guests have been enjoying some wonderful gorilla trekking and back at the lodge there have been celebrations galore including a traditional Rwandese wedding for some of our guests, marked by lots of dancing!

30 September, 2016

September in the Masai Mara

We have had a fabulous migration month, with river crossings on a near daily basis. Huge herds fanned out on the plains and guests in the balloon had fabulous sightings of the migration from the air. Elephant families pass back and forth, pausing in the Marsh to drink and feed sometimes moving through the camps in large numbers. There are tiny cubs in the Marsh and Paradise prides of lion and we have had lovely sightings of some small leopard cubs up close to the river. But the great highlight of the month was the sight of a pack of wild dogs seen by our guests outside of the reserve.