Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

Mgahinga national park Uganda is located in the south-western part of Uganda near the town of Kisoro. The park is lies in the area occupied by the Virunga Mountains and its neighboring the Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park and the Virunga National Park in the Congo. Mgahinga is positioned just 15 kilometers (9.3 mi), by road, south of the nearest town of Kisoro and an estimated distance of 55 kilometers (34 mi), by road, west of Kabale town, the largest city in the sub-region. The entire park is perfectly situated in Bufumbira County, in Kisoro District.
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is the smallest protected area in Uganda and it covers an estimated area of about 33.7 Square Kilometers. However the smallest part is very significant in the country Uganda because it’s the only second park in Uganda that houses the endangered species of the mountain gorillas.

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Uganda’s smallest national park was gazetted in 1991 and it constitutes part of the Virunga Conservation Area. Mgahinga Gorilla National Park experiences two wet rainy seasons i.e. February – May and September- December of each year. The maximum amount of rainfall in a year is 250mm (October) and Minimum is 10mm (July).
The national park also covers three of the eight Virunga volcanoes and among the three include Mount Muhabura as well as Mount Gahinga and Mount Sabyinyo which is the oldest Volcano, all of these lie on the border between Uganda and Rwanda border. Any of these can be climbed in one day from the park headquarters. These three conical, extinct volcanoes which form part of the spectacular Virunga Range are the striving features of Mgahinga national park and the volcanoes’ slopes contain various ecosystems and are biologically diverse, and their peaks provide a striking backdrop to this gorgeous scenery.

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park sits high in the clouds, at an altitude of between 2,227m and 4,127m. As its name suggests, it was created to protect the rare mountain gorillas that inhabit its dense forests, and it is also an important habitat for the endangered golden monkey.
In spite of the fact that the park is important for wildlife, the park also has a huge cultural significance, in particular for the indigenous Batwa pygmies. This tribe of hunter-gatherers was the traditional inhabitant of the forest before they were pushed out the park.

Tourist Attractions in Mgahinga national park Uganda
The Virunga Volcanoes

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The Virungas are the wonderful chain of eight volcanoes which dot the borders of Uganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda. Three of the conical peaks are in Uganda’s Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.
Mount Muhavura (4,127m). It is the highest of the peaks in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. The name means guide, and the Batwa used to look for its high peak to help orient them in the forest. Muhavura has a crystal clear crater lake about 36m wide at its summit. The top commands panoramic views far into Uganda, Rwanda and along the length of the Virunga chain
Mount Gahinga (3,474m). It is the shortest of the Virunga volcanoes and it was named after the local practice of tidying the volcanic debris that clutters local farmland into neat cairns or Gahinga. Its swamp-filled crater is around 180m wide.
Mount Sabinyo means old man’s teeth, a reference to its jagged summit which is dissected by deep gorges and ravines. The countries that share the Virungas – Uganda, Rwanda and the DR Congo – meet on the highest of Sabinyo’s stumpy peaks.

Caves
Some of the steep mountain slopes contain caves formed by lava tubes, one of them being the famous Garama Cave located near the park headquarters. This is a sacred place for the Batwa, and during the Batwa Trail visitors can discover how it was used as a shelter during battles and as a place to store looted treasures.

Ntebeko Visitors’ Centre
The Visitor Centre at Ntebeko is the starting point for nature walks, volcanoes hiking, golden monkey and gorilla tracking and the short (4km) Batwa Trail. The trailhead of the long Batwa trail is at the base of Mt Muhavura. Exhibits inside the building explore themes relating the Virunga environment. A trail along the stone Buffalo Wall – built to keep animals out of neighboring farmland – provides good birding and views of the volcanoes.
Outside the Park
Lake Bunyonyi
A worthwhile diversion on the route to Mgahinga from Kabale, Lake Bunyonyi is dotted with at least 20 small islands and encircled by steep terraced hills, Africa’s second deepest lake is unforgettably scenic. Visitors can stay overnight at a number of lakeside resorts or simply follow the lakeshore road to Kisoro and Mgahinga.

Mountain Gorillas

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Mgahinga is home to the habituated Nyakagezi gorilla group – a fairly nomadic bunch that has been known to cross the border into Rwanda and the Congo. The family includes the lead silverback identified as Bugingo who is around 50 years old and father to most of the group; his silverback sons, Mark and Marfia; and two blackbacks, Rukundo and Ndungutse, who love to pose and play in the trees. The two females, Nshuti and Nyiramwiza, both have babies Furraha and Nkanda respectively.
Golden Monkeys
The endangered golden monkey is endemic to the Albertine Rift, and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park offers a rare chance to track these striking creatures, high in the dense bamboo forests on the Gahinga trail. There are estimated 3000 – 4000 individuals in the Virunga area which a good number of them are habituated in Mgahinga.

Other Wildlife
Mgahinga is home to 76 species of mammals, although they are difficult to glimpse in the wild forest vegetation. They include giant forest hogs, bush pigs, forest buffaloes, elephants, bushbucks, golden cats, side striped jackals, black fronted duikers and South African porcupines.
Birds
The varied habitats of Uganda’s smallest park make it home to a variety of birds with 179 -184 species recorded. The list includes the Ibis, Pin-tailed Whydah, Speckled Mousebird, Stone Chat, Grey-capped Warbler, Wax Bills, Yellow-vented Bulbul, Firefinch, White-naped Raven, Black Kite, Rwenzori Turaco, Blue-headed Coucal, Paradise Fly-catcher, Rwenzori Batis, Double-collared Sunbird, Rwenzori Nightjar.

Tourists Activities
Mountain Gorilla tracking

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With a diverse collection of tourism activities, gorilla tracking stands out to be the leading activity at Mgahinga Gorilla national park and 75% of Mgahinga’s visitors come to view the primates. With Uganda left with about 400 mountain gorillas, the park is one of the two places where a visitor is guaranteed to have a glance at the endangered species. It is the best point to trek the Nyakagezi gorilla group which frequently moves adjacent in the forests of Congo and Rwanda. The other park where gorillas are found is Bwindi Impenetrable and these two parks are near each other making it possible for one to trek through both of them on most of Uganda safaris. Normally, Gorilla trekking Safari starts from Ntebeko Entrance gate at around 8:00am in the morning daily taking 2 – 8 hours. However, if the gorillas are on Muhabura side, then the tracking definitely starts in Muhabura station. A visitor is expected to budget for his/her time well while with a gorilla family since the maximum time allowed to spend with them is one hour.
When to go gorilla tracking to Mgahinga Gorilla National park

The best time to visit the place for tracking is during the two dry seasons when the park is easily accessed. It is during this time that the thick forests can be penetrated easily and when the paths are not as muddy as it is in the rainy season. The two dry Seasons are the best for Gorilla Safari in Mgahinga and this season runs from mid-December to end of February and June to October. However, gorilla tracking tourism is possible throughout the year.

Birding in Mgahinga Gorilla

The three to four hour Gorge Trail between Gahinga and Sabinyo provides a spectacular sightings of the Dusky turtle Dove, Cape Robin-chat, Kivu-ground Thrush, Olive Thrush, Brown-crowned Tchagra, Bronze Sunbird, Regal Sunbird, Blue-headed Sunbird, Rwenzori Batis, Black-headed Waxbill and Streaky Seedeater.
The other interesting birding areas in the park include the bamboo belt found at an estimated altitude which is about 2,500m above sea level, and the tall montane forest at 2,660m. The Rwenzori Turaco is mostly sighted and viewed at around 2,700m above sea level. Along the Uganda-Congo border especially on level ground, one can easily view the Chubb’s Cisticola, Red-faced Woodland Warbler as well as Banded Prinia and Doherty’s Bush-shrike are vocal yet inconspicuous inhabitants of the tangled vegetation at the forest’s edge.

Hiking and Nature Walks

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A hike through the forest to the deep Sabinyo Gorge – a massive gash in the flank of Mount Sabinyo .Hiking to the summit of Sabinyo provides good birding opportunities and the chance to find the Rwenzori Turaco. This walk takes four hours, and passes through the Rugezi Swamp which is fanastic for bird watchers.
The walk to the Congo border transcends different vegetation zones. Hikers can sight the calderas on top of the Gisozi hill, look out for Kisoro and Bunagana towns and be captivated by Lake Mutanda.
The golden monkey track is a gentle steep but an interesting two-hour trek through former farmland to the bamboo forest. On a clear day, one may view the Virunga Volcano range and come across buffalo and duiker.

Mountain/Volcano Climbing

All the three volcanoes found with in this park can be summited. Mt. Sabinyo, at 3,669m, takes about eight hours to cover the 14km round trip, following a steep ridge up to the peak.
It takes around six hours to ascend and descend Mt. Gahinga (3,474m), topped by a swamp-filled crater and giant lobelia. Lucky climbers may spot golden monkeys on their way through the bamboo forest.
Mt. Muhavura is the highest peak at 4,127m, and this 12km round trip takes around eight hours. Once at the top, hikers are rewarded on a clear day with views of the Virunga Volcanoes, Lake Edward, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and the peaks of the Rwenzoris.

Sabyinyo (366m) – ‘Old man’s teeth’
Like an old man, time has eroded Mt. Sabyinyo’s crown. This volcano offers 3 challenging peaks to climb. A climb up the mountain takes one up a ridge along the eastern side of the climb to peak. If you are to continue, the climb to the peak 11 involves walking a ridge with breath-taking drops into gorges of Rwanda and Uganda, a dual experience you will achieve here. Finally, the hike up to the peak 111 is steep with several ladders and mush scrambling. You are guaranteed to get your hands dirty en-route to peak111! Once on top, you will be in Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda, what a triple experience this is!!! The journey takes about eight hours round trip to cover the 14km stretch.
Mt. Gahinga (3474m)
On your way to the park, look out for small piles of stones in the garden fields. The local people call such a pile a ‘Gahinga’. Mount Gahinga is quite bigger than the average ‘gahinga’ but sitting next to Mount Muhavura does make it look small. A hike, which takes you about, six 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 8km.

Mt. Muhavura (4127m) – ‘The Guide’
Seen from all over Kisoro, this volcano acts as a guide. The typical cone-shaped Mountain provides some of the best views in the country. Much of the climb passes a rocky surface covered by grasses and small shrubs. Once at the top, hikers are rewarded with the view of the Virunga volcanoes, Lake Edward in queen Elizabeth National Park, Bwindi and the peaks of Rwenzori Mountain. The hike takes approximately 8 hours round trip covering 12km.You are advised to camp at the Muhavura base camp the night before the site has no facilities so you need a tent, water, food and sleeping gear.
Cultural Encounters

The Batwa Trail
Mgahinga’s dense forests were home to the indigenous Batwa- hunter-gatherers and fierce warriors who depended on the forest for shelter, food and medicine among other needs. When the national park was established, the Batwa were evicted from the forest and abandoned their low-impact, nomadic lifestyle. The only time they are permitted to re-enter their cherished forest is as tour guides on the Batwa Trail, on which visitors will discover the magic of the Batwa’s ancient home while enjoying nature walks and learning about the cultural heritage.
The Batwa demonstrate hunting techniques, gather honey, point out medicinal plants and demonstrate how to make bamboo cups. Guests are invited to the sacred Garama Cave, once a refuge for the Batwa, where the women of the community perform a sorrowful song which echoes easily around the depths of the dark cave, and leaves guests with a moving sense of the richness of this fading culture.
Part of the tour fee paid by the tourists goes directly to the guides and musicians and the rest goes to the Batwa community fund to cover school fees and books, and improve their livelihoods.
How to get there
By road, one can access the park by use of a car from Kampala via Kabale to Kisoro. This journey takes about 8 hours.
By air, one can board a plane from Entebbe to Kisoro Airstrip which is near the park. This is the quickest mode of access and it takes about 1 hour. There are daily scheduled flights which must be booked long in advance with your local Uganda safari operator
Accommodation in the park
Luxury
Mount Gahinga Safari Lodge (Volcanoes)

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The Mt. 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 beautiful garden with rustic styles setting.
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 gets done with all activities organized in 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 yourself after your Uganda adventure 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 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’ bathroom, 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 in 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.
High Season Low Season
Single $401 Single$354
Double $330pp Double $295pp
Budget

Amajambere Iwacu Camp –Budget.
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The Community Camp is situated by the entrance to Mgahinga National Park and is only 12 km from the southwestern town of Kisoro near the Rwandan border.
At the camp, visitors can enjoy the magnificent views of the famous Virunga Volcanoes and take part in monkey trekking. The camp is built at a best beginning point for golden monkey trekking through the national park.
The following Amenities are provide to the clients at the Camp
Camping facilities and 4 bandas, Spacious gathering shelter with indoor and outdoor dining
Well-stocked canteen serving beers, sodas, snacks and basic essentials and Restaurant serving typical Ugandan meals
The camp has variety of Rooms and this means that Guests can choose between bandas, dormitories or campsites. It has a large area for camping as well as five well-built bandas, which too serve as dormitories and they provide accommodation facilities for back packers, students.
Amajambere Iwacu Camp has a lot of activities provided to Guest and among these involve , Guided walks through the village and to a nearby lava tubes ,caves and Crater Lake. Traditional performances in form of cultural dances which are organized by the local women’s group and the Batwa people and Guided climbs of the Virunga volcanoe as well as having community walk.
RATES BED ONLY BED AND BREAKFAST FULL BOARD

Double $40 $50 $80
Twin $30 $40 $70
Dormitory $10 $15 $30
Cam( ten provided) $10 $15 $30
Self-camping $5 $10 $25

Countryside Guesthouse Kisoro

Countryside Guest House is located a few minutes’ walk 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
Just like other important guest houses in the region ,country side provides amenities such as ; On-site restaurant, Tour/Travel desk, Conference Facilities, Internet Access, Gift shop, On-site Bar, Fitness Room/Gym, Laundry/Dry Cleaning.
Rates charged by the Guest House involve even Break Fast as seen below in the table.
Rates Bed and Breakfast
Single 25,000Ushs
Double 45,000Ushs
Twin 45,000Ushs

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.
The facility has clean toilets and hot water showers, a Restaurant and bar, spacious campsite; secure parking, free evening entertainment, wireless internet, elegant and warm rooms, lovely gardens, maximum security, information and business desk.
The facility is a popular hangout for backpackers and independent travellers travelling with or without their own vehicles that wish to stay in Kisoro town. They have loads of Gorilla trekking knowledge on their notice board and can offer help in areas such as obtaining permits for gorilla trekking in Rwanda and DR Congo.

Golden Monkey Guest House

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The Guest House is ranked among the best Budget lodges in Kisoro town and it is a home away from home. They also offer a wide range of delicious food menu with meat and vegetarian options. The Guest House offers a wide range of accommodation options ranging from single and double, self-contained rooms to dormitories. Visitor’s choice of accommodation should be dictated by visitor’s personal travel budget but also guest’s own interests to give guest a total relaxation and peace of mind to make guest feel at home.

Golden Monkey guest house provides an excellent base for trekking the Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi, Golden monkeys and volcano hiking at Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. They also arrange canoe trekking trips to the beautiful lake Mutanda, which is just an hour away on foot. Community activities like market visit or village walk can be arranged.
Golden Monkey Guest House can be accessed by Road, Travel from Kampala crossing the Equator through Mbarara – Kabale onto Kisoro. Golden monkey Guest house is behind the Uganda wildlife information office in Kisoro town and well sign posted. And our newly open Rafiki guesthouse is along Bunagana road a few meters next to the famous Travelers Hotel
By Road: Travel from Kigali to Cyanika Boarder then proceed onto Kisoro town

Mutanda Eco Community Centre (M.E.C.C)
Located just 6 kilometers away from Kisoro town in south western 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 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.
The table below shows the prices charged by the Mutanda Eco Community Centre.
Room Type Room Only Full Board
Dormitory US$ 10 US$30
Single US$40 US$55
Double/Twin Room US50 US$80
Camping US$6

Midrange
Kisoro Tourist Hotel

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Kisoro Tourist Hotel in Kisoro south western Uganda is the best option for anyone visiting the southwest of Uganda, on the way to Rwanda, Congo and Bwindi for gorilla tracking.
The region of Kigezi is well known as “The Switzerland of Africa” for its evergreen forests, lush valleys, and numerous lakes and hills.

The hotel boasts a strategic location which is at the foothills of Mount Muhavura, and guests can enjoy a good panoramic view of the nearby mountains and volcanoes along the borders with Rwanda and the Congo.
Kisoro Tourist Hotel is the most pleasant and comfortable hotel at a budget tariff price and offers best accommodation facilities in their self-contained rooms.
Enjoy the warm atmosphere of the lounge provided by a true fireplace. When visitors get done with their daily activities in the nearby area, they can relax with a romantic massage done by well trained workers and also steam bath. The hotel has one of the best restaurants recognized in country for the high-standard food preparation in both traditional and international dishes.

The hotel provides the following amenities on-site are; On-site restaurant, Tour/Travel desk, Conference Facilities, Internet Access, Gift shop, On-site Bar, Fitness Room/Gym, Laundry/Dry Cleaning, Library/Reading Area. The hotel rooms also have TV-Cable/Satellite were visitors can watch international and local updates, The TV can get Local Stations clearly, Fans, Hot water, Private Bathroom are also provided to ensure that visitor get better stay.
Due to the need to protect the environment and giving back to the local communities, the hotel organizes different responsible tourism activities such as
The women´s dance group performs organized by the hotel have massages that raise awareness about how the environmental can be protected and also through the drama performances, the young people in the community are encouraged to stop illegal activities such as poaching wild animals in the park.
The women´s group performs traditional dances and drama, and has used the profits from their performances to purchase a piece of land, which they plan to build more accommodations for the guests. The hotel also provides assistance to AIDs awareness campaigns in local schools and focus on stopping young people from involving in the acts that may lead them to contract AIDS.

The hotel also has a craft shop at the hotel Centre and host cultural dances where community members can perform. These offerings help raise money for the surrounding communities.
The table shows the prices charged by Hotel for both Bed and Breakfast and Full Board.
Room Type Bed and Breakfast Half Board Full Board
single USD 60 USD70 USD80
Double USD75 USD95 USD115
Triple USD135 USD165 USD1195

Kisoro Travelers’ Rest Hotel

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Travellers Rest Hotel is a colonial-style hotel located just 14km from Mgahinga Gorilla National Park outside Kisoro Town, in the extreme southwestern part of Uganda, providing a perfect point for trips into Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. When the visitor is just entering, he or she is welcomed by the ibis typical sound. The wonderful-green surrounding garden is the home of various birds species. When the guest is just seated on the terrace he is paid by nice smell of the sweet perfume from the honeysuckle, and in the cool evenings one can experience a warm atmosphere which is provided by the fireplace in the lounge, surrounded by unusual African artifacts and a huge collection of Congolese masks.
The surrounding landscape, dominated by the peaks of the Massifs of Virunga Volcanoes has very interesting beauty. The volcanoes offer spectacular views of the Rift Valley and the emerald-green Lake Mutanda in the distance.

In the sixties the famous American ‘gorilla-woman’ Dian Fossey visited Travellers Rest many, many times to do paperwork, relax or meet people. Fossey said of the hotel: “It was my second home.”
The Lodge Amenities in this precious hotel are; Restaurant,, Travel desk, Bikes to rent, Lounge area with fireplace, bar and large meeting table Internet access, Massages, Laundry service, Gift Shop, Enclosed garden, Huge selection of Congolese masks
All the Spotless private rooms lead out onto the pleasant garden and have private bathrooms with hot water. Available rooms include single, twin, double, triple and a suite.
The activities organized by the hotel are, Paying visits to the a local primary school where the deaf children study from and here willing guests are welcomed to make donations, also the hotel organizes traditional performances done by the local orphan group and some of the activities also include having cycle ride to lake Mutanda, visiting the local market mainly on market days, Batwa Forest Trail through the National Park among others.
Most of food prepared by the rest Hotel is sourced from Kisoro market, which is supplied by the local Bafumbira and Bakiga communities. The hotel staffs are mostly from Kisoro. Staff training and career development of the staff members is of great importance to the Hotel management.
PRICES
Room Type Room Only Half Board Full Board
Single USD70 USD85 USD95
Double/twin USD80 USD110 USD130
Extra bed USD25 USD40 USD50

Bunyonyi Overland Resort

The Resort is strategically located near the loviest Lake Bunyonyi in Kibale district south western part of Uganda.
The Resort offers to visitor’s superb accommodation in comfortable safari tents, rooms, cottages and family cottages. All the accommodation rooms offer splendid view of the beautiful surrounding. The lodge also provides camping option for visitors with their own Camping equipment and a comfortable ‘rent a mobile tent’ with or without bedding arrangement is also present in the lodge’s pleasant gardens. While staying at the resort, visitors will find lots of interesting tourist’s activities to keep visitors more than occupied and busy.
The lodge has ten Furnished Safari Tents which are set on raised platforms and hence visitors can enjoy wonderful views and sights of the green vegetation and the interesting sights of the Loviest water of the bilharzia free lake Bunyonyi. Each of the tents has its own terrace and wonderful views over Lake Bunyonyi.
The wonderful 12 cottages found in the lodge offer classic accommodations and panoramic views up the lake. The cottages offer both twin and double occupancy options. The two family cottages are completely self-contained and fully furnished to ensure visitor’s convenience. The family cottages have Satellite TV where visitors can watch both local and international news.

For budget travellers without their own camping equipment, the lodge offers mobile rent and some of the tents have bedding facilities and others without bedding. Travellers with self –camping equipment can utilize the beautiful gardens and the set side camping area for tourists interested in enjoying serene environment.
The other Lodge Amenities offers to visitors in the resort include On-site restaurant, Tour / travel desk, Conference facilities, Laundry / dry cleaning services, Internet Access, On-site bar, Library / reading room, Souvenir / gift shop. On-site Facilities offered by the lodge include Secure car parking, Restaurant with fireplace, Conference room, Craft shop, Picnic and relaxation areas, Library, Travel information, Satellite TV, Grocery store with essential items, Storage or safe custody of personal effects, Car hire and taxi, Laundry service, First aid, emergency contacts, 24 hour security, 24/7 internet connection Ushs 100/- per minute
Activities organized at the Lodge include Volleyball, badminton, indoor games, swimming, canoeing, boat-motor hire, Bird watching, Mountain biking, Fishing, Community walks, Twice weekly local market tour.
In terms of Responsible Tourism, the lodge has been implementing a tree planting campaigns at lodge and in the surrounding areas. The lodge also encourages visitors to at least to plant a tree during their stay at the lodge to promote the environmental conservation campaign.
The lodge works directly with local guides on village walks. This helps tourists attain the most authentic experience while simultaneously giving back to the community. All the hotel staff and guides are from the local community.

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