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Mutanda Lake Resort
Ranked #1 of 12 Specialty Lodging in Kisoro
Certificate of Excellence
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“It has improved somewhat.”
Reviewed June 30, 2010

I visited this place when it was called Mgahinga Safari Lodge. It is now called Nkuringo Safari Lodge. Both the names are singularly inappropriate. It is neither in Mgahinga nor near Nkruringo. Is it a plot to mislead or just careless?
On my 2003 visit I felt its location superb and the access could have been better. Service was slack and there were problems with service levels.
I tried again this June and found the access better and there was evidence of improved service.
The Tents are on raised platforms and now have glazed doors instead of zipped flaps. This lets a lot more light into the tents. Check the platforms are level or the bed will need adjusting with bricks to stop you rolling out.
The facilities out back could do with upgrading as they are showing signs of wear and tear if not downright neglect.There is a now vehicular access closer to the Lodgings which was nice.
Food was nourishing and well cooked. Cold Beers from the Fridge. A minor grumble was the desire to 'do it by candlelight' . I prefer to see what is on my plate and they were happy to leave the lights on when requested. AND turn off/down the Musak!!
The plot is on a small spit of land jutting out into Lake Mutende about 30 minutes or so from Kisoro. Views over the lake to the Virungas in Rwanda is a classic African scene.The location is beautiful but sadly much deforestation has taken place since my last visit and it was not as birdy friendly as I remember. There is a decent swamp area further round the lake but much of the road is now linear villages and shambas.

There is a boat for trips on the lake etc., at 80,000TZ a time. A bit pricey.
Overall a nice place for a few nights but be prepared for an early start if you are Gorilla Trekking.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 18, 2009

We had to spend a night in Kisoro, but we were reluctant to stay in the city, so we look for a comfortable place in the surrondings.
There is only 14 km. from Kisoro to this lodge, but the sight change completely: it seems an Asian landscape more than many lakes in Asia. Nkuringo is a very big lake with many mountainous islands wraps in mist. The landscape is more attractive than Bunyonyi Lake and the zone isn't touristic at all; in fact, we were the only guests in the lodge!!
The lodge is composed for few prebuilt tents comfy enough, with inside facilities. All of them look over the lake. Electricity and hot water (with nice pressure) supplies depend on generator that the staff switchs on at guests requirement. Staff is very helpful and attentive. The only inconvenient is that food is not really great, but not everything has to be wonderful!
In addition, they can arrange a marvelous sunset boat trip around the lake with coffee, tea or alcoholic beverage.
Definitively, a great find where we would return without doubt.

Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
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Property: Mutanda Lake Resort
Address: Mutanda Road, Kisoro, Uganda
Location: Uganda > Western Region > Kisoro
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 12 Specialty Lodging in Kisoro
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Mutanda Lake Resort is perched on private peninsula with stunning views on the Virunga Mountain Range.Situated between Kisoro town, Mgahinga and Bwindi National Parks the Resort makes a perfect base for gorilla trackers, volcano hikers,bird lovers as well as those looking for a secluded place in nature. Water recreation possibilities are plenty, like swimming, canoeing or a sunset boat cruise. Accommodation is in semi-tented cottages,built on an elevated wooden platform, each with private veranda and en-suite bathroom. ... more   less 

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