When entering the forest, off the main highway between Kampala and Jinja, within a few hundred metres beyond the small settlement a new world opens up.
The hustle and bustle of traffic and the city left far behind, it is trees, plants, birds, orchids, butterflies and forest flowers which take over, plus the ever present red tailed monkeys up in the tree canopy.
As soon as one arrives at the parking, and walks up the the reception, bright smiles and a cheerful 'Welcome' gives the feeling of coming home rather than coming for a mere visit.
I had arranged in advance to be allocated cottage number 9, which together with cottage 10 are the two most secluded locations amongst the 12 wooden cottages, all raised on platforms and all having the forest at the fingertips, from the terrace or outside the screen window, which when open bring the forest literally into the room.
The spacious rooms contain all one needs, most important warm blankets on the bed for the often cool nights, and the 'cuddle corner', built smartly into available space, rather than putting easy chairs and a sofa, with its huge cushions is just the place to read a book, or when coming as a couple, having some quiet moments together ...
In fact, sitting on the terrace, listening to the birds and the noises of the forest during the day, even when it rains and the drumbeat of Africa reverberates from the roof, that is still a good option, to be as close to nature as possible without getting wet. The erie cries of the forest or tree hyrax at night have had apparently many visitors think of Hitchcock movies, causing some shivers running down spines, but it becomes almost routine, just part of the range of sounds from the forest after the first night.
The restaurant, bar and first floor raised lounge are at the heart of the RainForest Lodge, where guests can meet for tea, drinks and during meal times, though the lodge is ever ready to even serve a meal in the cabins, and for sure they serve early morning tea, in fact tea at any time of the day, on the dot and with preheated cups - a very thoughtful touch.
The meals are depending on occupancy served as table d' hote but with a choice of 4, yes four main courses and two deserts to choose from, and I cannot but compliment the chef and his team in the kitchen for the culinary delights they created over several days.
Their soups were creamy, made of fresh ingredients and never failed amaze, and the main courses were delightfully presented and way more than the regular lodge grub given elsewhere. Service was most attentive, with staff at the proverbial beck and call and ever ready for a chat to share their own experiences in the forest.
There are several hikes and biking trails available now across the Mabira forest, including a half hour walk through the forest around the lodge, and a guide is available, upon prior arrangement, from the reception to take guests for hikes of as long as a day, picnic lunch included of course.
I found the RainForest Lodge to be a haven of peace and tranquility, perfect to recover from the stresses of day to day live and even better to find that rare solitude which modern live denies us so often.
The RainForest Lodge offers a pool and a sauna as well as expert massage, and plans are afoot to establish a Spa for additional body treatments - which will make the lodge truly a place where body and mind can find rest and solace in perfect harmony with nature.
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