Mahogany Springs is a perfect location from which to begin your gorilla trekking adventure with its relaxed atmosphere and great views. Accommodation comprises of 10 spacious bandas linked by a series of paths, with their own private terraces. The bandas are dotted about on the lush green terraced hillsides, all enjoying fabulous views of the forest surroundings.
The Gorillas have been known to visit the lodge and coming face to face with one of these peaceful creatures is an incredible experience.
With more bird species per square kilometre than anywhere else in the world, Bwindi is often described as a bird watchers paradise. The fact that Mahogany Springs is set back on an open piece of land by the river, ensures that a variety of rare species visit Mahogany on a daily basis, another benefit to a stay here.
The main lodge is perched on the hillside with a fabulous terrace at the front - a great place to enjoy a drink whilst enjoying the views over the river and listening to the birdsong.
All the individual bandas are simple but spacious with large double doors and beautiful windows opening onto the private terrace. All the rooms enjoy forest views and have large en-suite bathrooms and mosquito nets.
Evening meals are served in the restaurant surrounded by windows and glass doors all of which can be fully opened on warm evenings and provide enchanting views of the forest and river. You can also enjoy a complimentary afternoon tea on your terrace or have sundowners by the riverside where you may even be lucky enough to spot a passing gorilla!
TV personality Lorraine Kelly stayed at the lodge in February 2016 and says:
"Nothing prepares you for your first close encounter with a mountain gorilla. I was at the head of our group trekking through the wonderfully named “Bwindi Impenetrable Forest” in Uganda and we had stopped for a breather when a young male gorilla just sauntered along the rough track in front of me. It was so astonishing I was rooted to the spot, couldn’t speak and was too busy actually enjoying the moment to take a photograph. He swept past me and casually sat down and began eating leaves while ignoring our enchanted group of eight hot, sweaty and deliriously-happy trekkers.Mahogany Springs, on the edge of the forest was luxurious enough to be extremely comfortable, but retain enough rough edges to ensure you have that wilderness spirit of adventure experience. That’s not an easy thing to achieve but British owner Barrie Gotch, who came to this part of the world on holiday and fell in love with it, has managed with aplomb. The staff couldn’t be more helpful and after a tough day’s trekking I can heartily recommend a massage on your private balcony."
Lorraine combined gorilla trekking with a stay at Wildwaters Lodge in Jinja, which we can also book for you.
The main activity from this lodge is gorilla trekking. Gorilla trekking is done from the park headquarters in small guided groups of up to eight people. Permits are strictly monitored and must be booked in advance - we can do this for you.
Bird Watching: Experienced bird watchers are known to identify up to 100 species a day in Bwindi. Bwindi contains 90% of all Albertine rift Endemic such as; the Short-tailed Warbler, Rusty-faced woodland Warbler, Bar-tailed Trogon, Gruel's Rush Warbler, Wilcock's Honey-guide, Yellow-eyed black Fly-catcher, Kivu Ground Thrush, Dusky Crimson Wing, White-tailed Blue Monarch among many others, difficult or impossible to see in any other part of East Africa.
Tree Planting: Offset some of the carbon you have used on your trip by planting a tree or shrub within the grounds. Once you have taken part in this activity you can feature on the tree planting gallery if you agree. This activity must be pre-booked.
Various nature walks: Take a beautiful walk through various trails in the forest to the see waterfalls and other marvels. This must be pre-booked.
Meet the Batwa (Pigmies): The Batwa tribe, better known as the Pigmies, only began leaving their forest homes around 15 years ago and still live locally. For the opportunity to meet them, please pre-book.
Ask the Head Chef Subedi to give you a guided tour of the vegetable garden during your stay.
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