Settle in for a very interesting and scenic journey from the airport - be ready with your camera as it is a photographers delight !
Location, Location & Location, looking out to Mt. Sabyinyo is stunning, what ever the time of year, its very much like a moving picture - worth the time to just sit and stare!
The welcome was warm and friendly but also informative at the same time...
The food had tasty flavours and the chef was very attentative to your needs, soups and salad were great, try the local peanut sauce! ...Alcohol is covered if you like a tipple or two.
We were greeted by no less than David Richards (relief host of the lodge) who has written a few wildlife books and has some lovely stories to tell over dinner, should you opt for company.
Dvd's are available to watch in the main lodge lounge - nothing like 'Gorilla's in the Mist' to get you in the frame of mind...
The altitude is high and therefore the pace slower... The lodge climate was a little tropical, layers for clothing are best depending on the time of year. Gaiters/gloves/torches/spare rain coats, are available at the lodge.
A camera is a must, light can be a challenge, depending where you find the Gorilla's, especially if amongst the bamboo. Be decisive and selective on the lens you choose, the staff are knowledgeable with this.
If you want to feel like giving something to the local children whist trekking - pens/pencil/rubber or paper is a good option...
If you can take a porter to carry even a small bag - they also help in the more challenging terrain, it is recommended, as it not only helps locals, but some in the past have been associated with poaching and the $'s might influence them to continue to porter...
The Golden Monkeys are worth a trip - very different, playful and fun bunch...
What is delightful - after trekking, you put your trainers/shoes/boots back on and they are immaculate as if new - magical, as is the warm fire and hot water bottles they prepare at night for your room - all this is the staff's friendly service and attention to detail
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge is located in the foothills of the Virunga Volcanoes. Situated close to the gates of the Parc des Volcans National, it is the perfect base for Gorilla trekking. This is a community lodge, it was built and is operated by Governors Camp but is owned by the local community trust that use revenue generated from the lodge to drive socio-economic projects. Eight cottages provide wonderful views of the surrounding countryside and volcanoes. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Sabyinyo Silverback Hotel Ruhengeri
- Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge Rwanda/Ruhengeri