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3 December, 2017

November at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

November has brought rain to Sabyinyo which has meant, clear mornings, afternoon rain and bright star filled nights. This month we hosted the team from Seven Summits Africa on the Rwandan leg of their epic African adventure. The gorillas have been getting drunk on the sweet bamboo sap and we are gearing up for our big lodge refurbishment project with the imminent arrival of containers full of beautiful new soft furnishings.

30 October, 2017

October at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

The rains have arrived in Rwanda, the river is running behind our cottages and the birdsong at the lodge is wonderful. We now have around 70 different species of bird on our 17 acres. Our commitment to the community continues through SACOLA and this month we officially opened the water pipeline which provides piped water to hundreds of families in the local community. Guests working with the Gorilla Doctors Project have donated a piece of their artwork to the lodge.

26 September, 2017

September at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

September has been full of celebrations in Rwanda, firstly there was the Gorilla naming ceremony 'Kwita Izina' which celebrates Rwanda's fantastic achievements in gorilla conservation and then 22nd of September marks 50 years since Dian Fossey established her Karisoke research centre. Our guests have been loving their gorilla treks and the team from Gorilla doctors was called in to remove a snare from an infant gorilla.

5 September, 2017

Kwita Izina

New marketing manager Chloe, joined the celebrations at this years gorilla naming ceremony. This annual event is a big deal in Rwanda, with guest speakers from all over the world and President Kagame. The event showcases the great conservation successes in Rwanda and gives new and meaningful names to all the new gorilla babies.

31 August, 2017

August at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

With the dry season upon us the gorillas have moved slightly higher up the volcanoes giving our guests amazing walks and equally amazing gorilla sightings. Plenty of gorilla babies are set to be named at this years Gorilla Naming Ceremony, a big Rwandese annual event which highlights the gorilla conservation work being carried out locally, and Sabyinyo and guests made a donation to the local healthcare facility.

31 July, 2017

July at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

There are lots of gorilla babies in the volcanoes of Rwanda, some of our guests had the extraordinary privilidge of seeing a newborn gorilla baby and mother emerge from the bushes just after giving birth. The mother had previously lost her hand in a poachers snare and she is now a devoted and wonderfullly loving mother. Back at the lodge our refurbishment is underway and SACOLA has been planning their upcoming community projects.

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.

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