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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.

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.