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7 September, 2018

August at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

August is holiday month for many; the gorillas also find time and energy to wander through their kingdom looking always for the sweetest shoots of bamboo and thistle. Sometimes this takes them further up the hills, through the beautiful Hypericum forests to the equally lovely and more open sub alpine zone. Here the gnarled and twisted trunks of the forest Hagenia make way for the Giant Lobelia and Senecio that are so typical of the higher altitudes.

23 July, 2018

July at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

It's been a very busy month at the lodge. Golden monkeys have been regular visitors to the lodge grounds and the birdwatching has been exciting with a newly resident pair of Great Sparrowhawks. Guests have been enjoying wonderful gorilla trekking, seeing gorillas in open ground with all the groups having small babies - the youngest of which is only a couple of days old.

27 June, 2018

June at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

This month Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge celebrated 10 years of operations having opened our doors to our first guests on the 21st June 2008. We held an event at the lodge to celebrate 10 successful years of co-operation. Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge is Rwanda's first community owned lodge and in the 10 years we have been in operation the lodge has generated over US$3 million for the local community which has been spent on development projects which have made a great impact on thousands of people living in the surrounding community.

30 May, 2018

May at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

Rainy season in the Volcanoes has filled the rivers and streams, greened up the mountainsides and brought the gorillas lower down the slopes to feed. Our guests have been enjoying some wonderful moments with the gorillas. A consensus on gorilla numbers released this month reveals some great news on gorilla numbers. We have been working on further reducing our environmental impact filtering the mountain water and givign guests metal water bottles to use during their stay with us.

27 April, 2018

April at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

April in Rwanda is the month when the genocide memorials take place. Representatives from Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge attended the memorial ceremony and made a donation of food to the genocide survivors on Kinigi. This year marks 24 years since the genocide. With the rain the gorillas have moved down the slopes to feast on the new bamboo shoots and treks to see them are shorter if not muddier. For Umuganda day we planted 460 indigenous trees.

28 March, 2018

March at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

March has brought rain to the Volcanoes, thank fully only in the afternoons, allowing our guests to enjoy mostly dry gorilla treks. The Gorillas have moved down the slopes making treks to see them shorter. The Sabyinyo gorilla family were treated by the gorilla doctors for a respiratory illness and there have been interfamily fueds between the Agasha and Amahoro groups this month which our guests have witnessed.

27 February, 2018

February at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

February brought a little rain to the Volcanoes national park, but cloudy mornings gave way to clear evenings and glorious views of the surrounding volcanoes. Our repeat and new guests have all been loving our new lodge upgrades. Work has continued apace in our tree nursery where thousands of trees and plants are being propagated to plant in the land adjacent to the park and give to our community neighbours for our big re-forestry project and as well as enjoying incredible gorilla treks one of our guests has also been incredible at raising funds for solar lanterns for the community.

29 January, 2018

January at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

We are getting used to our wonderful new look following on from our lodge refurbishment project last month. We hosted the board members from AWF who help set up the lodge for the community and have done so much for gorilla conservation, they were with us to attend the ceremony where 28 hectares of land were donated to increase the size of the national park under conservation. We are delighted to be part of this park expansion project and are growing 15,000 indigenous tree seedlings to help re-forest the local area.

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