Sabyinyo Fact File


Location: Adjacent to the Parc National des Volcans, north-western Rwanda, approximately 3 kms from the main entrance to the Park, and some 2 hours drive on good roads from Kigali.
Number of beds:
20 beds (6 cottages, 1 family suite, 2 suite cottages).
Facilities: En-suite bathrooms with bath, shower, double basins, flush loo, hot and cold running water.
Cottages: All extremely spacious and private, comprising sheltered veranda, sitting room with fireplace, bedroom, dressing room and bathroom.
Electricity: Y220 – 240 volts. Please note, the lodge is not connected to the Electricity Grid in Rwanda and is designed to have as small a carbon footprint as possible. Therefore, generators which power the lodge only run for an average of 6 hours per day. Inverter systems (banks of powerful batteries) provide power to guest rooms 24 hours a day, but may not run high power appliances such as hair dryers and computers. These should only be used whilst generators are running.
Bar/Restaurant: Contained within the main lodge building, the bar and dining room has fireplaces to warm them during cold weather, and outside decks for al-fresco drinks and meals during warm weather.
Room service: Cottages are linked by telephone to the Reception desk. Room service is available on request. Tea and Coffee is served in the cottages with the morning wake up call.
Picnics: Picnics can be organised upon request.
Community Awareness: The close relationship between the operations of the Lodge by Governors’ Camp and the Community Trust (“SACOLA”) that owns the lodge and is responsible for advancing socio-economic development and conservation objectives locally can be explored in the Community Awareness room in the main lodge building, or by visiting the various projects run by SACOLA.
A well-equipped shop is situated within the main lodge building.
Arranged daily at no extra cost.
Credit Cards: Visa and Mastercard are accepted.
Telephone, Cell Phone, Fax and Email are all available in the Lodge. Limited cellphone coverage.
Time zone: GMT + 2 (7 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)
Climate: Temperatures: Generally temperate year round. Be prepared for colder weather and rain.
Clothing: Good sturdy walking boots are essential, as is a light waterproof jacket. Please see the suggested packing list on our website 
Terrain: Clients wishing to go gorilla trekking must be reasonably fit and able to handle walking for some time in the hilly and forested terrain. To reach the lodge, clients must walk 200 meters or so up hill from the car park.


International flights:
Kenya Airways and Rwandair both fly daily between Kigali and Nairobi. Flying time is 1 hour and 15 minutes. Rwandair flys twice a week between Kigali and Kilimanjaro. Private charters from Nairobi to Kigali can be organised for clients who wish to travel at times when the international airports are less busy and can process visas and baggage faster.
Kigali to the Lodge:
2 hours by road on reasonable roads and through scenic agricultural countryside.
Lodge to Park Headquarters: By car – 10 minutes with one rough section of road.


Open throughout the year. Rates are divided into High, Mid and Green Seasons. See Gross Tariff Sheet for details.
Children: Children are welcome in the lodge and there is a family cottage specially designed to cater for them. Please note that children under the age of 15 are not permitted to visit the gorillas.
Rates: Please see Gross Tariff Sheets for details.
Clients are advised to obtain professional advice on health issues, see our website for details. Drink only bottled water. A yellow fever vaccination is required for travel to Rwanda.
Clients are required to have full travel and medical insurance prior to departing their country of origin. See our Terms and Conditions document (available from for full details.
Visa requirements: Please visit the Rwandan Immigration website for Visa requirement details 
Special note:
Governors’ Camp Rwanda Ltd would like to thank the African Wildlife Foundation and Gaylord and Cathy Layton of Tayside Associates LLC for the vital role they played in the development of Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge. Governors’ Camp encourages all clients of Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge to find out more about Afrian Wildlife Foundation at