Reviews of Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge
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We loved our stay at Sabyinyo: the location is stunning, rooms are large and comfortable and food and wine were both excellent. Above all, the service was exceptional in all respects (we especially loved the unexpected treat of having our muddy boots cleaned after each day's trek).
Yes, the stairs up to the main lodge and rooms are a bit of a challenge, especially after an exhilarating morning trekking gorillas - but it's worth the effort.
Can't imagine staying anywhere else.
Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge review
An exceptional lodge. The rooms and common areas are lovely, but it's the staff that really make the place special. They do everything possible to look after you and make sure you enjoy your stay -- from fitting your gaiters in the morning, to greeting you with a chilled drink when you return in the afternoon.
Lunches were delicious and we were very impressed with the selection of wines on offer and the bar service. Nothing seemed to be too much trouble and we were made to feel completely at home.
I would not hesitate to recommend Sabyinyo.
Amazing lodge in the Jungle
We loved our unique experience at this lodge. It was the perfect compliment to the incredible gorilla trekking.
The staff (including your own butler) is amazing and they will do anything to make you happy. The only drawback is the steep hike up and down to the parking area and the slipperiness of the stones on the walkway.
Fortunately, the staff assisted and did everything they could to make it easier.
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Great lodge by Volcanoes Park
Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge is a wonderful place to stay when visiting the Volcanoes National Park. They are perfectly set up - close to the park they make sure you leave having had a great breakfast, with a snack to take with you and gaiters and gloves, if needed. When you get back your boots are cleaned and there is a fire waiting for you in your room. The food was delicious and the staff cannot be more helpful and attentive - a very smooth operation.Read more about the whole safari
Excellent base for seeing Gorillas
A great base for gorilla trekking--and some great viewing. A unique and unforgettable experience. Both the lodge and the trekking were well organised. Facilities at the lodge were good.
However, we felt that the Lodge was in need of a make-over in the near future if it is to continue to command a premium price. It looked a bit tired.
Sabyinyo Silverback lodge and Rwanda gorillas
Sabyinyo Silverback lodge was a great start to our trip. It is the closest lodge to the Volcanos park entrance and this saves quite a bit of time in the early morning start when you visit the gorillas. It has a wonderful situation just under the Sabyinyo Volcano with views of several of the other volcanos too. The rooms are comfortable and well appointed, the communal areas large and comfortable. We were treated to a talk by the gorilla vets on our first evening which was quite unexpected and a great introduction.
It should be stressed that the lodge is just a lodge and does not organise your gorilla visits nor any other activities- these are done by your driver, in our case from the excellent and efficient 'Primate safaris' who met us in Kigali and stayed with us for all of the Rwanda section of our trip. Your driver will collect you first thing in the morning and take you to the park and will negotiate the details of gorilla treks for you- tell him everything you want or need- eg a short hike, an easy hike etc and be aware that a short hike may actually be a hard hike up steep mountainside- be careful what you ask for. If you want to go out say birdwatching after treking then don't expect your driver to know where to go. The lodge didn't currently know either although the new managers are trying to correct this, so for now do your homework before going- there is for instance a Government created birding circuit nearby that nobody knew about and I only discovered later. Once known about your driver will however take you wherever you want.
Gorilla trekking. Wonderful and worth the money and the treks- we had an easy trek day one and a very hard one day two but rounding the corner and seeing the gorillas makes it all worthwhile. Do hire a porter and do take garden gloves- Sabyinyo will provide gaiters for you.
A great place from which to see the gorillas.
We were extremely happy with this lodge, but you do need to be aware that there's a steep 250m hike from the car park to the lodge and a further climb up to the rooms. However, if you can't manage that then you're not going to manage a gorilla trek!
Excellent food and service. Very happy with our driver, Alex, from Primate Safaris.
Do the golden monkey trek BEFORE you visit the gorillas to acclimatise and to avoid disappointment by comparison with the awesome experience of seeing the gorillas up close and personal.
We also enjoyed fascinating visits to the Gorilla Vet Project and a local orphanage/school run by the Faith Foundation.
We loved Rwanda - safe, people very friendly, beautiful countryside and a lovely cool climate.
We stayed 4 nights at Sabinyo Silverback lodge and felt that was the perfect amount of time there.
Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge, great experience
Had a wonderful time at the lodge, our own lodge was very good, comfortable and generally of a very high standard, food was very good, staff were first class, nothing was to much trouble.Read more about the whole safari
The main lodge building was very comfortable, roomy and stylish with a large lounge and bar, information room, shop, reception and quiet seating area and a large airy dining room, plus an outside covered veranda with further comfortable seating. Large comforting wood fires featured in the two seating areas and in the dining room, rather nice in the early mornings and evenings when it could be a bit chilly. We were surprised to find quite a good wifi Internet signal available in the central areas of the main lodge.
The food was excellent; wholesome and tasty, well cooked and in good supply.
The individual bungalows were a treat; spread out over the hillside above the main lodge they were spacious and well designed with separate sleeping, resting, dressing and bathing areas, with a wood fire in the room and hot water bottles in the large bed to warm it each night it was very comfortable.
All the staff from the joint managers to the security people went out of their way to ensure you had an enjoyable stay. One of the nicest lodges we have stayed in over many trips in many countries.
The only negative: the uphill hike from the car park to the lodge and from the lodge to your bungalow. But you are there to hike to the gorillas, so if you can't manage a short steep section perhaps you should not be there at all!
(Half way through stay we found we were expected to move bungalows, we in fact moved to the suite we thought we had booked for the whole trip! Apparently we should have been told, but we were not?)