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Travel: Premier Eco-Tourism Destination Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge [Rwanda]

Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge - exterior

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At first glance Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge itself is relatively unassuming; however it’s the surroundings that grab you first, set in 11 acres of the lush, rolling landscape on the edge of the Parc National des Volcans, a premier eco-tourism destination in North-Western Rwanda.  Facing the imposing volcanoes that rise to almost 15,000 feet, Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge is located 7,000 feet above sea level in hilly terrain. Designed to maximise the striking views, the simple structures of the lodge are scattered; tucked away amidst the vegetation and comprise a central building hosting the reception, library, bathrooms, shop; and a dining/bar area that has an extensive outdoor area for guests to enjoy the calm. Five private, detached cottages offer privacy, in addition to 2 suites and a family suite;  all coming with a private veranda, sitting room, bedroom(s) and a bathroom. Large windows are designed to give optimal views of the surrounding vista. Because of the high altitude, it can get rather cool, so buildings constructed from local stone finished with a natural ochre coloured plaster have double thick walls to ensure that the warmth from the living room fireplaces remains. Topped off with terracotta tiles on the roof, the overall effect is a homely rustic feel.

Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge - accommodation

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Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge was conceived, built and managed by Governors Camp Kenya who made the decision to turn ownership of the lodge over to a community trust named SACOLA. SACOLA was set up specifically to receive the rental and income gained to fund socio-economic development and conservation objectives throughout the area. SACOLA’s initiatives encompass a range of programmes outlined here.

Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge - cottage interior
Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge - cottage bathroom

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A serene area about 2 hours drive from Kigali, one said to draw out the emotions; the Parc National des Volcans is a draw for those interested in catching a glimpse of the endangered mountain Gorillas in their natural habitats (note children under 15 although welcomed at the Lodge they are not permitted to go on Gorilla trekking) and visiting the picturesque lakes in and around the park. More importantly the area also draws those who want to pay homage to the victims of the genocide by visiting the various memorials. Be prepared to get some vigorous exercise, due to the hilly setting so you are warned to expect a bit of a trek from the car park to the main lodge and generally when you go out and about. 

Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge - cottage

[Image credit: Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge – Kiwi Collection]

…Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge comes across as a place that allows one to take the time to simply pause and reflect.

Additional details:
Prices currently shown on Kiwi Collection start from: £152/USD$246 approx per night
To find out more about Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge visit: www.tribes.co.uk/countries/rwanda

For bookings via Kiwi Collection visit: www.kiwicollection.com

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