Sabyinyo, Rwanda

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December 2022

December is known here at Sabyinyo for its well-balanced weather that allows villagers to harvest their crops, and delivers good weather for guests’ trekking experiences. It did not disappoint, as we had very good weather that allowed our guests to enjoy outdoor lunches, sundowner celebrations and cultural parties.

Our first Christmas and New Year as Wilderness Sabyinyo was celebrated wonderfully. Not only was the lodge beautifully decorated, but we had special Christmas and New Year’s Eve menus, and small gifts for all our guests.


We also celebrated Christmas with our surrounding community, donating 10 of our Sabyinyo sheep to families in need in our neighbourhood. The families were carefully selected by the Sabyinyo Community Committee. The Sabyinyo flock of sheep has been growing with the birth of new lambs, making this donation possible.


As December ends, we couldn’t think of a better experience to wow all our guests around the firepit than with sundowner drinks, traditional dancing, and storytelling, while enjoying the beautiful sunset over Mount Karisimbi, Bisoke and Mikeno. We introduced the Sabyinyo Igitaramo (sundowner) which, in Rwandan culture is held after a long and tiring day. Members of the village come together to celebrate their day around a firepit with drinks and food – very much how we come together with our guests and team of staff.

Wilderness family

As we continue celebrating being part of the Wilderness family, everyone at Sabyinyo wants to visit as many wildernesses as possible. We sent 2 of our staff to Bisate for a few days; Fidele, our head farmer, spent time with the agronomists learning about reforestation, & Ernest, our Housekeeper, got some additional experience at Bisate for a few days.

Last but not least, our management team also had the opportunity to visit a few neighbouring lodges, as well as the Twin Lakes, Burera and Ruhondo – known for their beautiful vistas of all five Rwandan volcanoes.


Guest feedback


“Thank you for an amazing experience! We loved the gorillas but we enjoyed spending time at the property and with the team just as much! Thank you for everything and we look forward to returning in the near future. With best wishes”. – S&M


“Thank you, Eric and Wilderness team, for a truly memorable stay. As always the visits to this paradise on earth are way too short and time goes too fast!  See you again in May! Merry Christmas”. – F.H


“We so enjoyed the warmth of the people,the fabulous cozy cottage, and the incredible views of the volcanoes. The trek to see the Susa group was unforgettable. Our stay here at Wilderness Sabyinyo has been one of the highlights of our trip. Many thanks”. – P&J


“We had an amazing time staying here, the staff went above and beyond to make us feel comfortable and at home. This is a beautiful people and cannot recommend this lodge enough to anyone who I will speak with”. – R&K


“Beautiful place with very beautiful people. Enjoyed every minute of the experience, National Geographic wildlife expedition picked a first-class place! I hope to return again in the future. Thanks again”. – D.S


“We had the best time and the service, food and the accommodation were amazing! The lodge thought of everything. We will always remember our time with gorillas and hospitality of Rwanda!” – M&R


“Thank you all for such a spectacular stay! We had the most amazing honeymoon surrounded by your fantastic staff. Amazing hospitality, delicious food and kind people. The gorilla trekking was mind-blowing and community walk is a special experience, highly recommended!” – S&A



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