Mount Gahinga lodge

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Found in south-western Uganda, close to Kisoro Town, at the brim of Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is the beautiful Mount Gahinga Lodge, the only accommodation facility for travellers planning to trek the endangered mountain gorillas and the golden monkeys, climbing the Virunga Volcanoes and watching the numerous bird species. It opened its doors in 2002 thus making it the first place of lodging constructed by Praveen Momam.

The secluded Mount Gahinga Lodge is sprawled within the foothills of Virunga Volcanoes and boasts of an awe-inspiring backdrop of the three mountains that make up the massif extending across Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The elegant facility got its inspiration from traditional designs as well as buildings techniques, although it was redefined in 2019.

Accommodation options and in-room amenities within Mount Gahinga Lodge

The extraordinary hand-crafted Bandas at Mount Gahinga Lodge are in line with the magical aesthetic traditions of the aboriginal Bafumbira people, with echo local techniques and designs.

Visitors sleep in any of the 8 Bandas, 6 of which are standard while the other two are deluxe bandas. They are circular, grass-thatched and secluded with twin or double beds, airy sitting area, in-room safe, bottled water, changing room, luxury en-suite bathroom with a rain shower, short drop toilet and bucket shower, private terrace and fireplace existing within each of these Bandas with direct private footpath leading to the starting point of gorilla treks in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.

Mount Gahinga Lodge facilities and services

The main Lodge is constructed of stone, thatch and wood with Wi-Fi accessibility, a recently constructed sunroom or lounge, a fully-stocked bar serving cocktail, wine and whiskey menus, a spacious dining area and a stocked library with wide range of gorilla, conservation and Bwindi-related books. The old circular lounge area/sunroom has unique designs marked by locally-sourced and well-cushioned wicker sofas and armchairs, soft colorful cushions and natural lighting as well as wooden floors. The Central open log fire is just behind the main Lodge building with a spacious and welcoming feeling.

The healthy meals are prepared by some of the most seasonal and innovative chefs as a mix of local produce, meat, fresh fish and vegetables. Also provided at this luxurious Lodge is the massage room where you can always stop-by after an adventurous day in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, the gift shop with different artifacts, African clothing and footwear, to mention but a few. Laundry services, children-friendly activities, free parking, restaurant and public internet connection is provided at Mount Gahinga Lodge.

Adventures enjoyed by guests of Mount Gahinga Lodge

Some of the adventures enjoyed by guests of Mount Gahinga Lodge include gorilla trekking tours to the only existing habituated gorilla family (Nyakagezi), Climbing Gahinga, Sabyinyo and Muhabura Volcanoes, golden monkey tracking, guided forest walks, birding tours and visit to Batwa communities/villages. You can also hike to the Kisozi Caldera at about 500 meters from this Lodge with views of the stunning caldera formed by volcanic eruptions in addition to taking a visit to the Batwa Vocational school established by Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust.

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