Lodges

Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

Go ape with the giant mountain gorillas of Rwanda

Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

At Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge, in the foothills of Rwanda's Virunga range, you're just a short trek away from mountain gorilla territory, home to the world's most endangered great apes – the same giants that the late Dian Fossey introduced to the world. Just 790 or so of the gorillas remain, so an encounter is a definite privilege. Surrounded by lush vegetation and mist-crowned volcanoes, the lodge is the perfect place from which to start your guided trek. It offers comfortable accommodation, good food and happy staff. Go now, if you can (it's not a cheap destination) and fulfil a dream.

At the lodge

The hotel

The communal lodge building and the cottages have been beautifully constructed and furnished to make sure you're comfortable. In the main building are several reception rooms, all very welcoming with fireplaces and big squidgy sofas. There's also a restaurant and bar, a library and games room and, outside, well-maintained gardens.

The rooms

The lodge's eight cottages are well spaced, so you can sit back and gaze at the dramatic volcanic range in peace. Each cottage is spacious, with a cosy sitting room with a fireplace, a home-from-home bedroom, a dressing room and a large bathroom with a bath and shower with hot and cold running water (there's 24-hour electricity). The cottages also have a sheltered balcony designed for relaxing, enjoying breakfast or losing yourself in a book or the scenery.

On safari

Experiences

Gorilla treks are clearly the prime reason for visiting, but other interesting outings are also offered. Hike to see the playful golden monkeys that are endemic to the high-altitude forests of the Volcanoes Park; explore the seven-hectare Sabyinyo property to see the 40-plus bird species that shelter here; investigate the surroundings and local villages on foot or mountain bike (with a guide); or visit the nearby twin lakes of Bulera and Ruhondo and the ecologically important Buhanga Sacred Forest.

When to go

Volcanoes by month

January

Season: Dry

February

Season: Dry

March

Season: Wet

April

Season: Wet

May

Season: Wet

June

Season: Dry

July

Season: Dry

August

Season: Dry

September

Season: Dry

October

Season: Wet

November

Season: Wet

December

Season: Dry

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