Mutanda Eco Community Centre (M.E.C.C) – Budget / Basic Safari Lodges in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park Uganda
Located just 6 kilometers away from Kisoro town in southwestern Uganda, Mutanda Eco Community Centre (M.E.C.C) is a community-owned eco-lodge located at the south shores of Lake Mutanda. The camp provides accommodation, camping facilities, and food. Because of the camp’s proximity to Bwindi and Mgahinga Gorilla National Parks, Mutanda Eco Community Centre is the perfect choice for accommodation for tourists who are considering mountain gorilla tracking.
The suite camp consists of a structure of a platform on pillars and a roof. The platform is lifted from the ground and provides a floor for a number of tents. The tents are provided by the Centre and work like a simple version of lodging, or an advanced way of tenting where you will not have to bring your own tent. Here one is protected from the ground and from the rain while keeping the feeling of camping. In future the roof will be covered with solar panels, gathering energy from the sun. The roof will also protect the suite camp from different weather conditions. The roof can also provide smaller windmills to compensate for days with less sun. The suit camp is already in place and it has three tents which can accommodate six people.
The Centre also offers ample camping place for those guests who do come with their own tents. The prices for such facilities are affordable and can be accessed on the M.E.C.C information board at the Centre or one can ask the staff members at the Centre. There are several ecotourism activities that can be carried out at Lake Mutanda and these include swimming, canoeing, boat riding, snake safari, otter viewing, and village visits. They also offer volunteer opportunities for clients interested in supporting community projects. The volunteer experience entails teaching swimming lessons to children, working at the health centers and teaching conservation education at the nearby Chihe Primary School.