Mount Gahinga Safari Lodge – Luxury Safari Lodges in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
The Mount Gahinga Safari Lodge is situated at the foot of the Virunga chain at Uganda’s smallest park – Mgahinga Gorilla Park. Rounded by Mounts Sabinyo, Gahinga, and Muhuvura, this unique lodge has stunning scenery around it and its nine Banda huts. Every room’s design is got from ancient traditional Batwa culture paired with world-class comfort as well as a beautiful garden with rustic styles setting. This lodge is “located in a stunning location at the base of brooding volcanoes” (Lonely Planet).
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is home to, rare golden monkeys, Unique Mountain Gorilla, the extinct Volcanoes of the Virunga, atmospheric bamboo forests and the sacred Ngarama Cave – once home to the King of the Batwa Pygmies. When visitors get done with all activities organized in the day such as mountain Hiking, Wild Game viewing, and cultural trekking there is no better place to relax than Mount Gahinga Lodge.
The lodge is the best place to relax after your Uganda Safari and what makes it different from others is that it has a massage room, warming open fireplace where visitors can chill in the evening hours, delicious three-course meals and blissful views of the mighty volcanic peaks, this lodge is a wonderful place to recuperate after your Ugandan adventures.
Guests are guaranteed a great night’s sleep in our comfortable separate cabins, surrounded by nice-looking terraces and gardens to make the most of the views and native birds and butterflies.
The Lodge provides a number of Amenities and these include; Restaurant and bar, Open fireplace, Laundry service, On-site wildlife viewing, Outdoor sitting area for bird watching, surrounded by wild plants, A sunroom facing the volcanoes and Solar power. The Lodge’s room description is that it has eight attractive bandas which are nestled in the wild gardens at the foot of the Virunga Volcanoes.
All bandas have their own specific seating area with even privates bathrooms, composting toilets and bush showers.
Lighting is solar powered, making them extremely environmentally friendly. Mountain Gahinga Safari Lodge has a variety of activities to Guest as seen below. Guests can spend the day climbing the Muhavura Volcano. (Elevation 4137 m) Its name means “the guide.” The typical cone-shaped mountain provides some of the best views in the country. Most of the climbing activities are carried out on a rocky surface full of grasses and small shrubs. Hikers are rewarded with the view of the Virunga Volcanoes when they reach on the top.
While at this lodge guests can spend their day climbing the Gahinga Volcano. (Elevation 3473 m) A hike, which takes you about 6 hours round trip, goes through a good example of a pure bamboo forest. Gahinga once had a crater lake on top but time has changed it into a lush swamp. (Distance to the swamp is 8 km). Guests can take part in a full day Batwa pygmy experience. This cultural walk begins at the base camp, which is located almost 30 minutes from the lodge. Members of the Batwa community and Ugandan Wildlife Authority guides help take to take visitors through the dense forest and educate visitors on the Batwa ways of life. You will see traditional dwellings, shoot with bows and arrows, learn about medicinal and edible plants, and visit the Garama Cave for a song and dance performance.
Luxury/Upmarket Safari Lodges, Midrange/Standard Safari Lodges, Budget/Basic safari lodges in Mgahinga Gorilla Park.
Countryside Guesthouse Kisoro: Countryside Guest House is located a few minutes’ walks from Kisoro town Centre. At Countryside, you will be welcomed with genuine warmth and friendship. We are surrounded by rolling hills, evergreen farms and splendid views of the Virunga Volcanoes. We are ideally located for visitors planning to visit the Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and the Nkuringo sector of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Read More
Virunga hotel and campsite: It is a small and friendly hotel situated behind the National Parks office in Kisoro town on Mutanda Road. The hotel offers a cozy atmosphere and is furnished in warm colors with welcoming public areas. On-site amenities include a bar, a breakfast room and a 24-hour front desk with an experienced staff who will be pleased to provide you with any information you may need. Read More
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is one of the Uganda Gorilla trekking safari destinations but it also has several attractions that enable a number of several Uganda Safari activities in this amazing Mgahinga Gorilla Park. This portal willl let you know when to visit for Gorilla Safari in Uganda, where to stay in and around Mgahinga park during your Uganda Gorilla Safaris. This park attained its name Mgahinga from the local Bafumbira people who named this place “Gahinga” in their traditional dilect “Lufumbira” which means “piles of volcanic stones” that that piled up in the lowlands area where their farm lands were.
This park can be accessed by both air and road transport.
The park can be accessed using Kampala- Kabale- Kisoro road. The Kampala –Kabale section covers 434 km of a well-tarmacked road. it takes you about an 8-hour drive to get to Kabale. From Kabale –Kisoro section covers 76km tarmac of the mountainous road with sharp turns and steep slopes. It takes about 2 hours to get to Kisoro. From Kisoro to Ntebeko park center it is a distance of 14km which takes less than an hour on a gravel road.
While using public transport in Uganda, you can book a bus to Kisoro from Kisenyi bus terminal at a fee of 35000shs and this will take you about 10 hours to get to Kisoro.
It’s also worth noting that the park can also be easily accessed from Rwanda with many daily commuter buses from Kigali to Kisoro via Cyanika or Katuna border posts. From Kigali to Cyanika border is 205 km and from Cyanika to Kisoro is 11 km
Accessing mgahinga national park using air transport.
There are various air companies that operate flights to nearby Kisoro airfield Aerolink. Aerolink has 1 daily flight from Entebbe international airport to Kisoro. The flight departs Entebbe international airport at 0745hrs and lands in Kisoro at 08:55hrs, the return flight departs Kisoro at 09:10hrs and lands at Entebbe airport at 11:25hrs. Aerolink club uses the Caravan aircraft equipment that has a carrying capacity of 11 passengers and 2 flight crew members. Aerolink charges about 320$ for a one way to Kisoro.
Fly Uganda. Fly Uganda also has daily flights to Kabale airfield, these flights depart from Kajjansi airstrip at 08:00hrs at a cost of 290$ one way and a minimum number of 2 passengers.
Other private aircraft carriers to Mgahinga national park include- Air Serv- Limited, The Mission Aviation Africa(MAF).