Silverback Lodges was developed as a base for visitors to North Rwanda from which they could explore and visit the National Park and the gorillas and view the scenery and attractions of the area.
The site is located close to the park boundary and 5 km from the Park Headquarters. The selection of the site was limited by access, water supply and land availability. The site is at an altitude of 8,500 ft (2,590.8 metres) and its steep topography allowed for the development of an interesting lodge with fi ne views into the National Park and over the spectacular mountain scenery of the Ruhengeri area. The lodge has 16 beds in 8 double bedrooms, providing luxury accommodation to guests, with a high degree of personal service. The rooms are banda style rooms in a natural setting. A principal activity is gorilla tracking. Guests require a serious amount of pampering when they return from what can be an arduous walk and the lodge seeks to satisfy those needs. The main house accommodates the lounge area and dining area and a bar with a small library and information room. The altitude presents some design challenges and the site can be cold.
The building has been designed to provide a cosy atmosphere, reminiscent of a private house with the use of timber, brick and quarry tiles.
Project Location: Ruhengiri, Rwanda
Completion Date: January 2, 2007
Project Partner: Tim Vaulkhard
Project Architect: Pari Sowdhi