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Mount Gahinga Lodge Mgahinga Gorilla


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Mount Gahinga Lodge Overview & Where Is It Located?

In keeping with its name – gahinga translates into “a pile of lava stones” – Mount Gahinga Lodge is built with rock detailing that gives it a pleasing appearance. Located close to the main gate of Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, this mid-range safari vacation accommodation is set amid the lush greenery of beautifully landscaped gardens and offers breathtaking views. Spend time in its cozy lounge, which has a fireplace and windows all around. Wooden rafters hold up the thatched roof and add a rustic charm to the lodge, while hand-crafted curios, hardwood floors, area rugs, and gaily-printed cushions liven up the spaces. You can relax on the open verandah while reveling in the vistas of volcanic cones in Mgahinga Park. The lodge also has a spa, where massage facilities are made available to the guests.

Key Takeaways

  • Built with rock detailing in keeping with its name “gahinga” meaning “pile of lava stones”
  • Offers easy access to the main entrance of Mount Mgahinga National Park
  • Located within lush, green tropical gardens with spellbinding views
  • Spa for getting expert massages after trekking expeditions
  • Rustic ambiance with a fireplace, wooden rafters, thatched roofs, and handmade curios
Mount Gahinga Lodge Mgahinga Park View

What To Expect At Mount Gahinga Lodge Accommodation?

Key Takeaways

  • Deluxe Safari Tier 2 Experience. Total of 8 banda rooms including 2 deluxe banda rooms with a conical papyrus roof
  • Choice of rooms with a double bed or twin single beds
  • Personal butler assigned to each unit to take care of the needs of the guests
  • Stone fireplace where a fire is built to keep the interiors warm and cozy
  • Ensuite bathroom with bathrobes, hairdryers, and solar-heated water for showers provide with buckets
Mount Gahinga Lodge has just 8 rondavel-style banda rooms, each with a deep covered porch and conical papyrus roof. Guests can choose from rooms with one double or two single beds for their stay. Like the lounge, the chalets have hardwood floors, small indoor and outdoor seating areas, and a wooden chest at the foot of the bed. Area rugs add to the comfort of the rooms, and your personal butler will light a fire in the stone fireplace to warm your room during the cool evenings. Power outlets are available in each room to charge electronics during your stay in Mgahinga (best time to visit). Ensuite bathrooms feature stone detailing with a sectioned-off shower area. Bathrobes and hairdryers are provided for guest use, and solar panels heat the shower water.
Mount Gahinga Lodge Accommodation Mgahinga

Things To Do (Activities & Tour Attractions) & Why Visit Mount Gahinga Lodge On Mgahinga Safari?

Key Takeaways

  • Trekking to see the only gorilla family of Mount Mgahinga, the Nyakagezi group
  • Sightings of other beautiful primates like the blue monkey and golden monkey
  • Interacting with the local Batwa people, traditionally known as “the keepers of the forest”
  • Visiting the Garama Caves that have great historical significance for the Batwa
  • Hiking around the extinct Gahinga, Sabinyo, Muhavura volcanoes, and Kisozi Caldera, and bird watching excursions
The breathtaking views from the lodge grounds are only a prelude to the incredible natural beauty of Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, which you will see on your gorilla-trekking safari in Uganda. The reserve is home to just one of the gorilla families in the Virunga Volcanoes – the Nyakagezi group. While you may be lucky enough to spend time with them, the park also hosts the famed golden monkey and blue monkey, in addition to 39 other mammal varieties and close to 115 bird species. Tracking the primates might be the highlight of your holiday, but you must also take time to visit the local Batwa community. Understanding their ancient way of life is truly enlightening, and you will see why they have the title of “keepers of the forests.”

Mgahinga Gorilla Park also has other exciting tour activities that you can indulge in, including traveling to the Garama Caves, which have great historical significance for the Batwa. Go on hiking trails to explore the beauty of the extinct Gahinga, Sabinyo, and Muhavura volcanoes, or check out the Kisozi Caldera. You can also go on bird-watching excursions to look for some of the avian species that call the reserve home.
Mount Gahinga Lodge Safari Mgahinga Tour

How Is The Dining At Mount Gahinga Lodge?

Key Takeaways

  • Serves delicious meals to the accompaniment of fine wines and alcoholic drinks
  • Dining area located within the main lounge
  • Orders taken for specific dietary preferences like lactose-free dishes
  • Selection of exciting global and traditional Ugandan preparations
  • Indoor dining on long tables to interact with fellow travelers
The lodge provides delicious meals accompanied by alcoholic drinks and wines, all of which are served in the lounge-dining area. House drinks are included in the price; though, premium wines are available at an extra cost. The chef caters to special dietary preferences (like lactose-free) on request. Tour guests will have the opportunity to try authentic Ugandan cuisine during meals. On request, you can also have al fresco dinner underneath the African starry sky.
Mount Gahinga Lodge Meals Mgahinga Dining

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Pros & Cons At Mount Gahinga Lodge In Mgahinga

What We Like About Mount Gahinga Lodge

  1. Located close to the main gate of Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, offering easy access to the trailhead for gorilla tracking excursions.
  2. With just 8 rooms, touring guests can enjoy a tranquil, personalized safari experience.
  3. Offers stunning views of the lush greenery and volcanoes of the reserve.
  4. Spa providing one complimentary massage per stay to ease sore muscles after gorilla-trekking trips.
  5. Eco-friendly establishment, with solar panels to generate power for lighting and heating shower water.

Things To Note When Staying At Mount Gahinga Lodge

  1. The owner of the lodge supports the indigenous Batwa tribe through Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust.
  2. Deluxe rustic establishment for discerning vacationers offering excellent value. Not a luxury lodge.
  3. Access road to the lodge is very bumpy, and navigation takes time and patience.
  4. The only proper tourist accommodation in Mgahinga, and the lack of competition may curb improvement of standards.
  5. Limited availability during peak season; guests should make bookings 12-18 months in advance. There is always a possibility of the resident gorilla family, Nyakagezi, traversing into the neighbouring countries i.e. Rwanda or Congo.
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When staying at Mount Gahinga Lodge during your gorilla trekking safari in Uganda, we recommend combining it with Queen Elizabeth, Murchison Falls, and Kibale (chimpanzee safari) alongside your city tour visits of Kampala and Entebbe.

You may optionally extend out to other wilderness areas such as Bwindi to track down gorillas in a different park, Jinja for whitewater rafting on the Nile River, and Semliki, Lake Mburo or Kidepo for an offbeat wildlife tour.

You can end your vacation on the beach at Lake Victoria or even extending out to the exotic spice island of Zanzibar or Lamu, or even Mombasa.

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