This lodge and campsite has an incredible location close to kisoro and can be used as an access point to Bwindi Impenetrable national park via boat. The site is very basic so good for the adventurous and open minded. The food is simple but nice and the staff were all so lovely and helpful. I would have loved to have spent a few more days there.
Firstly, the location is stunning. However, it's important to have your expectations set appropriately before you get there, as the facilities are very very basic, and this wasn't made clear to us before we arrived, leading to some disappointment and rapidly changing plans (we had family from abroad joining us the next day and would not have been comfortable in the conditions). The staff were extremely helpful and accommodating, and despite the two option menu, the food was tasty. We also felt that the price was expensive for what was offered. This place has potential, but will require some work to be able to attract guests to this stunning part of Uganda.
Want to spend a night or two away from it all, secluded at the end of the world? That's it. Great views, no one but locals, huge, super clean and beautiful mountain lake in front of you (I enjoyed a long swim in it), refreshingly simple but charming set up with hot water delivered to your door at 5 am if needed. Food as fresh as it gets. The whole region is very agricultural, but no animals, machinery, let alone fertilisers, chemicals or hormones are used or even known here. Hence, the food is like it was back in the day and still should be today. Great friendly service. Highly recommended. Would go back in a heartbeat.
This place has a lot of potential. Even the huts have good facilities and great views, services around are not so easy to find. It'd be good for one or a couple of nights so you can do some canoe trip, enjoy some swimming at the Mutanda Lake, discovering the Chihe school nearby and maybe head for a Gorilla tour in Bwindi. The Mutanda Lake Camp offers only some drinks and doesn't seem to have much visitors, at least in february.
Food can be a challenge here. Goes like this. I like omelettes but not Spanish ones.. I wrote down, omelette with onions, cheese, catsup on the side and fruit for breakfast. Kid comes to my tent and I tell him this is what I'd like. He has a menu. ETrip Africa to their credit has long since pre advised all my accommodations of what I eat, including this one. Half an hour later I am still spelling this out. He goes to write it down. I give him the paper and show it to him once again. Next morning I am handed a platter of fruit with catsup on my pineapple. Go figure. I was in hysterics. Truth is they do try very hard, but if you are in any way off the reservation it proves a big challenge. The setting was lovely. Waking up to the rich smells of blooming flowers, unbelievable. The birds, and the view over the forests, come on man. It's also great fun to watch the kids play and listen to them in the playground in the near distance. By all means spend the fifteen bucks and do the village walk. Charles took me on a lovely long slow walk among the villagers where I was lucky enough to get a blessing from one of the aged women with a big bag of maize on her head. We picked up a man who had been trained as a civil engineer, did a stint as a primary school teacher and had retired to the village where he'd been born. He made great company on our walk.Views from the hills were gorgeous, access to locals, priceless. Learn how to greet people Ugandan style before you walk the villages, this is key to courtesy and it's well received. And be prepared to have kids follow you everywhere with the occasional little one scream in terror if you happen to be white. Do not give out money, candy, anything. Nothing. Acknowledgement goes a long way. In the villages when people come through, what I notice goes farthest is saying hello in the local language. That way people feel more like you're visiting than that you're looking at them.…