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Situated at the foothills of the mighty Virungas Volcano chain, Wilderness Sabyinyo is tucked away in an incredible forested ecosystem and is the ideal base from which to explore these volcanoes and trek Africa's magnificent mountain gorilla's through the forests.

The lodge is only a few minutes away from the entrance to Parc National de Volcans where you can set off on an unforgettable gorilla-trekking expedition and spend up to an hour observing these gentle giants in their natural habitat. You can also go in search of the rare golden monkey or visit the beautiful lakes of Kivo, Burera, Ruhondo and Karago. Alternatively, enjoy hiking nature trails, joining community walks and taking advantage of massage treatments in this beautiful locale.


  • Ideally located for mountain gorilla treks and golden monkeys
  • At the foot of the Virungas Volcano chain
  • Incredible, dense forested surroundings
  • Nature walks to find golden monkey troops
  • Comfortable, welcoming stone cottages
  • Fireplaces for cosy evenings
  • Community-owned property and you can join on community walks


  • Biking
  • Bird watching
  • Gorilla tracking
  • Local village visits
  • Guided walks
  • Hiking
  • Nature drives
  • River cruises
I loved the freestanding luxury cottages with beautiful views and a lovely big bath to relax in after a day of trekking. The communal areas were really inviting with a burning fire to welcome you in. Great food and accommodating staff make this the perfect stop off for luxury travellers wanting to experience the gorillas.
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The solid, rustic stone buildings are masterfully constructed and beautifully appointed to offer you the most comfortable, yet relaxed, accommodation. Choose between six double cottages, two suites and one family suite.

The double cottages are spacious and welcoming and feature large sitting areas, fireplaces, stylish en suite bathrooms and a dressing room. The large windows offer beautiful views of the surroundings while the sheltered veranda creates a wonderful place to relax in the afternoon. Bathrooms have showers and tubs.

For the more discerning traveller, the two suites offer an elegant retreat with all the features of the cottages, but creating a more personalised and private experience. The family suite is perfect not only for families, but also two couples enjoying a holiday together. It has a second bedroom with en suite bathroom and a large veranda on which to relax and enjoy each other's company.


The common areas at Sabyinyo offer you a choice of places to relax after a day in the forest. The library and games room will keep the whole family entertained while the sitting room is the ideal place to relax with a glass of red wine or a steaming cup of coffee.

The bar area offers an extensive range of drinks, spirits and beers and opens out onto a large, spacious deck that is ideal for a social drink while the sun sets.


Sabyinyo has its own restaurant where you will enjoy delicious meals three times a day. When it is warm outside, you can sit on the outside decks, enjoying the scenery. In winter, the indoor restaurant area creates a cosy dining venue, with the fire crackling in the corner. A picnic lunch can also be arranged on request for those who feel like combining their meals with the many excursions available in the area.

General facilities

  • Bar
  • Computer facilities
  • Laundry Service
  • Library


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Dates Board Price
2022-06-01 — 2022-10-31 Full Board Plus (Meals & Select Extras) $1,400
2022-11-01 — 2022-12-15 Full Board Plus (Meals & Select Extras) $1,070
2022-12-16 — 2023-02-28 Full Board Plus (Meals & Select Extras) $1,400
2023-03-01 — 2023-05-31 Full Board Plus (Meals & Select Extras) $1,180
2023-06-01 — 2023-10-31 Full Board Plus (Meals & Select Extras) $1,700
2023-11-01 — 2023-12-15 Full Board Plus (Meals & Select Extras) $1,180
2023-12-16 — 2023-12-31 Full Board Plus (Meals & Select Extras) $1,700

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently. Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice.
  • Single supplements may apply.
  • Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.
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Wilderness Sabyinyo

Dean Lunn

"Staff at the Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge were friendly and extremely helpful. The gorilla trek was exciting (we each were touched/punched by a gorilla – big and small). Food, lodging, staff, game viewing – all an excellent experience."

Doug Lougheed

Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge was everything we expected and more. There were few people at the lodge so we were taken care of especially well. The trek to Dianne Fossey's gravesite was very emotional on a number fronts but the hike up the mountain was w ell worth it and the guides were great.
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Cathy Beach

The Silverback lodge was superb... fine accomodation, good food and nice people. It's not for the faint of heart.... the access road is horrible... although that apparantely is to be fixed up soon.... and the climb to reach the lodge, and then anoth er to reach the room are significant..... but if you are going to see the gorillas, you need to be pretty fit anyway. Seeing the gorillas is truly fantastic. I love being in the open vehicle and watching elephants cross the road in front of it, or a lion stroll past it, but with the gorillas, being on the ground and maybe a foot away puts the experience on a whole different level.
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