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Mount Gahinga Lodge

Mgahinga National Park, Uganda

Silver price level

Mango Opinion

This is the nicest accommodation option in Mgahinga National Park. Even better it has just realunched after a nice renovatioan and update. Gorilla trekking is available here, but can be spotty as the one family group in the park can move into Rwanda and Congo at times. Still worth a stop though with great hiking, golden monkeys and cultural visits.

Mount Gahinga Lodge, close to the Mahinga National Park entrance, sits on a hillside in the shadow of three towering extinct volcanoes; Muhabura, Sabyinyo, and Gahinga. The lodge has a beautiful garden and is surrounded by rural housing and cultivated land be4ing lovingly developed by the friendly local people.

The Lodge has 8 circular thatched cottages spread throughout the grounds. The cottages have private bucket showers and long drop toilets, similar to those found in remote safari camps, along a short corridor from the bedroom. Each of the cottages has its own veranda which, like the bar and dining room, looks across the valley with Lake Mutanda in the distance.

Mgahinga National Park is in the far southwest of Uganda close to the borders of both Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Although mountain gorillas do live in Mgahinga National Park, they are not always present in Uganda, moving across to the neighboring national parks in Rwanda or Congo for months on end. It is therefore more normal to plan a day walk to climb one of the volcanoes or to take part in a nature walk or a trip in a dugout canoe on Lake Mutanda. Those not wishing to take part in any of the above activities and want to simply relax at the lodge can enjoy watching the birds attracted by the flowers and trees on the grounds.