A community-owned luxury lodge at the edge of Volcanoes Park

Sabyinyo is a community-owned collection of bespoke and luxury cottages nestled on the edge of Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park. Sabyinyo’s proximity to the park means the possibility of an indelible experience visiting its resident gorilla troop. The verdant forest is also home to various other rare wildlife species, including golden monkeys, Rwenzori sun squirrels, and — a big one for the birders — the brightly coloured Rwenzori turacos. Sabyinyo is owned by SACOLA (Sabyinyo Community Livelihood Association) and it offers various community-based activities for guests and are partners in the conservation programs that protect the local gorillas. The lodge is also home to a large organic garden, of which the produce is used in seasonal cuisine.

Stay Location

Facilities

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Rwanda is situated in East Africa and has a subtropical highland climate, with 2 rainy seasons and 2 dry seasons. The best time to visit Rwanda is from June to September and January, during the dry season. During this period, temperatures are pleasant and rainfall is minimal, and it is also the best time to spot gorillas. The long rainy season runs from February to May and the short rainy season runs from October to December. Temperatures during the rainy seasons can be quite hot and humid.

Rooms

Cottage

The stone Cottages were designed in the classical Rwandan style using terracotta tile roofs, and offer stunning views of the volcanoes and lush surrounding vegetation from private verandas. Each cottage can sleep 2 people and includes a luxurious en-suite bathroom, as well as a log-burning fireplace.

Family Cottage

The stone Family Unit is made up of 2 separate bedrooms, each with its own luxurious en-suite bathroom, and connected by a private veranda that overlooks the lush surroundings.

Suite

The Suites offer the perfect blend of luxury and Rwandan flair, and come complete with a large four-poster king-size bed and spacious en-suite bathroom. Each suite also has a log-burning fireplace and a veranda offering breathtaking views of the volcanoes and surrounding mountains.