I regret taking so long to post my review regarding this fabulous lodge, but here goes!
Last year after a long recovery from cancer treatments, my husband surprised my with the trip of a lifetime to the Congo area, something I have always wanted to do.
We stayed for 4 nights to go searching for the gorillas. We were taken to the Congo side of the park at the southern end of Bwindi National Park (1 hour drive). We were the only tourists as far as we could see, and so were able to spend an unforgettable day by ourselves with the gorillas. A lifelong dream, and something I will never forget!
The lodging itself is absolutely beautiful, with natural thatch and unbelievably well maintained gardens. They grow alot of their own food for the lodge from these gardens.
The huts were so comfortable and we found them to be overly adequate considering our location. The service was the most professional of any hotel we visited, as well as being very friendly and always looking for a way to share more with you. The staff spoke the best English, so we never had to worry about the language barrier, which was challenging in other areas.
The surroundings were breathtaking and beautiful, a highlight after a personally difficult year.
I would definitely recommend this as a great base for gorilla viewing away from the crowds of northern Bwindi. Trust me, it will be the experience of a lifetime!!
- 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