I have very fond memories of this lodge. When I first arrived I was unsettled by the camping style bathrooms (you have to walk in the fresh air down some steps to another area which is attached to your cabana) but I quickly adjusted and found it a bit of an adventure. The immaculate housekeeping made it much easier to accept. We thought the food was the best of all the Volcano Lodges (and they were all good). Who would expect an African chef to cook spring rolls? They were delicious and a welcome addition to the menu. (When I travel I begin to crave some ethnic food). We thoroughly enjoyed the hike up to see the pygmy community and they put on a rousing song and dance performance for us. I'd recommend the half day excursion, rather than the full day. You'll see enough in that time frame. The staff are wonderful to sit around and visit with- a lovely experience in total.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled at the base of the Virunga Volcanoes, Mount Gahinga Lodge is a stunning luxury adventure lodge hidden in the southern corner of Uganda. Its rustic charm is inspired by traditional design and building techniques. Gahinga Lodge is the perfect base to go gorilla tracking, track the rare golden monkey, climb a volcano, walk through local villages and most of all to share the culture of the Batwa pygmies, the oldest inhabitants of the Central African rain forest. The lodge with its beautiful living room, sun room and terrace has fantastic views of the volcanoes and the Kisoro valley below. The luxury bandas reflect the magic of the aesthetic traditions of the Bufimbira people, with their distinct colours. Each Banda has an ensuite luxury shower room, fireplace and private porch. ... more less