We spent two nights at Mahogany Springs and have a good sense of the strengths and shortcomings. First, we found every person there -- from reception to dining to housekeeping -- to be simply wonderful. All were attentive and put our comfort number one. The Assistant Manager Subedi even arranged to go to town and get us some ibuprofen after gorilla trekking left my husband with bumps and bruises. Dinners were delicious. The accommodation was clean and comfortable (although we did get a free upgrade to the Presidential Suite). The sound of running water was constant and added to the ambiance. Location was great - an hour from Kihihi Airfield and about a 5 minute drive to the UWA headquarters where you start your gorilla trek.
Views were sweeping, although I personally did not care for the view in that it was cleared agricultural land versus jungle. You didn't really feel like you were at/bordering a National Park. I think the packed lunches were just ok, and probably would have brought something very different (although beggars can't be choosers).
The hotel welcome book states that Mahogany Springs aims for "5 star luxury" and I think it could get there with a few upgrades. Their vehicle fleet looks like it needs some TLC, although my car would certainly be dead on arrival after a few trips to and from that airstrip! It also aims to be a solid alternative to the other "luxury" hotels at a more reasonable price. I think that it accomplishes that goal without a doubt.
On the whole we had a lovely stay and would certainly be back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mahogany Springs has been built with comfort and class throughout. The perfect base for birdwatchers and Gorilla trackers, set on beautiful land with panoramic and breathtaking views of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Providing the highest levels of service Mahogany Springs aim is to ensure your trip is a once in a lifetime experience. The Gorillas themselves have been visiting very close to the lodge every couple of weeks and within view from the terraces. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Mahogany Springs Uganda/Bwindi Impenetrable National Park