MAHOGANY SPRINGS SAFARI LODGE
Nearby the Munyanga River, Mahogany Springs overlooks the immense and beautiful Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. This forest lodge provides simple yet stylish accommodation, which is ideal as a base for gorilla trekking. Gorillas aren't the only species in the area however as there is a phenomenal number of birdlife at Bwindi, with more bird species per square kilometer than anywhere else in the world. The lodge itself is set on an open stretch of land and has been built using locally sourced natural materials, which provides the property with an edge of authenticity and a minimalistic flair.
The lodge is set in a tract of wooden farmland on the northern edge of Buhoma Village about 2 km outside the park entrance gate.
The lodge is ideally situated near the beginning of the gorilla trekking and birding routes and excursions on offer to guests. The lodge's main area is ideal for all fresco dining, with a quaint wraparound patio; however whether this is possible is largely dependent on the weather. Guests can expect 8 stone and thatch suites, all of which provide large en suite bathrooms and a balcony terrace that looks out upon the Bwindi treetops, affording guests excellent forest views. There is also a presidential suite on offer, which provides views of the river. In all rooms there are power sockets and beds are protected from unwanted guests by mosquito nets which wrap around the entire bed.
How to get to Mahogany Springs Safari Lodge
1 hour 40 minute flight by light aircraft to reach Bwindi, followed by a road transfer to the lodge and a full day's drive from Entebbe or Kampala around 9 hours (455 km) via Masaka to Mahogany springs safari lodge.
Activities at Mahogany Springs Safari Lodge
Buhoma is the trailhead for tracking three habituated gorillas groups, all of which currently have one silverback. These are the Habinyanja group (18 individuals), Rushegura group (14 individuals), Mubare group (13 individuals).
This stroll through Buhoma and its margins immerses visitors in the customs and practices of the Bakiga and Batwa people. The tour takes in varied activities such as dispensing traditional medicines, farming brewing local beer and concludes with dancing displays by members of the Batwa.
The open road provides better birding opportunity than a narrow forest path and on good morning visitors can see 30-50 species a high proportion of which more easily seen here than any similarly accessible part of Uganda. Among the common remarkable birds seen along this road include the great blue turaco, barred long tailed cuckoos, bar tailed trogon, black bee-eater, grey-throated barbet, red tailed bulbul, narrow tailed starling, McKinnon’s grey shrike, the road supports a dazzling array of colorful butterflies and the lovely L’Hoest’s monkey is often encountered.
Cultural interaction with the Batwa Pygmy tribe and tree planting
The most authentic and best regulate Batwa visit is provided by the Batwa experience, a day-long encounter that takes place in a patch of private forest contiguous with the national park and provides a fascinating insight into the forest life and lore of this hunter-gatherer culture.
International and Local cuisine
King-size or twin double beds
Bar and Restaurant
Laundry Services and many more