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Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge is located close to the headquarters of the Volcanoes National Park from where clients trek on foot to see the magnificent Mountain Gorilla.

Luxury Lodge
Community Owned

Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge is Rwanda’s first ever community owned lodge. The lodge was built and is operated by Governors’ Camp Collection, but the ownership rests with a Community Trust, SACOLA (Sabyinyo Community Livelihood Association) which uses rentals and community fees from the lodge to drive socio-economic and conservation initiatives in the communities adjacent to the National Park.

The lodge is located close to the headquarters of Volcanoes National Park from where clients trek on foot to see the gorillas. Situated in the foothills of the mighty Virungas, the chain of 15,000 ft volcanoes stretching through Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sabyinyo offers wonderful views of the volcanoes and the surrounding countryside.  Guest cottages and the main lodge building have been beautifully constructed – the perfect base from which to explore this unique and fascinating corner of Africa.

Accommodation at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge comprises six cottages, two suites, one family cottage. All are stone buildings with Rwandese terracotta tile roofs, and feature large sitting areas, fireplaces, stylish en-suite bathrooms finished with Venetian plaster a dressing room and a sheltered veranda. The family cottage comprises two independent ensuite rooms connected by a shared verandah. The main lodge building comprises reception, sitting room with snug area, dining room, library / games room, a responsible tourism / community awareness room, shop and bathrooms. Three large fireplaces provide warmth and all rooms are finished with a polished wooden floor. Two patio areas afford wonderful and dramatic views to the Virunga Volcanoes and the surrounding lowland farmland.

We do offer a range of spa treatments which can be done from the comfort and privacy of your room – please view the full spa treatment list HERE.

SACOLA began its socio-economic development programs and conservation initiatives in Kinigi, the area adjacent to Volcanoes National Park in 2006, and in the 13 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 ( and its local partner, IGCP ( Since opening Sabyinyo, SACOLA has received nearly US$ 4 million from the lodge and its guests which has facilitated many community projects. Please see for more information.


Governors’ Camp Rwanda Ltd would like to thank the African Wildlife Foundation, Gaylord and Cathy Layton of Tayside Associates LLC and the Rwanda Development Board 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 African Wildlife Foundation at

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Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge Activities

Parc National des Volcans

Gorilla Trekking

Parc National des Volcans

Golden Monkey Trekking

Parc National des Volcans

Village Walk

Parc National des Volcans

Dian Fossey Memorial



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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.


Two and a half hours road transfer (available to book direct or via your travel partner) on good roads from Kigali. Helicopter transfers available on request.


We welcome children 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.

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.


Laundry is arranged daily at no extra cost.

Water bottle

We would strongly encourage you to please pack your own water bottle which can be refilled as often as you like – we have Reverse Osmosis filtered water dispensers throughout our camps and lodges, which is perfectly safe to drink. This would help us immensely by reducing the amount of plastic waste in these precious wildlife environments.

Credit Cards and cash

Visa and Mastercard are accepted. Please note we cannot accept US dollar bills older than the year 2000.


Open throughout the year. Rates are divided into High, Mid and Green Seasons. See Gross Tariff Sheet for details.


Good sturdy walking boots are essential, as is a light waterproof jacket. Please see the suggested packing list available on our website.


Clients wishing to go gorilla trekking must be reasonably fit and able to handle walking for some time in the hilly and forested terrain.

Health and Insurance

Although Rwanda does not require Yellow fever vaccinations for visitors coming from non-endemic countries, they are required for travellers coming from endemic countries and before travelling to most East African countries. If you are traveling to any other African country before or after Rwanda, it is strongly recommended that you obtain a Yellow Fever vaccine to ensure you meet requirements. Please make sure you check the latest requirements before you travel.

Please make sure you have comprehensive medical and travel insurance arranged before visiting us Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge.




Have a look at what our guest have to say about staying at Sabyinyo Sliverback Lodge

Excellent lodge - staff very friendly, facilities superb - this is the place to stay!


Top notch accommodation and delicious food. Every little detail was perfect


As great as the gorillas - highly recommended


Extremely delightful and charming

Mario B



Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge, Kinigi, Rwanda