Near the centre of operations of the Parc National des Volcans, in the heart of the Virunga Volcanoes of Rwanda, Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge plays on the dramatic setting of clouds, green earth and towering forested mountains. Allow your imagination to conjure images of bygone eras, when the earth was young and the spirit of living creatures was strong and patient.
Lodge and Accommodation
With a philosophy deeply entrenched in conservation, the lodge is run and maintained by a host of ecologically minded departments and parties. However, no cost has been spared in creating facilities and suites that are luxurious, beautiful and fortified for all occasions.
The lodge’s reception area beckons guests with the soft lighting, polished timber flooring and plush furnishings. Each space, carefully designed to be warm and enticing, has a décor that illuminates timeless elegance. From the lounge’s crackling fire to the library area and gaming room, each nook allows guests to feel snug and cosy, yet free to roam. The designated patios peer out into the Virungas where the volcanos traverse three countries without interruption.
Choose to stay in one of the six cottages, two suites or single family cottage. Each one a stone-built marvel that flows into the green fields of the land where views in each direction are breath-taking. Modern en-suite bathrooms, comfortable king-size beds, roaring fireplaces and Venetian finishes contrast against the simplicity of the land without drawing attention away from its splendour.
Activities and Wildlife
Be sure to complete your yellow fever vaccinations before venturing to Rwanda, because you’ll be spending much time travelling through untouched forests where you’re bound to encounter the mountain gorilla. Allow all of your misconceptions about these animals to be dispelled as you see their gentle grace and their commanding glances. This is a moving experience that will remain with you all your days.
Tracking the golden monkeys, endemic to this region of Rwanda is another unique experience. As are birdwatching expeditions, mountain-biking the forests, visits to the local communities and stopovers to the Twin Lakes and Lake Ngezi. For those seeking more adventure and a mild challenge, climbing the mountains of M’Gahinga, Bisoke and Muhabura give you vantages over the land and a sense of accomplishment like no other. With all of these activities, it’s no wonder that travellers are already planning their next visits before they leave Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge.