Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge is a world-class lodge that was conceived and is and operated by the Governors Camp Collection, in partnership with the African Wildlife Foundation (“AWF”) and its partner in Rwanda, the International Gorilla Conservation Program (“IGCP”). The lodge is owned by a Community Trust (SACOLA) which was set up specifically to receive rental and other income from the lodge, and to use that income to drive socio-economic development and conservation initiatives in the Kinigi area, which is adjacent to the Parc National des Volcans in North-Western Rwanda.
SACOLA began its socio-economic development programs and conservation initiatives in Kinigi, the area adjacent to the Parc National des Volcans, home of the Mountain Gorilla, in 2006 and in the 12 years since its inception SACOLA’s programs have directly benefited over 5000 households in the Kinigi area and contributed in a meaningful way to conservation and preservation of the Mountain Gorilla and its fragile habitat. SACOLA’s programs also complement the excellent conservation work being done in the region by AWF (www.awf.org) and its local partner, IGCP (www.igcp.org).
Since opening SACOLA has received over US$ 3.1 Million from Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge and its guests
Special thanks must go to Gaylord and Kathy Layton of Tayside Associates LLC and the Rwanda Development Board who were also instrumental in getting this landmark project off the ground.