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Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

Wilderness Sabyinyo Lodge

A community-owned lodge near Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park

Your home away from home beneath the mountains

Views of the Virunga Massif will have you spellbound here, as this cosy lodge sits within the foothills of some of Rwanda’s highest mountains. With just six stone cottages, each with bright airy decor that complements the natural surroundings, this lodge is an intimate place to hide away between adventures in the surrounding jungles. 

Whether it’s gorilla trekking or golden monkey tracking, or perhaps a cultural visit to nearby villages, your days here will always be enthralling. Return to the lodge and you can opt for a soothing massage to repair aching muscles after long hikes, or relax in the comfort of your cottage by the warming fire. If you prefer to stay put, you can wander the beautiful gardens and see endemic Rwandan birdlife within the lodge’s grounds.

With low-impact food on the agenda, you’ll dine on fine food made with vegetables from the lodge’s own gardens. Expect traditional Rwandan meals with sweet potato and plantain at its heart, each with its own modern twist invented by the creative chefs. And you’ll rest easy at night knowing this lodge is a community-owned endeavour, empowering locals to engage with the country’s popular gorilla tourism industry.


Community-owned lodge

Cottage with views over the volcanoes

Direct access to Volcanoes National Park for gorilla trekking

In-room massage

Local village visits

Organic vegetable garden on-site

Traditional cuisine served throughout your stay

The impact of your stay:

  • Wilderness Sabyinyo, Rwanda’s inaugural community-owned lodge, partners closely with the Sabyinyo Community Livelihood Association to drive social empowerment and conservation in the surrounding areas. Employing local staff and sourcing crafts locally, the lodge is dedicated to enhancing the region’s economic sustainability.
  • Situated near Volcanoes National Park in north-western Rwanda, Sabyinyo Lodge rests in the foothills of the Virunga Massif – a chain of eight volcanoes housing endangered mountain gorillas. Through a gorilla habitat expansion and reforestation project, Wilderness Sabyinyo plays a vital role in revitalising the indigenous landscape, promoting the resurgence of gorilla populations in the region.
  • In collaboration with Rushubi Primary & Secondary School near Sabyinyo and Volcanoes National Park, Wilderness has initiated successful eco-club programmes. These initiatives provide students a platform to deepen their environmental knowledge, while the partnership improves the school’s learning environment through initiatives like solar electricity, vegetable gardens, libraries, rainwater harvesting systems, and essential repairs and maintenance.
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