The Batwa Culture and Gorilla Lodge
Mount Gahinga Lodge was the first lodge built by Praveen Moman and opened in 2002. It is the perfect base to go gorilla tracking on the Ugandan side of the Virungas, track the rare golden monkey, climb a volcano, walk through local villages and most of all to share the culture of the Batwa, the oldest inhabitants of the Central African rain forest.
The charming property, inspired by traditional design and building techniques, has been re-imagined in 2019: the lounge, dining room, and gardens have been remodeled, and two new deluxe bandas have been launched.
The beautiful hand-built bandas reflect the magic of the aesthetic traditions of the Bufimbira people. Each Banda has an ensuite luxury shower room, fireplace and private porch.
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8 bandas (two deluxe and six standard)
Direct private footpath to access gorilla trekking in Mgahinga National Park
Personal butler service for all guests
Gahinga Batwa Village and Community Projects
Premium wine, whisky, and cocktail menus
Wi-Fi available in the main lodge building
Climb a Volcano
Guests staying at Virunga Lodge or Gahinga Lodge have easy access to the Virunga chain of volcanoes, which offer challenging hikes and stunning panoramas. The three most popular volcanoes to climb are Mt. Gahinga, Mt. Sabyinyo, and Mt. Muhavura. These hikes are of varying difficulty and typically take a full day. The treks starts at 7:00am from the park headquarters, from where visitors drive to the base of the volcano.
Tracking mountain gorillas through the dense African forests is a magical experience. Only eight visitors are allowed per gorilla group each day, and to minimize possible transmission of human diseases, visitors are asked to maintain a distance of 10m from the gorillas. Typically, tracking can take from 3 to 8 hours and requires some agility and fitness; however, all fitness levels can be accommodated and no one should feel deterred from missing this once in a lifetime experience.
Golden Monkey Tracking
With only a small number remaining in the world, the Golden Monkey can be found in the foothills of the volcanic mountains of Mgahinga National Park in Uganda and in Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. Characterized by its bright golden body, cheeks and tail, with contrasting black limbs, crown and tail end, these playful primates are a pleasure to watch. Whether you choose to do this on the Rwandan or Ugandan side, the walk will take you from the bamboo stands and forested gorge on the lower levels of the volcanoes, to the elevated heath and moorland higher up.
Both Uganda and Rwanda offer some of the world’s best bird watching, with a vast diversity of bird species. Uganda has over 1,000 bird species with 150 found only in Uganda. Rwanda has over 700 bird species and is home to the second highest number of Albertine endemics in the Albertine region. Each of our lodges offers the chance to see a number of different birds, with the vast majority endemic to the Region.
“Our stay was quite possibly the most rewarding experience we have ever enjoyed throughout our many world travels.”
“So amazingly peaceful. Wonderful service and food. Can’t wait to come back.”
“Absolutely amazing! The food, the hospitality, accommodation, and breathtaking views truly make this place a hidden gem! Can’t wait to return…”
“Should western societies globally follow by example Volcanoes Safaris conservation and community ethos, our world would be a better place. We have respect and appreciation for what you are doing. Thank you!”
“This is the perfect place to relax for a couple of days and visit the wonders of Mgahinga National Park. The cottages are very spacious and have a clean design. Views from the lodge are stunning: on a clear day, all three volcanoes can be seen.”
“We unfortunately only got to stay here for one night as this place offers so much more. The cabins were beautiful, nestled in the gardens with plenty of bird life, and the staff so helpful in every way. It was an absolute delight to stay here.”
“The location right next to the park entrance and the surrounding Virunga volcanoes is stunning and totally off the beaten track: no traffic, only crisp mountain air and sounds of birds.”