Arcadia Lodge Lake Bunyonyi
Arcadia Lodge is one of the lodges found in Lake Bunyonyi and it’s built on a hill overlooking the lake with stunning views of the different hills in the Kabale district. Arcadia Lodge is a luxury accommodation with both local and international dishes that are prepared by well-trained chefs. The lodge has property amenities such as free parking, hot tub, free breakfast, free wifi, yoga classes, the rooms have a dining area, seating area, sofa, extra long beds, coffee maker, private balcony, private bathrooms, and closet among others. There are so many activities travelers staying at Arcadia Lodge can take part in such as gorilla trekking, gorilla habituation, golden monkey trekking/habituation, birding, boat cruise/canoeing, and nature walks.
How to get to arcadia lodge
Travelers can get to arcadia lodge suing Entebbe/Kampala – Masaka – Mbarara – Kabale and then to the lodge taking only 8-9 hours. You can as well access arcadia lodge from Kigali Rwanda taking 4-5 hours using the Katuna border in Kabale or Cyanika border in Kisoro. Luxury travelers who would want to use air transport can get book chattered flights in advance of 3-4 months in order to fly from Kajjansi airstrip or Entebbe international airport taking only 2 hours.
Activities to do while staying at Arcadia Lodge Lake Bunyonyi
Trekking Bwindi Mountain gorillas
Guests having a stay at arcadia lodge Lake Bunyonyi can do gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park with the nearest sectors being Nkuringo and Rushaga in the south of the park. Rushaga and Nkuringo sectors are located 15 minutes and 45 minutes respectively away from the lodge. To trek mountain gorilla, you will need valid gorilla trekking permits that are issued out by the Uganda Wildlife Authority and can be booked using a tour operator at a fee of $700 foreign non-residents, $600 foreign residents, and shs250,000 East African residents. You will need to book in advance of 3-4 months if you want to trek mountain gorillas while having a stay at arcadia lodge in order to avoid inconveniences. On the day of trekking, guests will have to wake up early in the morning and drive to the briefing points in either Rushaga or Nkuringo centers where they will be taught about the dos and don’ts of the gorilla trekking activity after which head out to the forest to search for these primates with opportunities of seeing other park animals, birds, and different tree species. When trekkers meet the mountain gorillas they are given 1 hour to be around them, learn about their habits, watch them do daily activities, and take photos.
Gorilla habituation in Rushaga or Nkuringo sectors of Bwindi
Guests at arcadia lodge Lake Bunyonyi can do gorilla habituation which is only done in the Rushaga sector and Nkuringo sectors of the southern part of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park. Gorilla habituation is done by trekkers having valid habituation permits from the Uganda Wildlife Authority giving them opportunities to spend a maximum of 4 hours with mountain gorillas as they make them get used to human presence. People who want to habituate mountain gorillas need to book their permits in advance and on the day of the activity they will need to wake up very early in the morning in order to reach the briefing center in time. During the briefing, they are taught about the dos and don’ts of the gorilla habituation process after which a group of trekkers is joined by researchers, conservationists, trackers, and rangers to look for the semi habituated mountain gorilla family with opportunities of meeting different park animals, birds, and different tree species. When the mountain gorillas are finally located, trekkers are given 4 hours to be with mountain gorillas while making them get used to human presence, watch them do daily activities, learn about their habits, take photos, and record videos.
Guests at arcadia lodge Lake Bunyonyi can do birding activities in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park a home to over 350 bird species, or around Lake Bunyonyi a home to 200 bird species. Some of the bird species to look out for include Fork-tailed Drongo, Great Blue Turaco, Grey Apalis, African kingfisher, slender baglafetch, Greater Blue-eared Starling, Green Crombec, levillant cuckoo, herons, Grey-headed Sparrow, Crowned Hornbill, White-tailed Blue-flycatcher, Brown Woodland Warbler, White-browed Crombec, Green Hylia, handsome francolin, Grey-throated Barbet, malachite kingfisher, cardinal woodpeckers, Tiny Sunbird, Green-throated Sunbird, Grey-backed/Green-backed Camaroptera, pied wagtail, slender-billed baglafetch, grey crested crane, African harrier hawk, olive pigeon, yellow-ramped tinker bird, Grey-headed Negrofinch, White-breasted Negrofinch, Honeyguide Greenbul, Klass’ Cuckoo, Collared Sunbird, golden-backed weaver, red-chested owlet, and many more
Batwa cultural experience
During your stay at arcadia lodge, you can decide to go for a Batwa cultural experience around the area with the Batwa people who stay around the parks of Mgahinga and Bwindi impenetrable forest national park. The Batwa people were inhabitants of these forests before the government decided to evict them out of the forest to protect the endangered mountain gorillas, the forest, and other forest animals. The Batwa cultural experience is led by the Batwa men who take you around the park and forest showing you how they used to survive in the forest, kill animals using bows and arrows, make fire using sticks, gather fruits, and collect honey. The cultural experience will also give you an opportunity to get entertained by the Batwa people through traditional dances and drama and you will also have a chance to taste their local food or get some of their crafts.
Mgahinga national park golden monkey trekking/habituation
During your stay at arcadia lodge, you can go golden monkey trekking or habituation in Mgahinga national park which is located a few kilometers from the lodge. Golden monkey trekking/habituation is done by people who have valid trekking or habituation permits from Uganda Wildlife Authority so if you are planning to do this activity you need to book your permits in advance. On the day of trekking, you will have to wake up early to attend the briefing where trekkers are taught about the dos and don’ts of the trekking or habituation activity. From here they are led into the forest by the ranger guides who take them through different trails of the park with opportunities of meeting different park animals and on locating the golden monkeys 1 hour is gone to people with trekking permits while those with habituation permits are given 4 hours to be with golden monkeys and make them get used to human presence.
Nature walks and forest walks
While staying at arcadia lodge you can decide to have a nature walk around the lodge, Lake Bunyonyi, or Bwindi impenetrable forest national park with opportunities of meeting different people including the Batwa, birds, forest animals, hills, and mountains.
Visiting Lake Bunyonyi
While staying at arcadia lodge, you can decide to visit Lake Bunyonyi and take part in different activities such as canoeing which takes you around the lake with opportunities of exploring all the lake islands with information being given about each, swimming in a bilharzia free lake, and doing bird watching activities with opportunities of seeing birds such as Green Hylia, handsome francolin, malachite kingfisher, cardinal woodpeckers, Tiny Sunbird, Grey-throated Barbet, grey crowned cranes among others.
What to do with Africa Adventure Vacations?
Africa adventure vacations is a tour company based in Uganda licensed by the Uganda Tourism Board and a member of the Association of Uganda Tour Operators. Booking with Africa adventure vacations provides you safety and confidence during your safari courtesy of well-trained safari driver guides who are well conversant with all routes and tourism destinations in Africa. You can book with us any of the activities you want to do in Africa such as mountain gorilla trekking, mountain gorilla habituation, birding, game drives, hiking, nature walks, and community tours among others. Booking can be done at any time of the year.