Volcanoes National Park

Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge


Volcano views

Sabyinyo, Rwanda’s first ever community-owned lodge, can be found in a scenic hilltop position looking out across the surrounding countryside and up to the imposing peaks of Volcanoes National Park.

Surrounded by verdurous grounds – a haven for birdlife – are six handsome cottages, two suites and a family cottage. Built from stone with Rwandese terracotta tile roof. Each features a large sitting area, fireplace for cool nights, en suite bathroom, and a sheltered veranda. The family cottage comprises two independent rooms connected by a shared verandah.

The main lodge building contains a fire-warmed lounge, dining area and library, along with outdoor terrace areas making the most of the views.


At a glance

  • Six cottages, two suites and one family cottage

  • Dining room and bar

  • Lounge and library

  • Outdoor terrace

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    Gorilla trekking

    Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge is a great base for gorilla trekking, located just 15 minutes from the Volcanoes National Park headquarters where they start each morning.

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    Golden monkeys

    Trekking to see the golden monkeys is another highlight of Volcanoes National Park. A subspecies endemic to the high altitude forests here, they are playful and inquisitive and often spend their time leaping from bamboo branches or frolicking on the forest floor.

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    Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge property extends over some 7 hectares and is a heaven for all kinds of local birds. Take a guided walk with a birding guide to spot some of them.

Community & Culture

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.

SACOLA began its socio-economic development programs and conservation initiatives in Kinigi, the area adjacent to Volcanoes National Park in 2006, and in the years since its inception, SACOLA’s programs have directly benefited over 5000 households in the Kinigi area. Since opening Sabyinyo, SACOLA has received nearly US$4 million from the lodge and its guests which has facilitated many community projects and conservation projects


SACOLA’s programs also support the excellent conservation work being done in the region by African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) and its local partner, the International Gorilla Conservation Programme (IGCP).

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