Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge *****(Governors’ Camp Collection)
You are only a short hike from the mountain gorilla habitat at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge, located in the foothills of Rwanda’s Virunga range, where the world’s most endangered great apes, including those that the late Dian Fossey popularized. An encounter is unquestionably a privilege considering there are only about 790 gorillas left in the world. The resort is the ideal starting point for your guided trip because it is surrounded by lush flora and mist-crowned volcanoes. It provides welcoming lodging, delectable cuisine, and cheerful service. If you can, go right now (it’s an expensive location) and realize a dream.
The Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge
The cottages and the shared lodge structure have been exquisitely built and decorated to ensure your comfort. There are numerous reception rooms in the main structure, all of which are warmly inviting with fireplaces and large cushy sofas. There are also well-kept grounds outdoors, a restaurant and bar, a library, and a game room.
What you’ll love
The focus is squarely on the local communities and conservation at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge, the country of Rwanda’s first-ever community-owned resort, in addition to fantastic food and service.
Make time to visit Dian Fossey’s final resting site, which is located next to her favorite gorilla Digit and 20 other mountain gorillas. Dian Fossey was slain in 1985. The sight is incredibly emotional, although the walk is lengthy (60 to 90 minutes).
Something to think about
The lodge is located at a tough altitude of 2500 meters, and the grounds have some extremely steep steps.
The eight cottages at the lodge are evenly spaced apart, allowing you to relax and take in the breathtaking volcanic range in peace. Each cottage is roomy, featuring a comfortable sitting area with a fireplace, a bedroom that feels like home, a dressing room, and a huge bathroom with a bathtub and a shower that has hot and cold running water (there is electricity available around-the-clock). The cottages also offer a covered balcony where you may unwind, eat breakfast, read a book, or just take in the view.
- Bush Walks
- Although gorilla treks are undoubtedly the main attraction, there are still other worthwhile excursions available. Visit the nearby twin lakes of Bulera and Ruhondo, the ecologically significant Buhanga Sacred Forest, or hike to see the playful golden monkeys that are endemic to the high-altitude forests of the Volcanoes National Park. You can also explore the seven-hectare Sabyinyo property to see the more than 40 bird species that find refuge here.
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