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Sabyinyo Silverback
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Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge


... is located in the Virunga Mountains area of western Rwanda.

Situated 1km north of the park headquarters at Kinigi village, this is the closest lodge to the forest and is undoubtedly the premium location in the area.

The lodge itself is centred on a pleasant bungalow containing the main public areas, plus just eight cosy guest cottages ranged either side, one of which is a slightly larger suite, another a family suite.

The main activity is gorilla tracking, supported by golden monkey tracking, both close at hand. Village visits and other walking options are also possible.

Remarkably this tiny portion of the planet hosts almost a third of the world's wild mountain gorillas, with around 250 individuals in 10 troops, of which 8 are habituated to the presence of humans, which means that they can usually be approached without being scared off. This rich rainforest environment also contains over 120 mammal and 350 bird species.

Only 56 gorilla tracking permits are issued each day, so you need to book extremely early and pay up front to secure a spot to visit one of the more interesting and accessible gorilla families.

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