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Wilderness Sabyinyo - Rwandan design & craftsmanship

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Wilderness Sabyinyo is a community-owned luxury lodge located within Rwanda’s Virunga Massif. It offers a haven of harmoniously blended nature, tradition and comfort in the design and architecture, ensuring an authentic Rwandan experience. 


Wilderness Sabyinyo's core commitment to sustainability ensures a design ethos that seamlessly blends sophistication with the warmth and humility found in every Rwandan journey. Lead interior designer, Caline Williams-Wynn of Artichoke Design, noted that Sabyinyo’s décor choices aren’t just about aesthetics, but about crafting an immersive encounter for guests. “Through attention to cultural sensitivity and a meticulous integration of local elements, we curated an experience at Wilderness Sabyinyo that encapsulates the very essence of Rwanda”, she said.  


Renowned for its commitment to conservation and community empowerment, Sabyinyo’s interiors are guided by the lush landscapes and historical heritage of Rwanda. Drawing inspiration from the verdant surroundings, the lodge boasts a captivating colour palette primarily influenced by bamboo hues, mirroring its connection to nature. This blend of greens, reflected in wall finishes and furnishings, brings the outdoors in at every opportunity, fostering a tranquil and seamless link with the awe-inspiring surroundings.





With six charming stone cottages, two spacious suites, and a family cottage, each exquisitely designed room offers a serene retreat with cinematic views of the Virungas volcanoes. Guest rooms feature wood-finish flooring, complemented by hand-painted artworks from local artisans and rich layering in the rugs and textiles of choice. Each inviting room has an open fireplace, invoking true Rwandan hospitality.


Many of the inspirational paintings featured in Sabyinyo, including the indigenous botanical art displayed in each guest room, are the works of local Kigali-based fauvist artist Jean d’Amour Imanishimwe. Through his work, and his local gallery Huza Arts Rwanda, dedicated to showcasing the talents of young and upcoming artists, he reflects the wildlife, environment and natural resources of Rwanda. He strongly believes that art has the power to positively shift people’s perspectives by portraying the realities of daily life, struggles and aspirations.




Beyond its hospitality offering, Wilderness Sabyinyo, through SACOLA (the Sabyinyo Community Livelihood Association), continues its mission as Rwanda's first community-owned lodge.  SACOLA utilises rentals and community fees to drive socio-economic and conservation initiatives in nearby communities, emphasising a commitment to both wildlife preservation and community upliftment.


“Sabyinyo beckons our guests to engage with the stories of the land, the wilderness, the wildlife and the people. We are always thrilled to reveal Sabyinyo’s magic for our guests, and to contribute to their meaningful journeys of exploration and conservation”, concluded Manzi Kayihura, Executive Chairman, Wilderness Rwanda Board.


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