Zakale Expeditions


Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge


OVERVIEW
Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge is situated on the edge of the Parc National des Volcans in North Western
Rwanda, in an undulating area of 11 hectares with fabulous views towards the Parc National des Volcans, its 5 volcanoes (comprising part of the Virunga Volcano range) and distant lowland agricultural areas. All guest cottages are discretely and privately situated in the folds of the hills, and each has its own unique view. The altitude of the lodge is approximately 7,000 feet above sea level so the climate is generally cool, and the volcanoes rise to a height of almost 15,000 feet.

ACCOMMODATION
Accommodation at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge comprises five double cottages, two suites and one family suite. All are stone buildings with Rwandese terracotta tile roofs, and feature large sitting areas, fireplaces, stylish en-suite bathrooms finished with Venetian plaster a dressing room and a sheltered veranda. Heat exchangers in the fireplaces provide a plentiful supply of hot water. The family suite has a second bedroom with en-suite bathroom.

ACTIVITIES

  • Gorilla Tracking
  • Golden Monkey Tracking
  • Escorted Bird Watching Walks
  • Escorted walks & Mountain Bike Excursions
  • Iby’lwacu Cultural Village
  • Trek to Dian Fossey Research Camp
  • Tours to twin lakes
  • Buhanga Sacred Forest
  • Visit to Musanze Market
  • Climbing Mt. Visoke
  • Scenic cruise to Lake Bulera & Russumo Falls Trek

COMMUNITY & CONSERVATION
The close relationship between the operations of the Lodge by Governors’ Camp and the Community Trust (“SACOLA”) that owns the lodge and is responsible for advancing socio-economic development and conservation objectives locally can be explored in the Community Awareness room in the main lodge building, or by visiting the various projects run by SACOLA.

FACILITIES
Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge has a main building housing the public areas including a reception area, bar, dining area, library / games room and shop. An attractive patio area extends outdoors from the dining room, and guests are invited to relax here with a drink and enjoy the beautiful views at the end of the day. A Community Information Area provides an insight into the region’s flora and fauna as well as the fascinating culture and history of Rwanda.

Virunga Lodge

OVERVIEW
The magnificent Virunga Lodge is set on a stunning hilltop in a spectacular location with a panoramic view of the Virunga volcanoes and shimmering lakes Ruhondo and Bulera. The lodge has been described as having “the best view in the world” and as “one of the finest lodges in Africa”.

ACCOMMODATION
The lodge’s eight bandas offer elegance and great comfort, with their ‘organic, bush-chic’ design reflecting the local building style. Luxurious, en-suite bathrooms, with full facilities including low-flush toilets and running solar hot water, allow you to enjoy all the comforts of home, while still being sensitive to the environment. Each banda has its own terrace with spectacular views of the volcanoes or lakes.

DINING
The communal lounge and dining room are cosy and perfect for sharing gorilla tracking adventures with fellow guests. The food is excellent, the drinks are plentiful. Don't miss the spectacular traditional dancing at sunset.

FACILITIES
The public areas of the main building include a reception, a comfortable lounge with a unique central stone fireplace and a dining area and bar. There is a cosy atmosphere and guests enjoy meeting here of an evening to share the day’s adventures. Meals are of a good standard, with breakfast and a three-course dinner served at the communal dining table. Picnic lunches are provided for guests who are spending the day on excursions.

ACTIVITIES

  • Visit Dian Fossey’s Grave
  • Track the Golden Monkeys
  • Climb a Volcano
  • Hike to the Waterfalls
  • Walk to the local village
  • Intore Dancers
  • Visit local Communtiy Projects
  • Visit a local school

Mountain Gorilla View Lodge

OVERVIEW
The Mountain Gorilla View Lodge is the new mid-range lodge in the area and is perfectly situated for gorilla tracking in Rwanda. Located very close (about 15 minutes) from the main headquarters of Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park (Parc National de Volcans), this is a very handy base from which to explore the area and organise treks to see the Golden monkeys and, of course, the mountain gorillas. This is a great location with superb views of the volcanoes.

ACCOMMODATION
The 30 individual cottages have been built on 4 acres of land on the slopes of Mt Sabinyo. The stone and thatch cottages each have en-suite facilities, a small lounge with a fire place and a private veranda. The cottages are of a good size and are well positioned to give them privacy from each other. Being at altitude, it can get cold therefore each cottage has a fire in the room.

FACILITIES
The lodge grounds are very well maintained and from here there are beautiful views of the volcanoes. Electricity and hot water are currently supplied by a generator which does not run all day but this may be changed to mains power very soon. The central area has a basic bar and a restaurant. We would advise you to you to dress warmly for dinners during the winter months. Stay here for the great location and super views without the need to breaking the bank.

ACTIVITIES

  • Visit Dian Fossey’s Grave
  • Track the Golden Monkeys
  • Climb a Volcano
  • Hike to the Waterfalls
  • Walk to the local village
  • Intore Dancers
  • Visit local Communtiy Projects
  • Visit a local school

 

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