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.
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. Heat exchangers in the fireplaces provide a plentiful supply of hot water. 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 (www.awf.org) and its local partner, IGCP (www.igcp.org). Since opening Sabyinyo, SACOLA has received nearly US$ 4 million from the lodge and its guests which has facilitated many community projects. Please see www.sacola.co for more information.
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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 www.awf.org
Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge has a Covid-Compliant license to operate, for more details click HERE.
We are pleased to offer Covid-19 testing arrangements for our guests, to make your trip a whole lot easier. Find out more about this HERE.
Adjacent to Volcanoes National Park, north-western Rwanda, approximately 3 kms from the main entrance to the Park, and some 2 hours drive on good roads from Kigali.
Main lodge with large, elegant sitting room with bar and fireplace. Snug reading area, souvenir shop, reception and fire side seating area. Dining room and outside terrace with views of the volcanoes.
We offer a range of spa treatments at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge, which can be done within the comfort and privacy of your room. Please view the full treatment list HERE.
Breakfast is a continental and full English buffet. Lunch and dinner is a set menu served in the main dining room. We cater for special diets on request. Guests going gorilla trekking are provided with snacks.
Six cottages, two suites and one family cottage. All cottages are extremely spacious and private, comprising sheltered veranda, sitting room with fireplace, bedroom, dressing room and bathroom.
Please note that we provide a lovely range of ‘Cinnabar Green’ toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, soap and body lotion) in the rooms. These products are refilled into reusable metal canisters so as to reduce on plastic waste. They are also handmade in Kenya with natural ingredients and are therefore in keeping with the sensitive environment in which we operate. We urge you to please use our products rather than your own. These toiletries are supplied for the duration of your stay with us, and if you would like to buy some to take onwards with you, we sell the full range in the gift shop.
The lodge is connected to the national grid which generally provides a reliable service. In the event of power outages the lodge is equipped with a powerful generator which will take over to provide power 24 hours a day.
Wifi is available at the main lodge and in all the guest cottages and suites.
Gorilla permits are limited to a set number issued each day. We can check on Gorilla Permit availability for you for intended dates.
Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge
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.
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.
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.
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. To reach the lodge, clients must walk 200 meters or so up hill from the car park.
A yellow fever vaccination is required for travel to Rwanda. More information is available on our Health Planning Page. Please make sure you have comprehensive medical and travel insurance arranged before visiting us Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge.
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Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge, Kinigi, Rwanda
(+254) 20 2734000/5