- Type: Lodge
- Summary: Situated in the foothills of the Virunga Mountains
- Feature: Trekking to see endangered Mountain Gorillas
- Rooms: 6 cottages, 2 suites & 1 family cottage
- Nearest airport: Kigali International Airport
Location and transfer
2 hours from Kigali Airport by car transfer, followed by a 10-minute walk up a steep hill. NB: Visas are required for Rwanda.
Compact, charming and authentically Rwandan, the lodge’s luxurious accommodation compromises six one-bedroom cottages, two one-bedroom suites and a dedicated family cottage – complete with two en suite bedrooms connected by a shared veranda. Each is spacious and private, featuring a sheltered veranda, living room with fireplace, bedroom, dressing room and bathroom with lovely Cinnabar Green toiletries, handmade in Kenya with natural ingredients. Wi-Fi is available throughout the lodge.
From full breakfast buffets to exquisite set menus for lunch and dinner, meal times at Sabyinyo are always a treat. Snacks are also provided for guests heading out on gorilla treks.
This lovely lodge is perfectly placed to embrace the wonderful wildlife of the Volcanoes National Park. Head out with an expert tracker as you hike in search of the hundreds of mountain gorillas that live on the slopes of the Virunga Mountains, before unwinding back in your cosy cottage. There are also trekking routes dedicated to spotting the golden monkey, while the park’s prolific birdlife is sure to impress.
Culture & History
As well as the incredible wildlife, a stay here allows you to learn more about the local culture. A private village tour sets off from the lodge, on which you can meet villagers going about their daily activities, joining in with local song and dance, or trying your hand at grinding sorghum with a stone. This emphasis on the local community continues through the camp’s ownership by SACOLA, a community trust that uses the income to drive socio-economic and conservation initiatives in the locality.