A spectacular forest retreat situated on the foothills of the Virungas – home to the elusive mountain gorilla.
- Surrounded by the tropical forests of Rwanda, guests can unwind in their choice of stone cottage or suites, each with a large sitting room, fireplace, stylish ensuite bathroom and private veranda.
- Scrumptious menus can be savoured in the cosy dining room or al fresco on the outside deck, with its breath-taking views of the Virunga volcanoes.
- Nearby adventures include hikes into the Parc National des Volcans in search of the majestic mountain gorilla and the enchanting golden monkey, cultural excursions, bird watching and mountain biking trails and visits to a multitude of scenic destinations.
- Be adventurous and visit the lava flows outside Ruhengeri town.
- Sabyinyo is Rwanda’s first community-owned lodge, owned by SACOLA, a community trust that uses rentals and fees to drive socio-economic and conservation initiatives in the communities adjacent to the national park.
EXCLUSIVE LUXE VOYAGER VIP BENEFITS & BEST PRICE
We negotiate rates & benefits for our clients directly with the hotels’ senior management. Our rates match or in many cases are lower than the best online rate for the property. Our clients also enjoy a suite of extra VIP privileges and recognition while staying at a partner hotel.
- Complimentary room upgrade on arrival.
- Daily complimentary buffet breakfast for two.
- Up to $100 dining or spa credit per stay, and or in-house dining / spa discounts.
- Welcome amenities (wine/chocolates/fruit) and card from the GM.
- Complimentary private airport transfers.
- Complimentary roll-away bed if required.
- Early check-in and late check-out.
- Complimentary Wi-Fi.
- Enhanced recognition through VIP status at all touch points in the guest experience.
A complete or partial suite of VIP benefits will be offered, subject to the property T&C, including availability, category of room & length of stay.
For those interested in seeing the gorillas in their natural habitat Rwanda offers one of the best locations for Gorilla trekking. In the Park National des Volcans in Rwanda there are eight families of Mountain Gorilla living on the slopes of the Virunga Volcanoes that you can trek to see. For many, seeing gorillas in the wild offers a wildlife experience of a lifetime.
There are two habituated groups of Golden Monkey, one group comprises around 80 – 100 members and has its home at the foot of Mt Sabyinyo. As with treks to see the Mountain Gorillas, treks to see the Golden Monkeys take place in the mornings and visitors are permitted to stay for 1 hour with the monkeys. Departure for the Golden Monkey trek is from the Park’s Kinigi Headquarters at 07:00am. The number of visitors is not limited and the fee for a Golden Monkey permit is currently USD$100 per person per trek. Permits can either be arranged in advance or booked at the park headquarters on the morning of the trek. Porters can be hired at the entry point of the park.
Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge property extends over some 7 hectares (about 17 acres) and is a heaven for all kinds of local birds that do not easily thrive in the surrounding agricultural plots, where natural shelter is rare and disturbance by human activity high. Over 40 species of birds (of which a few species and or subspecies are endemic to the Albertine Rift forests) have been identified on and around Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge.
We have four good quality and well serviced mountain bikes available at the lodge for guests to use. We can arrange for one of our staff members to take guests on an escorted mountain bike ride to explore the local area. The staff members are keen mountain bikers and share their enthusiasm and knowledge of the local area during the excursion. The biking excursions take between one and two hours, and this activity is offered free of charge to all guests staying at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge. Please note that due to the very hilly terrain and the poor general conditions of most local tracks, biking in the area can be tough and physically demanding and as it is easy to lose ones way on the small rural tracks in the area, all bike rides must be accompanied by a member of the Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge staff.
We can arrange escorted walks in the area around Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge. These walks are lead by our staff members and provide a fascinating introduction into daily rural life in the Volcanoes area. The walk typically takes between one and two hours, is free of charge to guests staying at the lodge and normally takes place in the afternoon.
Iby’iwacu cultural village is located 15 minutes drive from Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge and is an interesting cultural excursion. The village convinced ex poachers to turn their back on poaching and instead perform for visitors. Visiting the village you can discover the traditional house of a local king, watch an authentic medicine man prepare herbal mixtures, try your hand at bow and arrow shooting or enjoy cultural dances and drumming performed by people from the local area.
For those interested visiting Dian Fossey’s original scientific base Karisoke, a trek is available from the Volcanoes National Park headquarters. Karisoke scientific base was established by Dian Fossey in the saddle area between two volcanoes; Mt Visoke and Mt Karisimbi (from which the name Karisoke is derived). The camp site stands at an altitude of around 3000m (over 9000 ft) and was abandoned during the unrest of the 1990’s. All that remains today is the graveyard where several of Dian Fossey’s favourite gorillas were buried. Dian Fossey is also buried near the graves of her beloved gorillas.
Between Musanze and the Ugandan border are two scenic lakes usually referred to as the twin lakes; Lake Bulera and Lake Ruhondo. They are fed by rivers and a lake in Uganda. The twin lakes area is very scenic, with steep and intensively farmed hills surrounding the pristine dark blue waters. They offer magnificent views over the whole of the Virunga Volcanoes (weather permitting). Walking and birdwatching are possible in the hills and at some points around the lakes, but due to the very steep character of the landscape most visitors prefer to drive up the small track leading to a lodge situated on the top of the hill overlooking both lakes to enjoy the scenery and have a refreshing drink.
Buhanga Sacred Forest is a true hidden gem. Despite its small size (around 31 hectares) the forest is a site of tremendous ecological importance and astonishing beauty. The forest takes on a different dimension depending on the time of day, season of year and weather conditions. Visitors walk beneath the cover of tall majestic trees and are rewarded by the sights of many different birds and colourful butterflies. A surprising network of trails made entirely from cut lava stones crisscrosses the forest and leads to various observation platforms and enables visitors to easily discover what the forest has to offer. The patches of open and closed forest provide excellent opportunities for watching the usually secretive birds and enjoying the almost magical atmosphere.
Long ago the mid altitude mountain range that extends in a North – South orientation all along Lake Kivu (generally referred to as the Congo – Nile divide) was covered with dense forests, most of which have now vanished. Around 30km outside the lakeside town of Gisenyi a remnant of this great forest still survives; Gishwati Forest. An ambitious project has been approved by the Rwandan authorities, aiming at re-foresting a much larger area of the Congo – Nile divide around Gishwati and in the longer run at re-connecting Gishwati forest with the Nyungwe Forest National Park through a natural forest corridor of more than 50km.
Located at around 80 km from Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge (2 hours by car), the lakeside resort of Gisenyi offers a pleasant contrast to the high altitudes of the Virunga Volcanoes. The atmosphere is tropical and the climate is mild, making it seem like the never ending springtime. Gisenyi rests in the nostalgia of its opulent past. Rich colonial mansions, surrounded by lush tropical gardens fringe the lake shore. With Lake Kivu as an ever present back drop and the impressive Nyiarongo Volcano (one of the most active volcanoes in the world) as a sentinel, Gisenyi offers a scenic day out. Visitors can enjoy a pleasant and relaxing day strolling down the palm-tree fringed lakeside promenade, enjoy the sunshine on the sandy beach on the lakeshore or take an energetic swim in the lakes cool waters.
Musanze Town (formerly know as Ruhengeri, but still widely used) is the most important town in Rwanda’s Northern Province and in the Volcanoes area. Musanze serves as the area’s administrative, commercial and service capital. It is a bustling town with plenty of local character. A daily market is held in the new market compound in the centre of town. All kinds of goods essential to the daily life of the local residents are sold or exchanged here and you can also find interesting souvenirs and handicrafts as well. The market is open all day, and is safe to visit provided you take the usual and evident precautionary measures. It is best visited accompanied by your driver-guide who can provide you with interesting information, help you find what you are looking for and assist you in the bargaining process.
There is something mystical and alluring about the lush forests and misty volcanoes and peaks of Rwanda where the mighty gorilla still roams free. Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge consists of individual cottages dotting the foothills of the towering 15,000ft volcanoes that make up the Virunga chain close to the headquarters of the Volcanoes National Park. From this base, it is a mere 3km before intrepid explorers will find themselves within the park where Diane Fossey once conducted her inspiring research—her scientific base is even reachable on one of the treks. Other treks include those to one of the eight gorilla families in the park, to the endemic golden monkeys, or the lovely twin lakes among others.
Additional activities in the area include mountain biking trails, lake cruises, and visits to the Iby’Iwacu Cultural Village. When you return, weary from your trek, you’ll no doubt appreciate the butler waiting to clean your gear and the fireplace in your sitting room. Six Cottages, one Family Suite, and two Suite Cottages are discreetly spaced and feature private verandahs while the main lodge contains a cosy bar, dining room, and outside decks. Set on the edge of the Parc National des Volcans in a lush green property of 11 hectares, Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge enjoys fabulous and dramatic views of the surrounding volcanoes.
Six cottages, two suites and one family cottage are vastly comfortable and very Rwandese: stone buildings with Rwandese terracotta tile roofs, locally flavored décor and chic Venetian plaster bathrooms. All guest cottages are discretely situated in the folds of the hills and amongst the verdant vegetation of the Sabyinyo property. Each beautifully appointed ensuite cottage, with its country-chic style and open log fires, is a perfect haven of warmth and luxury. The main lodge building is designed with the guest in mind. Assorted seating areas in the main lounge, reception and entertainment room provide for intimate privacy, or the opportunity to meet other guests, and open-log fires throughout create a luxuriously warm and inviting atmosphere.
Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge has six cottages. All are stone buildings with Rwandese terracotta tile roofs, and feature sitting areas, fireplaces and stylish en-suite bathrooms. Space heaters supplement the log fire to create a haven of warmth. A verandah invites you to relax and enjoy the lush bird-filled gardens.
Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge has one Family Cottage. The family Cottage is a stone building with Rwandese terracotta tile roofs. The double room comprises a large sitting area, fireplace, stylish en-suite bathroom with bath and shower, and a dressing room. The twin room enjoys an ensuite bathroom with shower. The rooms are connected via an expansive deck that invites you to relax and enjoy the views.
Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge has two suites. These extra spacious cottages enjoy an expansive sitting area, two verandahs, ensuite bathroom with shower and bath. Log fireplaces are set every night, and space heaters beside the beds create a haven of warmth in the cool mountain air.
Breakfast is a continental and full English buffet. We cater for special diets on request. Guests going gorilla trekking are provided with snacks.
Lunch and dinner is a set menu served in the main dining room.
We are able to offer a range of massage which can be done from the comfort and privacy of your room.