Sabyinyo, Rwanda

Wilderness Sabyinyo Newsletter – February 2023

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Love in the time of Wilderness

Wow! What a way to celebrate our one-year anniversary of being part of the Wilderness family. An amazing year, and we ended with a breathtaking month that is also known as the month of celebrating love. Despite being the shortest month, February was not short on wonderful love and memorable experiences for our guests, staff and, most importantly, our close community.

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The lower occupancy this month allowed our back-of-house teams to complete multiple projects in and around the lodge. These projects included our new official reforestation nursery, with the first 200 trees prepared – a fantastic start for something we have all been waiting a long time for.


The Sabyinyo staff gym was also launched this month. We started with a competitive race amongst the staff, and a big day of workouts and running. The fun part was hugging and exchanging roses with each other to express the love we all share for our amazing team.



Sabyinyo farm


Our Sabyinyo farming project has never been this productive, and with well-balanced weather this month we were able to harvest some fresh vegetables from our garden. Our chicken coop also produced lots of eggs. We encourage our guests to head down to the veggie gardens to see what they are being served for their meals at the lodge. A truly farm-to-plate experience.

Community housing project

On Friday the 24th of February 2023, a big ceremony took place in the villages just outside of Volcanoes National Park. SACOLA, the Sabyinyo Community Livelihood Association, was able to support 26 families with newly constructed houses and all necessary supplies. This project was made possible by SACOLA, with revenues generated from Wilderness Sabyinyo.

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Sabyinyo staff training at Wilderness Magashi


Patrick Bizimungu, Sabyinyo Junior Manager, had the opportunity to visit Magashi for a few days, working with its management team to get more familiar with Wilderness operations. He also had the opportunity to work with the back-of-house team, but most importantly, for the first time Patrick had both boat and game drive experiences, and was amazed how close he got to the elephants, and how big they are.


Wine training


This month we had a great opportunity for our service team to do its first wine training on-site with the Wilderness wine training team from South Africa. This training is often done online, so having the training on-site this time allowed the team to get a much more in-depth understanding, and some great practical experience with the tastings, and aromas involved. A valuable time.

“We had an incredible stay here to kick off our honeymoon! The staff were all exceptional, they made a point to learn our names and made sure that we had everything we could have wanted! We loved the cozy fire in our room, hot water bottles and the wakeup call with fresh coffee! Thank you to the whole Sabyinyo lodge team!” –M&A

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