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Take a walk through nature at Wilderness Sabyinyo

Wander our 31-acre grounds to learn about the native flora, explore our farm and have the chance to spot wildlife…

By Natasha and Nico
Managers of Wilderness Sabyinyo

Volcano views from Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

The nature walk at Wilderness Sabyinyo is a meditative experience that will help you reconnect with Mother Earth. One of our in-house ornithologists will guide you on the hour-long walk, pointing out some of the 50 different species of birds that live here. The trail winds through our 31-acre grounds and along the way, you’ll learn about the native flora, explore our farm and have the chance to spot wildlife. My favourite part is picking fresh produce from the vegetable garden and sharing that experience with guests.

The trail begins in our beautiful flower garden where we’re building a farm-to-table restaurant, and this leads to a trail that meanders through eucalyptus woods. We’re going to start harvesting the leaves to make essential oils and candles, a process we want to teach local farmers so they’re able to make and export eucalyptus products. We’re also re-wilding this area by planting indigenous trees so that the property merges seamlessly with Volcanoes National Park when they expand their boundaries over the next few years.

You’ll pass the barn, which is home to our fledgling artist-in-residency programme, and the large reservoir that we’re turning into an eco-friendly aquaponics area. Next, head through the colourful wildflower forest to our vegetable garden; we hope to be 95 percent farm-to-table in the next six months and grow enough food to feed all of our guests and staff. We also have 35 chickens and 25 sheep (our sustainable lawnmowers) who you’ll meet on the farm – we’re planning on introducing a Jersey cow too, so we can produce our own dairy products.

A highlight of the nature walk is the bamboo forest, which leads to a lava cave that was formed over 2.5 million years ago when the neighbouring volcano Mount Sabyinyo erupted; it has this amazing white fluorescent algae growing on top. Be sure to spend some time sitting on our meditation bench beside the stream which irrigates our tea plantation. If you’re lucky, you’ll spot our two families of golden monkeys jumping through the trees.


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Alfred & Natasha and Nico

Natasha and Nico are the managers of Wilderness Sabyinyo. While Nico has worked all over the world in the hospitality management field, Natasha has a background in art history, journalism, PR and events. Together, they moved to Rwanda and now co-run Sabyinyo, bringing a passion for sustainability and farm-to-table cuisine.
Natasha and Nico, managers of Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

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