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What’s your first thought when you hear “Rwanda”? Many people think of the dramatic political history which included the deaths of hundreds of thousands of ethnic Tutsis at the hands of Hutu extremists back in 1994.
The East-Central African country is quite a different place today. Rwanda has made substantial progress since then and is a very safe, clean, beautiful place to visit with your entire family.
In 2015, Rwanda ranked #5 in the world and #1 in Africa in Gallup’s Law and Index, an index measuring how safe people consider themselves to be walking home at night. Terrorist threats and violent crime are nearly nonexistent in the country. The capital city of Kigali is rated as one of the cleanest cities in the world. Umuganda is a monthly occurrence when stores close and Rwandans share in community services from repairing fences to picking up trash.
Rwanda is one of three countries where you can see endangered mountain gorillas. American zoologist Dian Fossey spent 18 years studying mountain gorilla behavior in this country and many are familiar with her book “Gorillas in the Mist”.
Guests to Rwanda also enjoy visiting the ancient Nyungwe Forest with its large population of primates, the game-filled savannas of Akagera National Park and beautiful Lake Kivu.
Coffee is one of Rwanda’s largest exports and is known for the delicate flavor with a hint of citrus. Coffee plantations thrive in the rich volcanic soils and the coffee industry has been a driving force in the economy. Tea plantations are beginning to boom as well.
The lodge is located minutes from the headquarters of the Parc National des Volcans (Volcanoes National Park) where walking journeys begin to see the magnificent Mountain Gorilla. Five double cottages are available at the lodge. The stone cottages roofed in Rwandese terracotta include large sitting areas, fireplaces, private verandas and bathrooms complete with Venetian plaster. Guests can enjoy meals in the dining room, on the outside decks or the limited room service for a private dinner on your balcony.
Sitting in the foothills of the Virungas, the chain of 15,000 ft volcanoes sprawling through Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda, the Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge has impressive views of the volcanoes and the local scenery. Governors’ Camp built and operates the comfortable lodge which is owned by SACOLA, a Community Trust, that uses fees and rentals to drive socio-economic and conservation initiatives in the communities around the National Park.
The Rwandan side of the Volcanoes National Park has more than half of the world’s mountain gorillas and is widely thought to be the best place in Africa to see them. Gorilla treks range from short to strenuous and either is quite likely to be an unforgettable experience
Visits to local villages and markets, mountain bike rides and other excursions can be arranged in the surrounding areas. Some may enjoy an easy hike to Lake Ngezi while others are interested in the more challenging journey to the site of Dian Fossey’s research camp. If you need some extra relaxation, massage treatments are also available.