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Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Uganda
Mount Gahinga Lodge
- Positioned in the foothills of the Virunga Volcanoes
- A rustic charm that creates an absorbing atmosphere of tranquility
- Gorilla tracking, volcano walks and many more adventures
Facilities includeWiFi Massage house Fully stocked bar
- Guided Walks
- Birding Tours
- Golden monkey tracking
- Batwa Vocational Centre
- Mountain gorilla tracking
- Batwa Heritage Experience
- Hiking The Virunga Volcanoes
- Trekking For The Endangered Golden Monkeys
Seasons in Uganda
About Mount Gahinga Lodge
Mount Gahinga Lodge nestles in the foothills of the Virunga volcanoes on the border of Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Mounts Sabinyo, Gahinga and Muhuvura provide an impressive backdrop to this unique lodge. Each of the nine bandas are named after volcanoes in the Virunga chain. They are based around traditional pygmy huts - albeit with more luxurious modern comforts. The mature tropical garden setting and rustic style cottages combine to give the impression of staying in the bygone era of Hemingway.
Spend the day with the Batwa Pygmies, widely regarded to be the oldest surviving peoples of central Africa, to experience their ancient life. The area, because of its varied habitats, is also famous for birding with over 180 birds species and for tracking the endangered golden monkeys.
The main building features a rustic living space with a warm central fire that offers the ideal environment for relaxing at the end of the day, with the terrace outside and a spacious sunroom adjoining the living area completing the peaceful and open style. Each of the bandas has been thoroughly renovated to offer unparalleled luxury in the region. Each room has a fireplace and an en-suite bathroom with showers and flush toilets and each is reached by taking a short stroll through the large gardens that fill the lodge with life.
Mount Gahinga Lodge nestles in the foothills of the Virunga volcanoes on the border of Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is situated in the Mgahinga Gorilla National Park which consists of three extinct volcanoes and was created to protect the endangered golden monkey and the rare mountain gorillas. Its dense forests are an important habitat for both primates.
Not only is it an important wildlife habitat but the park is also has a huge cultural significance. The hunter-gatherer tribe, know as the Batwa pygmies, were the forest's first people and their knowledge of Mgahinga Gorilla National Park remains secret.
How to get there
We will assist you with all necessary internal transfers after booking.
An hour's flight from Entebbe
A long day’s drive from Entebbe
Approximately 4 hours drive from Kigali
Approximately 8 1/2 hours drive from Kampala
Driving directions available on request
NB. All prices and times are subject to change.
When to go
The bulk of Uganda enjoys a tropical climate that averages 26ºC during the day and 16ºC at night. The warmest months of the year are from December to February when the daytime range is 27 to 29ºC. The rainy seasons are from mid-March to May and October to November, the wettest month being April.
Only when payment has been received can permits for gorilla tracking in the relevant National Park be purchased. Getting a gorilla permit is not a guarantee of seeing a gorilla. Local conditions sometimes mean that access to the gorillas is made impossible at short notice. We are unable to accept liability for any circumstance that might lead to gorilla viewing being cancelled, whether it is closure of the National Park or borders; absence of the gorillas; security changes. Refunds are at the discretion of the relevant authority and we cannot accept liability for them. We shall use our maximum endeavours to obtain a refund and if a refund is paid by the relevant authority, we shall pass it on to the client.
Water disposal is controlled and solar electricity is also used; guests are asked to be mindful of their usage.
When possible, they source the food from local producers, helping strengthen their relationship with their neighbours and providing them with extra income. It is encouraged that guests visit the local orphanage where they can see a dance performance.
We can arrange guides and vehicles to take you around. Every effort is made to ensure that vehicles are provided in a roadworthy condition but no liability can be accepted for breakdown, or any damage or delay. The guides are instructed to follow the code of conduct for guides (available on request), which you must not ask them to break in any way.
Travelling with children
Children of all ages are welcome
Children under 2 years stay for free
Children of 12 years and under staying in the same room as parents pay 50%
Chidren aged15 and over are able to track the gorillas
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